Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The world is longing for communion with Christ and evidence of that is the box office success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” said Bishop James Olmsted of Pheonix. The film is just another way the Lord is leading his faithful to be “more intensely Eucharistic,” said the bishop in his column for the diocesan newspaper.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican released the schedule of the Holy father’s pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Loreto this Sunday, September 5. The Pope will leave Castelgandolfo by helicopter and after a one-hour trip will arrive in Montorso, near Loreto, to celebrate Mass and beatify three servants of God, members of Catholic Action.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a wealthy evangelical Christian are the major funders to date of a campaign against a California ballot measure that would fund stem-cell research and cloning in the state, reported The Associated Press.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA has launched a campaign in anticipation of the devastating effects of Hurricane Frances, which is expected to land in Florida Friday afternoon. The southern state was recently subjected to Hurricane Charley.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed two judges to the Supreme Court of Canada, whose past rulings indicate that they favor same-sex rights.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Masses, rallies and a dedication of a memorial are among the events planned for dioceses and parishes in the United States and at North American College in Rome to mark Patriot Day, Sept. 11.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops of Sudan have asked the United Nations and the international community to pressure the government of Khartoum to disarm Islamic militias and to immediately intervene in the African nation.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Primer Minister of Portugal, Pedro Santana Lopes, guaranteed this week that the Dutch abortion boat operated by the feminist group “Women on Waves” will not be allowed to enter Portuguese waters if the group intends to violate the country’s laws that prohibit abortion.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Gea Escolano of Mondoñedo-Ferrol, criticized this week a legislative package the Socialist government is seeking to implement in the new legislative session that would make it easier to obtain abortions and would speed up the divorce process in Spain.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic schools in France have announced they would be willing to enroll Muslim girls who might be expelled from public schools for wearing traditional Muslim veils, as a law prohibiting the wearing of “visible religious symbols” goes into effect.
Sep 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Church in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, is receiving enough vocations to the priesthood that in a short time all the Indonesian faithful – 3.5% of Indonesia’s 210 million inhabitants – will be catered for by local clergy.