Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The 1.5 million U.S. members of the Knights of Columbus are urged to “make the crucial difference” in the debate over the Federal Marriage Amendment by calling their senators or showing up at their senator’s local office and voicing their support for the measure. The Senate will begin debating the amendment July 9; a vote is expected the following week.
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the end of their meeting yesterday afternoon, Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I signed a Common Declaration "witnessing to the firm will to continue on the path towards full communion between us in Christ."
In farewell meeting Pope and Orthodox Patriarch vow to remain in "communion in prayer and fraternal charity."Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I together gave thanks to God for the fraternity and signified by their meeting, and for the confirmation of their commitment “to make decisive progress toward full unity between Catholics and Orthodox,” during the Patriarch’s farewell visit to the Pope yesterday afternoon.
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the General Assembly adopted a Resolution, submitted as a presidential text, to upgrade the status of the Holy See at the U.N., signifying a more participatory role in the U.N.’s work.
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a long statement to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland announced that he would not deny Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, stating that the altar is “not a place for confrontation.”
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles plans to petition a federal judge and request to join a constitutional challenge to a California law, which allowed hundreds of alleged victims of sex abuse by clergy to file suit against the Church, reported The Associated Press.
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A seminary in the American Southwest, which is in the midst of an expansion campaign, has welcomed a new leader. Fr. Larry Christian was named rector of Assumption Seminary, succeeding Fr. Jerry Brown.
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Justice Minister, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, expressed this week the willingness of the government to provide federal funding to Muslim communities in Spain, as well as to “assure the presence of religion in the educational system” and in the public media.
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The dean of Italian Vatican journalists, Sandro Magister of the weekly L’Espresso, will release tomorrow a story on the debate over whether communion should be denied to pro-abortion Catholic politicians. The story will include the letter that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith, addressed to the US bishops. Magister’s column will be available online tomorrow, Saturday, July 3, at: www.chiesa.espressonline.it/english