Archive of December 15, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 15, 2004

Truth about man cannot be reached by mere science, Pope tells university students

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the annual Mass for university students and faculty members from Roman and other European universities with Pope John Paul II yesterday evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope reiterated that the full truth about man can be reached by looking at “Christ’s gaze of love,” and not only by science.

Group files lawsuit against bill protecting health care workers from providing abortion

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-abortion association, whose members include Planned Parenthood, announced plans Dec. 13 to file a federal lawsuit against the pro-life conscience protection in the newly enacted federal spending bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005.

Abortion still top concern among Catholic investors

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a Top Ten list of issues, about which Catholic investors in 2004 are most concerned, abortion takes first place, says a new survey conducted by Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc. (CBIS).

Independent initiatives mark Catholic school rebirth in Chicago

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- New Catholic schools are opening and flourishing in the Archdiocese of Chicago, thanks to committed parents and the investments of Catholic businesspeople.

Pope receives Christmas tree during general audience

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received a Christmas tree from the Archbishop and faithful of the autonomous Italian province of Trento this morning during his weekly General Audience in which he said that the long-awaited for Messiah is the righteous King who is the source of hope for the poor and oppressed.

Dark future for Christians in Arab regions if world continues neglect, says scholar

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The situation in the Arab world has reached a point at which the further subjugation and persecution of Christians in Muslim countries, and the loss of freedom of Christians in Lebanon, where they number 40% of the population, looms large, says Habib C. Malik, professor of history and cultural studies at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Anglican Church faces implosion and life underground, says senior adviser

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A senior adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a warning that the Church of England will fragment over homosexual clergy and other matters, and that Christianity in Britain will be driven underground.

Emotional Mass in Cuba to celebrate restoration of island's oldest church

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This Sunday hundreds of Cubans participated in an emotional Mass to mark the re-inauguration of the Hermitage of the Immaculate, Cuba's oldest functioning church, in Havana's Guanabacoa district.

Despite boycott, thousands march against abortion in Spain

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than two thousand people participated in a march for life this past Saturday near the Ministry of Health in Madrid in order to make known to the country's leaders their rejection of abortion, their support for pregnant women and their respect for human life from conception to natural death.

Cardinal Rivera calls on Mexicans to contribute for building of church for St. Juan Diego

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City, is calling on Mexicans to financially assist the Church to continue building a shrine dedicated to St. Juan Diego, which is to be located near the Basilica of Guadalupe.

Sexual “taboos” exist for a reason, says Australian minister

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The morals which the “sexual revolution” considered to be “taboos” exist for a reason, Health Minister Tony Abbott told “The Australian.”

CELAM plans gathering on Social Responsibility of Businesses

Dec 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Latin America Bishops Conference (CELAM) is planning a gathering of the bishops of the region to discuss how to promote social responsibility in the business world.