Archive of June 7, 2004

Pope pays tribute to Ronald Reagan and his role that "changed the lives of millions"

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the second day of a 32-hour pilgrimage to Switzerland, John Paul learned of Reagan's death with "sadness" and immediately prayed for the "eternal rest of his soul," said the Director of the Vatican Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls. Navarro-Valls' statement said John Paul recalled Reagan's contribution to "historical events that changed the lives of millions of people, mainly Europeans."

Pope challenged Swiss youth to "rise up" and accept God's call to family, priestly or consecrated life

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a festive meeting with 10,000 Swiss youth gathered at the Ice Palace in Bern's Expo Center, Pope John Paul challenged them to "rise up," react against the temptations of contemporary society and accept God's call to follow Christ closely.

Pope calls Swiss Catholics and Immigrant Catholic communities to renew the Church's mission

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, during the second day of his third Apostolic visit to Switzerland, Pope John Paul II gathered with some 70,000 enthusiastic Catholics -many of them Spanish, Italian and Latin American immigrants- at the Allmend Square in Bern, in what turned out to be an unusually enthusiastic celebration of Catholicism.

Switzerland to normalize diplomatic ties with the Vatican after Pope's visit

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During Pope John Paul II's visit to Switzerland this past weekend, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Joseph Deiss,  formally announced that his country will normalize diplomatic ties with the Vatican.

Denying Communion ‘painful’ but necessary to ‘protect the sacraments,’ says Cardinal George

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Denying someone Communion is a painful thing to do, however the sacraments must be protected and cannot be manipulated by any person or group, said Francis Cardinal George in a recent column in the Catholic New World.

Father of two, former businessman and librarian become priests in Fargo

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bishop of Fargo urged his three new priests Saturday not to be afraid to proclaim the truth of the Gospel or to lay down their lives for the people entrusted to their care.

Vatican observer: Bush brought “gift” of alliance between Evangelicals and Catholics in US

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This Monday, Vatican observer Sandro Magister is publishing an analysis on the “realignment” of religious forces in the US, pointing out that the visit by President Bush to the Vatican came with a “gift:”  an alliance between Catholics and Evangelicals on issues such as the defense of life and the family.

Canadian diocese loses 30 percent of parishes in two years

Jun 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Parish reorganizations in Quebec’s third-largest diocese will see its number of parishes drop by almost 30 percent since 2002.

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