Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- William McGurn, an executive with News Corp and writer of a weekly column for the New York Post regretted yesterday in Denver, CO, the misrepresentation of Catholic doctrine on life issues and politics made recently by some officials of the prestigious University of Notre Dame, once one of the most vibrant Catholic universities in the US.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In today’s general audience Pope John Paul II said that reflection on death puts things we ususally consider absolute into perspective, during his catechesis on Psalm 48, "Human riches do not save." The Holy Father said that the psalm, which "condemns the illusion created by the idolatry of riches," proposes "a realistic and severe meditation on death, the unavoidable end of the human existence."
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-abortion group that claims to be Catholic has requested that the tax-exempt status of the Archdiocese of Denver be revoked. Catholics for a Free Choice submitted its request to the Internal Revenue Service Oct. 25, reported the Denver Post.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the end of today’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II expressed his “affectionate participation” in the suffering of the victims of terrorism in Iraq and said that "every day I accompany in prayer the dear Iraqi population who are so intent on rebuilding the institutions of their country."
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican released a statement yesterday calling on Catholics to exercise “responsible citizenship” and take their Catholic values with them to the voting booth Nov. 2.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Florida's nine bishops have joined other episcopal state conferences is issuing a statement in parishes this past weekend that urges Catholics to vote in the presidential elections Nov. 2, and to vote according to Catholic principles.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, has issued a teaching guide for voters that says abortion, the destruction of human embryos for research and assisted suicide are wrong, and marriage must be protected as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman, reported The Associated Press.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations, at a committee meeting on the issue of the Elimination of All Forms of Religious Intolerance in New York, said that religious beliefs and freedom are an enduring resource in the fight against terrorism and that attempts to secularize religious institutions undermine them and society as a whole.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Russian Orthodox Church is set to dedicate a new chapel boat on October 31 to St. Vladimir, the ruler who converted Russia to Christianity.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to figures from local police officials, some 15,000 people participated last Friday in a protest in Madrid against the abortion policies of the Spanish Socialist Worker Party (PSOE). The protest, which took place in front of the Socialist Party’s headquarters, went unreported by most Spanish secular media outlets.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asuncion, Paraguay, called for prayers this week for the country’s leaders so that the wave of violence that has swept over the country might come to an end.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jaume Pujol of Tarragona, Spain, said this week “religious ignorance is widespread” and therefore missionary work is needed not only in faraway lands but also in the cities and towns of Spain itself.
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- With national elections just days away, the Permanent Council of the Uruguayan Bishops Conference issued a statement calling on Catholics to vote in the coming elections “without divorcing private and public life” and with a “strong sense of solidarity.”
Oct 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Abortion, "right to die" legislation, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and same sex marriage are the five fundamental and binding issues in this election which a panel of Catholic and pro-life leaders said a Catholic “cannot disagree with and remain rooted in Catholic tradition,” during a news conference on the Catholic vote held yesterday.