Archive of June 23, 2004

Desire for justice, truth and love manifests desire for salvation, says Pope

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father spoke about the Canticle in chapter 15 of the Book of Revelation, “Hymn of adoration and praise,” in todays’s general audience celebrated in the Paul VI Hall. John Paul II said that this hymn "is sung by those who are saved, the just of this earth. ... Like the Hebrews, after having crossed the seas, the chosen people raise up to God their 'hymn of Moses and the Lamb,' having conquered the beast, the enemy of God."

Vatican makes statement on the arrests of Chinese bishops

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls made the following statement today concerning the arrests of bishops in China: "Requests for information have been made concerning recent wire service reports of new arrests of bishops in China.

Poll shows more U.S. adults have confidence in organized religion

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Confidence in organized religion has increased among adults in the United States to 53 percent, up from 50 percent last year and 45 percent in 2002, the lowest point since polling on the subject began in 1973.

Judge blocks enforcement of 24-hour abortion law

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A federal judge yesterday suspended the enforcement of a Missouri state law, which requires doctors to wait 24 hours to perform abortions after consulting with a woman who is seeking one about the physical and psychological risks involved, reported The Associated Press.

Legislation proposed to study effects of abortion on women

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life groups are hopeful that proposed legislation, that would fund research into post-abortion depression, will be passed this time around.

Italian official reveals “battle to the end” to include Christianity in EU Constitution

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Italian Exterior Minister, Franco Frattini, said this week that at the European Council in Brussels, “We fought till the end to include a reference in the Preamble” of the recently approved European Constitution.

Beatification for Brazil’s “martyr of morality” moving forward

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See gave the green light this week to open the cause for canonization of Francisco Expedito Lopes, Bishop of Garanhuns, Brazil, and founder of the Institute of the Missionaries of Our Lady of Fatima of Brazil.  Bishop Expedito was assassinated in 1957 and is known as a “martyr for the defense of morality.”

Catholics in Moscow celebrate Corpus Christi in public

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Led by the Apostolic Nuncio for Russia, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, some 800 people celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, June 13, with a Mass at the Cathedral of Moscow followed by a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of the Russian capital.

Hungarian court recognizes innocence of priest 30 years after his death

Jun 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This week a 95-year old lawyer received the news he had been waiting for his whole life.  The Supreme Court of Hungary declared his client innocent: a priest who was imprisoned by the Communist government in 1949 for a false accusation of embezzlement.

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