Mar 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Denver has become the “patron saint” of “The Passion of the Christ,” said the blockbuster’s executive producer Steve McEveety, during a ceremony Thursday night in which Mel Gibson’s film received the Imago Dei award. According to the event’s organizers, the annual award recognizes a person or entity that has been inspirational in accepting the Gospel invitation to act “in the image of God.” Imago Dei is Latin for “Image of God.”
Mar 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of a private screening of “The Passion of the Christ,” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, said one cannot walk out of theater the same person.
Mar 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The spokesman for the Holy See, Joaquín Navarro-Valls commented on Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” saying “there is nothing anti-Semitic” in the film because otherwise the Holy Father would have denounced it.
Mar 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of yesterday’s terrorist bombings in Madrid, the Spanish Bishops Conference issued a statement condemning terrorism and calling the tragedy “a moment for charity and solidarity.”
Mar 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Boston supports a legal amendment to protect the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman but discourages a proposal that would introduce same-sex civil unions and same-sex couple benefits into the same measure.
Mar 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bishop of Brooklyn said he will never pray the Stations of the Cross, say the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, or read the passion narratives in the same way again, since he saw Mel Gibson's film on the Passion of Christ.
Mar 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A mother, who allegedly ignored medical warnings to have a Caesarean section when pregnant to save her twins, was charged yesterday with murder after one of the babies was stillborn, reported the Associated Press.