Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In less than 24 hours the Holy Father will visit the Marian shrine at Lourdes for the second time of his pontificate in order to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. He is expected to be received by 400,000 faithful who have flocked to the town to join him in his two-day pilgrimage. This will be the Pope’s 8th trip to France, the country he has visited more than any other besides his native Poland which he has visited 9 times.
Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- California’s Supreme court has invalidated nearly 4,000 marriage licenses issued to gay couples this year in San Francisco, unanimously ruling that city officials who granted the licenses to gay couples from around the country in February and March, had misinterpreted state laws.
Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic doctors are appalled at the British government’s recent decision to allow human cloning – with the use of human embryos – for medical reasons.
Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two medical organizations in Germany are calling for a total international ban on all types of human cloning, after the British government decided to allow such experiments to be done on human embryos.
Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League says Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry should “condemn” the Catholics for Kerry 04 Web site for having a statement that refers to President George W. Bush as “the anti-Christ.”
Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At a meeting held late last month at UN headquarters, women's rights advocates discussed plans to strengthen the "legal backbone" of the UN women's rights treaty, including establishing abortion on demand for women and girls as an internationally recognized human right, reported the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute.
Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his visit to Spain this week, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem, Kamal Hanna Bathish, encouraged the Spanish to feel as if the Holy Land also belongs to them and to go on pilgrimage to the holy places.
Aug 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Hector Gonzalez Martinez of Durango denounced this week the cultural, moral and spiritual crisis which is “bringing us down,” and which is marginalizing God from all human activities, whether they be political, social, economic, educational or communitarian.