Mar 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The California Catholic Conference is not backing down after the state’s highest court ruled March 1 that Catholic Charities, Inc. is not a religious organization and is not entitled to the exemption on contraceptive care given to religious employers. The conference announced yesterday that it is reviewing its legal options and would consider appealing the decision to the United States Supreme Court.
Mar 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II’s most recent book of poetry has sold more than 600,000 copies and will soon be released in Japanese, the Vatican announced March 2.
Mar 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The French daily “Le Figaro” is reporting that Pope John Paul II could beatify the late French Prime Minister, Robert Schuman, considered one of the “fathers of Europe,” during a proposed Papal visit to Strasbourg scheduled for next September.
Mar 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Monday the president of the German Bishops Conference, Cardinal Karl Lehman, called for the inclusion of a reference to God in the European Union’s Constitution, as well as references to the religious and cultural traditions of Europe.
Mar 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Burundian rebels assassinated Archbishop Michael Courtney Dec. 29 since his car was flying the Vatican flag, states a recent draft report by a commission that was appointed by the government to investigate the Vatican envoy’s death.
Mar 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Following upon the Lenten message of Pope John Paul II, the Bishops Conference of Nicaragua is inviting the faithful to reflect on the difficult situation the country faces, reminding them that conversion also includes “welcoming the littlest ones with love.”