Archive of February 7, 2005

Pope gives Angelus blessing from hospital room

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday at noon, Pope John Paul II appeared at the window of his hospital room for the recitation of the Angelus, which he had hoped to preside at.

“We need to trust life!” says Pope in message from hospital

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, in his message delivered from his hospital room at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, John Paul II affirmed urged the faithful to defend and trust the gift of life.

Holy Father continues to improve, says Vatican

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today at noon, Rome time, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office, read a bulletin to journalists giving an update on the Holy Father's health.

Vatican denies Pope's message pre-recorded

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has denied Pope John Paul II had help from a pre-recorded tape in reciting the Angelus from his hospital window.

Centrist Catholics, Protestants won Bush the election, survey says

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Moderate Catholics and Protestants were more influential than religious conservatives in President George Bush’s re-election, says a University of Akron survey on religion and politics.

Same-sex marriage decision is ‘judicial imperialism’, says Catholic League

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he would appeal the New York State Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages.

Diocese warns Catholics against man posing as priest

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Peoria has issued an advisory to Catholics in western and central Illinois not to attend mass or receive sacraments or counseling from a man who goes by the name Fr. Ryan St. Anne Scott.

Pope tells seminarians to love and imitate Mary in order to be faithful priests

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday at the Vatican, community members of the Pontifical Major Seminary of Rome participated in their traditional meeting for the feast of their patroness, Our Lady of Trust. During the gathering, the group were treated to a message from the Holy Father prepared from his hospital room.

Cardinal Stafford to preside on Pope’s behalf at Ash Wednesday Mass

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With Wednesday being the start of Lent, the Vatican announced that Cardinal James Francis Stafford, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary will preside in the Pope's name at the celebration of Ash Wednesday Mass this year.

Council for Justice and Peace calls for a “new humanism”

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, presented the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church in Bologna, Italy.

Spanish bishops: Vote on EU Constitution with informed conscience

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the February 20 date for the referendum on the EU Constitution looms, the Bishops Conference of Spain called on Spaniards to cast an informed vote, with full knowledge of the facts about the different ambiguities in the Constitution in areas such as the Christian roots of Europe, abortion, euthanasia, marriage and the family.  “The Church puts her hopes in Europe.”

Progress in Pius XII’s cause for beatification

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Italian news agency APCOM, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, said the beatification process for Pope Pius XII “is proceeding without problems.”

Nicaraguan lawmakers declare Archbishop of Managua “the Cardinal of peace”

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The national assembly of Nicaragua decided this week to declare the Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the “Cardinal of peace” for his work during years for reconciliation in the country.

Bishops across Mexico express closeness and prayers for Pope John Paul

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishops across Mexico offered up prayers to Our Lady of Guadalupe this week for the speedy recovery of Pope John Paul II.

Task of seminaries is to provide authentic formation, says Venezuelan bishop

Feb 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass celebrating the 80th anniversary of the St. Thomas Aquinas diocesan seminary, Bishop Mario del Valle Moronta Rodríguez of San Cristóbal, Venezuela, said the task of seminaries is to provide true formation for future priests.

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