Mar 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The actor who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” says he is not worried about what the press and others say about him and his Catholic faith. In an exclusive interview with the Catholic News Agency after receiving the Imago Dei Award from the Archdiocese of Denver last week, Jim Caviezel said he is aware of the attempt of some people in the media to taint Catholic actors and turn them into religious zealots.
Mar 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II offered the Angelus Sunday for the country of Spain and reiterated his condemnation of the “horrendous” terrorist attacks last Thursday in Madrid that left 200 dead and over 1,400 injured.
Mar 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The leaders of the Bishops Conference of Brazil gave their full support to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” saying the film is faithful to the Gospels and rejecting reports the bishops were planning to oppose it.
Mar 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Peruvian Congress’ Health Committee, Dr. Héctor Chávez Chuchón, denounced a resolution brought by several ONGs and the Ministry of Health in favor of the legalization of the so-called emergency contraception—which includes the morning after pill—charging it is “unconstitutional.”
Mar 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” has hit theaters in Poland and the response has been very favorable, topping more than 500,000 viewers to date and outdoing the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” in its first weekend, reported Reuters.
Mar 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Signs of growth and life abounded in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this past weekend. Cardinal Justin Rigali was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church and Education Center in Upper Uwchlan March 13, reported Local Daily News.
Mar 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- "The Passion of the Christ" was the top film for a third straight weekend, taking in $31.7 million and pushing its total beyond a quarter of a billion dollars, reported the Associated Press March 14.