Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II said today that it is not economic or political interests, or alliances of convenience, that forge bonds among peoples in Europe. Rather, the building blocks of a unified Europe must be the Christian and moral values common to all.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father sent a telegram of condolence to the authorities of Macedonia upon the death of Boris Trajkovski, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who was killed in a plane crash.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called on Bosnians this morning to take up “the path of peace and justice,” and create “conditions for sincere forgiveness and authentic reconciliation, freeing the memory of rancor and hatred derived from injustices suffered from artificially constructed prejudices.”
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canon Edward Norman, the chancellor of York Minster Cathedral and a leading Anglican scholar, has announced that he is converting to Catholicism when he retires in May, calling it “a shaft of light before the sun sets,” reported the Daily Telegraph Feb. 24.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic Harvard University law professor says all U.S. citizens should welcome President George W. Bush’s endorsement of a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, based on the implications of same-sex marriage.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Germany has prepared a “mobile confessional” in an effort to re-awaken enthusiasm for the sacrament of reconciliation among the faithful of Central Europe.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Itailian daily, “Il Tempo,” Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “deafness to the voice of God” is the principal problem of our age.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Director of Catholic Charities in Haiti, Wilnus Tilus, is warning the international community about the alarming risk to food supplies which could affect up to two million Haitians, half of the country’s population.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- George Bush, senior, ex-Soviet leader Mikail Gorbachov and ex-president of Italy Francesco Cossiga are but a few of the figures that share their impressions of Pope John Paul II in a new book entitled, “The Force of the Moment.”
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Robert S. Bennett, a Washington attorney heading the research committee of the National Review Board for the protection of Children and Young People, said the screening and formation of seminarians is the key to prevent sexual misconduct by priests. Mr. Bennett called other organizations to do the same that the USCCB have done: create strongly independent boards to discover the extend of child abuse and to prevent it.
Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Belleville Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that bishops in the US are taking significant steps to better screen vocations and improve formation at the seminaries, and that there is still a strong commitment to improve measure to prevent sexual abuse.