Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Shortly following Pope John Paul II visit to St. Louis in 1999, then Archbishop Justin Rigali said that, “It is not too soon to say that the Pastoral Visit of Pope John Paul II to the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been a spiritual event of lasting significance for more people than can ever be counted.”
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the onslaught of pilgrims continues to descend on Rome, the city is simultaneously preparing for the arrival of some 200 heads of state and numerous world dignitaries coming to pay their last respects at Pope John Paul II’s Friday funeral Mass.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As millions prepare for Pope John Paul II’s Friday funeral in the Vatican, former U.S.-Vatican ambassador Jim Nicholson shared his thoughts and memories of a pope who was all at once, a champion for peace and a man with a disarming sense of humor.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Just hours after Pope John Paul II’s death at the Vatican Saturday, Bishop Samuel Aquila, of the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota added his voice to the millions worldwide who are praising the Pope as ‘John Paul the Great.’
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus believes that the universal Church will one day canonize Pope John Paul II, who died April 2 after a 26-year pontificate.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II is a “sign of the glory of God,” said Jean Vanier. The founder of L’Arche, an international federation of community houses for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, was in Montreal April 2 to receive the prestigious Gaudium et Spes Award from the Knights of Columbus.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The last few days have been a time of prayer, reflection and celebration of the life of Pope John Paul II for the students and staff of Rockland County’s Catholic schools.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The life of Pope John Paul II “truly represents one of the most profound in modern human history,” said the Thomas More Law Center in a statement on the death of Pope John Paul II, who died April 2 at the age of 84.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A funeral mass was celebrated in memory of Terri Schindler Schiavo yesterday. Her parents arranged the mass, which was attended by 800 people, some of whom sat and stood outside the church to listen to the mass over the loudspeakers, reported The Associated Press.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The leader of a national pro-life organization reiterated his previous statements yesterday that Terri Schiavo’s death was murder.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced yesterday that the College of Cardinals, now gathered in Rome to elect the Church’s 265th pope, will begin their conclave on April 18th.
Apr 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Colorado governor Bill Owens has vetoed a bill, which would require hospitals to provide information on emergency contraception to victims of rape.