Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Receiving the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Guema, this morning, Pope John Paul II said that the Church, "inspired by the Gospel, only wants to serve in promoting man's dignity, in a normal climate of freedom, cooperation, reconciliation, understanding and respect that facilitates the peaceful and fruitful execution of its spiritual and humanitarian mission."
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Receiving 180 members of the secular institute, "Servants of Suffering," on the 10th anniversary of its foundation this morning, Pope John Paul II said that their witness as ‘silent Cyrenians’ assures those suffering that “God forgets no tears.”
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that newly diagnosed HIV infections in gay and bisexual men has risen in many U.S. states since 2000 has confirmed that the incidence of AIDS in men engaged in homosexual behavior is significantly higher than that among other groups in the U.S., Reuters reports.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pennsylvania's Catholic bishops have appealed to Gov. Ed Rendell to do whatever is within his power to stop the execution of George Banks, scheduled to take place today.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life group has called it “a scandal” that a woman who claims to have been raised a Catholic has taken the helm of the country’s largest pro-abortion organization.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Despite being snubbed by Hollywood and the Motion Picture Academy, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” has made it onto the Top 5 list for the People’s Choice Awards.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Despite efforts to root out racism and prejudice against various groups, anti-Catholicism persists in the United States, said William H. Cardinal Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message to Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch, president of the First Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on their Destruction, being held in Nairobi, Kenya, Pope John Paul II called for the definitive eradication of landmines and for special attention and support to be given to landmine victims.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The second largest religious group in Canada, after Catholics, are those who identify themselves as belonging to “no religion,” according to a report in the Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Michigan woman won a five-year legal battle for the right to see her court file regarding a request that she had made when she was 15 to a court judge for an abortion.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As people around the world marked World AIDS Day, the Health Ministry Department of the Peruvian Bishops Conference called on Peruvian society to adopt urgent measures against the disease and said that “stable and Christian families” are privileged means for combating it.
Cardinal Bergoglio exhorts Argentineans to persevere in faith in response to blasphemous art exhibitDec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, called on the faithful this week not to be afraid and to persevere in the faith in response to a blasphemous art exhibit taking place in the Argentinean capital.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Renato Ascencio Leon of Juarez, Mexico, said this week bishops whose dioceses are on the borders of the US and Mexico will meet in the coming days to discuss various issues related to migrants and immigrants, such as the use of rubber bullets by the Border Patrol.
Dec 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso, Chile, told Chileans this week that seeking reconciliation and forgiveness can be very difficult for somebody who has no faith, and he called on everyone to make the effort to face the denouncing of the government of Augusto Pinochet for the use of torture.