Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul presided on Monday, feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the VIII Day of Consecrated Life, during which he called on religious to renew every day their “‘yes’ to the God of Love.” Thousands of members of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life participated in the Mass in which the Holy Father led the blessing of the candles, participated in the initial procession and led the thanksgiving to God for the gift of consecrated life.
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Leonardi Sandri, Substitute for General Affairs, presented to Pope John Paul II the first copy of the 2004 edition of the “Annuario Pontificio,” or Pontifical Yearbook, which this year reveals, among other figures, that half of the world’s Catholics live on the American continent.
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to a report released by the Vatican Press Office, the Vatican website www.vatican.va has become the main outlet “for the diffusion of information from the Press Office on the activity of the Holy Father and the Holy See.”
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a press conference which took place at a hotel near the Vatican, Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the traditionalist movement, “Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X”, started by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, attacked the ecumenical efforts of the Church and said dialogue with the Holy See was “at a stand still”.
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis would refuse to give the leading Democratic presidential candidate the Eucharist because of the politician’s support of abortion rights.
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Aldo Brunacci, lauded for his efforts on behalf of at least 250 Jews, credited Pope Pius XII for the large number of Roman Jews saved during the German occupation, and predicted even more evidence will be found about the pontiff’s heroic actions in the future.
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a show of remarkable support in the wake of a clergy sexual-abuse scandal, more than 20,000 donations poured in for the Diocese of Allentown’s 2003 capital campaign, raising almost twice its $28-million goal for a total of $53.6 million, reported the Express-Times.
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to reporters, Father Mariano Villalobos, coordinator of the Diocesan Billings Center of the Diocese of Durango, affirmed that “the morning after pill is indeed abortifacient.”
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Spanish doctor and the Movement for Life are organizing a peaceful rally called, “Fall in Love with Life,” which will take place in front of a prominent abortion center in the Spanish capital on February 14, Valentine’s Day.
Feb 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A rosary and a Bible were among the final items Canadian troops were offered before heading out on a mission to Afghanistan earlier this month.