Archive of June 1, 2004

New Bishop appointed in New Jersey diocese

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Newark, as the new Bishop of Paterson (New Jersey). Bishop Serratelli  was born on April18, 1944 in Newark; he studied  at Seton Hall Preparatory School and at Seton Hall University.

“Be the light of Christ” Pope says at the end of the month of Mary

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At 8:00 p.m. yesterday, the Feast of the Visitation of Mary, the traditional end-of-May procession took place from the church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians to the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, during which the faithful prayed the rosary. At the end of the ceremony, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for General Affairs, read a message from the Pope.

Pope’s prayer intentions: personal witness and religious freedom in Asia

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press office announced this Tuesday that Pope John Paul II’s prayer intentions for June are related to Christian witness of the faith and religious freedom in Asia.

Qatar Conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue ends with “great hope,” Vatican says

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Qatar Conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue concluded on May 29 with three closed door meetings between members of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims and an equal number of invited Muslim guests.

Italian future saint turns up in U.S. Catholic’s family tree

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A woman in Biloxi was surprised and delighted to discover that her Italian ancestor, who was unknown to her until recently, is on the road to sainthood.

From Marine to nun: story of a conversion

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In 1994, after years of drinking and carousing, 34-year-old former Marine truck driver Jo Ann Doane entered the Trappistine monastery.

Pope hopes to attend Eucharistic Congress in Mexico, says Cardinal Rivera

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City said this Sunday that Pope John Paul II hopes to travel to Mexico for the International Eucharistic Congress in October, but he said the trip would depend on the Pope’s state of health at the time.

German scientists discover carcinogenic substances in condoms

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The prestigious Department of Chemical and Veterinary Research of Stuttgart, Germany, has published a report indicating that the majority of the 32 types of condoms produced under 18 different brand names that are distributed in the country contain carcinogenic substances.  In addition, according to the study, with the exception of one brand, all the others “raise doubts” about their safety.

Church plays key role in assisting flood victims in Dominican Republic, Haiti

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Local officials on the island of Hispaniola are complaining about the lack of help from the federal government to assist those affected by floods on the island, pointing out that the greatest assistance has come from the Catholic Church.

Britain opens world’s first stem-cell bank

Jun 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United Kingdom opened the world’s first national stem-cell bank May 19, hoping to lead the international scientific community in embryonic stem-cell research, reported The Associated Press.

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