Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thursday afternoon Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass for the release of hostages held in Iraq and for all who suffer in that country. During a march organized by families of the three Italian hostages in Iraq, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, delivered the pope’s “appeal in the name of the one God Who will judge all of us."
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An article in the current issue of the prestigious quarterly “Foreign Affairs” states that the future “belongs” to religious people since they are having so many more children than non-religious people, reported the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute.
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an address this morning to members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, who are celebrating their annual plenary session, the Pope reaffirmed the primary role of the family in fostering ‘inter-generational solidarity’, the Academy’s current theme of study.
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A formal request to share the Roman Catholic cathedral in Cordoba with the city’s Muslims was not advanced to the Catholic Church, said Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog.
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Because of the resentment people bear toward street children, it is almost impossible for them to enter and use chapels and churches. As a result, Fr. Renato Chiera, president and founder of an organization that ministers to street children in the state of Rio de Janeiro, has proposed chapel project especially for them.
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Salt + Light Television, Canada’s Catholic television network, announced yesterday that it has expanded its services to Quebec – the province with the largest number of Catholics in the country.
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, inaugurated this week the Studium Generale Marcianum, a new learning center that seeks to bring together all of the different fields of knowledge and provide education for students of all grade levels, from primary school to post-graduate studies.
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The cause for beatification of Dr. Maria Mullerat of Spain has advanced this week, as Archbishop Lluis Martinez of Tarragona announced the conclusion of the Archdiocesan investigation.
Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After the mayor of a small town in France announced he would officiate at the country’s first homosexual wedding, French president Jacques Chirac said “marriages” between people of the same sex are illegal in France, and he called for sanctions against those who would perform them.