Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II invited the crowd gathered at this morning’s general audience in the Paul VI Hall, on the feast of the birth of the Virgin Mary, to remember children, especially "the many children in Beslan, North Ossetia, victims of a barbaric siege, who were tragically massacred."
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In view of the third anniversary of September 11, 2001, Pope John Paul II strongly affirmed in a message to the participants of an inter-religious summit held in Milan from September 5-7, that conflicts and violence are not “an inevitable outcome of history” and that “peace is always possible,” even though much work and cooperation is needed to deal with the roots of violence.
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has appointed Costa-Rican born Monsignor Alexander Salazar, Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Church, as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. He was also assigned the Titular See of Nesqually.
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Three Catholic leaders, including Catholic medical doctors and a USCCB official, are urging Congress to maintain “conscience-protection” language in current legislation, which would will allow Catholic health care facilities to continue refraining from providing abortions.
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Renato Cardinal Martino, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has joined the Episcopal Board of Priests for Life. The cardinal, who agrees that Catholics should not vote for politicians who support abortion, has had a long-standing relationship with the pro-life organization.
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a column published this Wednesday, Vatican observer Sandro Magister says many Catholic leaders are suffering from a dangerous “lack of direction” regarding the challenge of fanatical Islam.
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an act that has puzzled Catholic Church officials, the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters donated $200 to an organization that raises money to support Democratic female candidates, who advocate the right to abortion.
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Coptic Catholic Bishop of Sohag in southern Egypt, Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir, is asking Catholics around the world to visit his country to show support for the local Christian community which is struggling to maintain its faith.
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Responding to the Spanish government’s announcement that it will be sending a bill to the House of Representatives that would make homosexual unions equivalent to marriage, Bishop Rafael Palmero Ramos of Palencia, Spain, said the measure is juridically and morally unacceptable, because it is “irrational.”
Sep 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told the Italian daily “La Stampa” yesterday that the world has already entered into “the Fourth World War.”