Archive of February 3, 2005

Vatican calls Pope's condition "positive"

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Late this morning, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls told journalists that "The Holy Father's general and respiratory conditions show positive developments."

Pro-family organization praises President’s “State of the Union”

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released yesterday a statement praising President Bush's State of the Union Address for its clear standing on moral issues related to life and family.

Pope's biographer optimistic of recovery

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II’s official biographer and friend George Weigel told WBAL-TV 11 in Maryland that he does not doubt statements from Vatican officials that the Pope will pull through his bout with the flu.

Football players to bring their faith to Superbowl on Sunday

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Football fans will have their eyes glued to the television this Sunday to watch their favorite team battle it out at this year’s Superbowl. But what fans may not know is that an increasing number of these players profess a deep Christian faith.

Catholic League says anti-Jewish and anti-Christian professor should be fired

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president William Donohue says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill should be fired for his philosophy and rhetoric, which are both anti-Jewish and anti-Christian.

Pope says organ transplants must "guarantee respect for life and for the human person"

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today the Vatican released a Letter from Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences regarding the practice of transplanting organs from the deceased.

Iraqi bishops hopeful elections mean beginning of a new start for Christians

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of the January 30 elections, various Iraqi bishops expressed their hope they might signify a new era for Christians and especially for Catholics eager to rebuild the Church in the country.

Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez calls on young people to cultivate loyalty, respect and purity of spirit

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo on National Youth Day, the archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez exhorted young people of the Dominican Republic to cultivate loyalty, purity of spirit and respect for others.


Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In yesterday’s story titled “Canada introduces same-sex marriage legislation” CNA made an  error in attribution. The statement that “equality rights always trump religious rights” was wrongly attributed to Justice Minister Irwin Cotler. The phrase should have been attributed to Conservative MP Vic Toews, who made the comment in response to the same-sex marriage bill. CNA apologizes for the error.

Spanish newspaper reports on widower vocations as encouraging sign for the Church

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish daily El Mundo recently published an interesting collection of testimonies of uncommon religious vocations: widows and widowers, with children and grandchildren, who have become priests and religious.

Cardinal Rubiano calls Colombians to common sense on issues of abortion and homosexual unions

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Presiding at the opening of the General Assembly of the Bishops Conference of Colombia, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz, Archbishop of Bogota and President of the body, issued an explicit appeal to lawmakers, “that in the consideration of proposals such as abortion, euthanasia and making same-sex unions equivalent to marriage, common sense and respect for life might prevail.”

Archbishop of Oviedo decries claim secularism is sole voice of reason

Feb 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Oviedo, Carlos Osoro, commenting this week on the recent message of Pope John Paul II to the Spanish bishops, said secularism poses a risk for religious freedom.

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