Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The first crisis of contemporary Catholicism is not sex-abuse scandals or voting blocs, “but a fundamental loss of Catholic identity,” said Greg Erlandson, publisher of the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor. His talk Oct. 5 on the challenge of being American and Catholic was part of the Archdiocese of Denver’s fall lecture series.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of the recitation of the Angelus this Sunday, Pope John Paul II greeted the participants of the Social Week for Italian Catholics, calling on Catholics to have a strong presence in public life.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the death of Christopher Reeve this morning from cardiac failure at the age of 52, Culture of Life Foundation President Austin Ruse has released a statement saying that those who wish to use his death to further the cause of embryo-destructive research do a disservice to all who suffer from quadraplegia.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, the day of the opening of the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, on the theme "'The Eucharist, Light and Life of the New Millennium,' Pope John Paul II told pilgrims assembled for the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square that he “spiritually join[s] this important ecclesial event, with which the Year of the Eucharist will open," and prayed that Christians be moved by the Eucharist to a witness of effective charity.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II received youth from the diocese of Rome who are participating in a mission to their peers entitled “Jesus Downtown,” in preparation for the Year of the Eucharist, and told them that “Eucharist and mission are two inseperable realities,” and that true Eucharistic adoration must lead to mission, or it is not authentic.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received the Brazilian ambassador this morning and asked that Brazilians “safeguard unborn children from the moment of conception,” “recognize the sanctity of family life,” and be fundamentally committed to the needs of the poor.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received seventy participants in the 11th General Chapter of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame and urged them to examine and renew the particular charism received by their foundress, Sister Maria Aloysia, and to joyfully seek holiness.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Lifelong support for marriage is a key ministry for the Church in the United States, says a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Marriage and Family Life Committee
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Juan Claudio Sanahuja, director of Noticias Globales (“Global News”), a news agency that monitors the United Nations and other international organizations, warned this week the Nobel Peace Prize winner for this year, environmental activist Kenia Wangari Maathai, is renowned for her anti-life and anti-religious agenda.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Church in Spain is asking for prayers for the health of the Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, who is currently hospitalized after undergoing surgery to have a kidney removed.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Vatican Radio has launched a program featuring Italian Cardinals and bishops offering their commentary on the popular Italian Soccer League, mixing in as well reflections on life and faith.
Oct 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several opposition leaders in Cuba are calling on the European Union to demand “significant gestures” from the Castro government, such as the release of political prisoners, before reestablishing bilateral talks.