Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II welcomed Their Royal Highnesses, Felipe and Letizia de Borbon, Prince and Princess of Asturias, to the Vatican this morning, and spoke to the newly married royalty about the holiness of married life. He told them he was happy to receive them so soon after their wedding and thanked them "for the deference of desiring to visit me at the start of your married life."
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II today appointed Msgrs. Gerald T. Walsh, of the clergy of New York, and Dennis J. Sullivan, also of the clergy of New York, as auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese of New York.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father affirmed the call of the Christian to be a witness to Christ in sports, to 7000 participants in a meeting promoted by the Italian Sporting Center, at the Paul VI Hall.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father will go to the Valle d'Aosta region in the Italian Alps from July 5 to 17 for a vacation, according to the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household. During this time, all private audiences will be suspended.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During yesterday’s Angelus the Holy Father encouraged Catholics to pray for Christian unity after he announced that on June 29, Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul, Apostles, he will receive in the Vatican Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father recalled that the World Day Against Torture was celebrated yesterday, and he urged "that the common commitment of institutions and citizens be able to completely eliminate this intolerable violation of human rights, radically contrary to the dignity of man."
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has written to all Catholic bishops, asking them to personally urge their senators to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. Pastors and parishioners are urged to do the same.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean O'Malley of Boston will receive the pallium from Pope John Paul II at the Vatican tomorrow but with regard for his archdiocese and the financial difficulties it is experiencing, he has decided not to hold any celebrations.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Germany-based Catholic Charity “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN) announced on Monday that two unidentified individuals riding in a grey Opel car threw a hand grenade at the Holy Spirit Chaldean Catholic Church located in “Hay Al-akha’a” (Brotherhood quarter) in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an article published in its official newspaper, Palabra Nueva, the Archdiocese of Havana has called on the government of Fidel Castro to use the opportunity of the rejection by Cubans of the tightening of the US-led embargo to embrace all Cubans, including political dissidents.
Jun 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Committee on the Family of the Peruvian Bishops Conference has published an energetic statement denouncing determination of the Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, to include morning after pills in family planning programs, despite their possibly abortifacient nature.