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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.