Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his first open-air audience of the year, Pope John Paul II commented on Psalm 20, “Thanksgiving for the victory of the Messiah-King,” and recalled that the light of God is always present in the midst of humanity. The Pope said that this psalm, “one of the royal psalms,” expresses the gratitude of the people for “what God has done in favor of the Hebrew sovereign on the solemn day of his enthronement.”
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During Wednesday’s general audience, addressing pilgrims in Polish, Pope John Paul II recalled that Friday is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of Our Lady.
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Magdeburg (Germany) presented by Bishop Leopold Nowak.
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II will beatify four Servants of God.
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to reporters in Rome, Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” revealed a few details about his audience with Pope John Paul II, whom he said “is a mystic.”
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Today’s teen culture is experiencing a dramatic shift, which seems to be moving toward restraint and responsibility and embracing abstinence and self-respect. Results from a recent survey, conducted by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, indicate that teens are sick of the culture and media, which focus on irresponsible sex and devalue human sexuality.
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- State lawmakers passed a parental notice ballot measure in the House yesterday by a vote of 93-25.
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The minority Catholic population of Bosnia-Herzegovina has tried to "live according to the Gospel and to practice love of enemy" despite attempts to wipe out the Catholic Church in the region, underlined Bishop Franjo Komarica of the Diocese of Banja Luka.
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the hundreds of faithful gathered in the Cathedral of Pamplona, Spain, to honor those who lost their lives in last week’s terrorist attacks in Madrid, Archbishop Feranando Sebastián of Pamplona and Tudela called on Spaniards to overcome suffering through their Christian faith.
Mar 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Wei Jingyi of Qigihar, China, has been released 10 days after being arrested, according to sources with the AsiaNews agency.