Archive of July 30, 2004

Paulist priest addressing closing of DNC says he is personally opposed to abortion

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. John B. Ardis, the director of the Paulist Center in Boston, who gave the benediction at  yesterday’s closing session of the Democratic National Convention, said his goal  was to “bring the convention to a close in prayer” and to challenge “all of us to our responsibility as citizens,” reported the Boston Globe.

Pope sends telegram with condolences for gas explosion in Belgium

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope John Paul II to Archbishop Karl-Josef Rauber, Apostolic Nuncio in Belgium, expressing his condolences for the victims of a gas explosion that took place on Friday morning in Ath, Belgium.

Former USCCB employee says he was forced out because of Kerry support

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention says he was ousted from his job at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for his support of presidential candidate John F. Kerry, reported the Capital News Service.

Lesbian couple sues Catholic school, parish in Oregon

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A local lesbian couple has decided to file a lawsuit against a Catholic school and the local Catholic parish after they declined to admit their daughter.

U.S. urged to press China on religious freedom

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom is urging U.S. delegates at this weekend’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Singapore to pressure China to grant its citizens full religious freedom.

Pro-life retreat planned for seminarians

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Priests for Life will hold its annual national retreat for seminarians next month, from Aug. 10 to 17, at the Newark Youth Retreat Centre in Kearney, New Jersey.

Archbishop calls for acceptance of Muslims without losing Spain’s religious identity

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain, underscored this week the need to harmonize the rights of Muslim immigrants with the right and the duty to respect the social, cultural and religious identity of Spain.

Brazilian bishop says strengthening the faith more important than “combating” sects

Jul 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Fernando Legal, SDB, of Sao Miguel Paulista in southern Brazil, said this week it is more important to strengthen the faith of Catholics than to “combat” sects.

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