Archive of March 8, 2004

'Passion' still first at box office in its second weekend

Mar 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “The Passion of The Christ” remained the top draw at the North American box office this past weekend, grossing about $51.4 million. After only 12 days in theaters, ticket sales for Mel Gibson’s film have reached $212 million (including $3 million in private group sales before it was released Feb. 25), said Bob Berney, president of Newmarket Films.

Newspaper’s ban of “pro-life” causes mix-up

Mar 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Los Angeles Times’ policy to ban the phrase “pro-life” created some confusion last month when music critic Mark Swed wrote that a Richard Strauss opera was “pro-life”, but a copy editor changed his review to read "anti-abortion."

“Passion” premier in Latin America moved up

Mar 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- 20th Century Fox has decided to move up the premier of “The Passion of the Christ” in Latin America due to pirating of the film, which has resulted in the spread of thousands of unauthorized, low-quality copies in the region.

Possible papal trip to Switzerland announced

Mar 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Switzerland has announced the possibility of a visit by John Paul II to the country to take part in Switzerland’s first national Catholic youth conference, which will take place June 5-6.

Portuguese Parliament rejects decriminalization of abortion

Mar 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- With the support of thousands of Portuguese citizens who signed petitions in support of the right to life of the unborn, the country’s legislature rejected proposals to decriminalize abortion in Portugal.

Boston to close churches, schools to deal with deficit

Mar 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston may close as many as 75 of its 357 parishes in order to cope with a $4-million deficit and recent demographic shifts, reported Bloomberg March 6.

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