Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II saw Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” and endorsed the film saying: “It is as it was,” reported National Review columnist Peggy Noonan. The Pope reportedly saw the film the weekend before last in his private rooms with his close friend, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz.
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the issue of the dramatic fall of vocations among traditional religious communities in France, Pope John Paul told a group of French bishops that new vocations can be attracted only by “courageous witnesses.”
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Office of Liturgical Celebration revealed today Pope John Paul’s schedule of celebrations for December and January.
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must reject a “reckless experiment” on women that will make the morning-after pill, otherwise known as Plan B or “emergency contraception” available without a prescription, say the U.S. bishops.
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- While family groups are trying to find ways to overturn the landmark Massachusetts high-court decision allowing same-sex marriage, a lesbian-themed travel company plans to take advantage of it by organizing a wedding cruise for as many as 1,200 lesbian women, reported WorldNetDaily.com yesterday.
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Miami moved one step closer to reconciliation and came clean about alleged sexual abuse by clergy last weekend in a report, issued to its parishes through the Florida Catholic newspaper. The eight-page insert acknowledges that 38 diocesan priests have been accused of sexual misconduct involving minors since the archdiocese was founded 45 years ago, reported the Miami Herald.
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A new television station associated with the Church in Italy will begin broadcasting in January 2004, from San Giovanni Rotundo, the home of Padre Pio, and will be called “Padre Pio TV.”
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Eusebio Sheid, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, blessed this Wednesday in the Church of the Resurrection in Copacabana the first statue of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, which was brought to the country from Italy.
Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- According to law enforcement officials, the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Los Teques, Venezuela, was attacked again last week by arsonists, who managed to set fire to some interior and exterior parts of the church. This is the second attack the parish has seen in seven days, as the first attack took place on December 9, when a gasoline bomb exploded at the church’s entrance.