Archive of May 8, 2009

Archbishop Burke says U.S. choosing to renounce ‘faithful foundation’

May 8, 2009 - 08:50 pm .- Archbishop Raymond Burke, delivering an address to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Friday, said President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion policies have damaged the family and charged that Notre Dame’s invitation to the president was the source of "the greatest scandal."

Diocese issues ‘Q & A’ to explain termination of dissenting catechist

May 8, 2009 - 03:53 pm .- In response the backlash that occurred following the termination of a Madison catechist due to her "serious dissent" from Church teachings, the diocese has produced a "Q & A" document to clarify any confusion or rumors which have surfaced following the incident.

Pope traveling to Holy Land to promote peace and hope, says nuncio

May 8, 2009 - 12:56 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said this week, "My hope is that Benedict XVI’s visit" to the Holy Land will "give a decisive boost to peaceful coexistence in justice."

Holy Father encourages suffering Jordanians to trust in God

May 8, 2009 - 11:03 am .- Earlier today Pope Benedict stopped at a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities in Jordan's capital of Amman, where he acknowledged the trials of the young people and encouraged them to draw “strength from God.”

Pope urges Romanian archbishop to draw on John Paul II’s teachings to face country’s struggles

May 8, 2009 - 10:20 am .- Benedict XVI has sent a message to Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest, Romania, for the celebrations taking place to mark the tenth anniversary of John Paul II’s visit to the country in May 1999. He encouraged him to draw on the teachings of the late Pontiff in order to face "the great challenges of our time."

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Pope arrives in Jordan, emphasizes peace is possible

May 8, 2009 - 08:21 am .- Shepherd One touched down at Queen Alia airport on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. as Pope Benedict XVI began his visit to the Holy Land. The Holy Father emphasized that he is coming as a pilgrim and that a downward spiral into violence is not the inevitable outcome for the region.

Follow Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land with CNA’s special coverage

May 8, 2009 - 09:10 am .- In conjunction with Pope Benedict XVI’s historic trip to the Holy Land, Catholic News Agency has launched a special web site to provide complete coverage of this significant event for the Church and world:

Obama is both ‘Angel and Demon’ at the Vatican, Magister says

May 8, 2009 - 05:02 am .- In an article published this morning, Italian Vatican analyst Sandro Magister notes that, while L'Osservatore Romano has praised Barack Obama for his "moderation," two scholars from the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences have harshly criticized the U.S. President for his position on life issues.

U.S. bishops launch new campaign against embryonic stem cell research

May 8, 2009 - 01:46 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Wednesday launched a campaign to oppose embryonic stem cell research and support ethical cures, encouraging citizens to contact Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Pope Benedict XVI to offer prayers in Bethlehem for children of Gaza

May 8, 2009 - 12:09 am .- During his apostolic trip to the Holy Land, Pope Benedict XVI will offer special prayers for the children of the Gaza Strip during the Mass he will celebrate in Bethlehem on May 13.

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