Jun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At their spring meeting yesterday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 207-14 in favor of a national on-site audit of all dioceses and eparchies, which will form the basis of the second annual report on the implementation of the Charter for Child and Youth Protection. This audit is to be completed by Dec. 31.
Jun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Senate Republican leadership is aiming for a mid-July vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment – a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, reported Alliance for Marriage yesterday.
Jun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In this morning’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father taught that the message of Psalm 45, “God, our refuge and strength,” is of the peace and serenity to be found in communion with God, who through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection has delivered us from evil.
Jun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pope stressed the tragic injustice of the problems facing the African continent and praised the development of the African churches and their battle to answer their society’s needs, during the 12th meeting of the Post-synodal council of the Special Assembly for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, which took place in 1994 in the Vatican.
Medical association’s support for greater access to morning-after pill ‘appalling’, says USCCB officialJun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the recommendation of the American Medical Association to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter is “appalling.”
Jun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Peru’s Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, said this week she will not reverse her decision to distribute the morning after pill, or emergency oral contraceptive, at Peruvian family planning centers and she denied the pill’s abortifacient nature on the basis of the supposed “latest” studies, which in reality are not so recent.
Jun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico, celebrated Mass yesterday in honor of the opening of the cause of canonization of the first Archbishop Primate of Mexico, Luis Maria Martinez.
Jun 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Peruvian Bishops Conference, Bishop Juan Jose Larrañeta, dismissed comments by Minister of Health Pilar Mazzetti and stated the morning after pill does attack a new human life.