Archive of February 14, 2005

Sister Lucia, last living witness of Fatima, dead at 97

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Sister Lucia, the last surviving witness of the three children to whom the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima, Portugal, died Sunday at the age of 97.

We must carry our cross together with Christ, Pope tells faithful on Sunday

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the Holy Father made his first public appearance since being released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital. He appeared at the window of his private study to pray the Angelus with thousands of people gathered below in St Peter's Square.

Pope, Roman Curia enter into Lenten retreat

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday evening, at 6pm, the Holy Father and the papal household, entered into their annual spiritual retreat on the theme, "The Church at the service of the new and eternal covenant."

Pope invites world’s sick to unite themselves to Jesus—“a man who knows suffering”

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, the Vatican made public a message of thanks from the Holy Father given to Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for the Health Care Ministry.

Pope urges French Bishops against unbalanced secularism

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The theme of a letter released Saturday from Pope John Paul II to the bishops of France concerned relations between the Church and French civil authorities in the perspective of this year's 100th anniversary of the law of separation between Church and State in France.

UN report advocates universal access to abortion

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United Nation’s recent Millennium Project Report openly advocates legalized abortion, says the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute in their latest issue of Friday Fax.

Swedish pastor acquitted based on free speech

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A pastor’s right to free speech was confirmed in Swedish law last week when a pastor, convicted of hate crimes for a sermon he gave denouncing homosexuals two years ago, was acquitted Feb. 11.

New Catholics featured in Easter television special

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This Easter Sunday promises good Catholic programming with the broadcast of a moving one-hour special on the adult spiritual journey.

Terri Schiavo’s family encouraged after Kansas woman wakes from 20-year coma

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The awakening of a Kansas woman from a 20-year coma has encouraged Terri Schindler Schiavo’s family in their fight to keep their daughter alive.

St. Louis Archbishop expresses regret over defiant parish

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a letter published in the St. Louis Review on Friday, Archbishop Raymond Burke sought to clarify his stance in the ongoing struggle between the Archdiocese and a parish on the city’s north side.

Bishops warn approval of “medicinal babies” means sanctioning of eugenics

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on behalf of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Father Juan Martinez Camino, secretary general of the body, said proposed reforms of the country’s laws on assisted reproduction would permit the conception of “medicinal babies” and consequently the death of many human embryos.

Archbishop warns of loss of more than just religious freedom in Venezuela

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo, is warning that “freedom is in danger, and not only religious freedom” in the South American country.

Pro-life groups reach out to Mexicans travelling to the US to obtain abortions

Feb 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The organization Pro-Life Mexico is leading a march at the Santa Fe international bridge in order to convince Mexican women crossing into El Paso, Texas, not to go through with their intent to obtain abortions.

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