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Pope ordains 26 new priests, calls them to “new evangelization.”

May 2, 2004

Last Sunday, the 4th of Easter and also the World Day of Vocations, the Pope ordained 26 deacons of the... Read more

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Holy Father calls for holiness in response to advancing secularism

May 2, 2004

In a message sent to Bishop Salvatore Boccaccio of Frosinone, on the 17th centenary of the death of St. Ambrose,... Read more

Pope appeals for release of hostages in Iraq, assures his solidarity

Apr 29, 2004

Thursday afternoon Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass for the release of hostages held in Iraq and for all who... Read more

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Family “irreplaceable” in building inter-generational solidarity, says Holy Father

Apr 29, 2004

In an address this morning to members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, who are celebrating their annual plenary... Read more

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Vatican says no to churches used as mosques

Apr 29, 2004

A formal request to share the Roman Catholic cathedral in Cordoba with the city’s Muslims was not advanced to the... Read more

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“Holiness central to life and identity of every Bishop,” says Pope

Apr 28, 2004

Addressing bishops from the ecclesiastical provinces of Baltimore and Washington who end their ‘ad limina’ visit today, the Holy Father... Read more

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Evangelization of world requires 'experts' in the Eucharist, says Pope

Apr 28, 2004

“To evangelize the world there is need of apostles who are 'experts' in the celebration, adoration and contemplation of the... Read more

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Seek God’s face in prayer, says Pope

Apr 27, 2004

Pope John Paul II taught today that the way to attain the vision of God’s face in this life is... Read more

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“Still much to accomplish” to eliminate nuclear threat, says Vatican U.N. observer

Apr 27, 2004

Although the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) “has contributed to international peace and security, there is still... Read more

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“Join the world of science and culture to the truth of the faith,” exhorts Pope

Apr 26, 2004

This morning the Holy Father summoned “Ecclesiastical cultural institutions” to “welcome, study, apply and develop the consequences” of the teaching... Read more

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Long-awaited Compendium of Catechism in final stages, announces Vatican

Apr 26, 2004

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a valuable instrument for the transmission of the faith eagerly anticipated... Read more

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"Love for Christ is the secret of holiness," says John Paul II

Apr 25, 2004

The Holy Father urged young people to follow the model of the six servants of God he beatified this morning... Read more

Pope urges political leaders to follow the example of Giorgio La Pira

Apr 25, 2004

Representatives of the National Association of Italian Municipalities met with the Holy Father today to celebrate the centenary of Giorgio... Read more

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Holy See publishes clear rules to protect the celebration of the Eucharist

Apr 22, 2004

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, headed by Francis Cardinal Arinze presented "Redemptionis Sacramentum, On... Read more

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Cardinal: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Catholics

Apr 22, 2004

During a press conference on Friday, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline... Read more

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“Redemptionis Sacramentum” only reiterates norms already existing in the Church.

Apr 22, 2004

During the press conference in which the document "Redemptionis Sacramentum, On Certain Matters To Be Observed Or To Be Avoided... Read more

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Pope John Paul commends “creativity in charity”

Apr 22, 2004

"The mission you fulfill with admirable apostolic zeal is very precious,” said the Holy Father on receiving the Italian group... Read more

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Pope met with heads of the USCCB

Apr 21, 2004

Pope John Paul II received, in a private audience on Thursday morning, the leadership of the United States Bishops' Conference... Read more

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Prayer brings inner peace and serenity, Pope says

Apr 20, 2004

Explaining  Psalm 26 during his regular Wednesday General Audience, Pope John Paul II said that the true way to achieve... Read more

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Pope appoints two Papal delegates to the Centenary of Rome’s Synagogue

Apr 20, 2004

Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls announced on Wednesday that Pope John Paul will not be attending the ceremony... Read more