Archive of September 27, 2004

U.S. bishops may appoint nun as head of review board, sources say

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was planning Saturday to appoint a nun to the lay review board on sexual abuse, reported the Washington Post. USCCB spokesperson Msgr. Francis Maniscalco would neither confirm nor deny the possibility of the appointment, saying that it is a confidential process.

Vatican acknowledges grave risk posed by WMD and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At a conference delivered on September 22, during the 48th Conference of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA,) the Vatican representative, Monsignor Leo Boccardi, said weapons of mass destruction and nuclear proliferation are a threat in the world, but especially in the Middle East. Read the full Vatican statement at:

Pope says charity also applies to rich countries in regard to poor ones

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During yesterday’s Angelus, Pope John Paul II spoke of the application of charity in regard to the relationship between rich countries and poor ones as he pointed to Sunday’s Gospel parable of "the rich man who lived in opulence and did not care for the beggar lying outside his door and starving.”

Europe needs Christian values to build a better society, says Pope

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message for the occasion of the Social Weeks of France, held from September 23 to 26 in Lille, whose theme was “Europe, participating in building up a society to be invented,” Pope John Paul II emphasized that Christian values will help Europe grow as a continent and build up European society.

Amarillo bishop says no Communion to pro-abortion politicians

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Texas bishop has asked Catholics in his diocese to inform him if they know pro-abortion Catholic politicians so that they can be offered pastoral counseling. If, after pastoral counseling, these politicians still support abortion, they would be denied Communion.

Pope praises courage of persecuted Cardinal

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning the Holy Father praised Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, Archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev, Belarus, for his testimony of courageous Christian faith while under persecution, and gave him the “Fidei testis” award, granted by the Paul IV Institute in Brescia, Italy, on the 25th anniversary of it’s founding.

Pope says prison inmates must be treated with dignity and charity

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning, on receiving officials of the Department of Prison Administration, the inspector general of chaplains and a number of female police officers assigned to women's prisons, Pope John Paul II spoke of the need to treat prison inmates with understanding and to “wed firmness with attention to the individual.”

Pope expresses gratitude for courageous work of Apostolic nuncios in Africa

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The pontifical representatives from Africa were received on Saturday in Castelgandolfo by Pope John Paul II, who thanked them for their zeal and witness in difficult situations and for sharing in the suffering of the Churches which they serve.

Pope to return to Vatican on Wednesday, ending summer season

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II will return to the Vatican on Wednesday, September 29 from Castelgandolfo, thus ending the summer season.

Princeton paper prints pro-life message, calls on readers to unite against abortion

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life article published last week in Princeton University’s daily paper has shocked critics and raised strong support from pro-life students.

U.S. Catholic receives 100th-birthday greetings from the Pope

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A 100th birthday is a special event in itself. But it became even more special for Carmelinda Rossi when she received birthday greetings from Pope John Paul II.

Pope to meet with Pakistani leader September 30

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See has announced that John Paul II will meet with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at the Vatican on September 30.

Spanish Catholic organization blames Masons for “tremendous crusade” against Church

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Union of Catholic Professional Fraternities, Luis Labiano, said this week a “tremendous crusade by Masonry against the Church” exists in Spain.

First American bishop indicted for child sexual abuse this morning

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Emeritus of Springfield, Msgr. Thomas Dupre, has been indicted on charges of child rape. The indictment was announced this morning by the county prosecutor. Msgr. Dupre is accused of molesting two boys during the 1970’s, which makes him the first American Roman Catholic prelate indicted specifically on the charge of child sexual abuse.

DA announces Bishop Dupre will not be prosecuted because of statute of limitations

Sep 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Hampden District Attorney William Bennett announced on Monday afternoon that he cannot prosecute Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Dupre on child rape charges because the statute of limitations has expired in the case.

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