Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” often called the “office of papal charity,” announced in its annual report that financial assistance given in the name of the Holy Father for emergency aid and development to the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel and the Populorum Progressio Foundation totaled $6.482 million in 2003. The report noted that the monies donated to the Pope for “men, women and children tried in body and spirit” came from individual Catholics, parish and diocesan offices and religious institutes around the world.
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic priest from the diocese of Colorado Springs opened a session of the Colorado House of Representatives by asking God to make the lawmakers “the antithesis of John Kennedy.”
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the view of Arnold Hamilton, a political analyst for the Knight Ridder Tribune News Service, the Catholic vote will provably be decisive in defining the next election.
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic North American families will soon be able to trace their ancestral roots to the continent’s oldest diocese with the help of new historical Church archives that are currently being developed.
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Underground Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, from the Diocese of Zhengding, was released at 1.30 p.m. on April 14, sources in Beijing told the Rome-based Catholic News Agency AsiaNews.
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The soundtrack of Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Integrity Media Inc announced on Wednesday. The album sold 500,000 copies in February, the Mobile-based company that publishes and distributes Christian products said.
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After heated debate on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Uruguayan Senate decided to postpone the final vote on a bill that would decriminalized abortion. The measure, which would allow abortion on demand during the first trimester, was approved by the Uruguayan House of Representatives last year, but most watchers agree that the bill will not have enough votes to pass in the Senate.
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jairo Jaramillo Monsalve of Santa Rosa de Osos, Colombia, is calling on the leaders of FARC (the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia)—one of the main rebel militias in the country’s ongoing civil conflict—to release Fr. Cesar Dario Peña Garcia, who was kidnapped by the group on March 15.
Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a recent pastoral letter, Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach, of Tarragona, Spain, said Catholic parents should request their kids be given Catholic moral and religious education in their schools, even though their children participate in parish religious education, because “the two are distinct and complementary.”