May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father exhorted the American bishops to build towards a stronger culture of marriage and family, insisting that steps be taken towards the strong education of Catholics in the sacramental dimension of matrimony. He addressed his comments on Saturday to bishops from the United States provinces of San Antonio and Oklahoma City who are concluding their “ad limina” visit.
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father spoke on Sunday, at the weekly prayer of the Regina Caeli with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, about the responsibilities to be taken by parents in order to ensure that access to information and media serves rather than damages family life.
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II condemned anti-Semitism this Monday using the words of the Second Vatican Council, “clearly and definitively…in all its expressions.” But he also stressed that “it is not enough to deplore and condemn hostility against the Jewish people; … it is necessary to also foster friendship, esteem and fraternal relations with them.”
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- New Jersey Sen. Bernard Kenny (D-33rd Dist.) announced that he has decided to leave the Catholic Church, based on the “fundamental shift in the Church’s attitude toward the role that religion should play in politics,” reported the New Jersey Reporter.
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a television broadcast last week, Raymond A. Flynn, president Your Catholic Voice, said it was disrespectful for Democratic pro-abortion politicians to criticize Catholic Church leaders who have the courage to speak out on important moral issues in the political arena.
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, arrives today in Jerusalem where he will stay until May 28, during which time he will meet with Catholic authorities, hold ecumenical meetings, meet with Jewish leaders, including the Chief Rabbi of Israel and with Israeli government officials as well.
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II welcomed on Monday two separate delegations from Macedonia and Bulgaria, both visiting Rome on the occasion of the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, "Founding Fathers" of Eastern Europe.
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of New York celebrated the largest ordination in the U.S. this past weekend. Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop of New York, ordained 15 men to the priesthood Saturday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
May 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to an article by Vatican observer Sandro Magister of the online magazine “L’Espresso,” the discourse Pope John Paul II gave on his birthday on May 18 to Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has been underestimated in its powerful message in favor of the religious identity of Europe.