Archive of May 13, 2009

N. American Martyrs advance in Clericus Cup soccer tournament

May 13, 2009 - 11:11 pm .- Athletes representing the Pontifical North American College are one step closer to the 2009 Clericus Cup in a soccer tournament that pits teams of priests and students from various Roman seminaries against each other.

Vatican analyst underscores ‘surprising originality’ of Pope in Holy Land

May 13, 2009 - 08:51 pm .- In his latest column, Italian Vatican analyst Sandro Magister underscores the “double surprise” that Pope Benedict XVI caused on the first day of his trip to Israel by explaining two important issues: the conditions for peace and security, and the issue of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.

African bishops show support for Pope Benedict’s condom comments

May 13, 2009 - 06:44 pm .- African bishops are throwing their support behind Benedict XVI regarding his March comments on the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS.

Benedict XVI pleas for an end to intolerance and exclusion

May 13, 2009 - 05:09 pm .- As the Holy Father left the Palestinian Territories today, he thanked the faithful for their hospitality and encouraged "openness and generosity" and asked for an end to "intolerance and exclusion."

Father Jenkins praises graduating seniors’ response to Obama controversy

May 13, 2009 - 05:04 pm .- University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins has written to the Graduating Class of 2009, praising their conduct over recent weeks in the debate over the school’s commencement invitation to President Obama. Defending the university’s commitment to the sanctity of life, he argued President Obama’s invitation would help cultural engagement.

Pastors cannot negotiate with the ‘world,’ says Argentinean cardinal

May 13, 2009 - 04:04 pm .- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, encouraged members of the Bishops’ Conference this week to serve the people as pastors, but to avoid falling into the temptation of the “prudence” of the world, “a prudence born of the surrender to riches, vanity and pride.”

Holy Father prays for refugees in Bethlehem, encourages reconciliation for peace

May 13, 2009 - 01:08 pm .- On Wednesday afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, home to Muslims and Christians. The Pope expressed his solidarity with "all the homeless Palestinians who long to be able to return to their birthplace, or to live permanently in a homeland of their own."

Catholics in Costa Rica collecting signatures against gay ‘marriage’

May 13, 2009 - 12:23 pm .- Last Sunday at various parishes in the capital of Costa Rica, volunteers began collecting signatures demanding that a referendum be held in the country on the issue of gay unions.

Don't be afraid to break ‘stalemate of fear’ Pope tells Palestinians

May 13, 2009 - 09:45 am .- At the site where tradition holds that Jesus' was born, Pope Benedict proclaimed, "do not be afraid" as he challenged the faithful to commit to building "a culture of peace to replace the present stalemate of fear, aggression and frustration."

Pope backs Palestinian state, urges youth to turn from violence

May 13, 2009 - 08:07 am .- Palestinians hoped that if the Pope came to the Holy Land he would visit them, and today they got their wish as Benedict XVI went to Bethlehem. After being received by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Pope stressed the Holy See's support for a Palestinian state and urged the youth to spurn violence, turning their energies to work for peace.

Archbishop Burke: Catholics could not have voted for Obama with ‘clear conscience’

May 13, 2009 - 06:03 am .- Returning to Rome after addressing the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Archbishop Raymond F. Burke said in an interview that a Catholic who knew Obama’s "clearly announced" agenda on life issues and marriage could not have voted for him "in clear conscience."

Catholic higher ed association president sees ‘degree of ambiguity’ in bishops’ guidelines

May 13, 2009 - 04:19 am .- The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU) has said there is a "degree of ambiguity" in bishops’ guidelines which say Catholic institutions shouldn’t honor individuals who act in defiance of fundamental Catholic moral principles.

Parents upset over promotion of homosexuality in Spanish grade school

May 13, 2009 - 01:53 am .- The organization, Segovia for Education in Freedom, has voiced concern from parents with children attending a Catholic public school where the students are being exposed to gender ideology through a theatrical play as part of the course, Education for the Citizenry.

Clinton struggles to produce evidence to confirm Brazilian abortion story

May 13, 2009 - 12:41 am .- Last month Secretary of State Hilary Clinton told Congress that half of the women she had seen in Brazilian hospitals "were fighting for their lives against botched abortions." After her comments she was asked to produce evidence as to when she had visited the hospitals or statistics to back her claim, but neither she nor her staffers have been able to produce any evidence.

Bolivian cardinal demands respect for Catholic faith and freedom of worship

May 13, 2009 - 12:17 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Cardinal Julio Terrazas, has demanded that the Catholic faith and freedom of worship be respected in Bolivia, in the wake of the destruction of a chapel in the Diocese of El Alto.

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