Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During a private audience with Israel’s Chancellor Silvan Shalom, Pope John Paul II made a plea in favor of a solution for the critical situation in the Holy Land. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office, revealed in a statement that the Pope received Shalom, minister of Foreign Affairs for the State of Israel.
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II appointed Fr. Oscar Azarcon Solis, pastor of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Parish in Thibodaux (Louisiana,) as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, California. Fr. Oscar Azarcon Solis was born on October 13 1953 in San Jose City, (the Philippines.)
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II has spent seven summer vacations in Valle D’Aosta, and one large Alpine mountain on the border with France has been named after him.
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for Culture presented on Thursday the book “Faith and Culture. An Anthology of Texts of the Pontifical Magisterium from Leo XIII to John Paul II.”
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Toronto-based Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is dedicated to bringing the Gospel message back into mainstream Canadian culture with 100 per cent Catholic broadcasting 24 hours a day.
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Antonio Cañizares of Toledo, Spain, has opened the cause for canonization for 800 martyrs of the ecclesiastical province of Toledo, all of whom were victims of religious persecution during the Spanish Civil War.
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Brazil has published a clear statement asking the country’s Ministers of Health and of Education to end a campaign to make condoms available in schools, proposing instead comprehensive education for young people in order to stop the spread of AIDS.
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A judge in Argentina has ordered the removal of an image of Our Lady of St. Nicholas from the country’s Supreme Court building.
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark the International Day of Human Rights, political prisoners and their family members held a day of fasting and prayer this Wednesday in Cuba for freedom and democratic change in the country.
Dec 11, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The wife of a Chinese Christian psychiatrist has sent an appeal to Christians worldwide to pray for her husband, who was arrested unjustly, and demand his release.