Archive of June 9, 2004

Pope to send top Vatican official to Reagan’s funeral

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press Office confirmed today that Pope John Paul II is sending the Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, as his personal representative to the funeral of President Ronald Reagan.

During Audience, Pope John Paul recalls succesful trip to Switzerland

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In Wednesday's general audience, celebrated in St. Peter's Square, the Pope spoke about his apostolic trip to Switzerland on June 5th  and 6th.

Pope “relieved” with the release of Italian, Polish hostages

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul "received with joy and relief the news of the release of the three Italian and one Polish hostages" that had been held in Iraq for nearly two months, said Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Holy See Press Office director yesterday afternoon, after hearing the news.

LA County being sued for removing cross from official seal

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Los Angeles County and some of its officials are being sued in a federal district court in California for agreeing to remove the cross from the county’s official seal.

Freedom House urges G-8 to appeal for release of Christian and Muslim prisoners in Saudi Arabia

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Freedom House Center for Religious Freedom is calling upon the G-8 nations to issue an immediate appeal to Saudi Arabia for the release of one Christian and seven Muslim Saudi human rights activists, who have been detained for the peaceful expression of their beliefs.

Well-know pro-lifer converted to Catholicism and wants to be a priest

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life activist and former evangelical Christian pastor Paul Schenck converted to Catholicism in February and is now researching whether he can join the priesthood, even though he is married and has eight children, reported Buffalo News.

Archbishop calls on new president of El Salvador to respect life and the family

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador, El Salvador, is calling on the country’s new president, Elias Antonio Saca, to strengthen “respect for human life and the family” during his term.

Patriarch of Bagdad overjoyed by freeing of Italian hostages

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Catholic missionary news service AsiaNews, the Patriarch of Bagdad expressed his joy at the liberation of Italian hostages in Iraq, but he prudently avoided making any comments about reports that the Catholic Church played a key role in the rescuing.

Satanic sect blamed in series of “ritual” killings

Jun 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Italian police shocked the country this Monday when they announced the discovery of a satanic sect responsible for killing three youths between 1998 and last January in northern Italy.

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