Archive of August 2, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 2, 2004

Pope expresses grave concern, sadness after attacks on churches in Iraq

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II offered prayers for the victims of yesterday’s church bombings in Iraq and called for an end to the bloodshed. The Pope’s official message to Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of the Chaldeans of Babylon and president of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Iraq, was released this morning by the Holy See Press Office.

USCCB praises Vatican document on collaboration between men and women

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The new Vatican document on the collaboration of men and women is "a timely reminder of both the equality of men and women and also of the distinctive difference between them with which God endowed them in creation,” said Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pope remembers heroism of Polish fighters during WWII uprising

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press office released a letter today, which Pope John Paul II sent to his native Poland on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, praising the heroism of those who went to war for freedom.

Bishop blames massive attack against Iraqi Christians to ‘foreign fanatics’

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fourteen Iraqi Christians were believed dead last night at least 60 wounded in Baghdad and Mosul and after car bombs exploded at five churches. The churches were crowded with people for evening services.

Press report highlights ‘new breed of priests’ loyal to Pope John Paul

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Los Angeles Times published a long report yesterday, highlighting a “new breed” of younger priests, who are loyal to the Pope, to Church doctrine and to deep pastoral commitments.

Charismatic priest-musician to build largest church in Brazil

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Popular priest, musician and charismatic leader, Fr. Marcelo Rossi, of the Diocese of Santo Amaro in Brazil, will build the largest Catholic church in Brazil, and one of the largest in the world.

Study confirms “modern” contraceptive pills are dangerous for women

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A recent study by prominent medical organizations has determined that the latest contraceptive pills continue to pose a risk for embolism in women.

Argentinean Archbishop issues statement on alleged Marian apparitions

Aug 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jose Maria Arancibia of Mendoza, Argentina, has published a statement clarifying the official position of the Archdiocese regarding “supposed supernatural” events that would include “private revelations” of the Virgin Mary in the town of El Algarrobal.