Archive of April 19, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 19, 2004

Vatican clears the way for new saints, including American “Angel of Molokai”

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Monday morning, in the presence of Pope John Paul, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated 15 new decrees that will open the way for two canonizations and 10 beatifications, eight of them for martyrdom. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, announced a miracle that paves the way for the canonization of Blessed Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga (1901-1952) a chilean Jesuit and Blessed Felice Da Nicosia an italian professed lay member of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin (1715-1787).

Instruction with liturgical norms on the Eucharist to be "released" on Friday

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On  Friday, April 23  the Vatican will present  the Instruction of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments “‘Redemptionis Sacramentum’, on several things that must be observed and avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist.”

Pope calls for kidnappers to release hostages out of humanity

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, at the end of the noon prayer of the Regina Caeli, Pope John Paul called for kidnappers of hostages in Iraq to show "humanity" and return the hostages to their families.

Colorado’s politicians react to Denver archbishop’s strong words

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput’s recent opinion column created a stir among Colorado politicians after he stated that Catholic politicians must advocate laws that respect the sanctity of life. The archbishop of Denver also suggested that those who break with Church teachings on sanctity-of-life issues are  only “Catholic” by name.

The Gospel is guide to understanding history, says Pope

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message addressed to the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding, Pope John Paul II underscored that the Gospels are a reference point that help to better understand mankind’s history.

The Philippines are “a light” for evangelization of Asia, Pope says

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “The Philippines is truly a ‘light’ for the evangelization of the Asian continent,” said John Paul II  on Monday morning during a meeting with the new ambassador of the Philippines, Leonida L. Vera.

Floridians to vote on parental notification law

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On November 2, the voters of Florida will not only play a decisive role in the presidential elections, they will also vote on a constitutional amendment requiring minors to notify their parents before seeking an abortion.

Expert confirms abortifacient nature of morning after pill

Apr 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As debate continues about the inclusion of the morning after pill in family planning programs throughout Latin America, an expert in the field has confirmed that science does not hide the abortifacient nature of the drug, even though promoters insist on calling it just another “contraceptive.”