Archive of March 8, 2005

Vatican announces Pope will not preside at Holy Week celebrations

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today the Vatican announced the schedule of liturgical events for Holy Week. The calendar was released by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

Pope's perseverance inspires faithful in Philadelphia

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Through his physical weakness and his infirmities, Pope John Paul II continues to inspire Catholics to persevere in the face of pain and to teach them that all suffering can draw them closer to Christ.

Chicago columnist praises Catholic schools, makes appeal to save them

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Chicago Sun-Times columnist Suzanne Ontiveros says she considers herself and her son blessed to have received a Catholic school education and laments the news that another 23 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago are slated for closure at the end of the school year.

National Right to Life pushing for bill to save Schiavo

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The National Right to Life (NRTL) is pushing for a new bill, which, if passed, could save brain damaged Terri Schiavo’s life.

Many women suffering new threats to dignity, says Vatican delegate to U.N.

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican spoke out yesterday to the U.N. during an international address on the status of women. Professor Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, spoke to the Economic and Social Council Commission on the Status of Women in the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women.

Faith and reason do not contradict each other, says Cardinal Poupard

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, presented a talk showing that “faith and reason cannot contradict each other since both seek to understand the truth about nature, human nature, and God, the author of all created reality."

Moral values inseparable from true democracy, says Cardianl Martino

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the Vatican released the text of a speech given recently by Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on the theme, “Builders of Democracy.”

Hearing begins on law requiring parental notification for teen abortions

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A spokesperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauds the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee for beginning hearings on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, March 3.

New Coadjutor of Burlington praised by pro-life groups

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Vermont’s upcoming coadjutor bishop has a strong pro-life track record and is known to be an advocate for the poor. Msgr. Salvatore R. Matano will be ordained a bishop April 19 and serve as coadjutor to Bishop Kenneth A. Angell.

Pro-lifers insist bishops’ support of Comic Relief is support for abortion

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of England and Wales issued a statement yesterday stating that Catholics can support the charity Comic Relief, secure in the fact that the charity does not support pro-abortion organizations.

“Three types of blindness” regarding the family denounces Cardinal Rivera

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his Sunday homily at the archdiocesan cathedral, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, referred to the Week of the Family—which will be celebrated in Mexico on March 19-25—noting that, “The family needs to be celebrated and promoted, as we find ourselves in a world that leaves new generations blind and does not let them see the marvel of God’s plan.”

Costa Rica lone voice in Latin America against Beijing abortion statement

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Costa Rica’s delegate to the UN said this weekend that contrary to the vast majority of delegations from Latin American countries, Costa Rica did speak out in support of life at the recent UN meeting on the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Peruvian bishops denounce gender feminism as damaging to women and the family

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released to mark the celebration of International Women’s Day, the Bishops Conference of Peru warned that the injustices suffered by women in past centuries are being repeated today with ideologies such as “gender feminism,” which leads to the destruction of the family through a distorted vision of reality.

Church in Spain reiterates willingness to collaborate despite government’s secular agenda

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During opening remarks for the 84th Plenary Assembly of the Spanish Bishops Conference, the president of the Conference, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, reiterated the willingness of the Church to maintain “a positive working relationship” with the government even though several issues of its socialist agenda “are cause for grave concern and are even in opposition” to a “Christian perspective based on natural and rational ethics.”

Spanish bishop underscores personal and communal aspects of Confession

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Roman Casanova Casanova of Vic, Spain, said this week the Sacrament of Reconciliation has a personal as well as a communal dimension, because “my sins also offend the ecclesial community by lessening its vitality and holiness.”

Pro-family group, scientists applaud UN cloning ban

Mar 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) praised a United Nations declaration, passed this morning, which condemns all forms of human cloning.

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