Pope calls on Orthodox Patriarch to walk toward reconciliation and beyond painful memories of past confrontationsJun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II welcomed His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Patriarch of Constantinople, this morning to mark the 40th anniversary of the historic embrace of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Atenagora in Jerusalem in January 1964. “We give thanks to God as we commemorate together the blessed encounter that took place 40 years ago...” said the Pope.
Jun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- School’s out and Catholic summer youth conferences are heating up. More than a dozen regional camps have been organized and the young people are coming out to grow in their faith. About 750 high school students gathered at Saint Martin's College in Lacey, Washington, last weekend for the Northwest Catholic youth conference, sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Jun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic community remembered those Mexican immigrants who died trying to cross the United States border into Arizona Sunday. About 500 people attended the mass, concelebrated by Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson and Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in downtown Phoenix.
Jun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Daniel Ortega, who led the Sandinista government in Nicaragua during the 1980’s and was a declared enemy of Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, has proposed that the Cardinal be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, “in recognition of his struggle for national reconciliation.”
Jun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An independent organization called “Professionals for Ethics” has sent a statement entitled, “Children Have Rights” to all Spanish lawmakers this week in which they express their opposition to adoption by homosexual couples.
Jun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly column for this Tuesday, June 29, Vatican observer Sandro Magister of the online weekly “L’Espresso,” analyzes the new evangelical-fundamentalist tendencies and warns of the growing impact they may have on the future of Latin America.
Catholic bishops of North Dakota and Minnesota to issue letter against death penalty for accused killerJun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of North Dakota and Minnesota are expected to issue a letter this week, stating their position against the death penalty for Alfonso Rodriguez Junior, who is accused of the murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, reported The Associated Press.
Jun 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Jorge Medina, ex-prefect of the Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments, lamented this week that his country is going through a serious crisis of values.