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Pope to receive Italian and Polish soccer players on Tuesday

Nov 9, 2003

This Tuesday at the Vatican Pope John Paul II will receive in audience a group of Italian and Polish soccer... Read more

Europe cannot conceal its Christian roots, Pope says

Nov 6, 2003

Addressing 200 participants of a seminar organized by the Robert Schuman Foundation, Pope John Paul called Europeans not only to... Read more

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Europe can’t forget the history of Martyrdom behind its history, the Pope says

Nov 6, 2003

On the occasion of the eighth public session of the Pontifical Academies, which took place yesterday at the Vatican, Pope... Read more

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Pope John Paul, Putin renew hope for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue

Nov 5, 2003

Pope John Paul II and Russian President Vladimir Putin both expressed hope for a "positive development" in relations between the... Read more

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Ireland must play key role in building new Europe, Pope says to Irish President

Nov 5, 2003

During a private audience held on Thursday, Pope John Paul II told Irish president Mary McAleese that Ireland must be... Read more

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Pope greets members of the Washington-based John Paul II Cultural Center

Nov 5, 2003

The Holy Father welcomed on the morning of Thursday the trustees of the “John Paul II Cultural Center” based in... Read more

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Pope appoints new archbishop in England

Nov 5, 2003

The Holy Father appointed Bishop Kevin John Patrick McDonald of Northampton, England, as the archbishop of Southwark, England. Read more

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Commenting Psalm 140, Pope says evil is attractive even to the faithful

Nov 4, 2003

As part of his comments of the Psalms and Canticles for Vespers in the Liturgy of the Hours, Pope John... Read more

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No way back in ecumenical dialogue, Pope says

Nov 3, 2003

The movement toward Christian unity is not a choice for the Church but an inherent part of its life and... Read more

Christians reach holiness through prayer including the Rosary, Pope says

Nov 2, 2003

On Saturday, as the Church celebrated the feast of All Saints, Pope John Paul presided the recitation of the Angelus... Read more

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Pope reaffirms Catholic doctrine on Purgatory

Nov 2, 2003

On Sunday, November 2, on the occasion of the feast of All Souls, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the Catholic... Read more

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Pope to preside beatification Mass on Sunday

Nov 2, 2003

On Sunday, November 9, Feast of the Dedication of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope John Paul II... Read more

Religion is key to protecting human life and promoting peace, Pope says to European leaders

Oct 30, 2003

Addressing 350 participants at the Conference of the Ministers of the Interior of the European Union, Pope John Paul II... Read more

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Pope renews his desire to bring to light “the full truth” about Church history

Oct 30, 2003

In a message sent to the participants of a congress organized by the Pontifical Commission for Historical Sciences to commemorate... Read more

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Pope’s prayers intentions for November: East-West understanding, Church in America

Oct 30, 2003

The Vatican Press office made public today the Holy Father's prayer intentions for the month of November, which are focused... Read more

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Diplomatic Corps present official Anniversary wishes to Pope John Paul

Oct 30, 2003

Pope John Paul welcomed six members of the Diplomatic Corps to the Holy See, representing various geographical areas, on Friday,... Read more

Pope to Filipino Bishops: “Things Christians do speak louder than the things they say”

Oct 29, 2003

While receiving 21 Filipino bishops in their Ad Limina visit, Pope John Paul highlighted the need for an “integral evangelization”... Read more

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Pontifical academies to hold joint session on martyrs

Oct 29, 2003

The Vatican Pontifical academies will hold their eighth joint public session on Thursday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 1... Read more

Pope "grateful to God" for Year of the Rosary, recalls drama of Sept. 11

Oct 28, 2003

During his usual Wednesday general audience, Pope John Paul II gave thanks to God for the fruits of the "Year... Read more

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Pope convokes Synod to elect new leader of Church in Iraq

Oct 28, 2003

Pope John Paul II has convoked a Synod of the Chaldean Catholic Church -to which belong the majority of Iraqi... Read more