Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Addressing 350 participants at the Conference of the Ministers of the Interior of the European Union, Pope John Paul II told European leaders that religion in public life is key to protecting human life and to promoting peace in the world. The Conference has as its theme, “Interreligious Dialogue: a Factor of Social Cohesion in Europe and an Instrument of Peace in the Mediterranean Region.”
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a message sent to the participants of a congress organized by the Pontifical Commission for Historical Sciences to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope Leo XIII, Pope John Paul II renewed his wish of bringing to light the truth about the Catholic Church’s history.
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press office made public today the Holy Father's prayer intentions for the month of November, which are focused on a better understanding between Christians in the West and the East, as well as on the Church in America, on the occasion of the upcoming, Second American Missionary Congress (known as CAM 2.)
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul welcomed six members of the Diplomatic Corps to the Holy See, representing various geographical areas, on Friday, October 31, to present him with their best wishes for the Silver Jubilee of his Pontificate.
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush renewed his pledge to work toward the faith-based initiative and give religious groups that offer social services, equal access to federal funding, as long as their services are available to anyone.
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Alberta’s bishops urge Catholics to participate in discussions on the province’s educational reforms in order ensure that Catholic education and its mission are preserved.
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting with opposition leaders responsible for organizing a rally in protest against attacks on the Church by the government, the Apostolic Nuncio of Venezuela, Archbishop André Dupuy, and the Secretary General of the Bishops Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop José Luis Azuaje, said nothing will fracture the unity between the opposition movement and the Church.
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with Catholic radio representatives, Archbishop Mario Maulión of Paraná and President of the Bishops Committee for Social Communications, said Catholic radio stations should bear witness to the faith and not simply become another source of news.
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Sports Film Festival taking place in the Italian city of Milán has debuted a new movie called, “John Paul II Talks About Sports,” which explores the current Pontiff’s fondness for sports.
Oct 31, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a candid interview with the Italian Catholic magazine "Mondo e Missione," Iraqi Bishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said that terrorists, financed by fundamentalist Muslims and some neighboring countries, are behind the attacks that prevent Iraq from becoming stable and democratic.