Archive of March 30, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 30, 2004

Gay “Marriage” ban passed but “civil unions” approved in Massachusetts

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Massachusetts legislators took a significant step on Monday toward banning gay “marriage,” but at the cost of legalizing “civil unions,” in a decision that has not pleased any side of the debate. The 105-92 vote in favor of banning gay “marriage” as stated by the state’s Supreme Court, is the first step in a process that will require two and a half years to become an amendment to the State’s constitution, the oldest in the country.

Pope to preside at key Holy Week celebrations

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press Office released today the schedule of Holy Week activities to be presided over by John Paul II.

Pope receives more US Bishops of first group in “Ad Limina” visit

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received on Tuesday in separate audiences six prelates of the first group of US Bishops on their “ad limina” visit.

Vatican to present book on Liturgical Reform

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, April 2, the Vatican will present to the press the book “Spiritus et Sponsa,” which includes the conferences delivered at the Commemorative Day of the 40th Anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, “Sacrosanctum concilium.”

Man confesses burglary after viewing “The Passion of the Christ” with his mother

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Arizona Tribune reported on Monday that a repentant burglar turned himself in Sunday in Mesa after watching Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

Christian alternative to Girl Scouts growing in U.S.

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Christian-based American Heritage Girls seems to be growing across the U.S. as an alternative to the Girl Scouts, which some parents feel does not function with a proper moral compass.

Abortion similar to terrorist acts, says Spanish bishop

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Gea Escolano of Mondoñedo-Ferrol, Spain, compared abortion to terrorism and questioned why people don’t react to it in the same way they did to the terrorist attacks in Madrid, when one considers the “thousands of innocent human beings killed before being born.”

Brazilians hoping for legal recognition of Day of the Unborn Child

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As thousands of people around the world celebrated the Day of the Unborn Child on March 25, Brazilians commemorated the date with renewed efforts to gain government recognition for the day.

Archbishop asks government to promote abstinence among Puerto Rican young people

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the Mass for the Day of the Unborn Child, celebrated on March 25, the Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roberto Gonzalez Nieves, reaffirmed Church teaching on abortion and exhorted the government to promote abstinence and the natural law as the only legitimate methods of family planning.

Virginity pledges lower out-of-wedlock births

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new study from The Heritage Foundation has found that young women, who take an abstinence or virginity pledge, are about 40 percent less likely to have a child outside of marriage, reported Focus on the Family.

Holy Land needs new leaders, says patriarch

Mar 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah said new Israeli and Palestinian leaders, bolder religious leaders and an end to suicide bombings are needed for peace in the Middle East.