Archive of January 21, 2005

Pope asks bishops to “awaken an ever greater love for the mystery of the Eucharist”

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Pope expressed his joy this morning that the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, during the Year of the Eucharist, had chosen to reflect on "various initiatives to rediscover and fully 'experience Sunday as the day of the Lord and the day of the Church'," as proposed in the Apostolic Letter "Mane nobiscum Domine."

Colorado parish under fire for burial of aborted babies

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Boulder, Colorado has been burying the remains of aborted babies for years but this Sunday may be the last time.

Health care ministry called to show Christ to the suffering, says Pope

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today the Holy Father reminded members of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, that the aim of the Council is to “spread the Gospel of Christian hope in the vast world of those who suffer and those called to care for them."

Pope celebrates feast of St. Agnes with traditional blessing of lambs

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, in liturgical memory of the virgin-martyr St. Agnes, whose feast is today and for whom the traditional symbol is a lamb, blessed a group of baby lambs in the library of his apartment this morning.

U.S. soldier in Iraq requests prayers for upcoming vote

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A U.S. soldier in Iraq is requesting prayers as the military unit prepares to deliver the voting machines and ballots to villages and cities throughout the Middle Eastern country for its upcoming elections, Jan. 30-31.

Abstinence group says new study makes false claims about teens and contraception

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new study released this week in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health claims that adolescents must be taught to “love condoms,” says Abstinence Clearinghouse.

Most U.S. teens not sexually active, says landmark study

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A landmark study reveals that the majority of U.S. teens are not sexually active and that they are making this decision, based on their values, faith, parents and concern for their health and future. The study also highlights the important role of parents in their teen’s decision-making on this issue.

British Catholic Action Group lodges complaint with daily over misrepresentation of the Church

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The British Catholic Action Group today issued a formal complaint with England’s Daily Mail regarding what they call “an unbalanced article” regarding the support of English Bishops to an alleged statement of the Church in Spain in favor of condom use.

Dominican archbishop reiterates Church does not support any one political party

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, reiterated this week that the Church does not take “any political party as our own cause” and he rejected claims to the contrary.

Bishop encourages Paraguayans to let faith in God change lives

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Claudio Jimenez of Caacupe and President of the Bishops Conference of Paraguay reminded Paraguayans this week that “faith in God should lead us to transform the world in which we live.”

Bishop decries loss of Christian values in Argentina

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Carlos Maria Franzini of Rafaela, Argentina, lamented this week that even in a traditional Catholic country such as Argentina, “a decline in Christian values” is taking place.

Mexican bishops launch AIDS awareness campaign

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Mexico has begun an AIDS awareness campaign this week to reach out to those suffering from the disease.  According to the Secretary General of the Conference, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Texcoco, the campaign is in response to “the call by the Holy See to deal with this virus throughout the world.”

Cardinal Obando sees signs of good will between Nicaraguan government and opposition leaders

Jan 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, said this week conversations between government representatives and opposition leaders have begun “with good will.”

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