Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II told President Vladimir Putin Friday that Pope John Paul II is not welcome in Russia, reported The Associated Press. The patriarch repeated that the icon the pontiff had hoped to return to Russia personally is only one of the many copies of a revered 16th-century work.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has offered to mediate between the Iraqi and American troops and the fundamentalist supporters of Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who have been fighting in the Iraqi city of Najaf since August 5.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mgr. Oscar Cruz, Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, expressed his support for the “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the collaboration of men and women in the Church and in the world”, recently released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in response to the criticisms of Filipino feminists.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A few months ago, Bishop Jose Gomez, Auxiliary of Denver, and one of the leading voices of Hispanic Catholicism in the United States, explained why Hispanic immigrants do not contribute financially to their parishes as much as American Catholics do, even after they have reached a moderate financial situation.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Just a day before Pope John Paul II arrived at the shrine of Lourdes, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, said that together with the Olympic athletes competing in Athens, the Holy Father shows that “human dignity is not based on physical strength,” but rather on the spiritual.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy, Colombian-born Cardinal Dario Castrillon, said the credibility of the peace process between the national government and the United Self-Defenses of Colombia (AUC) does not depend on foreign observers but on the veracity and the fulfillment of the accords agreed to by both parties.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of Hurricane Charley, which has left up to 15 dead and thousands homeless in Florida this past weekend, Catholic Charities USA is collecting financial donations to help communities recover from the potential devastation brought on by the hurricane.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life supporters are upset that judges are granting girls permission to bypass a new parental-notification law and to avoid notifying their parents before having an abortion.
Aug 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Miguel Irizar of Callao, Peru, visited inmates at the Miguel Castro Castro maximum security prison, who donated four tons of food, equaling four days worth of meals for the facility, to be distributed to the victims of freezing weather which is pounding Peru’s southern region.