Archive of February 17, 2005

Pope’s new book to span millenniums

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Italian publishing house Rizzoli announced Wednesday that John Paul II’s newest book, Memory and Identity; Conversations Between Millenniums is set to go on sale throughout Italy on February 23rd.

Pontifical Academy seeks to redefine cultural definition of “health”

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a press conference this morning at the Vatican, Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, discussed an upcoming assembly themed, “The Quality of Life and the Ethics of Health.”

Doctors say Pope is stable but still needs more recovery

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Italian daily “Avvenire,” Dr. Rodolfo Proietti, director of emergency services at Gemelli Hospital, reported that Pope John Paul II was in "good general condition" when he returned to the Vatican on February 10, but that he would still need a period of recovery.

Online petition supports pre-nuptial agreement for Catholic couples to abide by canon law

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A woman, who has made it her mission to reform Catholic marriage and civil divorce, has launched an online petition, urging the U.S. bishops to support the concept of pre-nuptial agreements for Catholic couples. The pre-nuptial agreement would obligate couples to follow the code of canon law regarding marriage, separation and divorce.

Catholic university students to lobby at U.N.

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- North American director of the World Youth Alliance (WYO), Cole Siemion made a visit to Ohio’s Franciscan University of Steubenville recently to share tactics with students who will lobby delegates at the United Nations this spring.

UN office in Paraguay says legalized abortion in Paraguay only a “suggestion” and “recommendation”

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Responding to a report by the news agency Noticias Globales on the pressure from a United Nations affiliated feminist organization to get Paraguay to legalize abortion, the UN office in Paraguay issued a statement saying the organization was only making suggestions.

Church of England votes to discuss possibility of women bishops

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to consider allowing women to become bishops, reported the Associated Press. 

US nun gunned down in Amazon, buried yesterday

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of people turned up for the funeral yesterday of an American religious sister who was shot to death in the Amazon rain forest, reported the Associated Press.

Lawsuit filed against priest for denying communion to gay activist

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A parish priest in Spain, the second in recent weeks, has become the object of a lawsuit alleging “public humiliation” of a militant homosexual who desired to receive Communion.

Teen Ministry launches new website

Feb 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The international Catholic teen ministry, Life Teen recently announced the launch of a new website they hope will be able to minister to teens around the world.

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