Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced yesterday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick has received a letter from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying the recent U.S. Bishops' statement on “Catholics in Political Life” is “very much in harmony” with the general principles previously sent by the Congregation.
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) are set to send over 100 bishops to Rome from November 10 to 14 to discuss the issue of "Communion and Solidarity between Africa and Europe."
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Parishioners in the Diocese of Tucson were told for the first time of the possibility of their diocese filing for bankruptcy during mass by their pastors this past weekend, reported the Tucson Citizen.
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A debate erupted at the 15th International AIDS Conference yesterday after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told delegates that abstinence, not condoms, is the best way to prevent the spread of AIDS, reported Reuters.
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic leaders in Austria have reacted quickly to the emergence of a new sex scandal, discovered at a local seminary. The Austrian Bishops Conference issued a statement yesterday, pledging a full and swift investigation.
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The German branch of the international Catholic charitable organization “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN) will start airing its own TV programs aimed at raising awareness about persecuted Christians around the world.
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Renato Ascencio León of Juarez, Mexico, together with the clergy of his diocese, has published a statement lamenting the murder of a priest in the area, but adding that violence will not stop the work of the Church in the region.
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An official from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Gary Stahl, has gotten involved in the debate on the legalization of abortion in Nicaragua, with a call to defend young girls who do not want to be mothers, even though this implies the death of the unborn.
Jul 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Elias Yanes of Zaragoza, Spain, said this week the existence of homosexual tendencies does not nullify one’s freedom and responsibility and that therefore homosexual acts could not be morally justified.