Archive of June 30, 2004

Pope wishes peace, freedom and prosperity on new Iraq

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II today expressed his wishes and prayers for the new Iraq on the occasion of the transfer of power to the interim government in a telegram sent to His Excellency Sheikh Ghazi Ajeel Al-Yawar, president of Iraq.

Latin American delegates propose abortion for adolescents at population summit in Puerto Rico

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A resolution co-sponsored by most Latin American countries, with the exception of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, who joined the U.S. pro-life delegation, emerged yesterday endorsing a declaration that calls for the provision of “user-friendly sexual and reproductive health services” for adolescents. The term “reproductive health services” has been understood by United Nations agencies like WHO, UNICEF, and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to include abortion.

In shared homily, Pope and Orthodox leader expressed commitment to work for unity

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I delivered a shared homily expressing their respective commitments to Christian unity during Mass yesterday in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, in which the Pope also bestowed the Pallium on 44 archbishops from around the world.

Pope explains significance of the Pallium received yesterday by 44 Archbishops in today’s general audience

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father explained, in today's general audience in St. Peter's Square, the significance of the Pallium which he imparted to 44 archbishops yesterday, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

New poll claims Catholic vote depends on confidence in president to resolve Iraq war

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A recent poll claims that the most important factor, which will determine how Catholics will vote in the November presidential election, is their confidence in President George W. Bush to resolve the conflict in Iraq.

Death penalty adds to culture of violence, should be stopped: Archbishop Chaput

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The death penalty does not contribute in creating justice, but only feeds a culture of violence and revenge, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver in his most recent column, published in the Denver Catholic Register.

New scans reveals amazing baby behavior in the womb

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new 3D ultrasound scan has produced vivid pictures of a 12 week-old unborn baby "walking", yawning and rubbing its eyes in the womb, reported the BBC.

Nicaraguan bishop denounces “hypocrisy” in sexual abuse cases

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Bernardo Hombach of Granada, Nicaragua, said in an interview this week with the newspaper “La Prensa” that there is “much hypocrisy” in the way in which the media and society treat cases of sexual abuse by priests.

Madrid residents protest against government subsidies for “Gay pride” week in Spanish capital

Jun 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Residents in Madrid are protesting a decision by Madrid mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon—to grant a subsidy of more than $36,000 for the celebration of “Gay Pride” week in the Spanish capital.

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