Feb 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On two different occasions on Saturday and Sunday, Pope John Paul insisted in the need for preserving Europe’s Christian roots in the midst of current tendencies to ignore them. On Saturday, the Pontiff welcomed 2,000 Slovaks, accompanied by Cardinals Jan Korec and Jozef Tomko and by the President of Slovakia Rudolf Schuster.
Feb 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an exclusive interview to be aired today at 10:00 p.m. ET. On ABCNEWS’ Primetime, Mel Gibson told Diane Sawyer that critics of his film, “The Passion of the Christ,” really have a problem with the Gospels.
Feb 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The scientific experiment in South Korea that has used cloning to create and destroy dozens of human embryos "is a sign of moral regress," said Cardinal William Keeler.
Feb 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Collapsing Catholicism in Europe, radical Islam and biotechnology will be the three major issues the cardinals will consider at the next Conclave, predicted papal biographer and columnist George Weigel in an article published in the Washington Post Feb. 15.
Feb 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mexico’s highest ranking prelate, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City, spoke out against misinformation concerning the controversial “morning after pill” and stated that the Catholic Church will make no concessions regarding the right to life, saying “we cannot negotiate about the truth.”
Feb 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The General Secretary of the Spanish Bishops Conference, Fr. Juan Antonio Martínez Camino, expressed the Spanish Bishops’ rejection of all forms of including, even for therapeutic reasons, and called cloning “the criminal use of human life.”