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Pope will not go to Mexico, but will close International Eucharistic Congress via satellite

Jul 4, 2004

The  Vatican Press office announced on Saturday that Pope John II will not go to Mexico to participate at the... Read more

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Jewish-Catholic Committee meets in Argentina

Jul 4, 2004

The 18th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, organized by the Holy See Commission for Religious Relations with Jews... Read more

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Common resolution signed by Pope and Orthodox Patriarch confirms "desire to reach full communion"

Jul 1, 2004

At the end of their meeting yesterday afternoon, Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I signed a Common... Read more

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In farewell meeting Pope and Orthodox Patriarch vow to remain in "communion in prayer and fraternal charity."

Jul 1, 2004

The Holy Father and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I together gave thanks to God for the fraternity and  signified... Read more

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General Assembly agrees to upgrade status of the Holy See at the UN

Jul 1, 2004

Yesterday, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the General Assembly adopted a Resolution, submitted as a presidential text,... Read more

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Pope prays for "spiritual" vacation season, young churches

Jun 30, 2004

The Holy Father's general prayer intention for the month of July is: "That all those who are able to benefit... Read more

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Mary Ann Glendon says "poor can't wait," speaking on behalf of the Holy See

Jun 30, 2004

Speaking on behalf of the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, has voiced... Read more

Pope wishes peace, freedom and prosperity on new Iraq

Jun 29, 2004

Pope John Paul II today expressed his wishes and prayers for the new Iraq on the occasion of the transfer... Read more

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In shared homily, Pope and Orthodox leader expressed commitment to work for unity

Jun 29, 2004

Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I delivered a shared homily expressing their respective commitments... Read more

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Pope explains significance of the Pallium received yesterday by 44 Archbishops in today’s general audience

Jun 29, 2004

The Holy Father explained, in today's general audience in St. Peter's Square, the significance of the Pallium which he imparted... Read more

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Pope calls on Orthodox Patriarch to walk toward reconciliation and beyond painful memories of past confrontations

Jun 28, 2004

Pope John Paul II welcomed His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Patriarch of Constantinople, this morning to mark the 40th anniversary... Read more

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Pope speaks about holiness of marriage before Prince and Princess of Asturias

Jun 27, 2004

John Paul II welcomed Their Royal Highnesses, Felipe and Letizia de Borbon, Prince and Princess of Asturias, to the Vatican... Read more

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Pope appoints two new Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of New York

Jun 27, 2004

John Paul II today appointed Msgrs. Gerald T. Walsh, of the clergy of New York,  and Dennis J. Sullivan, also... Read more

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Sports must promote human spirit, not mere business, Pope says

Jun 27, 2004

The Holy Father affirmed the call of the Christian to be a witness to Christ in sports, to 7000 participants... Read more

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Pope to take vacation from July 5 to July 17

Jun 27, 2004

The Holy Father will go to the Valle d'Aosta region in the Italian Alps from July 5 to 17 for... Read more

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Pope encourages Catholics to pray for Christian unity in wake of meeting with Orthodox Patriarch

Jun 27, 2004

During yesterday’s Angelus the Holy Father encouraged Catholics to pray for Christian unity after he announced that on June 29,... Read more

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Pope condemns the evil of torture

Jun 27, 2004

After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father recalled that the World Day Against Torture was celebrated yesterday, and he urged... Read more

Europe’s future depends on the institution of the family, says Pope

Jun 24, 2004

In an address today to participants in the European Symposium of University Professors, the Holy Father strongly affirmed that “Europe’s... Read more

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Pope praises Malta’s faith, says it has vital role of upholding Christian identity of Europe

Jun 24, 2004

The Holy Father received recently elected President Edward Fenech Adami of Malta this morning and through him sent his “heartfelt... Read more

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Sports and tourism aid mutual understanding and development, says Pope

Jun 24, 2004

The Holy Father has written a letter on the virtues of sports and tourism and the contribution they make to... Read more