Aug 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father thanked God for the strength he was given to make his pilgrimage to Lourdes last weekend in today’s general audience at his summer home in Castelgandolfo. He was in better health this morning than he appeared to be in France, where he struggled to finish his homily during Mass on Sunday.
Aug 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his catechesis today, Pope John Paul II explained the significance of Psalm 109 as a Messianic hymn, which points to Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world.
Aug 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Women, men and their children are not well served by a society that fails to acknowledge the inherent differences between the sexes, says author and scholar Steven E. Rhoads.
Aug 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The American Midwest will host the United States’ largest Catholic music festival next month for the second year. St. Louis Catholic Music Festival, also billed as the CrossRoads Festival, will feature Catholic music artists, as well as speakers, worship, prayer and fellowship in a celebration of faith.
Aug 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Eight Catholic priests and two seminarians were arrested in China Aug. 6. Police stopped the 10 men, who were gathered for a retreat. The arrest, which is the latest in a wave of anti-Church activity by the Chinese government, took place in the village of Sujiazhuang, about 200-km south-west of Peking, in the Diocese of Baoding, reported AsiaNews.
Aug 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro of Tunja, Colombia, and Vice President of the Bishops Conference of Colombia praised this week the historic demobilization of six thousand guerrilla soldiers associated with the United Self-Defenses of Colombia (AUC).