Archive of March 26, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 26, 2004

“Passion of the Christ” moves man to confess murder

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday that a case of apparent suicide has been ruled a murder after a 21-year-old man decided to confess his “perfect crime” after watching “The Passion of the Christ.” Detectives say the death of a 19-year-old woman originally ruled a suicide has turned into a murder case after the repentant man confessed to killing her because she was carrying his child.

Bishops must be “fearless prophets,” Pope tells Australian episcopate

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a group of bishops from Australia who are in Rome for their “ad limina” visit, Pope John Paul II said that bishops must be “fearless prophets” of truth and hope.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act passed by the Senate

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An important piece of pro-life legislation could be soon signed by President Bush after the Senate passed yesterday the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Cardinal Secretary of State celebrated Mass for victims of March 11

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican’s Secretary of State, presided at a Mass on Friday at St. Mary Major Basilica for the victims of the attack on March 11 in Madrid.

American Life League urges archbishop to ban Kerry

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The American Life League has requested that Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston “consider further action” against Senator John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) after the senator was reported to have attended mass last Sunday, while on a ski trip in Idaho, only as a media opportunity.

Supreme Court defers decision on Church liability in Canada

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of Canada ruled yesterday that three dozen former altar boys, who sexually abused by a Newfoundland priest, could sue the local Catholic diocese as well as the convicted priest. But the court stopped short in declaring whether the entire Catholic Church can be held liable for damages, reported the Canadian Press, reserving the decision for another day.

Jesuit College hosts VOTF in New Jersey despite Archbishop's opposition

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Jesuit-run college in New Jersey will host a lay reform group to meet in one of its buildings next month, even though the archbishop has banned the group.

3-11 is repeated on daily basis in Spain through abortion, pro-lifers say

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Spain “re-lives the effects of 3-11 every day because of abortion, which causes daily the deaths of 200 unborn human beings,” said Professor Jose Perez Adan, on the occasion of the world “Day of the Unborn Child.”

President of Peruvian Bishops Conference says “Morning after pill is unconstitutional”

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Peruvian Bishops Conference, Bishop Hugo Hugo Garaycoa Hawkins said the abortifacient contraceptive, known as the “morning after pill,” which is the focus of a legal debate in the country, should not be approved because it is unconstitutional.