Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During an audience on the occasion of their Ad Limina visit to Rome, Pope John Paul II encouraged Sudanese Catholic bishops to keep speaking on behalf of the persecuted Christian minority in the mostly Muslim African country. The Pontiff highlighted “the figures of two intrepid witnesses to the faith, two holy individuals whose lives are intimately connected with your land: St. Josephine Bakhita and St. Daniel Comboni.”
Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During the presentation of the diplomatic credentials of the new ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Carlos Rafael Conrado Marion Landais-Castillo, Pope John Paul II asked this Caribbean nation to keep the spiritual and moral values that helped build the nation.
Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In an interview given to the Catholic missionary Agency “Asia News,” Iraqi Bishop Rabban al Qas expressed his hope for significant improvement in political and religious freedom after the capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- According to Chonda Pierce, a best-selling Southern comedienne with an audience of 1.5 million nationwide, a private screening of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" in Nashville, Tenn., shocked the country music world.
Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s Catholic bishops have asked the Supreme Court for permission to intervene in the case that could legalize same-sex marriage, reported Canadian Catholic News.
Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a Mass celebrating the feast of St. Juan Diego, the Archbishop of Mexico, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, blessed the first stone that will be used to build a new shrine dedicated to the Indian saint who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In preparation for the coming celebration of the feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28, the bishops of Spain have issued a statement fervently calling on families to protect their roots and to defend life.
Dec 15, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A new study, designed to see if there is a link between Christianity and happiness, suggests that keeping Christ in Christmas makes the holiday season better and provides people with a sense of purpose, reported Family News. The University of Warwick in the UK conducted the study.