Apr 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Director of the Vatican Press Office, harshly criticized Communist China on Wednesday for the arrest and imprisonment of Bishop Jia Zhi Guo. “We have learned that a Catholic Bishop, previously held in prison for 20 years, was arrested again by the authorities of the People’s Republic of China,” said the spokesman.
Apr 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During Wednesday’s general audience, Pope John Paul explained the importance of the Easter Triduum, which begins tomorrow on Holy Thursday, and called on Catholics to “relive the great mystery of our salvation.”
Apr 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the presentation of the Pope’s Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, Archbishop Csaba Ternyak, Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, said that although the number of priests in the world is on the rise, where populations are declining so are the number of priests.
Apr 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A controversial new documentary will be the first to break through one of Britain’s last television taboos and show footage of an abortion. And the Catholic Church in England and Wales is supporting it, saying that it "could prove a powerful anti-abortion message."
Apr 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Freedom House has petitioned the Government of Vietnam for the immediate release of 10 Hmong Christians as well as other religious prisoners, who were imprisoned for their beliefs, as a good will gesture during this Easter Season.The full prisoner list can be viewed at www.freedomhouse.org/religion.
Apr 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A controversial bill, which Catholic bishops fear could be used to silence Church teaching, was not voted on by the Canadian Senate before it adjourned for a one-week break, April 2.
Apr 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Church and several family groups are reacting against the decision of an Appeals court in Temuco, Chile, to grant custody of three children to a lesbian mother, saying it will make it possible for other homosexual couples to adopt.