May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father will travel to Switzerland’s capital, Bern, to attend the national gathering of Catholic youth on June 5 and 6. He will leave Rome by plane on Saturday June 5 at 9.45am and will land in Bern at 11.30am. He will return to Rome on Sunday evening at 8.45pm. The Vatican will soon publish a more detailed itinerary of the trip.
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After praying the Regina Coeli from his study window with the crowd gathered in St. Peters square the Pope commented on the entrance of 10 countries, including his native Poland, into the European Union, and forcefully reiterated the need to remember that “the history of the formation of European nations goes side by side with evangelization.”
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Last Sunday, the 4th of Easter and also the World Day of Vocations, the Pope ordained 26 deacons of the diocese of Rome to the priesthood, exhorting them to make Jesus the center of their lives in order to be “true apostles of the new evangelization.”
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It is “equitable and just” to refuse Holy Communion to Catholics who contradict the fundamental Church teachings on human life, said the rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary in the Diocese of San Francisco. Fr. Gerald Coleman expressed this view in an article that he wrote, which was published in the diocesan paper.
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, who is one of the four judges who voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and authored the same-sex marriage decision, is under fire for an alleged ethics violation.
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Upon the instruction of the bishop, the administration at St. Joseph High School withdrew its invitation to Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan to speak at commencement because his pro-abortion stance contradicts Catholic Church teaching.
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his message for Labor Day (celebrated in many parts of the world on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker), Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, Archbishop of Bogota, called on authorities and business leaders to renew their “commitment and obligation to respect the dignity of their employees” because “the dignity of each employee is inalienable.”
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message sent to Bishop Salvatore Boccaccio of Frosinone, on the 17th centenary of the death of St. Ambrose, co-patron of the diocese, Pope John Paul II said the advance of secularism in societies formerly evangelized demands a heroic response of Christian sanctity.
May 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Julio Terrazas, Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is calling on his countrymen to establish “reasonable dialogue” with the government in order to bring peace to the country and overcome tensions.