Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received bishops from Colombia ending their “ad limina” visit this morning and encouraged them to continue to proclaim the Gospel of justice, peace and reconciliation with their words and witness, in their fight against the “moral deterioration” and violent “attacks on life, freedom, and the dignity of persons,” affecting their country.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received Pervez Musharraf, the president of Pakistan, this morning, and encouraged him and his countrymen to “foster a spirit of dialogue and tolerance” for the sake of “authentic justice and peace.”
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Church is living through another scandal, and the perpetrators are not priests; the perpetrators are parents, says Mary “Bai” Macfarlane, a mother of four. Although millions of American homes are broken by divorce, the U.S. bishops tend not to speak out against it and canon lawyers seem to defend divorce instead of marriage, she says.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- New legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission is "extremely harmful to immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees," says the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' migration committee.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for the Holy See's Relations with States, laid out the Holy See’s policy on global themes on the agenda of the 59th United Nations General Assembly in New York, inlcuding poverty and development, peace, regional armed conflicts, terrorism, and the right to life and freedom of religion.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Darmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, said this week during a priestly retreat, that “pervasive individualism” is undermining the nation’s Catholic faith, and called for a the creation of strong faith communities as a “new clerical culture,” to revert the process of secularization.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a letter, urging the House of Representatives “to preserve and protect” the “vital institution” of marriage and support the Marriage Protection Amendment.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-abortion organization, claiming to be Catholic, has filed a complaint with the IRS against the pro-life Culture of Life Foundation.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Guillermo Jose Garlatti of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, traveled over 400 miles to meet with Bishop Esteban Laxague of Viedma and together offer comfort to the family members of three students gunned down in a school shooting this week.
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A local city councilman in the town of Sestao, Spain, and leader of the movement “Christians for Socialism,” is criticizing the government’s offensive against the Church, warning that the confrontation will have “costs for both.”
Sep 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Lawmakers from the ruling Spanish socialist party (PSOE) have decided to withdraw support for proposals to legalize abortion on demand during the first trimester of pregnancy, hoping rather to include such proposals in the Penal Code reforms slated for next year.