Archive of May 15, 2009

President of Israel says ‘Pope’s entire message is positive’

May 15, 2009 - 11:19 pm .- Commenting on the Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land, the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, said on Wednesday: "The entire message of the Pope is positive and could spark important reflection."

Spanish bishops reaffirm that ‘abortion by pill is also a crime’

May 15, 2009 - 10:05 pm .- In response to a decision by the government to allow access to the morning-after pill without a prescription, the Spanish Bishops’ Conference issued a statement Thursday affirming that “abortion by pill is also a crime.”

New Hampshire Gov.’s same-sex ‘marriage’ religious freedom plan applies only ‘in some instances’

May 15, 2009 - 08:14 pm .- New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch on Thursday said he will sign a bill to recognize same-sex "marriages" contracted in the state if religious liberty protections are added to the bill. Backers of the proposal said they would make the requested changes, which would protect individuals and institutions only "in some instances."

Catholic protesters arrested at Notre Dame

May 15, 2009 - 05:38 pm .- Arrests of those protesting President Barack Obama’s speech and honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony have continued today. One Southern Baptist pastor reported that he witnessed an elderly priest being dragged on the ground by security.

Notre Dame seniors prepare for an ‘extraordinary’ commencement

May 15, 2009 - 04:00 pm .- For most college seniors, the weeks leading up to their commencement are filled with light-hearted fun and sentimental good-byes. The graduating seniors of the University of Notre Dame have experienced these and so much more as their college careers have drawn to a close. As one senior explained, “Things definitely have been much more different that I would ever have expected it to be.”

Majority of Americans now describes themselves as pro-life, Gallup Poll says

May 15, 2009 - 12:09 pm .- A new poll for the first time finds that a slight majority of Americans now call themselves "pro-life" regarding abortion. The poll also shows that a majority of Catholics once again consider themselves pro-life while the number of Americans who think abortion should be legal "under any circumstances" has declined.

Benedict XVI visits Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate, expresses hope for Christian unity

May 15, 2009 - 12:03 pm .- This morning the Holy Father visited the Armenian Patriarchal Apostolic Church of Jerusalem, where he was greeted by Patriarch Torkom Manoukian. The Pope assured the Armenian Community of his prayers and spoke of the need for Christian unity.

Bishop Aquila addresses Obama and Notre Dame on Fox News

May 15, 2009 - 10:38 am .- Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, said on national television May 14 that the University of Notre Dame is “ignoring their Catholic identity” by giving an honorary degree to President Barack Obama. Obama will speak at the university’s commencement exercises May 17 and receive an honorary degree.

CNA to report from Notre Dame campus

May 15, 2009 - 09:31 am .- This weekend, Catholic News Agency will be on Notre Dame campus providing exclusive coverage of protests and events relating to President Obama’s scheduled appearance at the school’s commencement ceremony this Sunday.

'Break the vicious circle of violence,' Pope pleads before departing

May 15, 2009 - 06:46 am .- Pope Benedict made the strongest appeal for peace of his entire trip as he prepared to depart for Rome on Friday. During his farewell speech at the Ben Gurion International Airport, the Pope stressed the need for universal recognition of Israel's right to exist and the Palestinians' “right to a sovereign independent homeland.”

Pro-Obama ‘political operators’ trying to divide Catholics, George Weigel claims

May 15, 2009 - 06:32 am .- Saying that Notre Dame is acting as if it is not a member of the local Church in its response to the controversy, Catholic commentator George Weigel has charged that "political operators" in the Obama administration are trying to divide Catholics from their bishops by co-opting Catholic intellectuals and their institutions.

High school cross country clinic to assist runners physically and spiritually

May 15, 2009 - 05:34 am .- St. Malo Retreat Center near Estes Park, Colorado will host a five-day clinic next month which will challenge high school runners athletically as well as spiritually.  

Leaders must nurture faith of families, work for unity, exhorts Holy Father

May 15, 2009 - 05:31 am .- After celebrating Mass in private at the apostolic delegation in Jerusalem, at 9 a.m. today the Holy Father traveled to the city's Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, where he attended an ecumenical meeting.  Meeting with the Christian leaders he encouraged them to “redouble our efforts to perfect our communion, to make it complete, to bear united witness to the love of the Father Who sends the Son so that the world may know His love for us."

Jesus is the peace the Holy Land longs for, Pope says

May 15, 2009 - 04:26 am .- Before he departs for Rome later this afternoon, Pope Benedict made sure to visit Christianity's holiest site—the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—where Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead. The Pope urged the people of the Holy Land to bury their sufferings in the empty tomb, since their “strife-torn land” can find the peace it yearns for in Jesus, the person who rose from it.

Catholic leaders call on Obama to remove ‘virulent anti-Catholic’ from advisory council

May 15, 2009 - 03:31 am .- A group of twenty Catholic and conservative leaders have written a letter to President Barack Obama protesting the appointment to his faith-based advisory council of a man they say is "a virulent anti-Catholic bigot." The letter lamented the president’s "failure to act" and called on him to remove the appointee.

Pope: Unity of Christians key to Jerusalem's vibrant future

May 15, 2009 - 02:58 am .- On Friday morning, after celebrating Mass in private, Pope Benedict XVI paid a visit to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilus III. The Holy Father spoke with the patriarch of his gratitude for efforts to achieve greater unity between their Churches and asked the Christians of Jerusalem to raise a generation dedicated to the faith.

Chilean government rejects foreign pressure to legalize abortion

May 15, 2009 - 12:43 am .- A high-level official of the Chilean government told journalists this week that the country would not bow to pressure from a report by the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights that suggests Chile should legalize abortion.

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