Archive of January 18, 2005

Vatican Announces Release of Kidnapped Iraqi Archbishop

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican press office announced with relief and satisfaction today that, “we learned of the release of Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa of Mosul who had been kidnapped yesterday afternoon.

American Iraqi Christians denied right to vote in out-of country elections

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While some American Iraqis began to register yesterday to vote in the Iraq out-of-country elections this month, most American Iraqi Christians have been denied that right.

First black USCCB president installed as archbishop of Atlanta

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory was installed as Atlanta's sixth archbishop yesterday, Jan. 17, which also marked the memorial of Martin Luther King Jr. He succeeds Archbishop John F. Donoghue, who resigned according to canon law after having reached 75 years old.

Former U.S. wartime diplomat expects Pius XII to be made a saint

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A key U.S. diplomat, who served during Pope Pius XII’s pontificate, states in his revealing memoirs that he expects the pontiff to be eventually made a saint. The book offers a first-hand account and convincing evidence that the accusations railed against Pope Pius XII as a “pro-Nazi Pope” are unfounded.

World delegation of rabbis thank Pope for his efforts to “demolish the wall of hatred”

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, in the largest private audience ever given by a Pope to Jewish leaders, John Paul II received 160 Jewish rabbis and cantors from Israel, the United States and Europe.

Denver Archdiocese director of communications challenges students to “engage the secular media”

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking at the seventh annual FOCUS national student leadership conference in Denver this past weekend, Sergio Gutierrez, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Denver challenged students to change the culture by engaging the secular media.

Senior adviser to Archbishop of Canterbury makes case for assisted suicide

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A senior adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury told The Observer that people should not be prosecuted if they assist terminally ill relatives who are in great pain to end their lives.

Calgary bishop urges faithful to resist same-sex marriage movement

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a pastoral letter that will be read in parishes this weekend, Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary has stated that Catholics must resist the same-sex marriage movement, which seeks to bring the homosexual lifestyle and activity into gradual acceptance in society.

Cardinal Medina Estevez calls on Chileans to protect 9 year-old mother and child

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The ex-prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Jorge Medina, issued a call from the Vatican this week to Chilean society to protect the life of a 9 year-old girl who became pregnant through rape while not forgetting at the same time the rights of the seven-month old baby she is carrying.

Cardinal Rivera reacts to new US law calling for respect for immigrants

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, expressed his concern this week for a new law in Arizona that limits illegal immigrants’ access to social services and he called for respect at all times for their fundamental human rights.

Selective abortions to be outlawed in China

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to a report in the publication “China Daily,” the Chinese government is set to pass a law that would prohibit parents from aborting their unborn children based on the child’s sex.  The government believes this would correct the disproportion between the number of boys and girls in the country.

Lutheran panel says ‘no’ to same-sex marriage; proposes tolerance for homosexuality

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should officially maintain its traditional position against same-sex blessing ceremonies and ministers involved in homosexual relationships, said a recommendation submitted by a 14-member panel, reported the Associated Press.

Spanish archbishop says political decisions should take morality into account

Jan 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Sebastián of Pamplona, Spain, said last week morality should be a factor in all political activity, in seeking out the common good for all citizens.

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