Archive of March 16, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 16, 2004

Jim Caviezel: John Paul II is a mystic

Mar 16, 2004 - 10:00 pm .- Speaking to reporters in Rome, Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” revealed a few details about his audience with Pope John Paul II, whom he said “is a mystic.”

New guidelines for the Eucharist expected Holy Thursday

Mar 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The new and long-awaited guidelines for the celebration of the Eucharist are set to be released by the Vatican on Holy Thursday, April 8, one year after the release of the Pope’s encyclical on the Eucharist, reported London’s Catholic Herald yesterday.

Church in Romania requests help from the EU in recovering properties confiscated during Communism

Mar 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As Romania prepares to join the European Union (EU), Bishop Virgil Bercea of Oradea, Romania, is asking local authorities to demand that the federal government return properties belonging to the Catholic Church that were confiscated during decades of Communism.

Spanish soldiers in Iraq offer prayers for terrorist victims in Madrid

Mar 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of Spanish soldiers stationed in Iraq attended Mass Sunday and offered prayers for the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in Madrid.

Catholic churches in Cuba converted into theaters for “The Passion of the Christ”

Mar 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several parishes in Havana, Cuba, have been temporarily converted into theaters in order to show the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” with the blessing of the Cuban Bishops Conference.

Archbishop urges Puerto Ricans to vote with the future in mind

Mar 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of San Juan urged the citizens of Puerto Rico to vote in the November elections and to leave behind the corruption of the past in order to build a more decent future, reported the Associated Press yesterday.

Abstinence education needed in addition to condom-package labeling

Mar 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Some lawmakers are applauding the serious consideration the Bush administration is giving a policy that would require all condom packages to have labels, indicating that they fail to protect users from all sexually transmitted diseases. But other lawmakers continue to insist that the only real solution to STDs is abstinence education.