Guardian: Pope snubbed as Iranian rights lawyer wins Nobel peace prize (11-Oct-03)
An Iranian human rights lawyer who fell foul of her country's conservative clerics has won the Nobel peace prize, in what some see as a rebuff to the Pope, who was heavily tipped to win the prize… In Rome, the decision was seen as a humiliating rebuff for Pope John Paul II.
Something tells me the holy father won't be getting the Nobel prize for science either:
BBC: Vatican in HIV condom row (09-Oct-03)
The Catholic Church has been accused of telling people in countries with high rates of HIV that condoms do not protect against the deadly virus… In an interview, one of the Vatican's most senior cardinals Alfonso Lopez Trujillo suggested HIV could even pass through condoms… The cardinal, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, suggests that governments should urge people not to use condoms.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't we supposed to be at war with religious fanatics who are directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people? What a dangerous man. Peace prize my arse.