May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See Press Office declared this morning that Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, sent a letter to Bishop Jaime Jaramillo Monsalve of Santa Rosa de Osos in Colombia, in the name of Pope John Paul II, assuring him of his “prayers and paternal affection” for Fr. Cesar Dario Pena Garcia, the pastor of Raudal in Valdiva, who has been held by kidnappers for more than a month.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- "For legal systems and juridical instruments to be of real service to all men and women, especially the poor and disadvantaged, they must uphold the whole truth of the human person,” said the Holy Father this morning in an address to members of the World Jurist Association who are holding a conference in Rome.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean O'Malley apologized for upsetting women with his decision not to wash the feet of women on Holy Thursday and for his inclusion of feminism in a list of societal ills in a homily during Holy Week. The bishop’s statement appeared in his weekly column in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Despite the recent controversy in the press raised by Archbishop Sean O’Malley’s comments about feminism during Holy Week, the archbishop of Boston plans to visit Regis College May 15. Regis College is the only Catholic women’s college in the archdiocese.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has been making waves in the Diocese of Pheonix since his recent succession to Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien. The new bishop has come on strong on a number of issues – namely right-to life issues – and has drawn both support and criticism from some of the faithful, reported the Arizona Republic yesterday.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop John M. D'Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend broke ground Sunday for a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Warsaw, Indiana, reported the Times-Union.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Marcel Gervais of Ottawa hosted talks between the Canadian Prime Minister and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, last week in his home.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is warning that Spain is at risk from the spread of neo-paganism, which is becoming more prevalent in some European countries.
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of Sunday Mass in the Archdiocesan Cathedral this past Sunday, Cardinal Norberto Rivero of Mexico City, expressed his concern that in Mexico “the cloning of credit cards is rejected but not the cloning of human beings.”
May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima is calling on Peruvians to reflect upon the recent acts of violence in southeastern Peru, underscoring that the truth cannot be played with if they want to bring peace to the country.