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Holy See deplores killing of Palestinean radical leader

Mar 21, 2004

The Vatican Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, said this morning that "the Holy See joins the international community in deploring" the killing... Read more

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After proclaiming four new blessed, Pope encourages Spaniards after attack

Mar 21, 2004

On Sunday, after proclaiming four new blessed -two of them Spanish, - Pope John Paul encouraged again Spaniards after the... Read more

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Pope thanks Neocatechumenal Way for vocation formation

Mar 17, 2004

Pope John Paul this morning welcomed authorities and seminarians of Rome’s “Redemptoris Mater” seminary, and described it as  “a new... Read more

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Light of God is always in the midst of humanity, Pope says

Mar 16, 2004

During his first open-air audience of the year, Pope John Paul II commented on Psalm 20, “Thanksgiving for the victory... Read more

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Pope calls on Catholics to find in St. Joseph inspiration for family life

Mar 16, 2004

During Wednesday’s general audience, addressing pilgrims in Polish, Pope John Paul II recalled that Friday is the Solemnity of St.... Read more

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Resignation of controversial German Bishop accepted in record time

Mar 16, 2004

Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Magdeburg (Germany) presented by Bishop... Read more

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Four beatifications confirmed for Sunday

Mar 16, 2004

On Sunday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II will beatify four Servants of... Read more

New guidelines for the Eucharist expected Holy Thursday

Mar 15, 2004

The new and long-awaited guidelines for the celebration of the Eucharist are set to be released by the Vatican on... Read more

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John Paul II reiterates condemnation of “horrendous” attacks in Madrid

Mar 14, 2004

Pope John Paul II offered the Angelus Sunday for the country of Spain and reiterated his condemnation of the “horrendous”... Read more

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Navarro-Valls says “Passion” not anti-Semitic

Mar 11, 2004

The spokesman for the Holy See, Joaquín Navarro-Valls commented on Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” saying “there is... Read more

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Second Papal visit to Rome synagogue under consideration

Mar 10, 2004

The magazine “Familia Cristiana” is reporting that a second visit by Pope John Paul II to a Roman synagogue is... Read more

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Pope John Paul II marks new milestone as third-longest reigning pope

Mar 10, 2004

Pope John Paul II will become the third-longest reigning pope in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, exceeding the... Read more

Vatican study confirms increase in religious indifference

Mar 9, 2004

A study by the Pontifical Council for Culture has revealed that religious indifference and faith in a “faceless God” is... Read more

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Mary Ann Glendon is appointed President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Mar 8, 2004

The Pope John Paul II appointed American professor Mary Ann Glendon as the new president of the Pontifical Academy of... Read more

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"Apostolorum Successores": New directory for Bishops

Mar 8, 2004

The Congregation for Bishops has just published "Apostolorum successores," A Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, in answer to... Read more

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Four new appointed Bishops for United States

Mar 8, 2004

The Holy Father appointed Bishop Robert Joseph McManus, auxiliary of the diocese of Providence, as bishop of Worcester, Msgr. Robert... Read more

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New translations, more sales for Pope’s book of poems

Mar 2, 2004

Pope John Paul II’s most recent book of poetry has sold more than 600,000 copies and will soon be released... Read more

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John Paul II to youth: Only Jesus gives full meaning to your life

Feb 29, 2004

In his Message for the 19th World Youth Day, published today, Pope John Paul II reminds young people that “only... Read more

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Lent a time for solidarity with children, Pope says

Feb 29, 2004

Pope John Paul II called on Catholics to transform Lent into a “a generous match of solidarity towards” the children. Read more

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Pope encourages diplomacy and humanitarian aid for Haiti

Feb 29, 2004

Pope John Paul II called the international community to work on behalf of Haiti, shortly after former President Jean Bertrand... Read more