Archive of May 6, 2004

Israeli press says Catholic Church will take custody of Upper Room

May 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Tel Aviv daily Maariv has published a report which, if confirmed, would signify a major milestone in the history of Christianity. Within a few months the state of Israel may grant custody of the Upper Room, where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his apostles, to the Catholic Church.

Canada passes law that groups fear could silence religious expression

May 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A bill that religious groups fear could brand the Bible as hate literature and silence religious expression was passed by the Canadian government last week.

Pope to U.S. Bishops: Encourage a spirituality of communion and mission.

May 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning the Holy Father met with twenty U.S. bishops from the ecclesiastical provinces of Detroit and Cincinnati on their ‘ad limina’ visit, and continued his reflections on the connection betweent the ‘munus sanctificandi’ and the spirituality of communion and mission.

“Always be faithful” to “service to the Successor of Peter,” Pope to Swiss Guard

May 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning the Holy Father received the 33 new members of the Swiss Guard to be sworn in this afternoon. He expressed his gratitude for their “service to the Successor of Peter.” He noted that the commitment of the Swiss Guard is demanding and “perhaps sometimes tiresome” but will be rewarded by God.

Pro-abortion governor decides not to receive Communion in public

May 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Gov. James E. McGreevey said yesterday he respectfully disagrees with Newark Archbishop John J. Myers but he will honor the bishop’s request and not receive Communion in public, reported the Associated Press.

Same-sex marriage takes society in ‘wrong direction’, says archbishop

May 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The marriage debate in Australia has picked up momentum and the Catholic Church has come out on the defense of the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.