Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Condom packages should carry a health warning similar to that printed on cigarette packets, Alfonso Cardinal Trujillo told the AFP in an interview about a BBC television program in which he said condoms are not guaranteed to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The evening vespers are a prayer, which expresses the trust that we have in God and which reminds us to place our existence in His hands, Pope John Paul II told a general audience at St. Peter’s Square today. The pope took the occasion today to expound on his catechism of the evening vespers, which he had begun last week.
Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Ugo Puccini of the Diocese of Santa Marta in Columbia and one of a three-member commission created at the request of the National Liberation Army (ELN) to negotiate the release of seven tourists kidnapped in the Nevada Mountains, expressed dismay at the lack of response from guerrilla forces to enter into negotiations.
Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Bishop of El Alto, Bolivia, Jesús Juárez, has called on authorities and citizens involved in the unrest that has paralyzed his city and the capital, La Paz, since last weekend to look for a solution to the conflict based on dialogue.
Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- On the anniversary of his pontificate, Pope John Paul II signed a new document on the ministry of bishops and encouraged the bishops to "face the challenges of the day." "The bishop must be frank in teaching the Christian faith, proposing it in an authentic manner," he said in his address to the cardinals and bishops after the signing at 11 a.m. »Read the Document here I
Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Close to 200 Cardinals from around are gathering in Rome this week to take part in a Congress on the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II. The meeting, which is taking place in the Synod Hall of the Vatican, will continue until Saturday.
Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of his general audience yesterday, Pope John Paul called for "civil dialogue" and "reasonable solutions" to resolve the crisis in Bolivia, where dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes with the military.
Oct 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In an unprecedented gesture of appreciation, the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, will congratulate Pope John Paul II on the 25th anniversary of his Pontificate in an address to the nation that will be broadcast on the country's three public television channels.