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Wall will not stop violence

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has criticised Israel's building of a wall to keep out Palestinians, and has called for a global movement against terrorism following deadly attacks in Iraq and Turkey...

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Vatican forum on GM food

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The head of the Vatican's justice and peace council opened a controversial seminar on genetically modified food last week acknowledging sharp differences of opinion and serious vested interests in promoting or excluding their use...

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Breaking the ice

VATICAN CITY (CNS): With the simple gesture of reverence for a Russian icon, Pope John Paul II and Russian President Vladimir Putin underscored their commitment to improving relations between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches...

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Saintly hopes

KALAUPAPA, Hawaii (Zenit): Mother Marianne Cope, a Franciscan nun whose mission in Hawaii was linked to that of Blessed Damien of Molokai, is on the road to being canonised a saint...

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Important to admit mistakes

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said it was important for the Church to acknowledge mistakes and shortcomings in its 2000-year history, and he encouraged others around the world to do the same...

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Cardinals inducted

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In ceremonies that combined solemn tradition and the cheers of the faithful, Pope John Paul II created 30 new cardinals and asked them to preach the Gospel "to all people, without exception" on every continent...

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Ruling to remove classroom crucifixes

R0ME (CNS): A judge in central Italy set off a debate involving Catholics, Muslims and politicians after he ordered the removal of crucifixes from classrooms in an elementary school...

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Pope seeks strength

VATICAN CITY (CNS): As the world offered congratulations and encouragement, Pope John Paul II celebrated a 25th anniversary Mass and prayed for the "wisdom, holiness and strength" to keep leading the Church...

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