Feb 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See announced today that Pope John Paul II will canonize on May 16 six blessed including Gianna Beretta, the Italian woman who rejected a cancer treatment in order to save her unborn child forty years ago. An Ordinary Public Consistory presided over by the Holy Father took place this morning in the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace, during which the date of the canonization was set.
Feb 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Academy for Life opened this morning its 10º General Assembly in the Vatican. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Dignity of Human Procreation and Reproductive Technologies: Anthropological and Ethical Aspects.”
Feb 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II sent his condolences to the Iranian people affected by the train accident that claimed the lives of 300 people, including rescue workers and local authorities.
Feb 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, archbishop of Westminster, said the media’s portrayal of sex poses a danger to the future health and happiness of children, reported the Irish Examiner.
Feb 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- About 150 supporters of same-sex marriage marched and rallied across the street from the residence of Cardinal Francis George Feb. 14. The archbishop of Chicago has spoken publicly against the Illinois same-sex bill and equal marriage rights for homosexuals.
Feb 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) is urging the Michigan Legislature to vote against a constitutional amendment that would reinstate the death penalty in the state.
Feb 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In anticipation of the coming general elections on March 14, the leadership of the Spanish Bishops Conference has published a statement calling for support for proposals that protect the right to life, support the family and unconditionally reject terrorism.