Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II hopes that “the lively dialogue” between faith and reason will last and “none of the current ideologies will be able to interrupt it.” The Pope made this statement while accepting the Academic Golden Laurel from the academic communities of Wroclaw and Opole, Poland, for the 50th anniversary of the defense of his thesis in order to become a professor in the Department of Theology at Jagiellonian University.
Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message to the participants in an international symposium on the "Dignity and Rights of the Mentally Handicapped", Pope John Paul II defends right of the mentally handicapped to love and be loved.
Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A federal court is expected to decide next week whether a state-run university must remove an anti-Catholic sculpture from campus grounds.
Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A civil liberties organization has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of an elementary school student and his mother, after school authorities prohibited the young boy from giving his classmates holiday gifts that included a Christian message.
Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- With the number of U.S.-born clergy dwindling, the United States has become mission territory again for an increasing number of foreign-born priests.
Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Carmelo Juan Giaquinta of Resistencia, Argentina, said he is praying “fervently” that the country’s president, Néstor Kirchner, “be who is supposed to be.”
Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop José Francisco Ulloa of Limón and President of the Costa Rica Bishops Conference asked the government this week to expand the country’s education curriculum to include material that will instruct students on how to help build world peace.
Jan 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An Argentinean congressman has introduced a bill that would establish penalties for the production and distribution of abortifacients—medicines whose purpose is to produce a chemical abortion during the first days of pregnancy.