May 18, 2009 - 11:07 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid presided at a solemn Mass last week honoring the city’s patron, St. Isidore, during which he defended the right to life of the unborn.
May 18, 2009 - 09:07 pm .- The Holy Father met with bishops from the Peruvian Episcopal Conference today who recently completed their “ad limina” visit and asked them to relaunch the missionary spirit and work for the unity of the entire Church.
May 18, 2009 - 06:57 pm .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain said last week that the country had little to celebrate on the World Day of the Family, on May 15, because "the government not only is not changing its policy against the family, it is intensifying it."
May 18, 2009 - 04:50 pm .- In a strong statement released today, the Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, blamed Fr. John Jenkins and the University of Notre Dame for betraying the true, original goal of Catholic higher education, not only by conferring a degree on President Obama despite his anti-life record, but for attempting a disingenuous justification for the invitation during his commencement speech on Sunday.
May 18, 2009 - 01:32 pm .- Today the daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano provided two different stories related to President Obama, one slightly positive on his visit to Notre Dame, and another one strongly critical on his stand regarding embryonic stem cell research.
May 18, 2009 - 12:59 pm .- The president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno, said during a press conference last week that celibacy “is not up for debate” at CELAM’s 32nd assembly nor “in the Church in general.”
May 18, 2009 - 12:31 pm .- After Judge John T. Noonan concluded his remarks at commencement, a provost of ND informed the crowd that this was the first time a past Laetare Medal winner had been invited back to speak at commencement. What the Provost failed to mention was the reason for Judge Noonan’s invitation: the honor was declined by its intended recipient because of the University’s decision to honor Obama.
May 18, 2009 - 11:55 am .- Today the Holy Father sent a message to the Italian Bishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia for the initiatives planned by the diocese to commemorate the fourth centenary of the death of the Jesuit Fr. Matteo Ricci, who died in Beijing, China on May 11, 1610.
May 18, 2009 - 10:41 am .- Reflecting on his trip to the Holy Land, Pope Benedict XVI praised the openness of the people to inter-religious dialogue, the ecumenical atmosphere and the desire for peace in the region.
May 18, 2009 - 10:28 am .- Following a devastating fire which ravaged the campus of the University of Notre Dame in 1879, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of the University proclaimed to his brother priests, “If it were all gone, I would still not give up!”
May 18, 2009 - 09:26 am .- Nearly 200 Catholics prayed at Holy Rosary Church in downtown Indianapolis as President Obama addressed graduates of the University of Notre Dame yesterday afternoon.
May 18, 2009 - 07:30 am .- Patricia McGuire, President of Trinity University in Washington D.C., accused pro-lifers protesting Obama's speech at Notre Dame of being "Catholic vigilantes" that are turning back the clock to pre-Vatican II times, when supposedly the Church had no respect for academic freedom.
May 18, 2009 - 01:56 am .- Statistically, each fall, many students stop practicing their faith. In order for a student to maintain or grow in his or her faith, it must be nourished. Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) missionaries Eric Clark and Amanda Anderson recognized this truth, and by the grace of God, took it upon themselves to assist in this nourishment.