Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II, receiving Romano Prodi, outgoing president of the European Commission, on the eve of the signing of the European constitution, said that regardless of “whether or not it is recognized in the official documents,” the Christian influence on the formation of Europe, “is an undeniable fact that no historian can forget."
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Vatican official has confirmed that despite his frail health, Pope John Paul II “is sure” he will visit Cologne for the next World Youth Day which will be held there in 2005.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The protection of human life is the first principle on which people must base their decision for the upcoming elections, said Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington in a pre-election letter to Catholics.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Inaugurating the first world congress of ecclesiastical organizations committed to promoting justice and peace yesterday, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State, noted the injustices and humiliations suffered by people around the world and said that the faithful have the responsibility to continue announcing the Gospel of justice and peace.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the Plenary Session of the U.N. General Assembly yesterday on ‘A Culture of Peace,’ Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Holy See permanent observer to the U.N. said that peace, which is often so fragile, can be reinforced by cultivating an awareness in people of goodwill that they are “architects, builders and even bridges” of peace.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An abortion-rights group has asked the IRS to revoke the public charity status of yet another archdiocese. Catholics for a Free Choice claims that the Archdiocese of St. Louis has attempted to influence the Nov. 2 presidential election.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several Catholic groups have placed ads in The Pittsburgh Catholic to counter a previous ad, which says Catholics should not base their decision for the upcoming presidential election on the issue of abortion only.
Vermont bishop requests no sign of peace or wine be given to parishioners as ‘protective measure’ from fluOct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in Vermont have been asked to abstain from giving the sign of peace and receiving Communion from the chalice for six months as a “protective measure” from the flu.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Arguing before the Constitutional Court, the chief lawyer of the state of Italy, Antonio Palatiello, defended the presence of crucifixes in public schools against a petition by an Italian mother to have them removed, saying it was “for the good of the country.”
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan reminded Puerto Ricans, who will vote for a new governor on November 2, that they have a moral duty to vote.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, warned this week the country is suffering from a “continuous process of de-Christianization,” with numerous legal attempts to rearrange “the structure of society.”
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of young Catholics from across Europe will be pouring into Paris over the course of the next week. No, it’s not World Youth Day. It’s part of a new European movement, referred to as the Urban Mission Program, and it will see these fervent Catholics spread the Gospel message in Paris cafes, parks and street corners.
Oct 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Papal envoy to the 48th International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, said Pope John Paul II is “an example of how the highest moral authority of the world works, despite his pain, for the good of humanity.”