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Christians need personal encounter with the risen Christ, Pope says

Apr 13, 2004

During his first General Audience of this Easter Season, Pope John Paul II said before some 25,000 pilgrims that Christians... Read more

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Mary, model of Christians during Easter, Pope says on “Angel’s Monday”

Apr 11, 2004

Mary is the model of the Christian community during Easter, “who rejoices in the Easter of her Lord, the source... Read more

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Pope calls on Christians to be beacons of Christ’s hope, peace

Apr 11, 2004

In his Easter message delivered “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and the World) on Easter Sunday, Pope called on... Read more

Vatican slams communist China for imprisoning bishop

Apr 6, 2004

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Director of the Vatican Press Office, harshly criticized Communist China on Wednesday for the arrest and imprisonment of... Read more

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Pope calls Catholics to live intensively the Easter Triduum

Apr 6, 2004

During Wednesday’s general audience, Pope John Paul explained the importance of the Easter Triduum, which begins tomorrow on Holy Thursday,... Read more

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In Letter to Priests Pope calls for promotion of vocations especially among altar servers

Apr 5, 2004

In his brief Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2004, presented today at the Vatican, Pope John Paul asked priests... Read more

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Priests faithful to their vocation are magnet to new vocations

Apr 5, 2004

During the presentation on Tuesday morning of Pope John Paul’s Letter to the Priests, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of... Read more

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Cardinal Castrillon announces world conference on priesthood and holiness

Apr 5, 2004

At the end of the presentation of Pope John Paul’s Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos,... Read more

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Pope appeals to youth on Palm Sunday to proclaim the cross to the world

Apr 4, 2004

In an intense ceremony marked by the presence of thousands of young people waving palms, Pope John Paul II called... Read more

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Vatican: excluding believers from public issues is subtle form of religious intolerance

Apr 4, 2004

During the 60th session of the UN Human Rights Commission, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the... Read more

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Use a language capable of transmitting values, Pope tells University students

Apr 4, 2004

During his encounter with 3,000 young people participating in the UNIV International Congress 2004, Pope John Paul called on students... Read more

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Pope greets Costa Rican President, a strong Vatican ally

Apr 4, 2004

On Monday morning, Pope John Paul II received in audience the president of the Republic of Costa Rica, Abel Pacheco... Read more

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Renewing Church after sex scandal requires renewal of bishop’s office, Pope tells US Bishops

Apr 1, 2004

Addressing the first group of US Bishops on their Ad Limina visit, Pope John Paul said that the process of... Read more

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Pope reveals identity of his spiritual mentor

Apr 1, 2004

During a meeting with young people from Rome in preparation for World Youth Day, which will be celebrated on Palm... Read more

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Pope calls again for a strengthened role of UN

Apr 1, 2004

During the reception of the diplomatic credentials of the new ambassador of Lebanon, Naji Abi Assi, Pope John Paul II... Read more

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Cardinal Arinze reassures validity of Vatican II’s liturgical reform

Apr 1, 2004

During the presentation of a new book commemorating Vatican II’s document on the Sacred Liturgy, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of... Read more

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Vatican leaning toward support for genetically modified foods, says expert

Apr 1, 2004

Noted Vatican watcher, Sandro Magister, of the online journal, L’Espresso, says in an upcoming column that the Vatican is leaning... Read more

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Pope’s prayer intentions for April focused on solid priestly formation

Mar 31, 2004

The Vatican Press office announced today that Pope John Paul’s prayer intentions for April will be focused on solid priestly... Read more

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Materialism and violence threaten families around the world, Cardinal says

Mar 31, 2004

Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke on Thursday in Mexico City at the... Read more

Pope appoints new bishop for Richmond

Mar 30, 2004

Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, until now of Honolulu, as the new Bishop of Richmond, in... Read more