Jul 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pope has expressed his concern and solidarity for the people of Darfur, Sudan who have been subject to what United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called “ethnic cleansing,” and has sent Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" as his special envoy to the country.
Jul 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Separation of church and state does not mean that Catholics should not bring universal principles and values to the public arena, said Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett in an editorial in the Seattle Times yesterday.
Jul 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Austrian Bishop Klaus Kueng, appointed apostolic visitator by Pope John Paul II began investigating a sex scandal at a seminary outside Vienna, saying he was saddened by the scandal that has shocked the traditionally Catholic country.
Jul 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- For the first time in years, the Democratic National Committee is not excluding pro-life democrats from the national convention.
Jul 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Twelve Catholic college students, taking part in a 1,300-mile walk to spread a pro-life message, received word that the Archdiocese of Baltimore in Maryland has forbidden them from speaking at local parishes. Days earlier, the walkers in the American Life League's Summer Crusade for Life were forbidden from speaking at parishes in Philadelphia.
Jul 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, Archbishop of Bogotá, Colombia, called on rebel and paramilitary forces this week to begin seriously working for reconciliation in the country by freeing all kidnapped.
Jul 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jorge Casaretto of San Isidro, Argentina, revealed this week that one of the reasons for his meeting with Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner “was to explain to him how the Church functions” and that he understand that the Church is not “just another power player.”