Vatican News

John Paul II to remember September 11 tragedy with American bishops

Sep 9, 2004

Pope John Paul II will meet tomorrow with various U.S. bishops on the occasion of the third anniversary of the... Read more

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Pope welcomes members of Schoenstatt movement

Sep 8, 2004

Pope John Paul II today welcomed 2,000 members of the Schoenstatt movement, a Catholic secular institute devoted to defending family... Read more

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Pope focuses Wednesday audience on children, especially those killed in Russia

Sep 7, 2004

Pope John Paul II invited the crowd gathered at this morning’s general audience in the Paul VI Hall, on the... Read more

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World needs peace, not violence, says Pope to inter-religious summit

Sep 7, 2004

In view of the third anniversary of September 11, 2001, Pope John Paul II strongly affirmed in a message to... Read more

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Cardinal Martino says world is living “Fourth World War.”

Sep 7, 2004

Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told the Italian daily “La Stampa” yesterday that... Read more

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New Catalan blessed is example for doctors, Pope says

Sep 6, 2004

This morning at Castel Gandolfo, Pope John Paul II said to pilgrims from the archdiocese of Barcelona that Blessed Pere... Read more

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Effective use of media essential for evangelization, Vatican official tells bishops

Sep 6, 2004

Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said during a seminar for bishops today that... Read more

Marriage is only between a man and a woman, Pope says to Canadians

Sep 5, 2004

Speaking on Saturday to Canada's new ambassador to the Holy See, Donald Smith, Pope John Paul II insisted - in... Read more

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Pope hopes "spiral of hatred and violence" will not prevail after Russian crisis

Sep 5, 2004

In a telegram sent in his name on Saturday Septemer 4 to Archbishop Antonio Mennini, representative of the Holy See... Read more

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Pope tells European youth to not be afraid of witnessing to Christ

Sep 5, 2004

In Loreto on Saturday, during a gathering of prayer and celebration, more than 15,000 young people listened to a recorded... Read more

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Pope to lay people: Holiness is greatest gift to Church and world

Sep 5, 2004

During the celebration of  a Mass on Sunday September 5 in Loreto in which he beatified the Servants of God... Read more

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Pope gives three "assignments" to laity: contemplation, communion, mission

Sep 5, 2004

At the end of the Angelus prayer after celebrating Mass in Loreto with 250,000 faithful, mostly members of the lay... Read more

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Schedule of Pope’s trip to Marian shrine of Loreto announced

Sep 2, 2004

The Vatican released the schedule of the Holy father’s pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Loreto this Sunday, September 5.... Read more

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Pope encourages US Catholics to be witnesses to hope despite sex scandal

Sep 1, 2004

During an audience this morning with bishops from Boston and Hartford, the Holy Father encouraged Catholics in the U.S. to ... Read more

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Pope urges release of French journalists, end of violence in Midle East, Russia

Aug 31, 2004

"It is with great sadness and concern," he said, "that I receive the grave news about the terrorist attacks in... Read more

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Idolatry is a temptation for all humanity, Pope says during general audience

Aug 31, 2004

Focusing on the second part of Psalm 113 in today's general audience, in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican,... Read more

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Pope’s prayer intentions for September focus on elderly and African church

Aug 31, 2004

The Holy Father's general prayer intention is: "That old people may be considered an asset for the spiritual and human... Read more

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Pope says Christians must bear witness even to the cost of suffering

Aug 29, 2004

During the Angelus yesterday, Pope John Paul II called on all Christians to be ready to bear witness to the... Read more

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Pope prays for persecuted Christians around the world

Aug 29, 2004

Pope John Paul II paid tribute to the martyrs of the faith and to the thousands of Christians around the... Read more

Pope releases message for WYD 2005, calls young people to be courageous witnesses

Aug 25, 2004

The Holy See Press Office released today Pope John Paul II’s message to youth for World Youth Day 2005, which... Read more