Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in Denver today to begin its semi-annual retreat, during which a task force, created to address questions about politicians and the Eucharist, is expected to present a report. The debate about whether Catholic politicians, who support legislation that is counter to Catholic Church teaching, should receive the sacrament of the Eucharist has made headlines for several months.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Episcopal Diocese of Albany has voted to join the Anglican Communion Network, which opposes the ordination of homosexual priests, reported the Times Union.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley confirmed 22 teenagers at a two-hour mass at St. James church in Stoughton Saturday. The event was bittersweet since St. James is one of 65 parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston, set to close by December.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II told 15 United States bishops at a recent meeting at the beginning of June that they should not to get discouraged in the work of preaching the Gospel, reported The Associated Press.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican news agency Fides is reporting the concern of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka for a new effort by nine Buddhist monks who are members of the national Parliament and are seeking to pass an “anti-conversion” law that would punish those who leave Buddhism to embrace other faiths such as Christianity.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Ramon Echarren of the Canary Islands is denouncing the marginalization of Christian professionals in some communications media “for the fact of being Christians,” while he also expressed dismay that their influence in the media is unfortunately still insignificant.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the thousands of faithful gathered for the Corpus Christi procession, Archbishop Antonio Cañizares Lovera of Toledo, Spain, called for the presence of Christianity on the European continent and emphasized that Christians cannot be absent from the rebuilding of a new Europe.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The media must not be used to communicate narrow interests but rather serve truth and peace, said Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in Rome this morning to a gathering of representatives of the religious communities involved in the Peace Communications Network at the Christian Brothers Generalate.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father entrusted the Year of the Eucharist to Mary at the Sunday Angelus during his reflections on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, "the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. This is the feast day of the Eucharist, the sacrament in which Jesus left us the living memorial of his Easter, the central event in the history of mankind."
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A constitutional challenge to the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance that is recited every day by U.S. schoolchildren, has been dismissed by the Supreme Court on the grounds that the challenger, atheist Michael Newdow, “lacks standing” to speak on behalf of his daughter.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- American Life League (ALL) announced today in Denver that the organization will hold a press conference tomorrow, June 15, at the media center in front of the site of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops spring meeting, asking the bishops to rule about Communion and pro-abortion politicians.
Jun 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 250 U.S. bishops arrived during the weekend in Denver for the USCCB spring retreat at the Inverness Hotel that will run from Monday afternoon to Saturday.