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Archbishop Conti accuses BBC of bias against Catholic Church

Feb 4, 2004

Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow accused the BBC of “gross insensitivity” to the Catholic Church and of encouraging “a tabloid... Read more

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Italian referee leaves professional basketball to become missionary

Feb 4, 2004

At 28 years of age, Simone Strozzi had a successful career as a referee for Series A Italian Basketball, the... Read more

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Spanish bishops call for protection of the family from serious signs of disintegration

Feb 3, 2004

The Spanish Bishops Conference is calling for a law to protect the family from the disintegration and re-definition to which... Read more

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Traditionalist leader says dialogue with the Vatican “at a stand still”

Feb 2, 2004

During a press conference which took place at a hotel near the Vatican, Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the traditionalist... Read more

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New evidence shows Pope Pius XII acted to protect Jews in wartime Italy

Feb 2, 2004

Fr. Aldo Brunacci, lauded for his efforts on behalf of at least 250 Jews, credited Pope Pius XII for the... Read more

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Pro-lifers organize Valentine’s Day rally in Spain

Feb 2, 2004

A Spanish doctor and the Movement for Life are organizing a peaceful rally called, “Fall in Love with Life,” which... Read more

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Europe needs Christian values in spite of crisis, says Archbishop

Jan 29, 2004

Archbishop Julián Barrio of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, says European unity should be established upon the values that have historically... Read more

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500 years later Queen Isabel continues to be an example of faith for Spain, Archbishop says

Jan 29, 2004

Referring to the 500th anniversary of the death of Queen Isabel, Archbishop Antonio Cañizares of Toledo, Spain, said the monarch... Read more

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European association launches contest called “Family Matters”

Jan 28, 2004

With the sponsorship of the European Parliament, the association World Youth Alliance has launched a contest called “Family Matters,” which... Read more

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Pro-family institute calls for publication of 2002 abortion statistics in Spain

Jan 26, 2004

The Political Institute for the Family (IPF) has sent a letter to Spanish Health Minister, Ana Pastor, demanding the publication... Read more

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‘The Passion’ provides ‘teaching moment’ for U.S. Church, reporter says

Jan 25, 2004

A journalist for the National Catholic Reporter in Rome said next month’s release of Mel Gibson’s film on the Passion... Read more

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Good ‘wake-up call’ in dealing with anonymous sources, says Catholic journalist

Jan 25, 2004

The controversy about the Pope’s words in reaction to Mel Gibson’s film is “a wake-up call about the dangers of... Read more

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Belgian Cardinal says homosexual acts are perverted

Jan 22, 2004

Belgian Cardinal Gustav Joos said this week that homosexuals that take pride in their condition and are public about it... Read more

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Numbers of Protestants in Europe on the decline, thousands of churches being sold

Jan 21, 2004

New statistics are indicating that in European countries of protestant tradition, the last three decades have seen an increasing decline... Read more

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UN recognizes Catholic Church as “excellent partner” in the struggle against AIDS

Jan 18, 2004

The Vatican news agency Fides has published the recent comments of Desmond Johns, head of the UN’s Department for AIDS... Read more

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Church in Spain firmly behind cause for beatification of Queen Isabel

Jan 18, 2004

Since last year the Catholic Church in Spain has been sponsoring a series of activities in support of the cause... Read more

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St. John of Avila to be declared Doctor of the Church

Jan 15, 2004

Representatives of the Spanish Bishops Conference have announced that the cause to have St. John of Avila declared “Doctor of... Read more

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Worship patterns, congregations changing in England

Jan 15, 2004

A recent report by Christian Research indicates that church attendance has dramatically declined in England, but Anglican ministers and Roman... Read more

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Population Fund reports half of active population in Spain will be gone in 50 years

Jan 13, 2004

In reference to the growing elderly population of several European countries, the UN Population Fund is reporting that Spain will... Read more

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NCR journalist confirms Pope’s reaction to "The Passion of the Christ"

Jan 11, 2004

Last Friday, in his usual "Word from Rome" column of Vatican news and gossip, the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent,... Read more