Archive of May 3, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 3, 2004

Vatican confirms Pope’s Apostolic trip to Switzerland, June 5th-6th

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father will travel to Switzerland’s capital, Bern, to attend the national gathering of Catholic youth on June 5 and 6. He will leave Rome by plane on Saturday June 5 at 9.45am and will land in Bern at 11.30am. He will return to Rome on Sunday evening at 8.45pm. The Vatican will soon publish a more detailed itinerary of the trip.

Europes “identity cannot be understood without Christianity,” says Pope

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After praying the Regina Coeli from his study window with the crowd gathered in St. Peters square the Pope commented on the entrance of 10 countries, including his native Poland, into the European Union, and forcefully reiterated the need to remember that “the history of the formation of European nations goes side by side with evangelization.”

Pope ordains 26 new priests, calls them to “new evangelization.”

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Last Sunday, the 4th of Easter and also the World Day of Vocations, the Pope ordained 26 deacons of the diocese of Rome to the priesthood, exhorting them to make Jesus the center of their lives in order to be “true apostles of the new evangelization.”

Denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians is ‘just’: seminary rector

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It is “equitable and just” to refuse Holy Communion to Catholics who contradict the fundamental Church teachings on human life, said the rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary in the Diocese of San Francisco. Fr. Gerald Coleman expressed this view in an article that he wrote, which was published in the diocesan paper.

Massachusetts chief justice accused of ethics violation, bias in same-sex marriage ruling

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, who is one of the four judges who voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and authored the same-sex marriage decision, is under fire for an alleged ethics violation.

Catholic school withdraws invitation to pro-abortion governor

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Upon the instruction of the bishop, the administration at St. Joseph High School withdrew its invitation to Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan to speak at commencement because his pro-abortion stance contradicts Catholic Church teaching.

Colombian Cardinal asks employers to respect dignity of the their employees

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his message for Labor Day (celebrated in many parts of the world on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker), Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, Archbishop of Bogota, called on authorities and business leaders to renew their “commitment and obligation to respect the dignity of their employees” because “the dignity of each employee is inalienable.”

Holy Father calls for holiness in response to advancing secularism

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message sent to Bishop Salvatore Boccaccio of Frosinone, on the 17th centenary of the death of St. Ambrose, co-patron of the diocese, Pope John Paul II said the advance of secularism in societies formerly evangelized demands a heroic response of Christian sanctity.

Cardinal Terrazas calls for dialogue in resolve tensions in Bolivia

May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Julio Terrazas, Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is calling on his countrymen to establish “reasonable dialogue” with the government in order to bring peace to the country and overcome tensions.