Archive of February 16, 2005

Gomez becomes first Mexican-born U.S. Archbishop

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last night at the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas, Archbishop Jose Gomez was installed as the first Mexican-born Archbishop in U.S. history.

Fatima visionary leaves us with a great example of faithfulness and obedience, says Pope

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, a message from the Holy Father was read at the funeral of Sister Lucia, the last survivor of the three children who witnessed apparitions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

Pope John Paul II sent letter of encouragement to Sister Lucia day before her death

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to the Portuguese Catholic news agency, Ecclesia, Bishop Albino Cleto of Coimbra, Portugal, revealed this week that Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary who died last Sunday, received a message from Pope John Paul II the day before her death.

US bishops urge congress to decide budget based on dignity of the person

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged Congress to think of the needs of the poor here and abroad when they consider the national budget. They made their call in a Feb. 11 letter, signed by USCCB president Bishop William Skylstad, to U.S. senators and representatives.

Seattle archdiocese removed from lawsuit

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Seattle is no longer a defendant in a lawsuit filed by an Idaho man, who accused defrocked priest John Cornelius of molesting him years ago, reported the KOMO News Service.

Montana Bishops speak out in favor of bill abolishing death penalty

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop George Thomas of the Diocese of Helena, speaking on behalf of both he and Bishop Anthony Milone of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, spoke out Monday in favor of a new bill before Montana lawmakers which could eradicate the death penalty statewide.

Canadian Jesuits lose to Wal-Mart

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Jesuits lost their decade-long battle with Wal-Mart last month when a municipal board ruled that the U.S.-based department store chain could build a megastore next to a well-known Jesuit retreat centre.

Bishops Conference of Venezuela calls for aid for flood victims

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The secretary of the Bishops Conference of Venezuela, Bishop Jose Luis Azuaje is calling on Venezuelans and the country’s institutions to collaborate in continuing to provide emergency assistance to various regions of the country that have been hit by heavy rains.

Bishops prepare to celebrate 50th anniversary of CELAM

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A group of bishops from Chile, the United States, Canada and Colombia are meeting in Bogotá this week to prepare for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM), which will take place in May in Lima, Peru. 

Argentinean bishops warns condoms won’t stop AIDS

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Joaquin Piña Batllevell of Iguazu, Argentina, said this week measures proposed by authorities to combat AIDS, such as the distribution of condoms, “many times are neither the most adequate nor the most effective.”

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