Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In this morning’s weekly general audience in the presence of 13,000 faithful at St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reflected on Psalm 40, which teaches us to overcome superficiality, vanity and sin, and trust in God’s saving mercy. John Paul II opened his reflection on Psalm 40, "The prayer of a sick man," by pointing out that Jesus quotes this Psalm on Holy Thursday in the Cenacle to show his deep sadness at the moment of betrayal by Judas.
Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Today, on the 25th anniversary of his first visit to his native Poland as pope, John Paul II greeted the Polish pilgrims present at the weekly general audience with words of gratitude.
Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A speech given by Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, an official of the Vatican Secretariat of State, indicating the need for greater control of world markets, was made public today.
Legal watchdog “disappointed” but “not surprised” with Court ruling against Partial-Birth Abortion BanJun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The American Center for Law and Justice, which filed an amicus (“friendly”) brief in the New York case involving the defense of the ban on partial-birth abortion, said Tuesday's decision by a federal court in California declaring the ban unconstitutional is “disappointing,” but not surprising.
Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William K. Weigand of Sacramento, announced on Tuesday that Catholic Charities of Sacramento will appeal a decision by the California Supreme Court that Catholic Charities is not a “religious organization” under state law and therefore must provide coverage for contraceptives.
Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center announced on Tuesday that the Society of Separationists failed in its efforts to remove a Ten Commandments monument that has stood since 1971 in a public park in Pleasant Grove City, Utah.
Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Associated Press arrived at the remote village of Rio Talea in the southern mountains of Mexico to confirm a story many couldn’t believe: a mother performed a caesarian section on herself with nothing more than a knife and a few gulps of rubbing alcohol.
Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas, Argentina, said this week that in an age marked by individualism it is common that many people call themselves “Catholic” but they make choices and live in ways that are not compatible with the Church.
Jun 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The President of Nicaragua, Enrique Bolanos, announced during a trip to Mexico that he has received the blueprints for the restoration of the historic Cathedral of Managua, which was seriously damaged in an earthquake in 1972.