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

Evil’s apparent victory is defeated by the Cross of Christ, says Pope

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Before praying the Angelus at Castelgandolfo on Sunday, Pope John Paul II shared his reflections on the presence of evil in the world today and God’s answer in the death of His Son on the Cross. "In the face of evil, which shows itself in many forms in the world, man, afflicted and disconcerted, asks himself 'Why?'...

Newark archbishop gives guidelines to Catholic voters

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- No Catholic may legitimately support abortion or embryonic stem-cell research. That was the conclusive message of a letter to the faithful, issued by Archbishop John J. Meyers of Newark Sept. 17.

Peace will only come when dialogue prevails over confrontation, says Pope

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received the Letters of Credence of Nevine Simaika Halim Abadia, new ambassador of Egypt to the Holy See on Saturday and spoke of the role of religion in the creation of a culture of peace and the importance of inter-religious dialogue.

Be steadfast, audacious, and vigilant in seeking new ways to teach faith, says Pope to Pacific bishops

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II addressed the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific at Castelgandolfo on Saturday who had just completed their "ad limina" visit, and urged them to spare no effort in taking pastoral initiatives to strengthen the pastoral life of their dioceses, form priests, and spread the faith.

Papal Masses to be celebrated between September 28 and December 31

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff made public today the calendar of celebrations to be presided over by Pope John Paul II from September 28 to December 31, 2004.

Sales of ‘Passion’ DVD continue despite campaign against release

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- DVD/VHS sales of the “The Passion of the Christ” continue to soar, despite a campaign that had 100 theologians sign a statement, condemning the Mel Gibson film for being anti-Semitic. About nine million DVDs were sold in the first three weeks of its release.

Catholic Charities to set social policy priorities at Denver conference

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of Catholic Charities professionals from across the United States will meet in Denver this week to help establish the agency’s social policy priorities and to learn how to sharpen their advocacy skills for the poor and the vulnerable, whom they serve.

Abortion affects both women and men, says national pro-life campaign

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A campaign on the devastating emotional, physical and spiritual effects of abortion drew women and men on the steps of the U.S. Customs House in downtown Charleston Sept. 18, reported The Post and Courier.

Peruvian bishops “just want to the truth” regarding attempt to smear Archbishop of Lima

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The General Secretary of the Bishops Conference of Peru, Bishop Juan Jose Larrañeta, told reporters this week the Peruvian bishops just want to find out the truth about the attempt to besmirch the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cripriani and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Rino Passigato.

Cardinal Errazuriz calls on Chileans to work to restore trust

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Presiding at an ecumenical recitation of the Te Deum on the country’s Independence Day, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Chile called on Chileans to work to restore trust.

Cuban Catholics say help needed to evangelize country

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a visit to the international headquarters of Aid to the Church in Need, a collaborator with the Diocese of Guantanamo-Baracoa, Cuba, said the Church in Cuba needs help in order to “move ahead with evangelization” and that although the Church is “tolerated” by the government, she is facing a very difficult situation.

Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro publishes voting guide for coming municipal elections

Sep 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro published this week a voting guide for Catholics who will go to the ballot box on October 3 for municipal elections.