Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II stressed today that “recognizing the centrality of the family in God’s plan for man and therefore, for the life of the Church and of society, is a task, that can never be relinquished.” The Holy Father addressed a message to the pastors of the Diocese of Rome, following a tradition at the beginning of Lent.
Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The film is out and reactions are pouring in. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ” was finally released in theaters yesterday after months of controversy being reported in the press, and it has elicited a range of very emotional responses from audiences.
Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Georgetown University is defending its research practices after a review revealed that its Medical Center is using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses, reported the College Reporter.
Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Fargo has requested that a discrimination lawsuit, filed by a former employee, be dismissed on the basis that it has the right to preach the Gospel.
Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Felipe Arizmendi of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, issued a fervent message to mark the beginning of Lent, saying that everyone is responsible for bringing about the changes that are needed in society and that all should join in efforts in favor of peace and justice.
Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, Archbishop of Seville, said this week the Church "does not have an ideology" but rather "the Gospel of Jesus Christ," and that the Church "does not belong to any political party."
Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish website HazteOir.org ("Make your voice heard") has launched a massive email campaign to prevent the legalization of abortion in Portugal, which will be debated in the country's legislature March 3.