Archive of August 11, 2004

Pope prepares for Lourdes, says sanctuary reminds Christians of need for conversion

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Through her apparitions to the young Bernadette in Lourdes, Mary reminds all people that prayer and repentance are the way to ensure “the victory of Christ,” said Pope John Paul II during a general audience this morning. The Pope spoke of his upcoming pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, Aug. 14-15, and the significance of the Marian apparition there for the People of God.

Bishops questionnaire criticized for seemingly supporting Democratic positions

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A political questionnaire, issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops and distributed to both major-party presidential candidates, has been criticized for presenting questions that are traditionally associated with Democratic Party policy positions, says a report by the Culture of Life Foundation.

Pope urges Russian youth to reject temptations, false ideals; says the Church needs witnesses

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II issued a message to Russian youth, who are gathering in Irkutsk, Russia, in preparation for the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, next August. The youth gathering, promoted by the Russian Catholic bishops, begins today and will conclude Aug. 15, on the feast of the Assumption.

Marriage battle will determine future of U.S., says pro-family lawyer

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver says the battle for traditional marriage has become the fight that will determine the future of the United States, and it has overtaken abortion as the most important cultural issue, reported AgapePress.

New poll says practicing Catholics more likely to support Bush

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- While Catholics tend to show a slight preference for Senator John Kerry over President George W. Bush, a recent Gallup poll indicates that among practicing Catholics, who attend church on a weekly basis, Bush leads Kerry in the upcoming presidential race. On the other hand, Catholics who attend church infrequently support Kerry.

Abortion T-shirt creates online debate, shows ‘hard-heartedness’ toward God

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new T-shirt, branded with the phrase, "I had an abortion", has become the topic of debate on the Internet and among advocates on both sides of the abortion debate since Planned Parenthood began selling the T-shirt online last month for $15US.

Iraq’s Christians fleeing to Syria to escape violence

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Iraqi Christians are fleeing to neighbouring Syria in search of refuge from violence and persecution meted out by Islamic militants, according to reports by the Associated Press.

Italian Senator to propose drop in federal funding of abortion

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An Italian senator announced last weekend he intends to sponsor a bill that would require women to pay half of the costs of a second abortion and all costs of any subsequent ones.

Mexican bishops call on government leaders to “learn how to form a consensus and respect differences”

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon, denounced this week the political climate in the country, saying it has become contaminated by “verbal violence” on the part of some leaders and parties.  He also said, “We need to learn how to form a consensus and to respect our legitimate differences.

Spanish bishop says government has caved in to homosexual “lobby”

Aug 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bishop of Segorbe-Castelló and president of the bishops’ Subcommittee on the Family and Defense of Life, Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla, said the Spanish government has caved in to “pressure from the gay lobby” by accepting legal marriage for homosexuals.

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