Archive of January 6, 2004

Audit says significant improvement in sex abuse cases, but more changes are needed

Jan 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The results of the audit of the dioceses and eparchies of the United States, which was called for by the Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, was released on Tuesday at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time), during a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Christianity gazes upon the world with great affection, Pope says on feast of the Epiphany

Jan 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Recalling his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II said today, during the feast of the Epiphany, that Christianity does not feel estranged from the world even if the world feels estranged from Christianity.

Denver in full compliance, commended by national review officers

Jan 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Denver announced today that audit-investigators found the archdiocese not only to be in full compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, but also progressive in their actions regarding sexual abuse. 

Philadelphia archdiocese to implement audit recommendations "immediately"

Jan 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a recently released pastoral letter, Cardinal Justin Rigali said the Archdiocese of Philadelphia “immediately initiated steps to fulfill the recommendations” regarding sexual abuse by priests made by auditors, who visited the archdiocese last September. A letter from the auditors, dated Nov. 12, confirmed that the archdiocese took the necessary steps and "is now in full compliance” with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, reported the Associated Press.

'Catholic Almanac' turns 100

Jan 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Almanac is marking its 100th anniversary this year with the publication of its 2004 edition.

Chilean diocese saddened by brutal murder of two women during Mass

Jan 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishop of Valparaíso expressed his grief and condolences to the families of two women who were killed last Friday while they were attending Mass in a local parish.

Moving Christmas message by Catholic Cuban dissident made public

Jan 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The national coordinator of the Varela Project and president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Payá, published a message to his fellow countrymen asking them to return to the commemoration of Christmas as a celebration of faith in Jesus.