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Beatification for doctor and father of five

Apr 29, 2004

The cause for beatification of Dr. Maria Mullerat of Spain has advanced this week, as Archbishop Lluis Martinez of Tarragona... Read more

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Chirac confirms illegality of homosexual unions and calls for sanctions

Apr 29, 2004

After the mayor of a small town in France announced he would officiate at the country’s first homosexual wedding, French... Read more

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"Blood of the martyrs, seeds of the Church" - International colloquium on the martyrs in Paris

Apr 28, 2004

The martyrs of the Soviet Union, Ukraine and Africa were the focus of a one-day colloquium on the martyrs of... Read more

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French Justice Minister says homosexual unions “against the law”

Apr 28, 2004

France’s Justice Minister, Dominique Perben, said this week the “marriage” between two homosexuals, which Green party member of parliament and... Read more

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Employment should be guaranteed by the state and not by the business world, say Catholic academics in Europe

Apr 26, 2004

According to a revealing study by Italian researchers Luca Diotavelli and Roberto Cipriani, the majority of the Catholic “intelligentsia” in... Read more

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Pope invited to visit Lourdes for Anniversary of Immaculate Conception proclamation

Apr 25, 2004

Bishop Jaques Perrier, president of the Bishops Conference of France, has confirmed that Pope John Paul II will travel to... Read more

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Spanish Archbishop: government should listen to all the people and avoid partisan ideology

Apr 22, 2004

Archbishop Agustin Garcia Gasco of Valencia, Spain, said this week in order for democracy to be authentic, politicians who assume... Read more

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Largest German Catholic charitable organization appoints Opus Dei member as new Secretary General

Apr 21, 2004

The General Council of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), during its annual meeting in... Read more

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“Passion” breaks box-office records in Spain: two million see the film in 20 days

Apr 21, 2004

According to the film distributor Aurum, “The Passion of the Christ” continues to break records in Spain, with more than... Read more

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Expert explains how 9-11 affected relations between the Holy See and Israel

Apr 21, 2004

In an article to be published this Friday in the religious section of L’Espresso online, Vatican watcher Sandro Magister analyzes... Read more

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Franciscan Superior: optional celibacy and women priests not the solution

Apr 19, 2004

During a conference of the Association of Religious News Journalists, the Minister General of the Friars Minors, Fr. José Rodríguez... Read more

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Catholic Church in New Zealand launches campaign against same-sex marriage

Apr 19, 2004

The same-sex marriage debate has moved on to New Zealand and the Catholic Church there is readied for the battle. Read more

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Spanish bishop says Catholic parents should request religious education for their children

Apr 14, 2004

In a recent pastoral letter, Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach, of Tarragona, Spain, said Catholic parents should request their kids be... Read more

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Doctors recommend Pope allow assistant to read catechesis

Apr 13, 2004

Pope John Paul did not read the catechesis during Wednesday’s general audience following a recommendation of his personal physician, Dr.... Read more

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Italian scientists find puzzling image on back of Turin shroud

Apr 13, 2004

Italian scientists have found another image on the back of the Shroud of Turin, reported The Guardian yesterday. The scientists... Read more

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Holy Shroud experts say “Passion” realistic portrayal

Apr 11, 2004

The Spanish Center for Sindonology, which is located in Valencia and is dedicated to the study of the Holy Shroud... Read more

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Low population means less vocations, warns Congregation for the Clergy

Apr 6, 2004

During the presentation of the Pope’s Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, Archbishop Csaba Ternyak, Secretary of the Congregation for the... Read more

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English Church backs abortion documentary

Apr 6, 2004

A controversial new documentary will be the first to break through one of Britain’s last television taboos and show footage... Read more

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Spokesman for Spanish Bishops Conference rejects accusations of anti-Semitism in “The Passion”

Apr 5, 2004

The spokesman and secretary general of the Spanish Bishops Conference, Fr. Juan Antonio Martinez, said this week “The Passion of... Read more

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Gay activists target Palm Sunday procession in England

Apr 4, 2004

Gay rights advocates blocked the entrance to Westminster Cathedral yesterday, preventing people from entering to celebrate Palm Sunday mass, reported... Read more