Archive of August 26, 2004

Pope releases message for WYD 2005, calls young people to be courageous witnesses

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See Press Office released today Pope John Paul II’s message to youth for World Youth Day 2005, which will be held in Cologne, Germany, next August. Read the Holy Father’s Message to the youth of the world for WYD2005 at:

Pastoral zeal and spiritual health of Pope as strong as ever

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The ex-Prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, said this week the mental and spiritual health, as well as the pastoral zeal of Pope John Paul II, are just as vigorous as they were 20 years ago.

Pope expresses sorrow at deaths in Russia’s double-air disaster

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II expressed his grief over the double-air disaster, which took place in Russia Aug. 24 and left 98 dead, in a telegram that was sent to the apostolic nuncio in Moscow yesterday.

New voter guide for Catholics an alternative for USCCB guide

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of controversy surrounding a presidential candidate questionnaire, produced by the lay staff of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, many Catholics have embraced an alternative voting guide, issued by a Catholic apologetics organization.

Diocese hopeful that masses for abuse victims will bring healing

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Staff of the Arlington Diocese are hopeful that a series of healing masses this fall for victims of sexual abuse will continue the healing and reconciliation process that started June 30, when Bishop Paul S. Loverde celebrated the first such mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More.

John Paul II saddened by disappearance of Spanish cardinal

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul issued a telegram, expressing his sorrow over the death of a Spanish cardinal. Marcelo Cardinal González Martín, archbishop emeritus of Toledo, died during the evening of Aug. 25. The Pope sent his message to the current archbishop of Toledo, Antonio Cañizares Llovera.

Church emerging from ashes in Belarus, signs of hope strong

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Officials of Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) are hopeful for the Catholic Church in Belarus, where many signs of life are sprouting. “The Catholic Church in Belarus is coming out of the ashes of communism,” said Antonia Willemsen, the organization’s secretary general, Aug. 23 after a visit to the East European country.

Archbishop says Church ready to play role in reconciliation of Venezuelans

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Baltazar Porras, is again calling for reconciliation among all Venezuelans, saying the Church is ready and willing to help.

Beatification cause of young Chilean engineer moving ahead

Aug 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mario Hiriart was a young Chilean professional who dedicated his life to the works of the apostolate.  He could be raised to the altars if his cause for beatification passes the first phase scheduled to begin on September 8.

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