Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called the faithful to intensify their “commitment of conversion to Christ” as the Church prepares to begin Lent this Ash Wednesday and spoke of yesterday’s feast of the Chair of Peter.
Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The issues surrounding human reproduction involve essential values that apply to all human beings, said the Pope in a message to the delegates of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Feb. 21.
Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of Vatican State, sent a telegram of condolences in Pope John Paul’s name, to Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine, for the victims of yesterday’s suicide bomber in Jerusalem.
Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his remarks to the community of the Pontifical Major Seminary of Rome, Pope John Paul II said last Saturday that seminarians “are in a special way the future and hope of the Church.”
Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, announced the long-awaited “Catechism of Social Doctrine” will be published at the end of April.
Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The crisis in which society finds itself, “also has a theological aspect, because it sees man as a subject,” says Archbishop José María Arancedo of Santa Fe, Argentina, in his recently issued Lenten message.
Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson’s film about the Passion of Christ is a “gift from God” that will help make Lent and Easter more meaningful this year, said Archbishop John F. Donoghue in a letter he addressed to the faithful of Atlanta Feb. 10. “I believe that all people should see this film. And as your bishop, I would urge all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Atlanta to see this film,” he wrote.
Feb 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Over 10 years, the U.S. teen pregnancy and abortion rates have dropped and teen virginity has increased, reports the Abstinence Clearinghouse, citing three separate studies.