Nov 6, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II and Russian President Vladimir Putin both expressed hope for a "positive development" in relations between the Vatican and the Orthodox church in their meeting yesterday. In a gesture of reconciliation, the pontiff brought an icon of the Mother of God of Kazan, an important icon for Russian believers, into the meeting, which lasted a little more than 30 minutes.
Nov 6, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During a private audience held on Thursday, Pope John Paul II told Irish president Mary McAleese that Ireland must be ready to play a key role in building the new Europe. McAleese is visiting Rome and the Vatican in order to participate in the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of the Pontifical Irish College.
Nov 6, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father welcomed on the morning of Thursday the trustees of the “John Paul II Cultural Center” based in Washington, D.C.
Nov 6, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father appointed Bishop Kevin John Patrick McDonald of Northampton, England, as the archbishop of Southwark, England.
Nov 6, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is “a vital step in the right direction for our nation,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver.
Nov 6, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The ordination of V. Gene Robinson as a bishop of New Hampshire by the Episcopal Church U.S.A. must be undone immediately, said the National Clergy Council in a statement released yesterday.
Nov 6, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A parish priest and his secretary were gunned down in the northeastern Columbian town of Saravena this Tuesday, according to reports from the local police.