Archive of January 19, 2005

Spanish bishops’ spokesman says science also supports abstinence

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Despite media reports around the world that the bishops of Spain have thrown their support behind condoms as a means of preventing AIDS, the statements by the General Secretary of the Bishops Conference of Spain, which are the source of the reports, reiterate the Catholic position that abstinence and fidelity must be promoted in order to stop AIDS.

Pope calls prayer the “soul of the ecumenical movement”

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- "These are days of reflection and prayer”, the Holy Father said today in his general audience at the Vatican, recalling the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which began yesterday.

Kidnapped archbishop says Pope’s appeal resulted in his quick release

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Iraqi archbishop, who was kidnapped Monday but released yesterday after 19 hours in captivity, credits the Pope for his quick release. The Vatican had called the abduction a ''despicable terrorist act'' and demanded that the kidnappers free him immediately.

Pope extends special greeting to Armenian Patriarch

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At the end of his general audience today, the Holy Father gave a special greeting to the Armenian delegation present at the Vatican.

New York Times fails to print story on Hitler’s plot to kidnap Pius XII

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president William Donohue issued a statement yesterday, questioning the journalistic integrity of the New York Times. He noted that the daily was quick to run articles slamming Pope Pius XII as an alleged pro-Nazi supporter.

Family Research Council: Bush must take stronger lead in protecting marriage

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- President Bush must follow through on a campaign promise and take a stronger lead in protecting marriage, said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council in a statement released yesterday.

Steubenville holds “Preach Out” to celebrate Christian unity

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Students, Faculty, and community leaders will gather tomorrow night at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Christ the King Chapel in Ohio in recognition of the Holy Father’s call for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Russia facing stark population decline

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Russia's population will likely decline by about one-third, from 145 million to 100 million, by 2050, said the Russian Security Council in a statement last week. The current population is 145 million.

Society of gynecologists in Peru to demand legalization of abortion in cases of rape

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Peruvian medical journal “Gestión Diaria” is reporting that a group of doctors lead by the president of the Peruvian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Valentin Jaimes, is demanding abortion be legal in cases of rape.

Cardinal Sandoval said the comfort of fatalism is what leads to misery and poverty in Mexico

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a recent article for the Archdiocesan newspaper, “Seminario,” the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiquez, exhorted Mexicans to look at themselves and assume the responsibility for overcoming the country’s problems and to get rid of fatalism.

Catholics gather signatures against late-term abortions in Germany

Jan 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The association Sign of Light of the Schoenstatt Movement has begun collecting signatures against late-term abortions, which German law permits even when the baby could survive outside the mother’s womb.

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