May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father lauded the members of the Pontifical Missionary Works at their general assembly this morning saying that their work helps transmit the Gospel “to the ends of the earth.” "The objective of the general assembly of your Superior Council is to search for the ways of the Lord for a renewed mission in a world in continual change.
May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This sunday, May 16, the Holy Father will canonize six blesseds.
May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning a telegram offering condolences to the families of the victims of the bomb blast in a Grozny stadium on Sunday was sent in the Pope’s name by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of state. It reads as follows:
May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Icon Productions has announced this morning that Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" will be released on DVD on August 31 in partnership with 20th Century Fox.
May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Despite growing material needs, the Cuban Bishops Conference has reported that the Church in Cuba will redouble its various social programs that give assistance to over 19,000 people monthly.
May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Marking the celebration of Mother’s Day, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan Puerto Rico, reminded mothers that “a baby is always a gift from God,” and he thanked God for “women who have accepted the challenge to be mothers.”
May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several bishops in Chile have announced their firm support for the right of mayors to refuse to distribute the morning after pill, after the government’s Ministry of Health announced it would force local leaders to make the abortifacient drug available in their municipalities.
May 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Javed Anjum, a 19-year-old Catholic student from Quetta in Pakistan died from torture wounds inflicted by Muslim extremists in Faisalabad on May 2.