May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley of Boston issued a document on Saturday expressing "deep sadness" at the impending legal marriages of same-sex couples in Massachusetts, but cautioned Catholics not to react with "anger against or vilification of any group of people, especially our homosexual brothers and sisters."
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday Pope John Paul II canonized six new saints for the Church, including Don Luigi Orione, founder of the Little Work of Divine Providence, and Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian mother who refused to abort her fourth child even though it meant giving up her own life.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Kevin Britt, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids has died at the age of 59. Co-workers found Britt at his home Sunday morning after they became worried when he did not return several phone calls. He apparently died sometime during the weekend, said Ned McGrath, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 50,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square yesterday to witness the canonization of a mother who sacrificed her life for the sake of her unborn child.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN Global Catholic Network, was named the Alabama Broadcasters Association's Citizen of the Year.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the First International Symposium on “The educational role of cinema”, which is taking place in Valencia, Spain, American screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi, director of the “Act One: Writing for Hollywood” screenwriters school in Los Angeles, said “Christians have much to give to the film industry in Hollywood.”
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning in St. Peter’s Square the Pope received the participants in yesterday’s canonization of five of the six new saints: Hannibal Maria Di Francia, Josep Manyanet y Vives, Nimatullah Kassab Al-Hardini, Paola Elisabetta Cerioli and Gianna Beretta Molla.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with members of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue on Saturday May 15, Pope John Paul said that dialogue with other denominations must continue to promote peace, but without relativism.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father received President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon on Saturday May 15, who was in Rome for Last Sunday’s canonization of Blessed Nimatullah Kassab Al-Hardini, a Maronite monk and the third Lebanese to be canonized.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday morning the Holy Father received the mayor of Athens, Greece, Dora Bakoyiannis, accompanied by a delegation from the city.
May 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the 800 superiors of major religious congregations gathered in Rome, the Prefect of the Congregation for Consecrated Life, Archbishop Franc Rode, said the source of consecrated life is holiness.