Archive of September 15, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 15, 2004

Pope: God guides history despite Satan and evil

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II said today that "history is driven through the effective work of God, despite the storms, the lacerations, and the devastations caused by evil, man and Satan." During this morning's general audience, celebrated in St. Peter's Square and attended by 10,000 people, the Holy Father reflect on the hymn in chapter 19 of the Book of Revelation, "The marriage of the Lamb."

Illinois columnist claims Catholic hospitals performing late term abortions

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two Catholic hospital systems, Loyola Health System in Chicago, and Providence Health System on the west coast and Alaska, commit late term abortions on handicapped babies, by the procedure of induced labor, claimed Jill Stanek of the Illinois Leader, in her September 14 column.

Canada grants world’s first same-sex divorce

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A lesbian couple was granted a same-sex divorce Sept. 13, just 15 months after they were married by an Ontario judge. This is being considered the world’s first same-sex divorce, reported CanWest News Service.

Abortion is only proportionate to itself, Ratzinger Priests for Life director clarifies Ratzinger memo

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has responded to the recent controversy concerning the distortion - by the media and Kerry supporters - of the words of Cardinal Razinger concerning voting and abortion, by issuing a clarification and explanation of the cardinal’s memo.

Syrian Catholic Church supports Iraqi Christian refugees

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Families fleeing Iraq after the Aug. 1 attacks on Christian churches have found safe haven in Syria, thanks to the Catholic Church.

Pope accepts resignation of two U.S. auxiliary bishops

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Today Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation from office of Bishop Francis X. Roque and of Bishop Joseph Madera, both auxiliaries of the Military Ordinariate for the United States, upon having reached the age limit.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception launches new virtual tour on website

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the 150th anniversary year of the Immaculate Conception, a complete virtual tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. has been made available via the Shrine’s website.

Quebec to start granting late-term abortions in local clinic

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Dozens of Canadian women must travel to the United States to receive late-term abortions. But Quebec health officials are “hopeful” that a newly trained doctor will set up practice in the French-speaking province in the next year and offer this procedure to women who are six-months pregnant.

Argentinean Bishop: Authentic sex-ed based on freedom and not on selfish pleasure

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina, criticized this week the false “sexual education” that has begun to be taught in some areas of the country and which threatens “to spread to the entire school system,” and he argued that authentic formation is based on man’s freedom and not on the self-destructive “insatiable search for pleasure.”

Insensitivity to eternal values is not “modern progress”, warns Mexican Cardinal

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said during Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral that insensitivity to eternal values is not “modern progress” but rather a terrible fault that could lead mankind towards greater tragedies.

Dominican Cardinal denounces youth crisis as consequence of broken families

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, lamented the growing involvement of young people in violent gangs and said the crisis stems primarily from family problems.

Dozens of homeless occupy church in downtown Bogota

Sep 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Around 80 homeless are occupying a church in downtown Bogota, storming the building after the conclusion of Mass yesterday.  As a condition of leaving they are demanding police officials reverse a decision to drive expel them from an abandoned area of the Colombian capital.