Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II began Lent this morning calling on Catholics to live this season as “a journey of prayer, penitence and authentic Christian asceticism.” The Holy Father presided over a celebration of the word for Ash Wednesday in the Vatican Basilica during which ashes were blessed and distributed.
Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Information Service (VIS) announced today the publication of a volume produced by the Pontifical Academy for Life containing the findings of the symposium organized by the academy, in collaboration with other offices of the Holy See, that was held at the Vatican April 2-5, 2003, on the subject of the “Abuse of Children and Young People by Catholic Priests and Religious.”
Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, sent a telegram of condolences on behalf of Pope John Paul II, to Archbishop Antonio Sozzo, Apostolic Nuncio in Morocco, for the victims of the earthquake in the northern part of that country which has killed an estimated 600 people.
Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The pontificate of John Paul II is approaching a new record. On March 17 it will become the third longest in history.
Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush called upon the Congress to promptly pass an amendment to the United States Constitution, defining and protecting marriage as a union of man and woman as husband and wife. The preservation of the definition of marriage is an issue of “national importance,” said the President.
Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A federal appeals court canceled oral arguments on a motion to reconsider the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the country.
Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After the Mass of Requiem celebrated by Cardinal Jaime Ortega in the Archdiocesan Cathedral, thousands of faithful paid their last respects to Havana Auxiliary Bishop Salvador Riverón Cortina, who was laid to rest at the Christopher Columbus Cementary in the Cuban capital.
Feb 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A report by the Santa María Foundation revealed that the majority of young people in Spain are “indifferent” to religion.