Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II skipped his regular comments on the psalms and canticles of Vespers to focus the last general audience of the year on an encouraging message of Christian hope for Advent and Christmas.
Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- (By Deal Hudson) .- Deal Hudson, Catholic apologist and editor of Crisis Magazine issued today an electronic newsletter criticizing Cardinal Renato Martino’s statements on Saddam Hussein. During the press conference held on Tuesday to present Pope John Paul’s letter for World Day of Peace, Cardinal Martino said “I felt pity to see this man destroyed, looking at his teeth as if he were a cow. They could have spared us these pictures.”
Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- At the end of today’s weekly general audience, during his multi-language greetings to the faithful, Pope John Paul expressed special thanks to the people of the northern Italian region of Valle D’Aosta, accompanied by their bishop and civil authorities, for the Christmas trees that they provided for the Vatican.
Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A lawsuit was filed against the Town of Palm Beach Dec. 15, after town officials refused to display the Christian Nativity scene on public property, even though they allow the Jewish menorah to be displayed there.
Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A new resource, compiled by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Prolife Committee, shows that international scientific experts agree that embryonic stem-cell research is unnecessary for medical progress.
Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Prefecture of the Vatican announced Pope John Paul II has broken the record for the number of people that he has received in his general audiences.
Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop José Antonio Gentico of Buenos Aires says “it is absurd that in a country like Argentina where bread abounds, children are dying of hunger. This cannot be!” he said in a magazine interview published by the Archdiocese’s Committee on Childhood and Adolescence.
Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Speaking with the Catholic news agency Fides, Fr. Nizar Semaan, a renowned priest of the diocese of Nineveh (Iraq), said the capture of Saddam Hussein is an opportunity for Iraqis to begin building a new future.