Archive of May 16, 2014

Death sentence for Christian in Sudan draws global criticism

May 16, 2014 - 05:30 pm .- A pregnant woman who was raised as a Christian has been sentenced to execution by a Sudanese court that contends she has apostatized from Islam, drawing worldwide condemnation.

Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope's visit

May 16, 2014 - 01:28 pm .- A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26.

Heresies sprout from getting lost in 'ideas,' Pope warns

May 16, 2014 - 11:53 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis explained that it takes more than intellectual assent to truly get to know Jesus – we must also develop a personal relationship of joy through prayer and works.

Pope Francis postpones engagements due to cold

May 16, 2014 - 08:13 am .- The Holy See announced that Pope Francis’ activities today have been canceled due to a minor cold, and that his weekend visit to a Roman shrine is also postponed so he can rest before going to the Holy Land.

Israeli parliament lauds John XXIII as example of unity

May 16, 2014 - 05:42 am .- In an unprecedented session held earlier this week, members of the Israeli parliament praised St John XXIII for his efforts in improving Jewish-Christian relations, both before and during his pontificate.

New book outlines non-religious view against 'gay marriage'

May 16, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Using non-religious arguments, a new book says that “gay marriage” is just the latest in a cultural trend of rationalized sexual misbehavior that is undermining society and suppressing those who object.

Italian bishop's abortion clinic remark draws criticism

May 16, 2014 - 02:04 am .- An Italian bishop's comment that appeared to denigrate pro-life advocates who pray at abortion clinics drew criticism from a pro-life leader in the U.K., who said their witness helps save lives.

Focolare movement still working for goal of a united world, leader says

May 16, 2014 - 12:08 am .- Ecclesial movements’ work to promote peace should be “an effort to witness” that it is possible, according to Maria Voce, president of the Focolare movement.

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