Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with Ahmed Qurei, Prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Pope John Paul said today that the Holy Land needs bridges and forgiveness, not walls. The Pope told Qurei that his presence “brings back vivid memories of my pilgrimage to the Holy Land, during which I prayed fervently for peace and justice in the region.”
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In welcoming Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez to the Vatican today, Pope John Paul II told him he hopes for the moral and material reconstruction of the South American country troubled by political violence.
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II today received Kamal Kharrazi, foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, encouraging him to protect the rights of people from different religious backgrounds.
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press Office has announced that Pope John Paul has announced that the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in the Vatican from October 2 to 29, 2005, on the theme, “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church.”
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The pro-life American Life League held a demonstration Feb. 10 in an attempt to convince leading Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that he cannot be a Catholic in good standing and support abortion.
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the root of the Anti-Defamation League’s fear regarding “The Passion of the Christ” is that the film “might actually inspire lapsed Christians to return to the faith,” said Catholic League president William Donahue in a press release issued this week.
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The first bishop of the new Diocese of Irapuato, Bishop José de Jesús Martínez Zepeda, assured reporters that beyond the separation of Church and State established by law, both institutions have commonalities on which they can work together.
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Brazil’s Ministry of Health announced it will distribute 10 million condoms during the annual Carnivals as part of a controversial campaign called “Nothing passes through a condom” in various cities throughout the country.
Feb 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mothers who belong to the Schoenstatt Movement in Germany are supporting a request of the German Bishops that the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council reject all forms of euthanasia.