May 11, 2009 - 11:45 pm .- The Archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, has prohibited the reception of communion in the hand in three parishes of his archdiocese and has asked priests to be on the watch for those who may be abusing the Eucharist.
May 11, 2009 - 09:20 pm .- A Catholic bishop on Sunday blessed an unmarked mass grave in Belfast which had been inadvertently leased out. Unbaptized babies and those who had committed suicide had been buried on the land.
May 11, 2009 - 05:26 pm .- A new pro-life video listing famous people who have been adopted has received initial acceptance for broadcast on the closing episode of "American Idol."
May 11, 2009 - 04:40 pm .- EWTN is planning to host its 10th free Family Celebration August 8 – 9. Families who attend can expect to hear speakers such as Raymond Arroyo and Danny Abramowicz, participate in a taping of “Crossing the Goal” and take advantage of opportunities for confession and Eucharistic Adoration.
May 11, 2009 - 04:06 pm .- On Friday, during Pope Benedict’s flight from Rome to Amman, Jordan, he briefly answered questions from journalists accompanying him on his journey on the topics of peace in the Holy Land, inter-religious dialogue and the decline of Christians in the region.
May 11, 2009 - 02:56 pm .- The Guanajuato State Legislature in Mexico approved a measure last week amending the state’s constitution to protect human life from abortion and euthanasia.
May 11, 2009 - 01:50 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI met with representatives of inter-religious dialogue groups in Jerusalem on Monday evening, telling them that religious differences are a "wonderful opportunity" for people of different faiths to live together in mutual encouragement in the ways of God. He added that religious belief presupposes truth, which is not a threat to tolerance but rather a common criterion offered to all.
May 11, 2009 - 12:46 pm .- In a touching ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial this afternoon, Pope Benedict took another step in his efforts to reach out to the Jews by remembering those who died in the Shoah. The Holy Father also reiterated that the Catholic Church is committed to "praying and working tirelessly to ensure that hatred will never reign in the hearts of men again."
May 11, 2009 - 11:28 am .- This afternoon in Jerusalem, Pope Benedict was received by President of Israel Shimon Peres at his residence. After a private meeting between the two heads of state, Peres delivered a speech stressing the need to separate violence from religion, while Pope Benedict asserted that true security can only be found when justice that protects the human dignity of all is exercised.
May 11, 2009 - 10:51 am .- On Saturday, the Holy Father traveled to the town of Madaba, Jordan where he blessed the cornerstone of the University of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
May 11, 2009 - 10:20 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City announced last week that Sunday Mass and normal parish activities will resume as efforts to contain the swine flu epidemic have begun yielding results.
May 11, 2009 - 05:01 am .- "Even though the name Jerusalem means 'city of peace,' it is all too evident that, for decades, peace has tragically eluded the inhabitants of this holy land,” Pope Benedict said in Israel, as he called for “every possible avenue” to be pursued to find peace.
May 11, 2009 - 03:48 am .- Bringing his time in Jordan to a close, Pope Benedict XVI bid the country farewell at the Queen Alia airport on Monday morning. He said that the events of the visit will remain “firmly etched” in his memory and thanked King Abdullah for his willingness to allow the Christian community to grow in Jordan.