Archive of March 31, 2005

Terri dies in Florida, “family’s faith remains strong” Fr. Pavone says

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman that became the center of a bitter right to life battle, died Thursday morning, 13 days after a court halted her tube feeding, a spokesman for her parents informed today.

Cardinal Martino, pro-lifers on Terri’s death

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, said Thursday shortly before learning of the death of Terri Schiavo that to do nothing “during Terri’s last hours is to be an accomplice in her death.”

National Right to Life on Terri's death: 'a sad day in our history'

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Terri Schiavo's death is marks "a sad day in our history", said  National Right to Life in a statement commenting the sorrowful end of  a tumultuous decade-long battle.

Pope appoints Tobin as new bishop for Rhode Island

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio will succeed outgoing Robert E. Mulvee in becoming the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island.

Press misrepresents Catholic teaching on end-of-life issues: ethicists

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two prominent Catholic ethicists say the media portrayals of Church teaching on end-of-life issues, surrounding the Terri Schiavo case, are often inaccurate and misleading, reported the Culture of Life Foundation in their most recent publication.

Archbishop Chaput, Catholic groups, urging Colorado governor to veto emergency contraception bill

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic groups across Colorado are lobbying Governor Bill Owens to take a stand against a new bill requiring hospitals to provide information on emergency contraception to rape victims.

Vatican Biblical Commission to discuss connection between Bible and Morality

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Next week, members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission will gather in Vatican City to explore the relationship between the Bible and morality.

Significant Vatican painting finds new home on stamp

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that next week, it will issue a set of four stamps featuring details of one of the most prominent paintings in the recent history of the Holy See. In addition, the Vatican plans to issue a special Euro coin honoring of the 27th year of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

U.S. bishops back resolution that honors nun murdered in Brazil

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The chairman of the bishops’ International Policy Committee has commended a congressional resolution honoring the work of American Sr. Dorothy Stang among the poor farmers of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Sr. Stang was assassinated Feb. 12.

Archdiocese of Detroit defends parish decision to deny membership to openly lesbian couple

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement issued by Communications Director Ned McGrath, the Archdiocese of Detroit, has defended the actions of Fr. Michael Bugarin, pastor of St. Joan of Arc parish in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, who is accused of discriminating against an openly lesbian couple seeking to become members of the parish.

Pro-life group pledges to lobby for legislation to prevent another Terri Schiavo situation

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Priests of Life is discussing plans with other pro-life groups to lobby for legislation that would prevent another situation, similar to the one being lived currently by Terri Schiavo and her family.

Bishops ask survivors of clergy sexual abuse to help develop prevention program

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops have launched a new survey in an effort to reach out to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and to develop “prevention programs to assure as much as is humanly possible that this crime never occurs again,” said Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse.

Dissidents organize to promote “civil society” in Cuba

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to “unite all of the forces that desire change in Cuba,” dissident groups in the Communist country have organized the first “Assembly For Promoting Civil Society in Cuba” to take place on May 20.

Pope suffering from high fever, receives Annointing of the Sick

Mar 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican confirmed this afternon that Pope John Paul II has developed a high fever as a result of a urinary tract infection.

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