Archive of March 1, 2004

John Paul II to youth: Only Jesus gives full meaning to your life

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his Message for the 19th World Youth Day, published today, Pope John Paul II reminds young people that “only encountering Jesus will give full meaning to your life.” “Do not let yourselves be distracted in this search. Persevere in it because your full realization and happiness are at stake,” the Pope wrote in the message entitled “We want to see Jesus.”

Denver bishops release number of sexual-abuse cases, commit to zero tolerance

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two days before the release of the national survey on sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the U.S. Church, the Archbishop of Denver issued a letter indicating the number of substantiated abuse cases in the diocese.

“Passion” a box-office smash, Gibson considering making another film about faith

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” has become a box-office smash in the United States, bringing in 117.5 million dollars in its first five days, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film post the second-best five-day figures for a movie opening on Wednesday, behind last year's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at $124.1 million and ahead of "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" at $105.6 million.

Lent a time for solidarity with children, Pope says

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called on Catholics to transform Lent into a “a generous match of solidarity towards” the children.

Pope encourages diplomacy and humanitarian aid for Haiti

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called the international community to work on behalf of Haiti, shortly after former President Jean Bertrand Aristide fled the island.

Gibson rejects notion that “The Passion of the Christ” is the gospel according to Mel

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Gibson said he wished to tell the story of the Passion without pretense so that everyone might understand that Jesus Christ “died for the sins of all men for all time.”

Holy Father asks prayers for indigenous populations and Africa

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See announced Pope John Paul II’s general prayer intention for March, which is devoted to indigenous populations.

Alabama Episcopalians reject homosexual bishop

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Six months after the ordination of their denomination’s first openly homosexual bishop, Alabama Episcopalians have voted for a resolution to reject same-sex marriage and the ordination of homosexual bishops.

Harvard to launch embryonic stem-cell research center

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Harvard University will launch the largest privately funded embryonic stem-cell research project to date, reported the Boston Sunday Globe.

Mexican bishops reiterate immorality of assisted reproduction

Mar 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Mexican Bishops Conference, Bishop José Rábago, warned this weekend that the Catholic Church rejects assisted reproduction and considers it immoral.

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