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Pope mourns death of Italian soldiers in suicide attack in Iraq

Nov 11, 2003

Pope John Paul II sent a telegram Wednesday to Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, president of the Italian Republic, after a suicide... Read more

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God is not indifferent to our sufferings, Pope says during General Audience

Nov 11, 2003

Commenting on Psalm 141, “You are my refuge,” Pope John Paul II reminded Christians during this Wednesday’s general audience celebrated... Read more

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Vatican official calls depression “one of the main killers of our time”

Nov 11, 2003

Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, announced on Wednesday the program and goals... Read more

Pope recalls heroic resistance of Polish workers to Communism

Nov 10, 2003

Pope John Paul II received on Tuesday representatives from the Polish trade union “Solidarnosc” (Solidarity), founded on Christian ethics and... Read more

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Vatican says Sept. 11 had dramatic impact on migration

Nov 10, 2003

The terrorist attacks of September 11 changed dramatically the attitude toward immigrants, said Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary of the Pontifical... Read more

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Pope presides at 143rd ceremony of beatification, 1,320 blessed

Nov 9, 2003

On Sunday, Pope John Paul reached the record number of 1,320 blessed during the ceremony of beatification of Juan Nepomuceno... Read more

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Vatican insists: Europe must recognize contribution of Christianity

Nov 9, 2003

A Vatican representative participating at the 113th session of the Committee of the Ministers of the Council of Europe, recently... Read more

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Pope tells PLO Christians to reject terrorism, serve Palestinian people

Nov 9, 2003

On Monday Pope John Paul II received a delegation of Christian Palestinians from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), calling on... Read more

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Human mind goes beyond the brain the Pope says

Nov 9, 2003

During an audience with the members of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences –which  is celebrating its  400th anniversary—Pope John... Read more

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Stem cell yes, but not from human embryos, the Pope says

Nov 9, 2003

During  the audience with the members of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences gathered in Rome these days, Pope John... Read more

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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