Archive of February 18, 2005

UN may announce human cloning decision today

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A United Nations committee meeting in special session this week could announce as early as today an agreement on human cloning.

Archeologists discover tomb of St. Paul in his own Basilica

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archeologists have announced that a sarcophagus possibly containing the remains of St. Paul was found directly behind a marble plaque with the inscription, “Apostle Paul, martyr,” below the main altar at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.

Former “Jane Roe” heading the charge to overturn abortion law

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the next few days, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to take a new case by Norma McCorvey, also known as “Jane Roe” from the infamous 1973 Roe vs. Wade case which legalized abortion in the U.S.

Pope expresses condolences for former Lebanese Prime Minister

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican released the contents of a telegram from Pope John Paul II offering his condolences over the Valentine’s Day assassination of former Prime Minster Rafik Hariri of Lebanon.

Italian University helping priests fight Satanism

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The idea of Satanic possession has long been a source for movie plots and ghost stories around the campfire, but a new course at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome is training priests to understand and fight this very real source of evil.

Vatican confirms Pope’s visit with Italian President Ciampi

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the midst of heavy speculation regarding the level of activity Pope John Paul II will be able to maintain following his illness and subsequent hospital visit, The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that he will meet with Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

US women’s group applauds acquittal in hate crime case

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Concerned Women for America (CWA) expressed relief yesterday when a judge dismissed all counts against four men in a state hate crime case.

Performance of graphic feminist play upsets archbishop

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Loyola University students staged the "The Vagina Monologues" this week, drawing public rebuke from Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans.

New course on ‘theology and reproductive choice’ launched in Protestant seminaries

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new course on sexual ethics, contraception and other “reproductive issues” is now available to Protestant seminaries in the United States.

First Archbishop of Galveston-Houston Archdiocese installed

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza was installed Wednesday as the first Archbishop of the newly formed Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston before a crowd of nearly 1,400.

Debate on same-sex marriage bill launched in Canadian Parliament

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Prime Minister Paul Martin kicked off the debate on the Liberal same-sex marriage bill in the House of Commons yesterday.

Bishops of America call on media to support “humanization” of society

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During their meeting in the Colombian capital to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM), bishops from 24 episcopal conferences of America called on the media to “contribute to the development of the human person and not to his dehumanization.”

Florida coalition campaigns to include marriage definition in Constitution

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A coalition of conservative and Christian groups launched a petition Feb. 14 for an amendment to the Florida Constitution to ban same-sex marriage in 2006, reported the Miami Herald.

Vatican Secretary of State appeals for aid to sub-Saharan Africa

Feb 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican made public a letter of thanks from secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, to Archbishop Seraphin Rouamba of Koupela, Burkina Faso.

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