Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Welcoming pilgrims from the diocese of Pelplin in Poland this morning, Pope John Paul II confirmed that their pilgrimage to Rome to pray for the beatification of Servant of God, Bishop Konstantyn Dominik, “creates a spiritual atmosphere of openness to grace that prepares conditions for miraculous interventions.”
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Anglican Communion Network and the American Anglican Council are deeply saddened that within minutes of the Windsor Report’s release, the primate of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. had rejected its core presupposition, that is, the church’s traditional teaching on human sexuality.
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, headed by Cardinal Jorge Mejia, and Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, led by Rabbi Shar Yishuv Cohen, today released a shared statement on social justice and ethics, calling for respect for religious communities and persons, and affirming Jewish and Catholic solidarity in essential moral values and human well-being.
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Foreign Affairs Minister of Italy and candidate for justice minister on the European Commission, Rocco Buttiglione, denounced the existence of an “anti-Christian inquisition” in Europe and a “campaign of hate” against him that twists and distorts his public statements.
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II met yesterday with Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Frutos, expressing his affection for the people of that country and encouraging them to preserve their Christian faith.
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington, Del., has distributed a prayer to St. Thomas More to parishes and Catholic schools, asking Catholics to pray that politicians be "courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life."
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic priest and director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Boston attended the seventh annual BioFlorida conference last weekend, with the intention of debunking myths about the Catholic Church’s position on stem-cell research, reported the Palm Beach Post.
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was participating in the International Eucharistic Congress, Auxiliary Bishop of Havana, Cuba, Alfredo Petit Vergel, said Catholics in Cuba who are being persecuted for their ideas are earning Heaven.
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Christian Legal Society is suing Pennsylvania State University on behalf of a Christian student group, after the university has required the group to allow homosexuals and non-Christians to become officers, reported AgapePress.
Oct 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Iraqi Christian leaders have issued a joint statement in response to the bombings of five churches on Saturday, October 16, condemning the attacks and all attacks on Christian or Muslim places of worship, and saying that the Christian communities will not leave Iraq, but rather, will “help to build an Iraq of peace, freedom democracy and tolerance.”