Archive of May 20, 2009

Papal visit to Holy Land renews hope amid conflicts and poverty

May 20, 2009 - 10:54 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land has renewed its peoples’ strength and hope despite its conflicts and its poverty, Caritas Jerusalem has said.

Nuncio to Israel says Pope’s heart close to the Holy Land

May 20, 2009 - 06:29 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said this week that in the wake of Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land, “We have felt the Pope’s heart close to the reality of the Holy Land, and for all Christians it was a marvelous experience.”

Editor of Vatican newspaper says ‘Obama is not pro-abortion’

May 20, 2009 - 06:24 pm .- The Editor-in-chief of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano explained today to Paulo Rodari, a Vatican analyst for the daily “Il Riformista,” that President Barack Obama’s speech to graduates of Notre Dame was very respectful and that he “is not a pro-abortion president.”

Installation of new Archbishop of Westminster to take place May 21

May 20, 2009 - 04:21 pm .- The new Primate of England and Wales, ArchbishopVincent Nichols, will be installed as the leader of the Archdiocese of Westminster on May 21 in London.

President of Honduras gives green light to morning-after pill

May 20, 2009 - 03:06 pm .- President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras has vetoed a decree that prohibited the sale of the morning-after pill in the country, thus giving a green light to the sale of the drug that prevents the implantation of a newly conceived child.

Congressmen call on Obama to honor pro-life consciences by keeping HHS regs

May 20, 2009 - 01:54 pm .- Two congressmen on Tuesday responded to President Barack Obama’s commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, calling on him to honor pro-life consciences by rejecting the possible cancellation of federal conscience protection rules for pro-life medical workers.

Pope plans to reach youth with Facebook profile and website

May 20, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, announced on Thursday the launching of a new website,, to reach out to young people and bring them into contact with Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope calls for Internet evangelists

May 20, 2009 - 11:21 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is calling upon young people to evangelize using the Internet as the Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Social Communications.

Philadelphia auxiliary named sixth bishop of Saginaw

May 20, 2009 - 10:32 am .- The newly appointed Bishop of Saginaw, Bishop Joseph R. Cistone, who has spent the last five years as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said today that he is excited to lead the Michigan diocese and emphasized the importance of Eucharistic Adoration.

Pope Benedict looks for resurrection of the Holy Land

May 20, 2009 - 10:02 am .- At his Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict XVI recalled his recent trip to the Holy Land. He told the 20,000 pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square that peace is possible in the Holy Land, with the help of faith.

Novelist’s Catholic thriller explores Church division in face of ‘secular spirit’

May 20, 2009 - 06:31 am .- A new novel by British author Piers Paul Read crafts a thriller story around terrorism, the 2005 papal election and the present-day conflicts within the Catholic Church. In an interview with CNA, Read explained how he drew on his experiences with liberation theology and “social Catholicism” to write his book, “The Death of a Pope.”

New Jersey diocese to investigate alleged miracle attributed to Carmelite sister

May 20, 2009 - 04:31 am .- The Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey on Monday opened an investigation into an alleged miracle believed to have been worked by Servant of God Mother Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, the foundress of the Germantown, New York-based Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.

Ultrasound technology and laws credited for pro-life shift

May 20, 2009 - 01:05 am .- Some doctors and pro-life leaders now say ultrasound technology is partly responsible for Americans’ gradual shift to identifying themselves as pro-life. Nebraskan legislators are now considering joining the many states which require that a woman considering an abortion be provided an ultrasound of her baby.

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