Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with a group of French bishop on Saturday, Pope John Paul II stressed the need to strengthen priestly identity as the only way to reverse the alarming decline of vocations in the regions of Toulouse and Montpellier. The Pontiff told the French bishops, “I easily understand how you can feel demoralized in the face of this situation, but I invite you to hope and to an ever more resolute commitment in favor of the priesthood.”
Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message released on Saturday on the occasion of the 38th World Communications Day –to be celebrated on May 23, 2004--Pope John Paul II evaluated the impact of media, especially TV, on the family, and highlighted the critical role of parents.
Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the crowds gathered on Sunday in St. Peter's Square to pray the Angelus, Pope John Paul II called again for Christian unity and released doves for world peace.
Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After praying the Angelus on Sunday, Pope John Paul II received in the Clementine Hall a group from the Artistic and Cultural Formation Center, which works with poor and underprivileged youths.
Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the first legislative initiative of its kind, South Dakota State Representative Matt McCaulley introduced a bill Jan. 23, that will make abortion a crime unless it is necessary to save a mother’s life.
Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Minnesota Public Radio confirmed Jan. 23 that it is selling WMNN 1330 AM Minneapolis to a subsidiary of the leading operator of community Catholic radio stations.
Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A journalist for the National Catholic Reporter in Rome said next month’s release of Mel Gibson’s film on the Passion of Christ will present an opportune “teaching moment”, and he hopes the U.S. Church is preparing itself to respond to the questions and reactions that it will spark.
Jan 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The controversy about the Pope’s words in reaction to Mel Gibson’s film is “a wake-up call about the dangers of reliance on anonymous sources, a fact of reporting life in the Vatican,” said Catholic journalist John Allen.