Archive of May 20, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 20, 2004

48 Catholic Democrats send letter of complaint to Cardinal McCarrick about the stance of some bishops on Communion

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Forty-eight Democrat Catholic members of the US Congress  sent a letter, May 10, to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick complaining about the "threats" made by some bishops to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians, the New York Times revealed today. The letter said the bishops are "allowing the church to be used for partisan purposes.''

Church not threatened by decreased funding, does not ‘exist because of money,’ says official

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Colorado Springs is willing to be poor in order to preach the Gospel and it is not intimidated by threats to withdraw funding.

Bishop hosts sex-abuse conference, says abuse impacts all parts of society

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Pheonix has partnered with the county attorney’s office to host a summit today, designed for individuals who work on sexual abuse issues.

Pope John Paul mourns death of Senegalese Cardinal

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II sent a telegram mourning the death of Cardinal Hyacinthe Thiandoum,  Archbishop of Dakar, Senegal, for more than three decades and a leading figure of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa, who died at 83.

Swiss bishops denounce calls for Pope to retire

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Swiss bishops say a letter written by Swiss intellectuals and theologians, calling on the Pope to retire, “disgusting” and "tasteless.” Yesterday, the bishops dismissed the suggestion that the Pope should retire, calling it "absurd."

Excerpts from Pope’s new book revealed

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An article in the Spanish newspaper ABC has published several excerpts from the new book written by Pope John Paul II about his life as bishop.

Catholic Church in Peru launches solidarity outreach to adolescent mothers

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Adolescent mothers are the focus of the Peruvian Bishops Conference Outreach program for this year, which will begin on Saturday, May 22.

Bishops of Ecuador ask for assistance for Colombian refugees

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Statistics indicate that more than 300,000 Colombians are residing in Ecuador, 7,000 of whom are refugees.  In the last five years Ecuadorian authorities have received more than 27,000 requests for refugee status.

Cardinal says Immaculate Conception important doctrine for today’s culture

May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, Archbishop of Seville, Spain, said this week that the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception of Mary provides an excellent opportunity to refocus on the Incarnation of Christ, in the midst of increasing secularization which seeks to exclude religion.