Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II is scheduled to celebrate mass and beatify three people in Loreto, home to the renowned shrine, which is believed to contain within its walls the house of the Holy Family. The Pope will make his day trip from Castel Gandolfo to Loreto by helicopter Sept. 5. During the 10 a.m. mass, he will beatify Fr. Pedro Tarres Y Claret, Alberto Marvelli and Pina Suriano.
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several entities have asked the Holy See if it would be possible for it to intervene in the suspension of the fighting in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, says a press release, issued by the Holy See Press Office this morning.
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a call for prayers and a special collection in parishes for the people suffering persecution and deprivation in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This year’s presidential elections are pivotal for the pro-life movement, says Fr. Frank Pavone. With that focus, the director of the international pro-life organization Priests for Life, will be in the Sioux Falls region this week to speak to thousands of area residents about the November election.
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It was a major win for pro-life demonstrators in the City of West Palm Beach, where a federal judge ruled that the area outside an abortion clinic is public property and no trespassing arrests can be made there, reported The Associated Press.
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Peruvians of all ages gathered in front of the country’s Palace of Justice to demand for the protection of human life from the moment of conception and that President Alejandro Toledo stop distribution of the morning after pill and ensure that the Peruvian Constitution is obeyed.
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The “Pastoral Letter on Family Life” published by the Pakistani bishops conference will be presented by Mgr. Lawrence John Saldanha, Archbishop of Lahore, and Mgr. Anthony Lobo, Bishop of Islamabad – Rawalpindi, at the 8th Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) that opens today in Daejeon, South Korea. They will join the other 90 other Asian bishops to discuss “The Asian Family: towards a Culture of Life.”
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking with reporters in the Mexican capital, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, criticized the use of rubber bullets against Mexicans trying to cross the border into the US and he called for immigration reform that respects the dignity of the human person.
Aug 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle exhorted the country’s government and population not to give in to supposed threats by terrorist groups that seek to destabilize the country.