Aug 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At a special Liturgy of the Word this morning, Pope John Paul he is pleased and grateful to see the revered Russian icon of the Mother of God of Kazan return to Russian soil. A 10-member Vatican delegation will return the venerated image of Mary to its native Russia this week on the pontiff’s behalf.
Aug 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new poll released yesterday shows that most Americans are opposed to political parties obtaining church rosters and to Catholic leaders denying pro-abortion politicians Communion, reported the Associated Press.
Aug 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- About 7,500 people are expected to attend the 14th annual National Catholic Family Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, entitled ''For I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel,'' on defending and explaining the Catholic faith amidst controversies.
Aug 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Couples who marry in the Roman Catholic Church are bound by an antenuptial (prenuptial) agreement, which includes specific rules about separation and divorce, according to a brief filed today by Cleveland attorney Bob Lynch, on behalf of his client, Marie (Bai) Macfarlane.
Aug 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil, issued an official statement this week condemning the anonymous attacks on homeless indigenous people, which in less than a week have left six dead and another ten seriously wounded.
Bishops not discouraged by Marxist group’s cool response to government offer to release rebel soldiersAug 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vice President of the Bishops Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, expressed his hope that the Marxists Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) still might accept a humanitarian proposal to free dozens of hostages.
Aug 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, called on his fellow bishops to boost their efforts to address the spiritual needs of the country’s more than 12 million Native Mexicans.