Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston issued a letter that was to be read at all parishes during mass last weekend in response to the increased violence and the number of homicides in the city. Boston police have recorded 41 homicides so far this year – as many as the city saw in all of 2003.
Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several bishops and political and financial leaders present this week at the 2004 European Pilgrimage of Young People in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, underscored the role Christianity has in the building of the new Europe.
Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- St. Francis Xavier, the oldest black Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Miami, was formally dedicated for the first time Sunday, after completing a $14.5-million restoration to repair damage from a 2002 Christmastime arson, reported The Associated Press.
Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- News among Pope John Paul II’s upcoming pilgrimage to Lourdes has raised interest among Asia’s Christians, and an ever-growing number of them are visiting the renowned Catholic sanctuary, reported AsiaNews.
Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life group in upstate New York has joined American Life League in encouraging bishops to refuse Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians. CREDO Rochester, Inc., is an associate group of the American Life League.
Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to a poll by the Correio da Manha newspaper in Portugal, the majority of Portuguese are against a law that would make homosexual unions equivalent to marriage, although they favor the adoption of orphaned children by homosexual couples.
Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- New Jersey Catholics are hoping they will have their own homegrown saint soon. The cause for sainthood for a New Jersey nun, who was a Sister of Charity in the 1920s, moved one step closer toward sainthood last month, reported The Jersey Journal. Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark signed documents last month, promoting the beatification of Sr. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, SC, who grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Aug 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of the Pope’s visit to Lourdes this weekend, a French religious Web site, called Croire.com, is offering to take all e-mail prayers to the grotto in Lourdes, reported AFP yesterday.