Archive of May 9, 2009

Obama plan to cut abstinence ed funding ignores ‘significant success,’ defenders say

May 9, 2009 - 08:44 pm .- President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget plan proposes to defund abstinence-only sex education initiatives, prompting defenders of the programs to say the plan ignores their "significant success."

Pope: Muslims and Christians must cultivate reason in ‘faith and truth’

May 9, 2009 - 05:47 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI told Jordanian leaders May 9 gathered at the Al-Hussein Bin Talal mosque that both Muslims and Christians face the challenge of cultivating human reason in the context of faith.

Mothers tell Congressmen about life-changing crisis pregnancy centers

May 9, 2009 - 03:59 pm .- As part of Heartbeat International’s "Babies Go to Congress" campaign, mothers brought their children to Congress on Wednesday to bring attention to the way crisis pregnancy care centers changed their lives and those of their children.

Theology on Tap attendees hear call to evangelize

May 9, 2009 - 03:39 pm .- If you think evangelization is a weird custom practiced only by fundamentalists, Mormons, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious enthusiasts, think again!  That was the message from noted Catholic author and apologist Patrick Madrid as he kicked off the spring season of Theology on Tap in Dayton on last month with a full audience of young adults.

Pope encourages Eastern Catholics to give witness

May 9, 2009 - 01:53 pm .- Shouts of “Viva il Papa” and “Benedetto” echoed through the Greek Melkite Cathedral of St. George as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated vespers and challenged Eastern Catholics to resolutely testify to the faith.

ABC interview ‘sensationalized’ Theology of the Body, Christopher West says

May 9, 2009 - 11:01 am .- Christopher West, a Catholic speaker on Catholic sexual ethics and the Theology of the Body, says the recent ABC television segment about him made understandable but "sensationalized" misrepresentations and distortions. In the interview, West was described as having as his "two big heroes" Pope John Paul II and Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.

Diocese of Phoenix excommunicates priest

May 9, 2009 - 05:54 am .- A priest from the Diocese of Phoenix has been excommunicated for joining a breakaway sect, it was announced on Monday.

Pope Benedict begins his pilgrimage on Mt. Nebo

May 9, 2009 - 03:52 am .- Standing on the mountain where Moses was shown the Promised Land, Pope Benedict XVI said “It is appropriate that my pilgrimage should begin on this mountain,” which should remind all Christians to “undertake a daily exodus from sin and slavery to life and freedom.”

Benedict XVI to give First Communion to 40 Iraqi children in Jordan

May 9, 2009 - 12:33 am .- During the Papal Mass on May 10 in Amman, Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI will give First Communion to 40 Iraqi children, according to the Secretary of the Chaldean Diocese of Jordan, Msgr. Raymond Moussalli.

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