Archive of January 27, 2005

Pope calls for increased respect of elderly in Lenten message

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Pope used the words of Moses to express his theme for Lent 2005, which was published today in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish and dated September 8th, 2004.

Bishops warn against moral dangers of euthanasia

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- "Loving the Lord ... means life to you and length of days" was announced today as the Holy Father’s theme for this Lent, based on Deuteronomy 30:20. Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", and Bishop Andre-Mutien Leonard of Namur, Belgium, an expert in questions relating to euthanasia, presented Pope John Paul II’s message this morning in the Vatican press office.

No one may overlook the tragedy of the Holocaust, says Pope

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, read a Message from Pope John Paul at a gathering of more than 30 world leaders to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Holy See tells Spanish Foreign Ministry that Pope clearly illustrates position of Church

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At midday today, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls made the following declaration concerning a communique released yesterday by the Spanish Foreign Ministry on the Holy Father's address to Spanish prelates during their "ad limina" visit on January 24, 2005.

Denver men look to become a formal religious order

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Just a few years ago, Jay Gould was a millionaire. Today, he owns virtually nothing and serves the poor in a downtrodden Denver Colorado neighbourhood.

Mortuary apologizes after giving fetal remains to Catholic cemetery

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Colorado hospital will now ask its female patients where they want fetal remains to be buried, after a miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. Avista Adventist Hospital has taken on this new policy after learning that Crist Mortuary in Boulder was sending fetal remains, which they had received from the hospital for cremation, to a Catholic cemetery.

Catholics launch postcard campaign against same-sex marriage

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A coalition of Quebec-based Catholic organizations launched a postcard campaign yesterday, which they hope will persuade Parliamentarians to vote against the same-sex marriage legislation Paul Martin’s Liberal government is expected to introduce next week.

Canadian same-sex marriage bill to be introduced next week

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said yesterday the government will introduce the same-sex marriage bill as soon as Parliament returns from its winter break Monday. The minister made this announcement during a three-day Liberal retreat in Fredericton, N.B.

Pro-life group calls for investigation into death of woman, linked to abortion

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Operation Rescue filed a complaint with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, asking for the suspension of abortion doctor George Tiller's medical license, pending an investigation into the tragic death of a woman who had an abortion at his clinic.

College students declare pro-life message in Washington

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than 300 students from college campuses across the nation converged at the Catholic University of America last weekend to affirm that human life is sacred at all stages of development.

L’Osservatore Romano highlights heroism of “courageous” Italian mother

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano singled out an Italian mother for her decision to forego medical treatment doctors said she needed to save her life but that would have resulted in the death of her unborn child.

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo says family is not property of lawmakers

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, said this week the family is a “patrimony of humanity that does not belong to anybody, not even to politicians and lawmakers, who want to invent their own models as if they were the creators.”

Argentinean bishop says anti-catholic press created condom scandal in Spain

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jorge Lona of San Luis, Argentina, said last week the “anti-catholic” press twisted the statements of the Secretary of the Bishops Conference of Spain regarding condoms and later portrayed the clarification by the Conference as a “reversal.”

First Canon Law Department in Mexico inaugurated

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This week at the parish of St. Augustine in Tlalpan, Mexico, the first ever Canon Law Department of the Pontifical University of Mexico was inaugurated.

Italian mountain to be named after John Paul II

Jan 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A mountain in the Apennines of Italy has been renamed “Wojtyla Peak” in honor of Pope John Paul II.

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