Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pope gave strong advice concerning the identity and responsibility of Catholic educational institutions to bishops of the provinces of Portland in Oregon, Seattle and Anchorage as they concluded their "ad limina" visit this morning at the Vatican. In his continuing reflections on the teaching office of the bishop, the Pope stated that the Catholic's Church's "many religious, educational and charitable institutions exist for one reason only: to proclaim the Gospel.
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Salesians of Don Bosco issued a statement June 21, denying allegations that they have moved priests, accused of sexual abuse of minors, from one country to another.
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- With only three weeks before the Federal Marriage Amendment is expected in the U.S. Senate, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is urging Colorado Catholics to write their senators and urge them to advance the amendment.
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fifty-two metropolitan archbishops will receive the pallium on Tuesday, June 29, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. Forty-four of the metropolitans will receive the pallium from the hands of John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at 6 p.m. Among the new metropolitans are four American bishops and one Canadian.
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office, announced this morning that "the Holy Father John Paul II will go on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes, France, on August 14 and 15, 2004 for the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary."
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It was an historic occasion of reconciliation for German and British citizens yesterday when a cross and orb were placed atop a newly rebuilt church in Dresden, which had been destroyed by Allied bombers almost 60 years ago.
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A benefit event organized to raise funds for the Catholic organization Mano Amiga (“Friendly Hand”) brought in an impressive $600,000 on June 10. The funds will be used for elementary schools in poor areas of Latin America.
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview published by the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna lamented the omission of any reference to Christianity in the new European constitution, saying, “Europe cannot be understood if the Christian roots of its culture and traditions are severed.”
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father spoke about the needs of the Holy Land this morning as he received 70 participants in the annual meeting of ROACO, the Meeting of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches, which is part of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
Jun 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the Mass celebrated on the feast of St. Thomas Moore, patron of politicians, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City called on authorities and politicians to promoted laws based on ethical principles and respect for the human person.