Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Ave Maria University announced plans yesterday to build one of the largest Catholic churches in the United States – the Oratory of Ave Maria. The church will become the spiritual and physical centerpiece for the first new major Catholic university in the U.S. in 40 years. It will also serve as a church for the Town of Ave Maria.
Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The city of Aachen (Germany) bestowed upon Pope John Paul II an extraordinary edition of the International Charlemagne Award, a prestigious award given annually by the city for distinguished service on behalf of European unity.
Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic publication refused to run an ad about a one-day seminar, sponsored by Voice of the Faithful and the University of San Francisco, which would gather scholars to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.
Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The possibility of a miracle may give new momentum to the cause for the sainthood of Marquette’s first bishop, Frederic Baraga.
Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly online column, Sandro Magister, renowned Vatican watcher of the Italian weekly “L’Espresso,” says in an analysis of “The Passion of the Christ” that the Mel Gibson film has rekindled an old Biblical debate within the Church.
Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to Catholic radio in Honduras, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, saw “The Passion of the Christ last Thursday, the first film he has seen in 34 years, and was profoundly moved by the experience.
Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to the pro-life group “Provida,” 96% of gynecologists in Spain’s public hospitals refuse to perform abortions.
Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Cambodian congregation of sisters, which was wiped out by the Khmer Rouge nearly 30 years ago, was revived last week with the profession of two new sisters, reported AsiaNews.