Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Pope Prays for Iraqi Victims

Pope John Paul II addressed his weekly audience earlier today by making a public appeal for the people of war-torn Iraq.

According to Catholic World News:
Pope John Paul went on to say that he prays for "those beloved Iraqi people who are working so hard to rebuild the institutions of their own land," and urged all Christians to cooperate in the process of reconstruction.

The Pope's remarks on Iraq came after a short catechetical address in which he commented once again on Psalm 48, continuing his remarks from the last week's audience. He spoke once again about "the illusion created by the idolatry of riches."

Read more: Pope prays for Iraqi victims of "barbaric" terror

Friday, October 15, 2004

Happy Anniversary

Saturday marks Pope John Paul II's 26th anniversary as the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church.

According to Beliefnet:
In contrast to last year's gala celebrations of his quarter-century in office, which included a twilight Mass at the exact hour of John Paul's election, a consistory to create new cardinals and the beatification of Mother Teresa, the 26th anniversary is a low-key event.

The Red Army Chorus will give a concert in the pope's honor in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Friday night, but Saturday will be a regular working day.

John Paul has been promised at least one 26th anniversary present, however -- a 1:5 scale model of the fire-engine red Ferrari F2004 Formula 1 racer that is in line to win both the constructors' and drivers' championships again this year.

Read more: Ailing Pope to Quietly Celebrate 26th Anniversary