Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In response to the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released a statement claiming that the movement to protect traditional marriage is gaining momentum.
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an audience this morning with 2000 Croatian pilgrims from the archdiocese of Split-Makarska, Pope John Paul II highlighted their “adherence to the faith” confessed by Sts. Peter and Paul and the martyrs of that region throughout the centuries, and exhorted them to “promote a Christian humanism” in their lives.
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The secretary and spokesman of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said this week that making homosexual unions the equivalent of marriage is like introducing “counterfeit money.”
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pro-Family Law Center filed a lawsuit against the operators of the Riverside County Historic Courthouse after the operators acquiesced to the threat of litigation by the liberal Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in an address to the 16th Banking Conference held in London, spoke of the need for Global development more human, integral, sustainable, and marked by solidarity.
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father's general prayer intention for the month of October is: "That, firm in their faith, Christians may be eager to dialogue with those who belong to another religious tradition."
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA has sent a $392,000 grant to Catholic Charities of Venice in Florida to support the agency's long-term hurricane recovery efforts, which will include temporary and permanent housing, mental health counseling, financial counseling, job placement and outreach to migrant farm workers.
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the Justice Department’s appeal of two federal courts rulings against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Yet another Canadian province legalized same-sex marriage, making it the sixth jurisdiction in the last 18 months.
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Joining the debate in Spain over the place of religion in schools, the Archbishop of Valencia, Agustin Garcia-Gasco, said this week that “religion classes are a constitutional right of parents and not the Church,” and the said he was willing to allow religion classes to be held in the parishes of the archdiocese if it was not possible to do so at the schools.
Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a statement on the public announcing of unconfirmed miraculous healings, Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina, reiterated that alleged supernatural healings taking place during certain Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) prayer meetings should not be announced as fact without both confirmation by science and approval of the Church.