Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The new bishop of the Diocese of Toledo said he expects lay people to continue to have a vital role in his diocesan Church. Bishop Leonard Paul Blair added that one of his first missions will be to meet with Church leaders and priests.
Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Mother Teresa’s beatification Mission Sunday, Oct. 19, will spark a week of celebrations in the Diocese of Pune, where she spent most of her years ministering to the poor and the dying.
Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Just weeks after reaching an $85-million settlement with the alleged victims of Boston’s clergy sex-abuse scandal, Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley, OFM Cap., has begun speaking out on social issues and joining the debates on same-sex marriage and abortion.
Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Leonor Pérez Committee of Mothers for the Release of Political Prisoners, a group of women that visit Catholic parishes asking for prayers for political prisoners, has extended its appeal from the Church of St. Rita in Miramar to other parishes in the Cuban capital.
Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Just two days before the announcement of this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Spanish website HazteOir.org has begun an international appeal for emails in support of awarding the prize to Pope John Paul II.
Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Postulator of the cause of beatification and canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta has announced the relics of Mother Teresa will be displayed for public veneration on October 11-26 in the Crypt of the Antonianum University of Rome.
Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a general audience today, Pope John Paul II urged the Knights of Columbus to “continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel in the world and a spiritual force for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity and truth.
Oct 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In order to create a true community of disciples of the Lord, priests and bishops must prepare lay people with solid catechesis and train future priests to be holy and see their vocation as more than just a ‘career’, Pope John Paul II told a group of Filipino bishops today.