Archive of August 3, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 3, 2004

Islamic-Catholic committee condemns attacks against Iraqi churches

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee released a statement today, condemning Sunday’s terrorist attacks against Iraqi churches and stating that “such acts of blind violence offend the sacred name of God and true religion.” Prof. Dr. Hamid Bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie, president of International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, and Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald president of Pontifical Council For Inter-religious Dialogue, signed the joint statement which was issued in both English and Arabic.

President Bush to address Knights of Columbus this evening

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush is scheduled to address the Knights of Columbus at their international convention in Dallas this afternoon. The president will speak at the convention as part of his month-long “Heart and Soul of America” speaking tour.

Vatican creates new section ‘Church and Sports’ on the occasion of Olympic games

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for the Laity hopes that its new section, Church and Sports, will help promote sport “as a school of virtue” and as an “instrument of peace throughout the nations.”

Catholics recognize promise of stem-cell research

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the ongoing stem-cell debate, a USCCB official says it is possible to have “good morality and good medicine.”

Authorities confirm murder of priest by Colombian Marxist rebels

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pastoral Vicar of the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Osos in Colombia, Fr. Alberto Perez, said the Church is now certain that Fr. Cesar Dario Peña, who was kidnapped by the Colombian Marxist group FARC four months ago, has been killed while in captivity.

Women peasants reject new “sexual and reproductive rights” law in Bolivia

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of the recent approval of a new Sexual and Reproductive Rights law by the Bolivian Congress, several women’s groups have expressed their rejection of the measure and their fear of how it will affect their children.

Catholic Radio to honor founder of rapidly expanding order of nuns

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Michigan Catholic Radio will honor the cofounder and superior of an order of nuns that is growing by leaps and bounds with its Pillar of the Church Award this month.

Satanic group defaces Cathedral of Linares in Chile

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A group of Satanists vandalized the Cathedral of Linares in Chile this weekend, drawing satanic symbols on the walls and pouring red paint over the main altar, according to police in this city located 170 miles south of Santiago.

Democrats’ religion advisor wants ‘under God’ out of the pledge, CL claims

Aug 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League is claiming that the ordained minister, newly appointed by the Democratic National Committee as the senior advisor of religious outreach, supports the removal of the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.