Archive of March 11, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 11, 2004

Jewish groups seek to prevent release of Passion in Brazil

Mar 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A week before the national premier of “The Passion” in Brazil, a Jewish lawyer has asked the Brazilian Department of Justice to prevent the film from being shown in the country because he considers it too violent.  Ironically the lawyer admitted he had purchased and viewed a pirated version of the film.

Bishops and priests encourage Chileans to see “Passion”

Mar 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After a private screening in the Chilean capital, bishops and priests expressed support for the movie The Passion of the Christ, rejecting accusations of anti-Semitism and explaining that the violence in the film is faithful to the Gospel.  They are encouraging Chileans to go to theaters to see it and reflect on the love of God.

Second Papal visit to Rome synagogue under consideration

Mar 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The magazine “Familia Cristiana” is reporting that a second visit by Pope John Paul II to a Roman synagogue is currently under discussion. Although sources within the Jewish community told reporters the visit has not been confirmed, “Familia Cristiana” said it could take place May 23, the synagogue’s 100th anniversary, but “discussions are currently taking place” .

Catholic Church hears requests to excommunicate mayor

Mar 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Chicago man is circulating a petition asking Cardinal Francis George to excommunicate Mayor Richard Daley for his public show of support for same-sex marriage.

Pope John Paul II marks new milestone as third-longest reigning pope

Mar 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II will become the third-longest reigning pope in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, exceeding the reign of Leo XIII by serving 9,281 days since his election October 1978.