Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an address today to participants in the European Symposium of University Professors, the Holy Father strongly affirmed that “Europe’s future depends on the family.” The Symposium is being held in Rome to discuss the theme "The Family in Europe, foundations, experiences and prospects" by looking at the philosophical, juridical and theological bases of the institution of the family.
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father received recently elected President Edward Fenech Adami of Malta this morning and through him sent his “heartfelt greetings to the people of Malta,” who he thanked for their “firm adherence to the faith.”
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two women, who were formerly paralyzed but treated with the use of adult stem cells, attended a press conference yesterday to demonstrate the effectiveness of adult stem-cell treatment as opposed to embryonic stem-cell treatment.
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Catholic League said Catholics are owed an apology after the lead editorial in the June 25 edition of a prominent Jewish weekly newspaper accuses Catholic bishops of being a threat to democracy.
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Chicago Public Schools officials have invited the De La Salle Christian Brothers to open a new public middle school in the city, the Chicago Sun-Times reported yesterday. It would be the first public school in Chicago, which is founded and run by a religious order but funded with tax dollars.
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Ireland have announced the possibility of a historic visit by Pope John Paul II to Northern Ireland. The bishops hope to invite the Pope to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his visit to Ireland with a Mass in the province of Ulster.
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father has written a letter on the virtues of sports and tourism and the contribution they make to life and culture. The message, written for the the occasion of the 25th World Day of Tourism which will take place on September 27 on the theme "Sports and Culture: Two vital forces for mutual understanding, culture and development among countries," was made public today.
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, stated this week that Christianity “has a vocation to public witness and active presence in all aspects of life.”
Jun 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Nizar Semaan, an Iraqi priest in Mosul, told the Vatican news agency Fides this week that meetings between Turkish Prime Minister Tayyp Erdogan and Iraqi Kurd leader Jalal Talabani (Kurd Patriotic Union) are “most important for the stabilization of the situation in Iraq.”