Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II told tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his 25th-anniversary mass that God wanted him to continue as the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church despite his poor health. One of the longest-serving pontiffs celebrated a special outdoor mass yesterday almost 25 years, to the minute, after his election.
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The United States is better because of the pope's wisdom, guidance and faith, said U.S. President George W. Bush in his greetings to Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the pontiff's 25th anniversary.
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Lutheran religion editor of United Press International claims that John Paul II, who shared his faith and values around the world, is also "his" pope.
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In an emotional front-page editorial of a special edition of L’Osservatore Romano published this Thursday on the 25th Anniversary of John Paul II’s election to the papacy, Editor-in-Chief Mario Agnes called the Pontiff a “letter from God” that the world has been unable to destroy.
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Bishops are called to be prophets, witnesses and servants of hope in the world, says the new Vatican document on the role of bishops. "Pastores gregis" addresses all aspects of the ministry of bishops, including their teaching, collegiality and spirituality, and recalls the great importance of the ministry of bishops in the lives of the people of God and the Church.
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The American Life League, the largest pro-life educational organization in the United States, marked the pope's 25th anniversary by establishing the Fund for Life in Honor of Pope John Paul II.
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The beatification of Mother Teresa could set a new record for a celebration of this kind if calculations by Vatican officials prove to be correct. Upwards of 400,000 people, perhaps as many as a half million, are expected to attend the beatification Mass which Pope John Paul II will celebrate in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday.
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Fides News Agency, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, Postulator of the Cause of Beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, called the future blessed “a woman in love with God.”
Oct 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Despite good coverage of Pope John Paul II’s 25th anniversary and of the life of Mother Teresa this week, the BBC has offended many Catholics by broadcasting two programs, “which have been biased against and hostile to the Catholic Church,” says the Bishops Conference of England and Wales.