Archive of May 4, 2009

‘Roe’ says Obama sets poor example for Notre Dame graduates

May 4, 2009 - 08:20 pm .- Norma McCorvey, the woman who was the “Jane Roe” in the U.S. legal decision “Roe v. Wade,” has said Notre Dame's choice of President Barack Obama to be the commencement speaker gives its graduates a poor example. She also expressed surprise more parents have not pulled out of commencement.

Pro-life buses to operate in 51 cities in Spain until June

May 4, 2009 - 05:37 pm .- Right to Life in Spain announced on May 1 that it is launching a “Tour for Life,” consisting of three buses that will travel through 51 Spanish cities between May 1 and June 15, 2009. The buses will feature information on abortion and alert people to the government’s plan to liberalize the country’s law on the issue.

‘VITAE Monologues’ play depicts real-life effects of abortion

May 4, 2009 - 04:25 pm .- A new play called the VITAE Monologues aims to portray the traumatic effects of abortion in “real-life” stories about women and men.

Activists vandalize parish under construction in Bolivia

May 4, 2009 - 03:04 pm .- A new parish being built in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz was attacked for the second time last week by a group of activist residents. The activists are said to be linked to the Socialism Movement of President Evo Morales and to Igualitaria University, which is seeking to use the same terrain to expand its campus.

EWTN to provide TV, radio and internet coverage of Holy Land visit

May 4, 2009 - 01:17 pm .- Those wanting to follow Pope Benedict XVI’s historic trip to the Holy Land will be able to tune in to EWTN’s television, radio or internet broadcasts and walk with the Pope in the footsteps of Jesus.

Fiat gives Pope special vehicle for visit to earthquake region

May 4, 2009 - 01:07 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI used a vehicle that was especially commissioned by Fiat for his visit to the region of Abruzzo on April 28, where he comforted victims of the earthquake that struck the region on April 6.

Israeli-Vatican talks continue as papal trip nears

May 4, 2009 - 11:46 am .- Days before Pope Benedict’s trip to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s Bilateral Permanent Working Commission and the State of Israel held a plenary meeting at the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs to discuss Church taxation as well as the restoration of Christian sites in the Holy Land.

Priests must ‘abide in Christ’ through prayer, Pope teaches

May 4, 2009 - 10:37 am .- On the fourth Sunday of Easter, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass at the Vatican Basilica and conferred priestly ordination on 19 deacons for the Diocese of Rome.  In his homily, the Holy Father cautioned of a “worldly” mentality and emphasized the importance of prayer and imitating Christ.

Pope says he goes to the Holy Land ‘as a pilgrim of peace’

May 4, 2009 - 10:27 am .- Members of the Papal Foundation met with Pope Benedict on Saturday and heard him speak about his trip to the Holy Land later this week. He told the foundation that he will go as "a pilgrim of peace" to a land that has been marred by violence and injustice for 60 years.

Italian president honors Pope with concert on his fourth papal anniversary

May 4, 2009 - 10:23 am .- Celebrating the fourth anniversary of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano offered a concert for him last Thursday.  The evening included music from the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the Choir of Milan, conducted, respectively, by Xian Zhang and Erina Gambarini.

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