Archive of May 11, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 11, 2004

WHO adopts Church strategy to contain Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic

May 11, 2004 - 11:00 pm .- The Church’s message of sexual abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage – as a means to contain the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa – is now beginning to receive support from a number of organizations and governments, including United Nations bodies and U.S. Congress.

Search for new ways to preach the Gospel, fulfill mission of mercy and peace

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father lauded the members of the Pontifical Missionary Works at their general assembly this morning saying that their work helps transmit the Gospel “to the ends of the earth.” "The objective of the general assembly of your Superior Council is to search for the ways of the Lord for a renewed mission in a world in continual change.

Six new saints to be proclaimed this Sunday in St. Peter’s Square

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This sunday, May 16, the Holy Father will canonize six blesseds.

Pope sends condolences to families of victims and survivors of Grozny explosion

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning a telegram offering condolences to the families of the victims of the bomb blast in a Grozny stadium on Sunday was sent in the Pope’s name by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of state. It reads as follows:

“The Passion of the Christ” DVD to be released in August

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Icon Productions has announced this morning that Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" will be released on DVD on August 31 in partnership with 20th Century Fox.

With limited resources Church Cuba provides health care to thousands

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Despite growing material needs, the Cuban Bishops Conference has reported that the Church in Cuba will redouble its various social programs that give assistance to over 19,000 people monthly.

Archbishop reminds mothers that children are always a gift from God

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Marking the celebration of Mother’s Day, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan Puerto Rico, reminded mothers that “a baby is always a gift from God,” and he thanked God for “women who have accepted the challenge to be mothers.”

Bishops to support mayors who refuse to distribute abortion pill

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several bishops in Chile have announced their firm support for the right of mayors to refuse to distribute the morning after pill, after the government’s Ministry of Health announced it would force local leaders to make the abortifacient drug available in their municipalities.

Catholic student tortured to death in Pakistan for refusing to deny faith in Christ

May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Javed Anjum, a 19-year-old Catholic student from Quetta in Pakistan died from torture wounds inflicted by Muslim extremists in Faisalabad on May 2.