Archive of July 21, 2004

Obedience to God's plans is source of peace, Pope says

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father spoke on Psalm 118 during today’s general audience in the Paul VI Hall, in which he explaind that the source of peace of the faithful believer is his obedience to the plan of God and faithfulness to His commandments amidst trials and tribulations. The psalm, said the Holy Father, says that “on the path of life, we often encounter moments of darkness, but the light of  the Word of God dispels that darkness, often quite unexpectedly.

Terri’s parents say she would not want her life terminated due to Catholic beliefs

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The parents of a brain-damaged woman, at the center of a right-to-die case, said their daughter would not want to die due to her strong Catholic faith.

Pope sends condolences to victims of coal mine explosion in Ukraine

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father sent a telegram of condolences, through Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, to Bishop Stepan Meniok, C.SS.R., the archiepiscopal exarch of Donets'k-Kharkiv, Ukraine, upon the news of yesterday's mining disaster in Krasnolimansk in East Ukraine which killed 31 miners.

Legal watchdog to keep fighting for cross in L.A. County seal

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center,  a legal organization based in Ann Arbour, vowed yesterday to fight in order to keep the cross in the L.A. county seal, after the county's Board of Supervisors could not muster enough votes to place the cross issue on the November ballot.

New Catholic University plans to create next generation of country’s leaders

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new Catholic university is planning to open its doors in San Diego in the fall of 2005.  The educational institution, simply called New Catholic University (NCU), will offer a hands-on curriculum, unique for its emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and ethical leadership.

Survey finds Protestants losing membership, Catholics remaining steady

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Protestants may soon account for less than half of the United States population for the first time since the country's founding, according to a survey released by the University of Chicago yesterday, reported Reuters.

Mexican Bishop denounces media’s inaccurate reporting on the Church

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Mario de Gasperin of Queretaro, Mexico, denounced this week inaccuracy in the media concerning information about the Church, saying news reports often lack a proper context and portray the Church as backwards.

Expert says better marriage prep needed to reduce marriage annulments

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Judicial Vicar and Canon Lawyer of the Archdiocese of Oviedo, Fr. Andres Perez, said this week the diverse and complex nature of the marriage annulment cases processed by the archdiocesan tribunal belies the need for better preparation for those who wish to marry in the Catholic Church.

Spanish bishops warn against making homosexual unions equivalent with marriage

Jul 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As a new law granting full marital status to homosexual unions is set to be implemented beginning next year, the Bishops Conference of Spain has issued a statement defending authentic marriage and rejecting the new law as dangerous to people, society and the legal system.

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