May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father meditated on the Canticle of St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians in today’s general audience, which presents the “great figure of Christ” as “Lord of the universe,” and “Lord of the history of salvation…‘Because in Him all things were created. Everything was created by Him and for Him.’”
May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thirty-three new recruits will be sworn into the Pontifical Swiss Guards at 5pm tomorrow in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace. Members of the Roman Curia, and Swiss civil and religious authorities will be present at the event.
May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota, appealed to both pro-life and pro-abortion Catholics to listen to the words of Christ and follow his teachings with regards to right-to-life issues in a recent homily. Citing St. Justin Martyr and St. Paul, the bishop also said that those who do not live according to the Gospels and follow Church teachings should not receive the Eucharist.
May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Roberto Lucker of Coro, Venezuela, said this week the Church in that country will assume a relevant role in the struggle against violations of human rights and he announced the creation of a National Vicariate for Human Rights.
May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Minister of Health in Chile, Pedro Garcia, is threatening mayors with sanctions if they refuse to distribute the morning after pill in their municipalities.
May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The American Life League issued a letter yesterday to every member of the United States Congress, urging them not expand embryonic stem-cell research. The letter was presented in response to a request, submitted by 206 House members April 28, that President Bush expands research in the field.
May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his address to the Spanish Bishops Conference meeting this week in Madrid, Conference president Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco said the principal issue that the bishops need to face is the "internal secularization which is afflicting life of the Church herself."
May 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Medical doctors continue to testify to the atrocities committed during partial-birth abortions in three federal court cases currently being heard in New York, Nebraska and California. An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued excerpts from the trial transcripts, in which doctors recount in frank terms how fetuses in their fifth and sixth months are killed with forceps or scissors.