Archive of April 17, 2008

Jews and Christians have common spiritual ties and hope for peace, says Pope

Apr 17, 2008 - 11:10 pm .- In a meeting following his session with leaders of non-Christian religions, Pope Benedict gave a special greeting to the Jewish leaders. He underlined the common spiritual heritage of the two faiths and asked for cooperation between the two faiths in working to achieve peace, particularly in the Middle East and the Holy Land.

Obama says domestic terrorist like pro-life Senator

Apr 17, 2008 - 10:04 pm .- While countering charges he was closely connected to a former domestic terrorist, Senator Barack Obama compared the former Weather Underground member William Ayers to a pro-life Senator who proposed considering the death penalty for abortionists, Cybercast News Service reports.

Benedict XVI lauds religious freedom, interreligious dialogue

Apr 17, 2008 - 07:41 pm .- In a meeting with interfaith leaders at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C on Thursday evening, Pope Benedict XVI praised American traditions of religious freedom and religious involvement in public life.  He also encouraged inter-faith cooperation and dialogue as a way of both building mutual understanding and the strengthening society....

Sex abuse victims get chance to meet with Pope Benedict

Apr 17, 2008 - 07:36 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has now raised the topic of the sex abuse scandal three times in the last two days, and on Thursday afternoon, he held a private meetings with a group of sex abuse victims.

Impact of papal visit positive for clergy and laity alike

Apr 17, 2008 - 07:00 pm .- The largest crowd in history arrived at the white house lawn yesterday to greet Pope Benedict XVI, the first visit by a Pontiff to the White House in 29 years.

Pope tells Catholic educators that without truths of Christ, schools are not Catholic

Apr 17, 2008 - 05:42 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI in his Thursday evening address at Catholic University of America, delivered a speech in which he emphasized that Catholic education should lead to an encounter with Jesus, who teaches us the truth. Any failure to do so leads Catholic institutions to fall short of their Catholic identity, Benedict said. 

Church has not changed position on political activities of Paraguayan bishop, says Nunciature

Apr 17, 2008 - 05:18 pm .- The Apostolic Nunciature in Paraguay has issued a brief statement indicating that “the position of the Catholic Church expressed in documents from the Holy See and the Paraguayan Bishops’ Conference regarding the canonical status and partisan political activities of Bishop Fernando Lugo has not changed.”

Pope’s brother sends birthday greetings from Germany

Apr 17, 2008 - 02:16 pm .- On Wednesday, April 16, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger sent birthday greetings from his hometown to his brother Pope Benedict XVI, who is currently visiting the United States.

Argentinean cardinal to speak at International Eucharistic Congress

Apr 17, 2008 - 01:28 pm .- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been invited to address the Spanish-speaking faithful that will be in attendance at the International Eucharistic Congress in June in Quebec.

Thousands march against abortion in Sao Paulo

Apr 17, 2008 - 12:39 pm .- Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of Sao Paulo recently to protest a law that would legalize abortion in the country and to reaffirm that most Brazilians are pro-life.

European Council demands abortion be legalized in all member countries

Apr 17, 2008 - 10:30 am .- The Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council has approved a resolution demanding that the 47 member states “legalize abortion if they have not done so already”, guarantee the so-called “right” to the killing of the unborn, and lift restrictions against abortion.

Marines perform "Inno e Marcia Pontificale"

Apr 17, 2008 - 10:17 am .- Wednesday at the White House, the United States Marines greeted Pope Benedict by performing the Pontifical March, "Inno e Marcia Pontificale" and the US National Anthem.

Benedict XVI calls for renewal of American Church and evangelization

Apr 17, 2008 - 10:07 am .- Before a crowd of 50,000 people from around the United States, Pope Benedict XVI described the Church in America and society as a whole as being at a crossroads. American Catholics must use this moment to seek conversion, the power of the Holy Spirit and as a chance to bring the witness of Christ to a society in crisis, he said.

Winning the Catholic vote could win the election for presidential candidates

Apr 17, 2008 - 09:06 am .- With a record of favoring eight of the last nine presidential election winners and a population that makes up about 20 percent of the electorate, Catholic voters could swing the national election in November, CNN reports.

Catholics approve of Pope Benedict, but don’t attend Mass

Apr 17, 2008 - 06:41 am .- A new poll reports that more than eight out of ten adult Catholics in the United States are satisfied with the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI.  Of these same Catholics, the poll reports, about 23 percent attend Mass weekly, while the oldest observant Catholics share with the youngest observant adults a high level of devotion to their faith.

In address to Russia, Pope Benedict recalls shared martyrdom

Apr 17, 2008 - 04:38 am .- Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday released a message to Russia by way of a documentary that aired on a government-run television station in Moscow.  The Pope lauded Russia’s “magnificent spirituality,” saying that the martyrdoms of both Catholic and Orthodox Christians in Russia during the last century showed the need to restore Christian unity.

Pro-life Democrat Senator Robert Casey defends Obama endorsement

Apr 17, 2008 - 02:55 am .- Senator Robert Casey, Jr., a pro-life Democrat representing Pennsylvania, has defended his decision to endorse Senator Barack Obama, a staunch advocate of abortion rights, in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Cybercast News Service reports.

Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha’s cause for sainthood going to Vatican

Apr 17, 2008 - 01:23 am .- Monsignor Paul Lenz has informed CNA that on Thursday, he will submit the Cause for the Canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha to the Vatican. Tomorrow, April 17, is the feast day of the Native American blessed.

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