Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican reiterated its firm opposition yesterday to human cloning after the British government gave a research team permission to use human cloning for medical research purposes, reported AFP.
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Austrian seminary that has been embroiled in a child pornography scandal was shut down this morning by Bishop Klaus Küng, the papal emissary sent to investigate the scandal.
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, the bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, published a statement Aug. 10 in which he questions the usefulness of a questionnaire, issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to President George W. Bush and Senator John F. Kerry. He said he hopes both presidential candidates refuse to answer it.
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Buffalo, located in New York State, will have a new bishop. Pope John Paul has appointed Bishop Edward U. Kmiec to the post. Until now, Bishop Kmiec was serving as the bishop of Nashville.
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II issued a telegram today to Constantinos Stephanopoulos, president of Greece, on the occasion of the 28th summer Olympic Games, which will open in Athens this week.
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life group is challenging a grassroots group that has launched a concert tour in an effort to defeat President George W. Bush in the upcoming election.
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal, Venezuela, reiterated this week his call to Venezuelans to fulfill their duty to vote in the historic referendum this Sunday which will decide the fate of President Hugo Chavez.
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the midst of a heated debate in Italy concerning the reduction of federal funding for women who have a second abortion, the country’s Health Minister, Girolamo Sirchia, said abortion “is homicide and the law should steer clear of it.”
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The pastor of the Church of San Fernando in Santiago, Spain, Fr. Manuel Cacheda, has launched a campaign to gather signatures to prohibit allowing women to go “top-less” at public swimming facilities, in order to protect children.