May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Over the weekend, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, who is recovering from a car accident that took place on January 11 in Florida, wrote a message to people praying for him stressing his conviction that everyone has been called to do something for God.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with participants in the general chapter of the monastic family of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Bruno, Pope John Paul requested special prayers for peace in the Middle East.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday evening, during the Vespers of Pentecost, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed that the new movements and lay communities are a blessing to the Church.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In accordance with a directive from their archbishop, priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago denied Communion yesterday to a group of homosexual activists from the American Sash Movement, reported Reuters.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul received students of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy -where future Vatican diplomats are formed - and said that the Holy See's representatives around the world must combine a spirit of dialogue and a deep fidelity to Jesus.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Last Sunday, during the last Regina Coeli -the Marian prayer said only during the Easter season, which ends on Pentecost Sunday - Pope John Paul called the Catholic Church an instrument of unity for humanity.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace,” will travel to Uganda from May 31 to June 4 to visit, among other places, the cities of Gulu, Kalongo and Kitgum, where armed conflicts still persist.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian government announced that it intends to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription across the country.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An aboriginal woman is considering legal action after she received the remains of her miscarried baby in the mail, reported the National Post.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an article published by the leftist Spanish newspaper “El País,” Manuel Martinez Sospedra, professor of law at the Cardinal Herrera University, said proposed legislation to allow the creation of “therapeutic children” is not only an attack on ethics but also on the Spanish constitution, and therefore, is “against the law.”
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark the celebration of Lay Apostolate and Catholic Action Day on the feast of Pentecost, Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain, called on the laity to be docile to the Holy Spirit in today’s world in order to overcome the idolatry of comfort.
May 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has expressed his support of a law that would allow professional health care workers to refuse to perform abortions for reasons of conscience.