Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II inaugurated the year of the Eucharist with the celebration of Mass on Sunday, October 17, concomitantly with the closing Mass of the 48th International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Via satellite, the Pope said to the participants in the Congress in Guadalajara that "the theme of the congress, 'The Eucharist; Light and Life of the New Millennium', invites us to consider the Eucharistic mystery not only in itself but also in relationship to the problems of our times."
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a press conference this morning in the Holy See Press Office, Cardinal Renato Martino of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, stated that “the voices of the Holy Father and the Catholic Church are little heard, above all in rich and comfortable countries…they are submerged under the noise created by powerful economic, cultural, and political lobbies, which mobilize against all that is Christian.”
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the noon Angelus in St. Peter’s Square yesterday, Pope John Paul II spoke about the Year of the Eucharist, which was inaugurated yesterday, and expressed his gratitude for the prayers and well wishes of the faithful on his 26th anniversary.
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, speaking to participants in the World Conference of Women Parliamentarians for the Care of Children and Adolescents this morning, said that “children are the most precious treasure of the human family,” and “no one can remain silent or indifferent when innocent children suffer.”
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See before the United Nations, noted the “serious threat” to the future of developed nations posed by the “rapid decrease in the global rate of population growth” since the 1990’s and stressed the need for an ethical approach in planning population policies, and the responsibility of governments to create the proper conditions in which couples can plan their family in liberty.
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday October 16, The Russian Army choir, orchestra and ballet corps performed in honor of Pope John Paul II’s 26th anniversary of his election to the papacy.
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a press conference in the Holy See Press Office this morning, Cardinal Renato Martino of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, presented the book "Pope John Paul II and the Challenges of Papal Diplomacy," and called Pope John Paul II’s pontificate “one of the greatest blessings that the Church and the world have received in history."
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a recent interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett said he revealed the homosexual culture that was rampant at the Michigan seminary, where he served as academic dean in the 1960s, but was dismissed.
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The largest shrine to St. Joseph in the world is now the rare recipient of a top Vatican honor. Pope John Paul II conferred the Golden Rose to St. Joseph’s Oratory yesterday on the occasion of the official opening of its centennial celebrations and the consecration of its basilica.
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Italian Bishops Conference has published a document suggesting dioceses and parishes make use of the Internet in their work of evangelization.
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Spanish watchdog group is reporting that the country’s Vice President, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, lied when she claimed that there are four million homosexuals in Spain by citing figures from the National Statistic Institute.
Oct 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Education Minister of Chile decided this week to withdraw more than 1,000 copies of a manual for school officials because it contained a direct attack on the Catholic Church from a feminist perspective.