Archive of August 9, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 9, 2004

Pope recalls Paul VI, says Vatican II was true renewal of the Church

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the Angelus prayer held yesterday at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, Pope John Paul II once again recalled Pope Paul VI and his encyclical about the Church, adding that the Second Vatican Council marked a true renewal of the Church. In his first encyclical ‘Ecclesiam suam’, Paul VI “declared his passionate love for the Church, which is called to reflect the glorious light of Christ’s face, and indicated several fundamental ‘ways of the Church’: conscience, renewal, dialogue,” said Pope John Paul.

Pope sends blessings to the Olympics, wishes they will bring peace

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the Angelus yesterday, Pope John Paul II sent his blessings to the upcoming Olympic games in Athens, and expressed his wishes that they will help bring peace to the world.

Pope greets women who chose life over abortion

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the recitation of the Angelus on Sunday at the Papal residence of Castelgandolfo, Pope John Paul II welcomed a group of Italian women and their children, who they had after rejecting abortion.

Catholic Family Conference attracts 3,500 to Wichita, Kansas

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Fifth Annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference drew about 3,500 people to a weekend of prayer, music and family-oriented activities to Wichita, Kansas.

Justice department appeals court decision on partial-birth abortion

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commended the U.S. Department of Justice for filing an appeal last week of a federal court ruling, which ruled that access to a partial-birth abortion is a fundamental constitutional right.

New study on priests ordained in 2004 reflects ‘richness of Church’

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As a kid, Timothy Pfander probably never thought of becoming a priest. He grew up without a formal religion, and became a Lutheran in his adult years, before converting to Catholicism. This year, he was ordained for the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama.

Pope to visit Loreto in September

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Just three weeks after a trip to Lourdes, France, Pope John Paul II will make a visit to Loreto, south of Ancona by the Adriatic Sea, Sept. 5. The visit comes three days before the Church’s feast day of the birth of Mary, Sept. 8.

Jesuit magazine to publish article of pro-abortion politician slamming archbishop

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Jesuit magazine, America, will publish an article in its Aug. 16-23 issue, in which a pro-abortion politician says he will not let Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis "coerce" him into imposing the Church's teachings on U.S. society.

Cardinal Ratzinger says new springtime of the Church not about numbers

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking with the Polish Catholic news agency KAI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that the “new springtime” of the Church is a reality, but that it will not “necessarily” be significant in terms of numbers.

Christians should respond to crises and poverty with hope, says Cardinal Bergoglio

Aug 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of the feast of St. Cajetan, venerated in Argentina as the patron of food and work, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, called on Argentineans to not lose hope in the face of injustice and poverty.