Archive of May 11, 2007

Los Angeles archdiocese ordains first married priest

May 11, 2007 - 01:30 pm .- Cardinal Roger Mahony ordained the first married priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles May 6. About 700 people attended the ordination of Fr. William Lowe at Blessed Junipero Serra Church in Camarillo, including his wife of 44 years, Linda.

Cardinal urges Congress to continue funding abstinence programs

May 11, 2007 - 01:28 pm .- Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to maintain continued funding levels for abstinence education for young people.

Latvian cardinal calls on govt. to protect family values

May 11, 2007 - 01:24 pm .- In an open letter, Cardinal Janis Pujats, primate of the Catholic Church in Latvia, has called on the Latvian government to protect traditional family values “against the libertinism of homosexuals”.

Young people moved by encounter with Pope

May 11, 2007 - 01:16 pm .- Dominus, a local Catholic band from Sao Paulo, opened the encounter between the Pope and young people on Thursday night at the stadium of Pacaembu.  Young people from all over Brazil and from other countries, including Argentina, Mexico and Chile, filled the stadium to capacity to hear the Pope’s special message to them. 

Pope meets with President of Brazil at Sao Paulo governor’s mansion

May 11, 2007 - 01:14 pm .- On Thursday morning Pope Benedict XVI met with the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at the governor’s mansion of the state of Sao Paulo.

Benedict XVI holds ecumenical and inter-religious meeting in Brazil

May 11, 2007 - 01:02 pm .- On Thursday Pope Benedict XVI met with 12 representatives of different Christian confessions and of other religions at the Monastery of St. Benedict near Sao Paulo.  During the meeting, which was attended by several Orthodox archbishops, evangelical pastors, and Rabbi Sobel of the Paulist Israeli Congregation, Sheik Armando Hussein Saleh of the Islamic community of Sao Paulo gave the Holy Father his white mantle as a sign of fraternity.

Pope Benedict XVI to distribute 10 millionth copy of Child's Bible

May 11, 2007 - 12:59 pm .- While in Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI will hand out four copies of Aid to the Church in Need Child's Bible, God speaks to His Children, bringing the total number distributed in Brazil to 10 million copies.

El Salvador president calls on colleagues to listen to Pope on abortion

May 11, 2007 - 12:59 pm .- The president of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca, reaffirmed his pro-life position this week and said he was moved by Pope Benedict XVI’s defense of human life during his visit to Brazil this week, and he called on the presidents of Latin America to think twice about receiving the Eucharist if they support abortion.

Bishops say new Constitution of Ecuador should prohibit abortion and euthanasia

May 11, 2007 - 12:59 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador have called for the new Constitution to prohibit abortion, euthanasia and homosexual marriage, in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s call to “respect life” during his visit to Brazil.

Fatima celebrates 90th anniversary of apparitions

May 11, 2007 - 12:54 pm .- Hundreds of the faithful are heading to Fatima for the celebrations this Sunday of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to three shepherd children on May 13, 1917.

Heed the Pope and turn back from legalization of abortion, Mexican lawmaker urges

May 11, 2007 - 12:53 pm .- In statements to the Mexican daily “Cambio de Sonora,” a lawmaker from the Party of National Action (PAN) called on members of the Mexico City legislative assembly to reverse its decision to legalization abortion and to heed the words of Benedict XVI on the issue.

40,000 march against abortion in Guadalajara

May 11, 2007 - 12:38 pm .- More than 40,000 Mexicans took to the streets this week in Guadalajara to protest attempts by the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) to legalize abortion in the state of Jalisco, in the wake of the recent legalization of the practice in Mexico City.

Pope Benedict canonizes First Brazilian Saint and makes call for reconciliation with God

May 11, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- Today, before more than a million faithfull gathered at the Campo deMarte in Sao Paulo, Pope Benedict canonized Brazil's first native-bornsaint before hundreds of thousands of flag-waving followers in theworld's largest Roman Catholic nation. Pope Benedict made reminded thenecessity for reconciliation with God and among men, calling for cleanlives and clear souls.

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