Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his first General Audience of this Easter Season, Pope John Paul II said before some 25,000 pilgrims that Christians need a personal encounter with the crucified and risen Christ. “‘The Lord of Life was dead, but now He lives and triumphs!’ These words guide the reflections of our encounter today, which takes place within the octave of Easter,” the Pope wrote in his catechesis.
Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul did not read the catechesis during Wednesday’s general audience following a recommendation of his personal physician, Dr. Renato Buzzonetti.
Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic schools must teach students about Catholic heroes, especially in the current social climate, characterized by sexual immorality and an eroded public trust in the Church, said Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley in his address to the convention of the National Catholic Educational Association yesterday.
Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Italian scientists have found another image on the back of the Shroud of Turin, reported The Guardian yesterday. The scientists from the University of Padua also exposed the faint imprint of the face and hands of the figure on the front of the cloth, which is believed to be the imprint of Jesus.
Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After more than 35 years, the National Shrine will embellish in colorful mosaic a third dome in the Great Upper Church. This is the first time since 1968 that the shrine will fill one of its five ceiling domes with mosaic tiles.
Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Uruguayan Senate is set to vote on Wednesday on a bill that would legalize abortion for any reason during the first trimester, which would make Uruguay the first country to legalize abortion in Latin America.
Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Despite a Chilean Supreme Court ruling that “the morning after pill” is abortifacient, the country’s Health Ministry announced it will distribute 400,000 dosages of the pill to clinics to be offered to victims of rape.
Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Venezuela issued a statement yesterday announcing that the body’s president, Archbishop Baltasar Porras, has traveled to Rome to inform the Holy See about the crisis currently enveloping the country.