Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican's spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the Pope experienced serious heart problems yesterday but that he is "conscious, lucid and extraordinarily calm."
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the press conference this morning on the state of Pope John Paul II's health, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls revealed the Pontiff requested a meditation on the Way of the Cross.
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome called on all Romans and all Italians to intensify their prayers for ailing Pope John Paul II, who, according to the Vatican, is now in "very grave condition."
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday evening, the Vatican weighed in on the death of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, who died yesterday morning following a two-week court-ordered starvation.
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hours after the death of 41-year old Terri Schiavo following a tumultuous decade-long legal battle, her sister, Suzanne Vitadamo, and brother, Bobby Schindler made a public statement of gratitude yesterday to those who have offered their prayers and support.
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican announced Pope John Paul's general prayer and mission intentions for the month of April.
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hours after the court ordered starvation of 41-year old Terri Schiavo had come to a tear-filled end yesterday, religious leaders and organizations around the world wasted no time speaking out against what Cardinal William Keeler, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called a “human tragedy.”
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, Pope John Paul II has appointed Msgr. Charles Daniel Balvo, counselor to the apostolic nunciature in Lithuania, as the new apostolic nuncio to New Zealand, the Fiji Islands, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Cook Islands.
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with representatives of a homosexual group, Bishop Juan Jose Omella of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño of Spain said, “The Church understands their suffering and their pain” but does not agree with their ideas and “the manner of behavior of certain individuals and of these groups.”
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a sharply written article, Italian Catholic journalist Vittorio Messori has responded to the criticisms of dissident German theologian Hans Küng, who says he has grown tired of waiting for the Pope to die and has published an insulting "review" of John Paul's pontificate in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
Apr 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has officially announced that the Pope John Paul II’s blood pressure has dramatically dropped and he is now unconscious, but denied reports saying that the Pontiff has died.