Archive of May 10, 2004

Mary’s love for humankind cannot be ‘extinguished’, says Pope

May 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- If people were aware of the spiritual maternity of Mary, they would be much more fraternal toward each other, said Pope John Paul II in his midday address yesterday. They would also reject hatred and violence, forgive and respect each other, and be mindful of the dignity of every person, he added.

Vatican official says “Torture grave offense to God.”

May 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of the scandal in the United States surrounding the disclosure of pictures depicting acts of torture and inhumane treatment of Iraqi prisoners, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, said last week those acts constitute a scandal that “offends God Himself.”

“Passion” inspired artwork of Gibson’s assistant director Jan Michelini to be unveiled in U.S.

May 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson’s assistant director for “The Passion of the Christ”, Jan Michelini, will unveil the artwork inspired by the film on May 12 at the Kolibri Gallery. The unveiling, which takes place at one of the largest galleries in the U.S. will be attended by a host of celebrities from the worlds of art, music, film and philanthropy.

Church helped develop ‘incomparable heritage’ for the world: John Paul II

May 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II underlined the prominent role the Roman Catholic Church has played, and continues to play, in the development of culture throughout human history.

Colombian bishops mediating to end oil workers strike

May 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This weekend the Colombian Bishops Conference began mediating between oil workers of the state-run Ecopetrol, and political leaders and experts in the field, in order to bring an end to the strike that is affecting the company.

Doctors dispute abortion statistics in Argentina

May 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Medical and Biological Ethics Society of Argentina both dismissed statements by Mabel Blanco, a feminist leader, who said that 500,000 underground abortions are taking place in that country each year, and responded to proposals by Buenos Aires lawmaker Noemi Oliveto to decriminalize abortion.

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