Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Amid much speculation by worldwide media as to John Paul II's true condition following last month's tracheotomy surgery, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, head of the Vatican Press Office released a statement today calling the Holy Father's convalescence "slow and progressive," and added that a feeding tube is now assisting his food and water intake.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With time running out for the family of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, who today enters her 13th day without food and water, a glimmer of hope has emerged. An Atlanta federal appeals court has agreed to consider an emergency petition filed by Schiavo’s parents.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II greeted thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square this morning with a brief appearance and blessing. Although he attempted to speak to the crowd, the Pope's words were not clear and the subsequent blessing was given in silence.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The nation's top pro-life organizations are urging Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to exercise his executive authority and intervene to save the life of Terri Schiavo, whose feeding tube was removed March 18.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Madonna's latest antic scandalized Catholics and drew a forceful reaction from the New York-based Catholic League. The pop star dressed up like a nun and her husband, Guy Ritchie, dressed up as the ailing Pope for a London party celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim, reported the Daily News.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Costa Rican cult, which continues to have Catholic followers in San Antonio, has been exposed as fraudulent and the cult leader as an imposter in a recent investigative report by News 4 WOAI.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The board of a proposed Catholic college in Arizona has announced that it is ready to start fundraising, reported the Arizona Republic. The College of John Paul of the Desert would be the first Catholic college in the state.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Doctors from the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, where Pope John Paul II underwent a tracheotomy, want the Pope to return for a general examination, according to a report in the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera.”
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his Easter greetings to the faithful, the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne said the Catholic identity of Latin America is the hope of the world.
Mar 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a pastoral letter sent to the priests of his diocese, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Spain, said they should they should wear the Roman collar as “a sign of God for mankind today,” and he reminded them that “simple people want to see priests as men of God.”