Archive of March 18, 2005

Pope demonstrates ‘unfathomable dignity’ of priesthood, says Cardinal Castrillon

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, presented John Paul II’s long awaited Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2005.

House to issue subpoena in last minute attempt to save Schiavo

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the House and Senate struggled to pass a bill agreeable to both groups of lawmakers. While the House managed to pass the Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act of 2005, the Senate passed a narrower version of the bill that many fear won't make it to law on time due to the Easter recess. Pro-life leaders are now looking at last minute options to save brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, whose feeding tube is scheduled to be removed at 1:00 EST today.

Bush issues statement on Terri Schiavo; pro-life groups vow not to give up

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, on the eve of the scheduled starvation of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, President George Bush issued a formal statement speaking out against the act.

Pope appears in video to gathering of young people

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II appeared in a live video to hundreds of young people gathered at St. John Lateran Basilica Thursday evening. The young people had gathered to show their support and express their hope that the Pope will travel to World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, in August, reported the Associated Press.

U.S. Senate passes bill that could save Terri Schiavo by voice vote

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Senator Mel Martinez’s (R-FL) private relief bill to aid Terri Schiavo passed the Senate by a voice vote yesterday.

Abortion still included in Millennium Development Goals

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Universal access to reproductive health, which includes abortion, should be included in the United Nation’s strategy for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), concluded a UN conference this week.

St. Patrick is model for evangelization, says archbishop

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- St. Patrick is a much-celebrated saint because he was able to engage the “spirit of the people” and communicate the Gospel to them in their time and culture, said Archbishop Francis Carroll.

Wisconsin Bishop praises firefighters for protecting Eucharist

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While Bishop Robert Morlino is still lamenting the gutting of St. Raphael Cathedral, spiritual home of nearly 270,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, to fire, he has a lot to be grateful for.

Confessions over the internet invalid, say Peruvian bishops

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Responding to a string of television programs promoting Confession over the internet, the Bishops Conference of Peru said this week the Sacrament of Reconciliation requires the physical presence of the penitent and the priest.

Church in Costa Rica objects to plan to legalize abortion

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Special Committee for the Defense of Life of the Bishops Conference of Costa Rica decided this week to send legal, medical and ethical objections to proposed changes in the law that would legalize abortion to the President and leaders of Congress in that country.

John Paul II is most respected leader among Spanish

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to a study by the Elcano Royal Institute of Spain published in the daily “La Razon,” Pope John Paul II is the world leader most respected by the Spanish.  The Holy Father earned higher approval ratings than Javier Solana of the European Union, Kofi Annan of the UN, and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Florida judge blocks removal of Schiavo’s feeding tube

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Florida judge has temporarily blocked the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube past today’s scheduled 1:00pm EST deadline.

Congress calls Terri Schiavo to Washington

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a race to beat a 1:00pm EST court ordered deadline to remove the feeding tube of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, lawmakers have issued subpoenas to bring her and her husband Michael Schiavo before a Senate Health Committee meeting on March 28th.

Schiavo’s feeding tube removed, National Right to Life imploring congress to pass one bill

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Around 1:45pm EST on Friday, the family of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo announced that the 41-year old woman’s feeding tube was removed.  

Judge rejects congressional action to save Schiavo’s life

Mar 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Florida Judge George Greer, rejecting moves of members of congress as well as a ruling by another judge an hour before, has ordered the feeding tube of 41-year old Terri Schiavo to be removed, effective immediately.

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