Archive of June 3, 2004

Democrat senator releases controversial Catholic scorecard, reactions follow

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and other Democrat senators released on Wednesday a controversial analysis of votes and actions of Catholic Senators based on the official positions taken on legislation by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Pope postpones indefinitely the creation of a Ukranian Patriarchate

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing members of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church headed by Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Pope John Paul postponed to “the day established by God” the creation of an Ukranian Patriarchate.

USCCB representative urges appeal of California ruling against Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A spokesperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging an appeal of the ruling made June 1 by a federal court judge in California, declaring the ban on partial-birth abortions unconstitutional.

Support for Kerry drops among Catholic voters, says poll

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Poll results released yesterday show Catholic presidential candidate John Kerry receiving only 20 percent support among the United States’ 51 million Catholics on issues where he opposes the Church's position.

Pope will preside Corpus Christi celebrations on June 10

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope John Paul will preside at Mass in the square in front of St. John Lateran Basilica after which there will be a Eucharistic Procession to St. Mary Major Basilica on Via Merulana, a broad street which links the two basilicas.

Conference on Science and Faith inaugurated at the Vatican

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, inaugurated an interdisciplinary conference on science and faith. It will be organized jointly by the same council and the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art.

Islam worse threat than Communism, says Sudanese bishop

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a revealing interview with the Italian daily, “Il Giornale,” Bishop of Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek, Sudan, said the Islam that he knows and which brutally persecutes Christians in that African country is the “true face” of Muslims, and he emphasized that Islam is a graver threat to the future of Christianity than was communism.

Catholic Charities of Haiti calling for assistance for flood victims

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities of Haiti has sent a request for funds to the international network of Catholic Charities in order to continue offering assistance to flood victims in the dioceses of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Hinche and Cayes.

Nobel laureate says “improvement” of human species will not come through genetic manipulation

Jun 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Sydney Brenner, biologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine, says many of the current attempts to “improve” the human race through genetic manipulation are “ridiculous” and he called for focus on a more effective and lasting instrument: culture.

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