Archive of May 31, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 31, 2004

Recovering from accident, Fr. Groeschel says "we all have something to do for God"

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Over the weekend, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, who is recovering from a car accident that took place on January 11 in Florida, wrote a message to people praying  for him stressing his conviction that everyone has been called to do something for God.

Pope calls for intensification of prayers for peace in the Middle East

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with participants in the general chapter of the monastic family of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Bruno, Pope John Paul requested special prayers for peace in the Middle East.

Pope says new movements are a blessing for the Church

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday evening, during the Vespers of Pentecost, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed that the new movements and lay communities are a blessing to the Church.

Homosexual activists denied Communion in Chicago

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In accordance with a directive from their archbishop, priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago denied Communion yesterday to a group of homosexual activists from the American Sash Movement, reported Reuters.

Vatican diplomats must combine spirit of dialogue and deep fidelity to Christ, Pope says

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul received students of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy -where future Vatican diplomats are formed - and said that the Holy See's representatives around the world must combine a spirit of dialogue and a deep fidelity to Jesus.

Pope says Catholic Church is instrument for human unity

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Last Sunday, during the last Regina Coeli -the Marian prayer said only during the Easter season, which ends on Pentecost Sunday - Pope John Paul called the Catholic Church an instrument of unity for humanity.

Cardinal Martino to preside over celebration for Ugandan martyrs in Uganda

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace,” will travel to Uganda from May 31 to June 4 to visit, among other places, the cities of Gulu, Kalongo and Kitgum, where armed conflicts still persist.

Morning-after pill to be available in Canada without prescription

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian government announced that it intends to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription across the country.

Canadian mother receives miscarried baby in the mail

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An aboriginal woman is considering legal action after she received the remains of her miscarried baby in the mail, reported the National Post.

Spanish experts says “therapeutic child” is unethical and against the law

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an article published by the leftist Spanish newspaper “El País,” Manuel Martinez Sospedra, professor of law at the Cardinal Herrera University, said proposed legislation to allow the creation of “therapeutic children” is not only an attack on ethics but also on the Spanish constitution, and therefore, is “against the law.”

Spanish bishop calls on laity to “overcome idolatry of comfort”

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark the celebration of Lay Apostolate and Catholic Action Day on the feast of Pentecost, Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain, called on the laity to be docile to the Holy Spirit in today’s world in order to overcome the idolatry of comfort.

Archbishop supports conscientious objection against abortion in Puerto Rico

May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has expressed his support of a law that would allow professional health care workers to refuse to perform abortions for reasons of conscience.