Dec 19, 2003 - 12:00 am .- 420 lawyers from around the world greeted on Friday Pope John Paul II and presented him with a book of essays inspired on his teachings. The group, which includes experts in Judaism and Islam, presented the book entitled, “John Paul II: Paths of Justice.”
Dec 19, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A Vatican source confirmed yesterday that Pope John Paul II saw Mel Gibson's film, “The Passion of Christ”, and was moved by it, reported Reuters. The source also confirmed that, after viewing the film about the last 12 hours of the life of Christ, the pope said: "It is as it was," indicating that he considered it an authentic portrayal of the Gospel accounts of Christ’s Passion.
Dec 19, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A federal court decision that upheld Ohio’s ban on partial-birth abortions was lauded by an official with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Dec 19, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See is celebrating its 50 anniversary, and a special Christmas Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of San Lorenzo for journalists.
Dec 19, 2003 - 12:00 am .- For the first time in about 25 years, a Boston archbishop met with all his diocesan priests this week. Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley met with 600 priests Dec. 16 to discuss key issues, such as parish closings, same-sex marriage and settlements with sex-abuse victims.
Dec 19, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A humanitarian commission, which is headed up by a Catholic priest and is negotiating the release of a group of tourists being held by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Columbia, will meet with one of the group's leaders, Antonio García, to iron out details for the release of the tourists in the mountains region of Santa Marta.
Dec 19, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Mexico called a proposed bill to legalize homosexual unions in the capital an “aberration” and called on believers in the legislature to vote against the bill. In its weekly newspaper, the Archdiocese of Mexico city warned that the bill being debated in congress could pave the way for the adoption of children by homosexuals.