Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- To mark the 100th anniversary of Pope St. Pius X’s motu propio on the renewal of sacred music, “Tra le sollecitudini,” Pope John Paul II has issued a personal letter calling for the Church to embark on a profound renewal of liturgical and sacred music.
Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston officially announced on Wednesday that it is about to sell the Archbishop's grand residence located in the upscale Bostonian neighborhood of Brighton.
Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has sent a message to Ukrainian Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians, and Cardinal Marian Jaworsky, Archbishop of Lviv of the Latins, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Great Famine of 1932-33, instigated by Joseph Stalin in the Ukraine aimed at killing Catholics.
Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received on Thursday members of the committee that organized his pastoral visit on June 22, 2003 to Bosnia Herzegovina, and called on the Church in the country to promote a spiritual renewal to bring peace and prosperity.
Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday afternoon, Pope John Paul II received in audience His Beatitude Emmanuel III Dely, the new Patriarch of Babylonia of the Chaldeans, Iraq, who was elected at the end of the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church, which took place on December 2-3 at the Vatican.
Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Illinois, which includes the Archdiocese of Chicago, is challenging a new state law that grants more time for lawsuits to be filed over sexual abuse cases, stating that the new law bears “no rhyme or reason.”
Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The California Supreme Court has made no immediate decision in the appeal of the local Catholic Church to be exempted from a state law requiring employers, who offer prescription drug plans, to include coverage for contraceptives.
Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Lluís Martínez Sistach of Tarragona, Spain, is warning Catholics that the enormous amount of consumerism that is prevalent in the days before Christmas leads to an agnosticism that “pushes having and not being.”