Jul 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment in the Senate shows just how little regard senators have for the will of the people, said Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins yesterday. The constitutional amendment, which would have preserved the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, had been debated both in and out of the Senate for months. However, senators only cast their votes yesterday.
Jul 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning the vice-director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Ciro Benedettini, C.P., announced that a meeting had taken place between the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
Jul 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson defended his diocese’s decision to consider filing for bankruptcy in the Yuma Sun yesterday after begin accused of resorting to bankruptcy to avoid settling claims of sexual abuse.
Jul 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thanks to Catholic Charities, about 3,600 Christian refugees from Hmong, Vietnam, will be resettled in Wisconsin. Almost 300 of these will be in La Crosse.
Jul 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Aldo Buonaiuto, director of an “emergency help line” that assists young people wanting to get out of satanic cults, expressed alarm this week at the growth of Satanism, which has created a “market” for consecrated hosts in Italy.
Jul 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Seminarian Timothy Aytac, a Turkish convert from Islam, who suffered not only rejection but also persecution and violence in his country, expressed his desire to return to his native Turkey to serve the Church in the ministry of the priesthood.
Jul 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- For a long time Bishop German Garcia Isaza of Apartado, Colombia, has been battling against two very powerful enemies: lymphatic cancer and the internal conflict in Colombia.