Archive of December 16, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 16, 2004

Human development not only socio-economic, Pope says in message for Peace Day

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his Message for the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2005, which was published today, Pope John Paul II stressed that the common good of human society requires not only socio-economic well being, but a transcendent dimension based in God.

Federal judge rules in favor of Nativity

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Federal Judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled yesterday that the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, Fl., must allow the public display of the Nativity.

Pope appoints auxiliary bishop in Pittsburgh

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has appointed Fr. Paul J. Bradley, vicar general and moderator of the Curia of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., as auxiliary bishop of the same diocese.

Circuses and fairs are occasions to proclaim authentically human values, says Pope

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On receiving participants in the Seventh International Congress of the Pastoral Care for Circus and Fair Workers this morning, Pope John Paul II said that their work, "which is difficult and very special, can be a privileged occasion to proclaim the authentically human values in the world's fora.”

Pope to celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has announced the Holy Father's schedule for December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1, 2005.

Planned Parenthood loses private support but pulls in profits, annual report shows

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- There are few hopeful signs for pro-life organizations found in this year’s Planned Parenthood annual report. An analysis of the report by the American Life League indicates that fewer people are now supporting Planned Parenthood through private donations.

Indiana group works to restore cardinal's boyhood home

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Community members are working together to restore the boyhood home of the much-loved Joseph Cardinal Ritter, with the hope of honoring the cardinal by turning the dilapidated house into a community center, reported the Associated Press.

England ‘hardly a Christian country,’ says number two Anglican cleric

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of York, the Church of England's second most senior clergyman, told the BBC that he would be "hard-pushed" to say Britain is a Christian country.

Pro-family victory in Argentina: sex-ed law defeated

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The city of Buenos Aires for now will not have a “sexual education law” which had been proposed by a group of homosexuals and brought before the Buenos Aires legislature by Representative Ana Suppa.

Cuban bishops call for forgiveness, evangelization in Christmas message

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In their message, the bishops invite the faithful to adopt “an attitude of reconciliation,” and they underscore that “the Church’s main reason for being is to proclaim the Kingdom of God, her great task is evangelization.”

Church in Spain rejects court ordered abortion for mentally handicapped woman

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Office for the Defense of Life of the Archdiocese of Oviedo, Spain, energetically rejected the decision by a judge to allow abortion for a mentally handicapped woman who is six months pregnant.

Pro-lifers in Spain march in front of abortion center that was subject of an investigative report

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of people in Spain have been periodically marching in front of the Genemedex abortion clinic in Barcelona to protest the illegal practice of late-term abortions, which was revealed by the British Sunday Telegraph.

Bethlehem mayor says Israeli occupation is driving away Christians

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The mayor of Bethlehem said that the “bitterness” of the Israeli  occupation is driving more and more Christians away from the birthplace of Christ, AFP reports.

Aid needed for shrine of first approved Marian apparitions in Africa

Dec 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Marian shrine at the site of the first apparitions of Our Lady on the African continent to be approved by the Holy See – which did so in 2001 – is in need of aid in order to serve the local population and pilgrims, said the Polish missionary in charge of the shrine in Rwanda.