Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II told a group of Polish seminarians on Tuesday that they must prepare for their future priestly duties with an intense prayer life. The Pontiff welcomed the rector, priests, professors, religious and seminarians from the seminary of Radom, Poland, recalling his visit to the seminary in 1991 and speaking on the historical and spiritual legacies of which the seminarians today are heirs.
Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Upon receiving the credentials of the new ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay, Marcos Martinez Mendieta, John Paul II called on Paraguayan authorities to bring education to the people.
Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holiday in Italy and in other Catholic countries, Pope John Paul II said the dogma of the Immaculate Conception can only be comprehended by the light of faith.
Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The startling results of the latest survey on abortion in the United States show that women die of legal abortions in the U.S., and that abortion varies along racial lines, with three times more black babies being aborted than white babies. The survey also reports that almost half of all women who obtain abortions have obtained multiple abortions, with almost 17 percent of these women undergoing their fourth abortions in some regions.
Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is hoping that a billboard of the Virgin Mary cradling a chicken carcass will convince people to become vegetarian.
Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A man, who claimed he had been abused by Catholic brothers, has been sentenced to a one-year jail term after an investigation revealed that his claim was false.
Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Marking the second week of Advent, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Mexico said that “just as we decorate our homes for Christmas, so also should we prepare for the coming of the Savior into our hearts through sincere repentance, which leads to a good sacramental confession and a change in attitude.”
Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Five medical students from the Institute of Medical Sciences in Havana are marking the Day of Medicine by sending a message of congratulations and gratitude to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.