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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.