Archive of June 8, 2004

Pope sends heartfelt condolences to Nancy Reagan

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press Office announced today that Pope John Paul II sent a heartfelt telegram to Nancy Reagan, expressing his “sadness” on the death  of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States. "Having learned with sadness of the death of President Reagan, I offer you and your family my heartfelt condolences and the assurance of my prayers for his eternal rest,” wrote the Pope.

Two new auxiliary bishops for Philadelphia

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II appointed Msgr. Joseph Robert Cistone, Vicar of the diocese, and Msgr. Joseph Patrick McFadden, pastor of St. Joseph’s in Downingtown, as Auxiliary bishops of  Philadelphia.

Secret Vatican Archives to release report on prisoners of war during WWII

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This month the secret Vatican Archives will publish "Inter Arma Caritas: the Information Office in the Vatican for prisoners of war instituted by Pius XII (1939-1947).”

Vatican observatory hosts viewing of Venus transit

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Observatory at the Papal palace at Castelgandolfo is the site of a large congregation of astronomers this week who are in town to observe the transit of Venus.

Church leaders commend president for support for refugees, faith-based initiatives

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commended President George W. Bush for his remarks in support of refugees made at the first White House conference on faith-based and community initiatives, held last week.

NAACP threatens suit against Catholic University

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has threatened to sue Catholic University of America if the group is unable to come to an agreement with the university to start a student chapter.

Catholic League gives Durbin’s scorecard a failing grade

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Senator Dick Durbin’s “Catholic Scorecard”, which ranks Catholic U.S. senators based on their votes on domestic, international and pro-life issues, is “ludicrous”, says the Catholic League in a recent press release.

Man jailed for causing girlfriend’s miscarriage in Canada

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A man was sentenced to one year in prison and two years probation after giving his pregnant girlfriend potent drugs, without her consent, so as to cause a miscarriage.

Cuban Catholics call for development that places priority on good of man

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Lay Diocesan Council of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, published a statement this week denouncing the serious crisis that is currently engulfing Cuban society and warning that it will only be overcome with a development model that promotes the human person.

Government puts sanctions on hold for Chilean mayors who refuse to distribute abortion pills

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Health Ministry of Chile has officially put sanctions on hold against mayors who refuse to distribute the controversial morning after pill, thus putting an end to threats by the Minister of Health, Pedro Garcia, against pro-life local leaders.

John Paul II is international leader most admired by Spanish

Jun 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II is the world leader most admired by the Spanish according to the Elcano Royal Institute.

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