Archive of March 3, 2005

Pope improving steadily, collaborating in daily activity of the Church, says Vatican

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II’s health “continues to improve and show progress” following a tracheotomy surgery last week, said Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls in a statement to journalists this morning.

Pope calls priests to improve homilies, form laity in meaning of liturgy

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a letter released by the Vatican today, John Paul II thanked Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and discipline of the Sacraments for his work to encourage growth of the Christian community strengthened by the Eucharist.

Catholic leaders urged to defend Terri Schiavo’s right to life

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- American Life League is calling on Florida’s bishops and priests to defend Terri Schindler Schiavo’s right to life and to speak out against the court decision that will have the disabled woman’s feeding tube removed March 18.

Disability-rights activist, once considered ‘a vegetable’, joins fight for Terri Schiavo

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A disability-rights activist, who was once dependent on a feeding tube and considered “a vegetable” by medical professionals, has joined the fight to save Terri Schindler Schiavo and hopes to visit the 41-year-old disabled Florida woman by mid-month.

Colorado Catholic Conference speaks out against mandatory contraception bill

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Colorado Catholic Conference is encouraging the state’s faithful to fight against a new bill before the state’s House of Representatives. The bill would force state health providers, including many Catholics, to provide contraception to victims of sexual assault or refer them to someone who will.

Family Research Council spokesman expresses hope in Ten Commandments case

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, Pat Trueman, Senior Legal Council for the Family Research Council called the day’s arguments in the cases of McCreary County Kentucky v. ACLU of Kentucky and Van Orden v. Perry, Governor of Texas “encouraging for those who wish to preserve our religious heritage in America.”

Catholic refugees freed from church sanctuary in Canada

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After spending 13 months in sanctuary in the basement of Notre-Dame-de-Grace Catholic Church in Montreal, three Catholic Palestinian refugees were finally granted permanent residence status by Canadian immigration officials.

Archbishop says Pope bears suffering with greater dignity than “The Sea Inside”

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Sebastian of Pamplona,Vice President of the Bishops Conference of Spain, said during his Ad limina visit this week that Pope John Paul II is facing illness and eventual death with greatness, in contrast with the attitude promoted by the Spanish film, “The Sea Inside,” with its message of euthanasia.

Parkinson’s sufferers thank Pope for “exemplary witness”

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An association of Parkinson’s sufferers has sent a letter of encouragement and appreciation to Pope John Paul II for the exemplary witness of perseverance that he is showing the world.

Italian lawmaker calls for reopening of investigation into assassination plot against Pope

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A leading committee chairman of the Italian Congress is calling for the reopening of the investigation into the assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II of May 13, 1981.  Paolo Guzzanti, who heads a congressional committee that investigates issues related to the former Iron Curtain, said new information revealed in the Pope’s book “Memory and Identity” warrants the case be reexamined.

New bishop installed at La Crosse Diocese

Mar 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Chicago native Bishop Jerome Listecki was installed as the new bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse this week. The former auxiliary bishop of Chicago succeeds the well-known Bishop Raymond Burke, who is currently serving the Diocese of St. Louis.

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