Archive of August 19, 2004

Direct involvement by U.S. necessary for resolution of crisis in Darfur, says bishop

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a telephone press conference given yesterday, Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, chairman of the USCCB International Policy Committee, expressed his conviction that the direct involvement of President Bush and the U.S. government are needed to resolve the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, which he called “the world’s worst humanitarian situation of the present time.”

Catholic leader regrets ‘low-brow tactics’ of newspaper aimed at discrediting him

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The publisher of a leading Catholic magazine regrets the “low-brow tactics” of a left-wing newspaper, which is planning on publishing an article aimed at discrediting him.

Vatican newspaper calls papal pilgrimage to Lourdes a “hymn in honor of life”

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, called the recent trip by Pope John Paul II to the Marian shrine of Lourdes an eloquent “hymn in honor of life.”

First Vietnamese parish in U.S. marks 25th anniversary

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bursting with life and activity, the first Vietnamese parish in the United States marked its 25th anniversary last weekend with a mass, celebrated by Bishop Paul Loverde. Archbishop Stefano Nguyen Nhu The of Hue, Vietnam, flew in as a special guest for the evening mass.

California Episcopal parishes break from church over gay bishop

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two Episcopal parishes in southern California announced Aug. 17 that they have left the U.S. Episcopal Church, in reaction to the consecration of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Asian bishop’s conference tackles issues of globalization and acculturation of Gospel

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The issue of the acculturation of the Gospel into the Asian way of life and the issues arising from globalization, such as increasing consumerism, have emerged as central challenges for the Church in Asia in the deliberations of the 8th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) under way in Daejeon, South Korea.

Dominican Republic Cardinal calls on President to restore morality

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, called on President Leonel Fernandez, who began his four-year term this month, to work for a restoration of morality that will allow the country to overcome its crisis.

Church is impartial but not indifferent, says Venezuelan Cardinal

Aug 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jorge Urosa Savino, Vice President of the Bishops Conference of Venezuela, addressed national leaders this week, saying the bishops’ statements on the referendum do not make the Church a “partisan actor” and that the bishops will not be silent because they cannot be indifferent to people’s suffering.

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