Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the Angelus yesterday, Pope John Paul II called on all Christians to be ready to bear witness to the truth of Christ, even "at the cost of suffering and great sacrifice." According to Church tradition, the Pope recalled the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist yesterday, whom Jesus had called "the greatest among those born of women."
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II paid tribute to the martyrs of the faith and to the thousands of Christians around the world throughout the centuries who lost their lives as they witnessed to the truth of the Gospel.
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Taekwondo champion Moon Dae Sung dedicated his Olympic gold medal to Jesus after knocking out his opponent in the first round.
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking with local reporters, Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal, Venezuela, said "the ministry of reconciliation falls to the Church" in Venezuela in the wake of the failed recall referendum.
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Brazil has sent a message to the Brazilian Supreme Court reminding the justices that babies suffering from anacephaly do not lose their dignity as human beings and should not be aborted.
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a recent letter to catechists in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of the Argentinean capital, said the upcoming National Eucharistic Congress will be an opportunity to pray to God for "the grace of an apostolic zeal that is strong and fervent in the Spirit" and which will keep us from "ever becoming used to" poverty.
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic apologetics organization is taking out a full-page ad in the country's largest national newspaper tomorrow to tell Catholics how to vote according to the teachings of the Catholic Church when they go to the polls this November. Catholic Answers will take out the ad in tomorrow's edition of USA Today.
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The faculty at Black Hawk College in Illinois have come to the defense of a sociology professor's right to free speech after he was reprimanded by college administration for offending a Christian student when he wrote "F--- God" on the blackboard.
Aug 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The USCCB encourages the appeal of a court decision made last week, which found the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional.