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Isabel of Spain: Worthy of Canonization, Christendom College Founder Carroll Says

Front Royal, Va., May 3, 2008 (CNA) - Christendom College’s Founding President Dr. Warren H. Carroll delivered a lecture entitled, Isabel of Spain: The Catholic Queen to the college community on April 28. The lecture, which was based on his popular book of the same title, concluded a series of history lectures held this spring.
 
"Queen Isabel was the greatest woman ruler in history and made her country of Spain the supreme power in the world of her time," Carroll said at the beginning of his lecture.
 
“She is Spain’s national heroine. She sent Christopher Columbus on his epochal voyage of discovery across the Atlantic Ocean, where he found America and thereby changed history. The Pope gave her the title la Catolica, which means ‘the Catholic.’ All her life she was a woman of profound humility and prayer,” he said.
 
A convert to Christianity, Carroll was educated at Bates College and received a Doctorate of History from Columbia University. After founding Christendom College, he served as the College's president until 1985 and then as the chairman of its History Department until his retirement in 2002. He is the author of numerous historical works including The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution,1917: Red Banners White Mantle, and his major multi-volume work The History of Christendom.
 
The lecture focused on the many great moments of Isabel’s life—a life worthy of canonization, according to Carroll.
 
He explain that “her contemporaries uniformly and repeatedly testified to her extraordinary virtues, as have most historians since, Catholic or secular. Even those who vehemently disagree with some of her policies (such as her establishment of the Spanish Inquisition) cannot deny her spotless moral integrity, the harmony of her life with her faith, and the justice and benevolence of most of her rule.”
 
Carroll spoke of the many challenges that Isabel faced not just as queen, but also as a mother. Her only-son died young and her eldest daughter died at childbirth. Her second daughter went insane. “The succession of tragedies was Isabel’s cross,” Carroll said, “which she carried as true Christian.”
 
“Studying the life of Queen Isabel will inspire your children, because her life shows that in the midst of a corrupt culture, a person of virtue and determination can change history." Carroll said.
 
“Isabel’s life and virtues have special importance in an age like ours,” Carroll concluded. “Her achievements as a woman will surely appeal to an age, which is giving special emphasis to the scope of women’s potential to contribute to society... Her care and concern for foreign peoples of different race should appeal greatly in an age, which has lavished care and concern on such people. Yet the memory of Isabel must be as incompatible with compromise on any fundamental tenet of Catholic faith and morals as Isabel herself would have been.”
 
You can listen to this evocative lecture and all previous lectures at Christendom on iTunes U. Visit www.christendom.edu for more information.

Printed with permission from Christendom College.

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Pope Benedict to vacation in Australia before World Youth Day

Sydney, Australia, May 3, 2008 (CNA) - This July, Pope Benedict XVI will spend three extra days resting in Australia before heading to Sydney for World Youth Day 2008.

Mandy Higgins, media coordinator for the massive youth event, said in a statement that Pope Benedict’s trip to Australia will be the longest journey of his papacy.  He will spend eight days there, five of which will involve World Youth Day activities.

Pope Benedict will leave Rome on July 12 and arrive in Australia on Sunday, July 13.  He will return to the Vatican on July 21.

Bishop Anthony Fisher, Coordinator of WYD08, said he was “delighted” the Pope would spend more time in Australia. 

“We were asked to nominate a suitable location for his stay and have recommended somewhere serene, beautiful and suitable for the leader of the world’s Catholics.”

“He will have the opportunity to see some of Australia’s beautiful flora and fauna,” Bishop Fisher said.

The bishop said the location would not be disclosed.

According to Bishop Fisher, Australia will be only the third nation to have been visited by each of the three “traveling Popes,” Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI.  He said the United States and Turkey were the other two countries to have been visited by all three pontiffs.

Pope Benedict will be officially welcomed into Sydney at a harborside ceremony on Thursday, July 17.

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Bishop Quinn to hold memorial Mass for 25 aborted babies

Detroit, Mich., May 3, 2008 (CNA) - On Saturday Bishop John Quinn of Detroit will offer a funeral Mass for twenty-five babies whose bodies were recovered from garbage dumpsters behind an abortion clinic.

In March Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, who heads the group Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, videotaped the contents of several bags of trash removed from the back of a Lathrup Village abortion clinic named Womancare of Southfield.  The graphic video shows bloody surgical materials, hypodermic needles, private medical records, and the remains of aborted human babies.

“This is no ordinary funeral,” said Father Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, writing in his column on priestsforlife.org.  “There are still too many of our fellow citizens who don’t even acknowledge that the people who will be buried this Saturday are people at all. To mourn their deaths publicly, therefore, is not just to honor them, but to sound a wake-up call to our nation that we are living amidst the biggest holocaust of all time.”

He called upon priests to alert their congregations of the burial of these children who were “brutally, legally killed.”

“Abortion has become too abstract,” Father Pavone continued.  “The word has lost its meaning. The conceptual knowledge that children are being killed is no longer enough to awaken many people to action. We need the funerals, we need to see the bodies, we need to hear the disgusting details of the abortions in order to be roused out of our moral slumber and end this killing once and for all.”

According to Father Pavone, Alberto Hodari, the head of the abortion clinic where the bodies were found, also threw patient medical records into the dumpster.  “Sadly, that is the only issue on which he may get into trouble,” he said.

“When society will punish a man for the pieces of paper he threw in the garbage but excuse him for throwing babies into that same garbage, we have become guilty of straining the gnat and swallowing the camel,” Father Pavone said.

Father Pavone said that two weeks after the funeral, pro-life advocates in Dallas will pray at a grave of 1,300 babies.  They have prayed at the grave there for 25 years in a row.

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