Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should not receive Communion, but that decision should be left to the politician to make, not to the bishop or priest, said Bishop Lawrence Brandt of Greensburg in a pastoral letter this week. The recently appointed bishop of this small Pennsylvania diocese wrote the letter, he said, “in an effort to clarify the Catholic Church's teaching as it relates to certain issues which have emerged as a result of this year's election campaigns.”
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning at Castel Gandolfo, Pope John Paul II said to pilgrims from the archdiocese of Barcelona that Blessed Pere Tarres i Claret, whom he beatified on Sunday, “continues to be an example for doctors.”
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said during a seminar for bishops today that "the effective use of the media is essential for evangelization and for the episcopal ministry in today's world."
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic hospital foundation that has named its new $25-million trauma center after former New York mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said it was honoring a man whose leadership was heroic after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. But that honor, bestowed on a pro-abortion Catholic Republican, has got pro-life groups riled.
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Convicted IRA bombmaker Shane Paul O'Doherty began his formation for the Catholic priesthood at a Dublin seminary two weeks ago, reported the Belfast Telegraph.
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A love story, wrought with the tensions of politics, religion and cultural difference, won four prizes at this year’s Montreal World Films Festival, including the top prize and the Ecumenical Prize.
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Harrisburg is investigating its first miracle to determine whether the intercession of a priest, who died in a Nazi concentration camp, could be credited with healing a World War II veteran of cancer.
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A nine-year David-and-Goliath battle, involving Wal-Mart and some Canadian Jesuits, has now become a challenge under the freedom of religion provision of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, says a news release, issued by the Ignatius Jesuit Center of Guelph.
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In commemoration of Migrant Day this week in Mexico, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City, said the best way to help migrants is to ensure that they do not have to leave their countries of origin.
Sep 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a telegram addressed to Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Moscow, the President of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, made a plea in the name of all the Spanish bishops for the end of terrorist violence in Russia, and he offered prayers for the victims of the attack on the Russian school in Beslan.