Archive of September 17, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 17, 2004

Protect the sacraments, give faithful dignified celebrations, says Pope to bishops

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning at Castelgandolfo, the Pope spoke to 130 recently-appointed bishops from both the Oriental and Occidental Churches, about their duties as bishops, especially emphasising their duty “to take special care of the celebration of the Sacraments and worship in general.”

Christian morality must be considered most powerful factor in economic relations, says Pope to bankers

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning at Castelgandolfo Pope John Paul II spoke about the role of bankers to 25 members of the Italian baking group Capitalia, telling them that "your presence in society can become an instrument of true progress, offering support for valid initiatives of individuals and groups who come to you for their legitimate financial and economic needs."

Bishop urges U.S. Catholics to embrace citizenship and responsible voting

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a recent letter to his faithful, Archbishop John F. Donoghue of Atlanta said he cannot tell Catholics who to vote for but he has responsibility to teach them how they must decide for whom to vote.

UN body claims abortion, contraception still key to development

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Despite the marked drop in fertility rates in most parts of the world, the UN Population Fund said this week that the earth's environmental future remains threatened by population growth. In a report issued this week, it says the problem can only be addressed by UNFPA's increased provision of contraceptives and abortifacients, reported the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute.

U.S. adds Saudi Arabia to list of ‘countries of concern’

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom today welcomed the U.S. State Department’s designation of Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Eritrea to its list of "countries of particular concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act. Other countries on the list are Burma, China, Iran, North Korea and Sudan.

Anglican Church agrees to reality-TV program ‘Priest Idol’

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Anglican Church in England has jumped into the fray of reality TV in the hopes of reviving a dying church.

Cardinal asks for the avoidance of innocent civilian death in Iraq

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The honorary president of Vatican Radio, Cardinal Roberto Tucci, asked the coalition forces yesterday to avoid the deaths of innocent civilians in Iraq.

Argentine bishop maintains that Catholic schools must “evangelize while educating”

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bishop of San Miguel, Mons. José Luis Mollaghan, emphasized the primordial place that the Catholic school occupies in the mission of the Church and recalled that it is called to “evangelize while educating and educate while evangelizing.”

Mexican bishops warn against planned casinos

Sep 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Mexican Bishops’ Conference have issued a statement warning of the dangers involved in the Mexican government’s plan to legalize casinos and betting houses in the country in an attempt to create jobs and aid economic development.