Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father, on returning to his apostolic palace at Castelgandolfo from his 12 day vacation, prayed the Angelus with several thousand faithful and, referring to the day’s Gospel, spoke of the importance of keeping Sunday a day to “meet and listen to the Lord.” Sundays’s Gospel was the account of when Jesus visits the home of Mary and Martha, noting that “while Martha was busy with household chores, Mary was seated at the Lord's feet and listened to His word.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Democratic Senator John Kerry's recent remark that ''life begins at conception" poses a contradiction with his political decisions, say ethicists and advocates on both sides of the abortion and stem-cell debates.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A telegram was sent in the Holy Father’s name expressing his condolences for the victims of the fire that took the lives of 90 children and severely injured 20 more in Kumbakonam, southern India last friday.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- California's Roman Catholic bishops announced their support July 16 for a case in a San Diego federal court, which asserts that a California law is unconstitutional.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops are calling on Americans to urge their government to press the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution that will respond to the present emergency in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a statement made public this weekend, the Independent Anti-AIDS Committee of Spain lamented the “stubbornness” against abstinence and faithfulness shown by leaders at the recent World AIDS Conference in Jakarta.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cuban dissident leaders are expressing grave concern for the health of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a leading pro-life Cuban dissident who is currently a political prisoner for his defense of human rights and his opposition to abortion and the death penalty.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This Sunday the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico, took up a special collection for the new “Cardinal Garibi Rivera Foundation,” which will provide financial assistance to the poor.
Jul 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Muslim gunmen attacked a Christian church in Indonesia on Sunday, killing the minister, a woman, and wounding four worshippers.