Archive of November 2, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 2, 2004

Voters in 11 states to vote on same-sex marriage referendum today

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In addition to voting for president, voters in 11 states will decide today whether to impose constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Close to one-fifth of the electorate will be voting in a state same-sex marriage referendum. According to pollsters, most of the bans are expected to win approval.

‘Most of us are with Bush,’ says national priests’ leader

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A well-known Catholic priest said he thinks most U.S. priests will vote for President George Bush in today’s election.

Pro-lifers provide outreach at abortion chaplain's funeral

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Operation Rescue, a leading pro-life Christian organization, conducted a peaceful outreach outside the public funeral service for an abortion centre “chaplain” Sunday.

Nova Scotians vote against Sunday shopping

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The majority of Nova Scotians voted “No” to Sunday shopping in a referendum in mid-October, making the Atlantic province the only Canadian jurisdiction without it.

Fundamentalist attacks strengthen faith of Catholics in India

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops Conference of India, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, stated this week the attacks by Hindu fundamentalists, rather than causing fear, strengthen the faith and witness of life Christians.

Pope marks All Saints Day with prayers for victims of terrorism

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- From St. Peter’s Square, the Pope offered “special prayers for all the victims of terrorism.”

Anacephaly abortion was beginning of slippery slope, Bishop warns

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A week after the Supreme Court of Brazil decided to suspend permission for anacephaly abortions, the Vice President of the Brazilian Bishops Conference, Bishop Antonio Celso Queiroz, said legalizing this type of abortion was to open the door to abortion on demand.

The hour of death is the “hour of truth,” Spanish bishop exhorts

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the eve of the celebration of All Saints and a day before All Souls Day, Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain, called on the faithful to face death, “the hour of truth,” courageously and to live in love in order to live for eternity.

Philippines priestly formation program targets problem of homosexuality among seminarians

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’s new Program for Priestly Formation has included express guidelines to help seminary directors better discern whether seminarians are actively homosexual, and has tried to clarify issues surrounding homosexuality.

Australian Prime Minister calls for debate on abortion law

Nov 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Following the release of recent statistics from the state of South Australia suggesting that the majority of women who have late-term abortions due to reasons of mental health, acting Prime Minister, John Anderson, has called for a debate on Australia’s late-term abortion policy.