Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Early this morning, the Vatican reopened the grottoes beneath St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time since the death of Pope John Paul II.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As cardinals from around the world prepare to elect a new pope, the Vatican announced today that all those who will be part of Monday’s conclave will be called to take their oath on Friday, April 15th.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a testament to the broad travels of the late John Paul II, the College of Cardinals today received official condolences on the death of the pope from the Vatican diplomatic corps in Paul VI hall in Vatican City.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As Monday’s papal conclave itself draws ever nearer; Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released a statement today on the Ninth General Congregation of Cardinals, which met this morning.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the fifth Novendiale Mass celebrated on Tuesday for the repose of the soul of Pope John Paul II, Brazilian Cardinal Eugenio Sales noted in his homily that “John Paul II taught us fidelity to the life of Christ and continuously proclaimed the dignity of all persons.”
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations has issued a statement saying the Mass pro eligendo Summo Pontifice, which will take place on Monday, April 18, for the opening of the conclave, will be open to all the faithful, so that “the communion in prayer of the entire Church at such an important moment” can be made manifest.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See released statistics on Tuesday about the attendance at the Pope’s funeral and about the media coverage of the event.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As cardinals from around the world prepare for the April 18th conclave in which they will elect the next shepherd of the Catholic Church, many students at Benedictine College in Kansas are recalling the singular inspiration that Pope John Paul II was for many of them.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Father Jose Conrado of the parish of St. Teresa of Jesus said this week the message pronounced by the Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba, Pedro Meurice, during the Papal visit of 1998 continues to apply to the country today.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An amendment to kill the Liberal government’s same-sex marriage legislation failed yesterday.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Day of Truth is being organized tomorrow to counter today’s pro-homosexual Day of Silence, held in some high schools.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life group is outraged by General Electric's decision to pursue research on embryonic stem cells.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An pro-life lawmaker wants to legislate mandatory counselling for all women seeking abortions.
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Filippo Gammarelli is praying the new Pope doesn’t have his own tailor.