Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Major pro-family groups congratulated the House of Representatives for passing the Marriage Protection Act, but said it is only a a short-term solution until a constitutional amendment can be passed. The House approved a bill Thursday to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over same-sex marriage cases. The Marriage Protection Act was adopted 233 to 194. Utah Republican Reps.
Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- "Priests for the Formation of Saints for the New Millennium, In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul" is the theme of the International Congress for Priests, organized by the Congregation for the Clergy, which will take place in Malta from October 18 to 23.
Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father sent a message of sympathy to Archbishop Edmond Farhat, apostolic nuncio in Turkey, upon hearing of the train crash that occurred last evening between Istanbul and Ankara that killed at least 36 people and left 79 injured.
Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Just one day after the Democratic National Committee invited the Democrats For Life of America to attend their convention next week, the DNC Platform Standing Committee issued a statement today clearly rejecting all pro-life efforts.
Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, who are new to the Church, say their faith has not been deterred by the sexual abuse crisis. Rather, they are enthusiastic about their faith and the future, reported the Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph.
Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An Associated Press report reveals that Catholic lawmakers are ignoring the U.S. bishops’ statements that those who support abortion should not receive Communion. The report, based on interviews with 75 Catholic politicians and published yesterday, also reveals that Catholic politicians do not believe voting for abortion jeopardizes their standing in the Church.
Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Association of Abortion Victims (AAV) in Spain are responding to calls from pregnant women infected with AIDS who are being pressured by health officials to procure abortions, despite the fact that new treatments have brought about a reduction in the chances of the virus being passed on the fetus.
Jul 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Dadeus Grings of Porto Alegre, Brazil, issued a pastoral letter this week exhorting Catholics not to vote for candidates who support abortion and denouncing candidates who take advantage of the “people’s needs.”