Oct 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Prison inmates of the Florencio Valera Penitentiary prayed one thousand Hail Marys today for the intentions of John Paul II, uniting themselves spiritually with the Holy Father in his pilgrimage to the Italian Shrine of Popeii where he closed the Year of the Rosary. The prisoners offered their thousand prayers in union with the Rosary Campaign of the Diocese of Quilmes, thanks to the prison ministry efforts of missionaries of the Schoenstatt movement. Prisoners prayed alone in front of the pilgrim image of the Virgin of Schoenstatt.
Oct 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Due to an initiative by the Bishops Conference of Brazil (CNBB), the country will celebrate National Day of Life this Wednesday, October 8, in order to reflect upon “the way to live in society and the respect for human rights.” October 8 was chosen because it coincides with the celebration of Children’s Week, during which many parishes in Rio will be promoting activities in support of the rights of children, together with the Movement in Defense of Life (MDV), which will encourage people to reflect upon the theme, “Human life is of inestimable value and should be defended in all circumstances, from conception to natural death.”
Oct 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- According to the Nuevo Herald de Miami, law enforcement officials in Quito and intelligence officers in Columbia have confirmed that Anglican Bishop of Quito, Walter Crespo Garderas, is suspected of involvement in the sales of weapons to the Revolutionary Forces of Columbia (FARC) in April of 2000.
Oct 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The evening vespers are an important tradition and prayer that allow Christians a moment in the day to give thanks, ask for forgiveness and reflect on the essential elements of the Paschal mystery, John Paul II told pilgrims in his general audience at St. Peter’s Square today.