Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Father Pawel Ptasznik, head of the Polish section of the Vatican's Secretary of State, has revealed to the Polish Catholic news agency KAI that a book by Pope John Paul II is "being edited" and ready for publication. The book, dealing with issues of philosophy and existence, "seems…already ripe for publication," said Fr. Ptasznik; but he also explained that it is still in the editing stages.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An attorney for the Diocese of Covington announced Wednesday that the diocese is considering filing for bankruptcy in order to remain financially solvent.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholics have the right and civic obligation to carry their convictions about the sacredness of human life into the public debate, as in the case of embryonic stem-cell research, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver in his most recent column in the Denver Catholic Register.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson is reportedly planning to spend more than $140,000 to keep a cross on a government seal in Los Angeles.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a letter to Cardinal Renato Martino president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Holy Father called developed countries to solidarity with the poor by ending the debts of less developed countries.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The European Court of Human Rights meeting in Strasbourg, France, rejected an immigrant’s appeal requesting that human rights be granted to an unborn child.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- 12 pro-life Catholic college students walking from Maine to D.C. as part of the American Life League's “Summer Crusade for Life,” arrived in New York state, and are planning demonstrations in key New York areas.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The news agency Notivida is denouncing a controversial sex-ed curriculum written by the extremist Gay and Lesbian Society for Integration in Argentina and which will soon be under consideration by the Education Committee of the Buenos Aires local government.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A German court in Maguncia has sentenced two men to 5 months in jail for disrupting Mass last Sunday celebrated in the city’s Cathedral by the local bishop and president of the Bishops Conference of Germany, Cardinal Karl Lehmann.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Responding to the decision of about 1,500 homosexuals who “officially” renounced their Catholic faith in writing to the Archdiocese of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco said Baptism is a sacrament that leaves an indelible mark and the person that receives it will always be Catholic.
Jul 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- 90 year-old Spanish priest, Fr. Luis Ruiz Suarez, has opened a home for AIDS patients called “AIDS Caring Centre” in the Chinese port city of Hong-Jian, on the Yuan River.