Archive of December 9, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 9, 2004

Bishop Wilton Gregory, former USCCB President, new Archbishop of Atlanta

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has named the Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, untill now Bishop of Belleville, as the sixth Archbishop of Atlanta. Bishop Gregory has served as Bishop of Belleville, Illinois since February 1994 and recently completed a three-year term as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Canada’s Supreme Court issues ‘opinion’ but not ‘ruling’ in favor of same-sex marriage

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of Canada issued its judgment this morning on same-sex marriage, stating that the federal government has the right to change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

National Shrine Rector Named West Virginia Bishop

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has named Msgr. Michael J. Bransfield, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, as Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston.

Same-sex ‘marriage’ to become law in Canada by end of December, says justice minister

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said the federal government will move quickly to legalize same-sex marriage by the end of December should the Supreme Court of Canada rule today that denying marriage rights to same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Respecting cultural differences must be balanced by protection of universal values, says Pope

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II’s Message for the 91st World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2005, made public today, insists on the duty of Christians to aid migrants in their struggle to integrate and to actively support the building of a society open to cultural dialogue, while at the same time firmly maintaining the heritage of universal and inalienable values.

Pro-family organizaton responds to California Attorney General on “freedom of conscience attack”

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A leading pro-family organization, Campaign for Children and Families, issued a response to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s announcement yesterday that he will sue to block the Hyde-Weldon conscience amendment in the recently-passed federal spending bill which prohibits government entities from punishing doctors who won't do abortions, saying that Lockyer is ignoring the right to “freedom of conscience.”

“Icon for immigrants” given a home in parish church known as haven for immigrants

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A life-sized statue of Christ found floating in the Rio Grande last year has been donated to Our Lady of Refuge church in Eagle Pass after having spent a year in the police departments evidence room.

HLI urges Bush administration to rescind population-control policy

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An international pro-life organization called upon the United States government to revoke its radical population-control policy at a press conference this morning.

Vandals target Jesus statue

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic church in Delaware was vandalized Dec. 6, for the third time in recent weeks. This time, a bronze statue of Jesus was decapitated. The representations of two children, also part of the statue, were also vandalized.

Sister celebrates 100th birthday with joy

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Sr. Mary Martin dePorres McKenna’s 100 years witness to a life of faith, joy and service.

Christian opposition leader threatened for helping family members of political prisoners in Cuba

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Cubanet news agency denounced the Cuban government this week for threatening a leading Cuban dissident for attempting to help family members of political prisoners.

“Doctors for Life” organize march against abortion in Spain

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The association Doctors for Life, a group of mainly doctors and medical students from the Autonomous University of Madrid, has convened a massive protest against abortion for this Saturday, December 11.

Thousands attend Mass of reparation in Argentina

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Catholics in Argentina gathered on the feast of the Immaculate Conception to take part in a Mass at the parish of Our Lady of the Pilar in reparation for an art exhibit which displayed blasphemous works against Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.

Catholic musicians invited to participate in international Marian concert

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The 6th International Festival of Christian Music, “The World Sings to Mary,” organized by Radio Kolbe SAT of Schio, Italy, will take place on April 30, 2005, and organizers are now accepting requests to participate.

College Students Reach Out to Community For World Aids Day

Dec 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Ranked last year by the Princeton Review as the number one party school in the nation, and still reeling from the alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge earlier this year, the University of Colorado at Boulder has not lately been associated with works of charity.