Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- United States bishops must continue to lead the U.S. Church on the road toward authentic renewal in the aftermath of the sexual-abuse scandals by their authority, based on the model of the Good Shepherd, and their genuine witness to the Gospel, said Pope John Paul II. The pontiff made these comments to a delegation of bishops from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II joined the bishops of Pennsylvania and New Jersey in praying for an end to terrorism on the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. The bishops were in Rome Saturday for their scheduled meeting with the Pope, which is held every five years.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message marking the occasion of the 17th International Meeting on Mariology, the Holy Father said that "Mary, with a heart pierced by a sword of sorrow, encourages us to liven our faith in the One Who saved us, shedding His precious blood for all of mankind.”
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his address before Sunday’s Angelus prayer at Castelgandolfo, John Paul II, noting that "according to an ancient tradition, today is the feast of the name of Mary,” prayed that She “watch over mankind in this hour marked by shocking explosions of violence." said the Pope.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II sent a telegram to the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa expressing his sadness upon the death of Patriarch Petros VII of Alexandria in a plane crash.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday September 11, Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, stressed the “pressing urgency” of cooperation among cultures towards the goal of world peace, during an event entitled “In Memory of Spetember 11 – Dialogue for Peace.”
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The world’s largest shrine dedicated to St. Joseph is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An Italian production crew has begun shooting for a made-for-TV movie about the life of Pope John Paul II.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See’s Press Office has released an official statement denouncing the death of a 76 year-old Chinese bishop who had been imprisoned since the late 1990’s and demanding that all Catholic clerics under arrest by the Communist regime be released.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his traditional radio address on the feast of Our Lady of Charity, Patroness of Cuba, Bishop Emilio Aranguren of Cienfuegos asked Cubans to live out the virtue of charity beginning with their own families.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several Mexican bishops are demanding government officials inform the public regarding the abortifacient nature of the morning after pill, which is now for sale in the country’s pharmacies, and regarding the pill’s adverse effects on women’s health.
Sep 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Human Life International sent congratulations last week to the Portuguese pro-life group “Maternity and Life” for its intense efforts to prevent the Dutch abortion ship operated by “Women on Waves” from coming to Portugal, and for launching a lawsuit against one of the feminist organization’s leaders.