Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mary is the model of the Christian community during Easter, “who rejoices in the Easter of her Lord, the source of authentic joy for all believers,” said Pope John Paul II today during the Angelus, when the “Regina caeli” was sung. The "Regina caeli", which expresses Mary’s joy for the Resurrection of her divine Son, is always sung during the Angelus during the Easter Season.
Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto, recently sent a public letter to the Toronto Board of Rabbis, denouncing the anti-Semitic vandalism on Jewish homes and in a Jewish cementery in Toronto, which began March 14.
Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” rose back to the top of the box-office during Holy Week, while Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. expressed his support of the movie.
Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his Easter message delivered “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and the World) on Easter Sunday, Pope called on Catholics to become beacons of the Risen Christ’s hope and peace, especially in the face of terrorism an war.
Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- While Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry received Holy Communion to mark Easter at the Paulist Center in Boston, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick said in an interview that the contradiction between Kerry’s Catholicism and his views on abortion, stem cell research and homosexuality is “an issue.”
Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Television coverage of religious issues nearly tripled compared with a decade ago but it is still often hostile to orthodox faiths, reported the Associated Press.
Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Toronto suspended Fr. Timothy Ryan from performing priestly ministry because of his public support of same-sex marriage, reported the Catholic Register.
Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Center for Sindonology, which is located in Valencia and is dedicated to the study of the Holy Shroud of Turin, said this week many scenes in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” are “accurately based on studies carried out on the cloth,” but that “the cruelty of the crucifixion which is reflected in the shroud surpasses even the harshest scenes of the movie.”