Archive of May 21, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 21, 2004

American Life League responds to 48 Catholic congressmen: "You can't be Catholic and pro-abortion."

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Judie Brown, President of American Life League (ALL,) issued a statement yesterday responding to the 48 Catholic members of the U.S. Congress who sent a letter warning Theodore Cardinal McCarrick about the political repercussions of withholding Communion from pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

Archdiocese of Newark gets two new Auxiliary Bishops

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II appointed today two new Auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Newark, headed by Archbishop John Myers.

Ordination of three men shows universality of the Church in Denver

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Three men from three ethnic backgrounds will be ordained for the Archdiocese of Denver this week. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM. Cap., will lay hands upon Deacons Kevin Augustyn, José Sáenz, and Joseph Tran May 22.

Pope encourages New Zealand to promote dialogue within “the human family”

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “New Zealanders have always cherished the fundamental value of freedom, justice and peace. Indeed, in the face of aggression or threat, they have generously sought to defend and promote such rights in the Pacific and beyond,” said the Holy Father this morning on receiving Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand.

Vatican’s Council for Justice and Peace opens discussion on future of Africa

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, headed by Cardinal Renato Martino,  opened today a study session on the social and economic development of Africa in the era of globalization.

Catholic-Jewish Committee expresses concerns over aftermaths of ‘Passion’

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic-Jewish Consultation Committee met in New York April 20 to discuss their respective views of “The Passion of the Christ” as well as Catholic-Jewish relations in the aftermath of the film.

Using ‘The Passion’ in classrooms and study groups

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to the Committee’s statement, Catholic schools and religious education groups should use these documents if they plan on the film in order to “guide students so they will be familiar with the deep theological significance and complex historical context of the Passion narratives that no single film could fully convey,” says the statement.

Australian bishops ready to tackle secularism, urge Sunday observance

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Australia's bishops have taken up Pope John Paul's call to tackle secularism in Australian society and to encourage the observance of the Sunday mass. The bishops made this commitment at their plenary meeting, which focused on broad renewal and education with regard to the Eucharist.

Catholics not well-liked in film industry, says director

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The renowned Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi says there is a terrible polarization between the communications media and faith, and that the label Catholic “is not well-liked by anyone in our society.”

Religion is fundamental for the intellectual development of children, says chancellor

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, said this week in Valencia, Spain, that religion is important for the intellectual development of children.

Catholic University of Argentina convenes International Congress on 10th anniversary of Veritatis Splendor

May 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark the 10th anniversary of the papal encyclical Veritatis Splendor, the Pontifical Universtity of Argentina is organizing an international theological congress in September, bringing together Catholic intellectuals from around the world.