Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new biography of Pope John Paul II, which attempts to document the Pope’s “intellectual decline” has serious flaws in fact and reflects the author’s uncompromising bias, says Damian Thompson in a review for Britain’s Daily Telegraph. “The Pope in Winter” was written by John Cornwell, well-known journalist and author of “Hitler’s Pope” about Pope Pius XII. A baptized Catholic, some critics say his recent writings indicate that he is anti-Catholic.
Pope to mark act of reconciliation with Greek Orthodox by returning saints’ relics to Ecumenical PatriarchNov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The relics of Saints Gregory Nazianzus and John Chrysostom, two of the eight Great Doctors of the Church, will be handed over to Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I by Pope John Paul II during an ecumenical celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, in St. Peter's Basilica.
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At a Mass attended by hundreds of lawyers and judges in St. Daniel the Prophet Church in Wheaton on Sunday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave a speech on faith and the legal profession, saying that "we are fools for Christ's sake. We must pray for the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world."
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, on receiving this morning the rector and members of the faculty and staff of the Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun in Poland who presented him with the title of doctor "honoris causa," reiterated that the university is “called to overcome the contrast, made during the Enlightenment, of truth reached through reason and truth known through faith.”
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced the recent publication of a "Catalogue of International Associations of the Faithful" in response to Pope John Paul II's request in the Apostolic Exhortation "Christifideles laici" for an index of associations which have been officially approved by the Holy See.
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The 21st Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which will be held in Rome between November 24-28, will be devoted to reflection on the parish in the modern world.
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The longtime editor and publisher of the National Catholic Reporter resigned Sept. 29, citing “professional and personal reasons.”
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life advocates are claiming another victory after Congress passed a $388-billion spending bill Nov. 20 that includes a provision, which allows health care providers to refuse to offer abortion-related services.
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Associated Press religion writer Brian Murphy warns of an “ultra-radical Islamic ideology,” which is drawing more scrutiny from authorities but which has not been exposed largely in the press.
Nov 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his opening remarks for the Fall Assembly of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco, Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops Conference, said the Church would not cease to make known the social consequences of the Gospel, despite pressure from the dominant secularism in country.