May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “Arise, Let us be going,” the latest book by Pope John Paul II, was released today to coincide with the Pope’s 84th birthday. It contains reflections on his life as a bishop and on the ministry of every bishop. John Paul II was ordained a bishop on September 28, 1958. The book is 178 pages long, has an introduction, six chapters, notes, a list of quotations from the Bible and the Magisterium, and an index. The Holy Father begins his book by recalling the day when he received a letter "ordering him to report to Warsaw."
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II turns 84 today and despite no official festivities are in order, the Vatican have made available an e-mail address to greet him: [email protected]
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston has agreed to sell its archbishop’s residence and 43 acres surrounding it to Boston College for $99.4 million, reported RNS.
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning John Paul II received the prime minister of Portugal, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, head of an official delegation that came to the Vatican for the signing of a new concordat between the Holy See and the Portuguese Republic.
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “Dialogue must characterize the behaviour” of believers in “a new world equilibrium” of “ethnic, cultural and religious pluralism,” said the Holy Father this morning. His remarks come on the occasion of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, whose participants he received this morning.
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The official program of the Holy Father’s apostolic trip to Bern, Switzerland, June 5 and 6, for a national gathering of Catholic Youth was made public yesterday.
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A parish has sent a petition with 10,000 signatures to the Canadian Parliament early last week, requesting that three Christian Palestinians, who have sought asylum in a Catholic church, be granted residency status on humanitarian grounds.
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s Catholic bishops are reminding people of their duty to be engaged in political issues and to be out at the polling booths on Election Day.
Archbishop of Toledo meets with Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem: is and old Sinagogue going back to Jewish cult?May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Yona Metzger, met this week with Archbishop Antonio Cañizares of Toledo, Spain, during which both leaders reiterated their desire to continue advancing religous dialogue as a means of peace.
May 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Chilean Health Minister, Pedro Garcia, has given mayors in Chile an ultimatum, demanding they obey an order to distribute the morning after pill. However Marta Ehlers, mayor of Lo Barnechea, is refusing to distribute the pill because of its abortifacient nature.