Archive of December 8, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 8, 2004

Pope marks 150th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Consecrating the Church to Mary

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Appearing in a good form on Wednesday, Pope John Paul presided over the 150th Anniversary of the Immaculate Conception and consecrated the Church tu Mary. The Pontiff reminded Catholics that the dogma proclaimed by Pope Pius IX is a central element of their faith.

Pope condemns attacks on churches in Iraq

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul condemned on Wednesday the bombing of two churches in Iraq, the latest in a series of attacks against the Christian community.

Christmas considered controversial despite majority population, notes Catholic League

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president William Donohue commended four major department stores in New York for wishing their Jewish patrons Happy Chanukah, but questions “why these stores, and others, have such a hard time wishing Christians Merry Christmas” when Christians represent the majority of the population.

Preservation of cross at Mount Soledad depends on president

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two local congressmen have intervened in the 15-year battle to save the cross atop Mount Soledad in La Jolla, Ca. They say their proposition will keep the cross where it is.

Ohio Catholic wife takes marriage case to Vatican tribunal to prevent ‘no fault’ divorce

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An Ohio woman is waiting to hear from the Catholic Church’s international tribunal in Rome whether her husband has a lawful reason, according to the Catholic Code of Canon law, for leaving her and their four children.

Pope mockumentary wins top ticket at Canadian film fest

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A mock documentary about a Jewish man who tries to meet Pope John Paul II while dressed as the devil, was named best Canadian film Sunday at the Whistler Film Festival.

Boston College considers merger with Weston

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Boston College and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology are discussing a merger, reported the Associated Press.

Jesuit magazine says elections results in US refute the idea of “two Americas”

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The influential Jesuit magazine “La Civilitá Cattolica,” whose content is reviewed by the Vatican Secretary of State, has published an article by Father Angel Macchi, SJ, in the current edition in which Father Macchi offers very positive comments on the reelection of George W. Bush.

Church needs “radical commitment to the Gospels” of the new movements, Vatican official says

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Estanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said this week during the II Assembly of the Christian Life Movement in Lima, Peru, that the Church needs radical commitment to the Gospel at the dawn of the Third Millennium.

“Anglicanism is on the verge of implosion,” says Anglican bishop

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Anglican Archbishop of York, David Hope, told the newspaper “The Telegraph” on Sunday that because of the ordination of an actively homosexual bishop, the Anglican Church is “on the verge of implosion.”

Young people in Lima promise to live in chastity

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, 100 young people in Lima, Peru, made a promise to the Blessed Mother to live in chastity while they discern the state of life to which they are called.

Chaldean Catholics “deeply shaken” after attack in Iraq

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A day After Faraj Rahho, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, northern Iraq, watched his home go up in flames when “Mujahedin,” – Muslim fighters of the “holy war” –bombed the building,  priests from Baghdad asked  the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need  to “pray for us and especially for Archbishop Rahho.”

Over 1300 College students expected at Catholic University Conference

Dec 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Fellowship of Catholic University Students recently announced it’s seventh annual National Student Leadership Conference to be held in Denver this January.