Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Ciro Benedettini, C.P., vice director of the Holy See Press Office, declared this morning that the Holy Father has asked for the release of Colombian Bishop Misael Vacca Ramirez who was kidnapped on July 24 by members of the Jose David Suarez Front of the National Liberation Army (ELN) while visiting the Christian community of Morcote in eastern Colombia.
Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a break from tradition, the Democratic Party did not invite the archbishop of Boston to offer a blessing at the Democratic National Convention this week, reported the Boston Globe.
Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Misael Vacca Ramirez of Yopal, Colombia, was kidnapped Sunday by members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) while he was making a pastoral visit to Morcote, northeast of Bogota. The rebels said they planned to release the bishop with a message to the government.
Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Prayer must become an important part of every Christian’s daily life, said Bishop Robert Carlson of Sioux Falls at the concluding mass of the Yahweh-Shalom Conference at Mount Marty College.
Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The parents of a nine-year-old Toronto girl, who was abducted last fall and murdered, have found comfort and solace in the Christian faith.
Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A movie entitled “The Story of Karol,” about the life of John Paul II is to be filmed in Poland in September, and will be based on the book of the same name by Gianfranco Svidercoschi.
Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of the feast of St. James the Apostle, Patron of Spain, the Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela encouraged the more than 1,300 young people present in the Cathedral of Oviedo to follow the example of the apostles who lived the “passionate adventure” of Christianity.
Jul 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Writing in his weekly column for the Italian online journal “L’Espresso,” noted Vatican observer Sandro Magister reveals that, according to data and statistics from Aid to the Church in Need and other organizations, Christians are being persecuted in countries in Asia where Buddhism is the majority.