Archive of May 14, 2009

Judge recognizes right of Spanish to object to ‘Education for the Citizenry’

May 14, 2009 - 09:02 pm .- A court in Zaragoza, Spain has recognized the right of a student at a local school to exercise conscientious objection against the course Education for the Citizenry, ruling she can exempt herself from the class.

Congo’s mineral resources illegally funding militant groups, priest says

May 14, 2009 - 07:28 pm .- A priest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has called on the Congolese government to stop the illegal exploitation of the country’s mineral resources which are being used to help fuel instability and fund militant groups in the region.

Spanish government is violating rights of parents to watch over the health of their children, warns political party

May 14, 2009 - 07:04 pm .- The Spanish Alternative political party has demanded that the country’s government withdraw a measure that would allow the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription, saying it “violates the right of parents to watch over the health of their children and endangers the health of girls and young women.”  

Would-be assassin of Pope John Paul II says he wants to be baptized

May 14, 2009 - 05:24 pm .- Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, now claims he would like to convert to Christianity after his release from prison. He says he wants to be baptized in a ceremony at the Vatican.

New video encouraging recitation of the Rosary surprisingly popular on YouTube

May 14, 2009 - 03:13 pm .- "May Feelings II" is a new video created by Belomasan Films which uniquely reminds those who pray the Rosary that they are not alone and it also encourages those who have not discovered the Marian prayer to give it a try.

Christians indispensable for Holy Land, Pope stresses

May 14, 2009 - 01:49 pm .- Wrapping up his time in Nazareth, Pope Benedict prayed in the grotto of the Basilica of the Annunciation and then met with bishops, priests and laity in the church. The Pope, reminding Christians of the power of the Annunciation despite its apparent insignificance, encouraged them to remain in the Holy Land, assuring them that they "have a part to play in God's plan for salvation."

Fargo bishop to appear on Fox News tonight

May 14, 2009 - 11:33 am .- Fargo Bishop Samuel J. Aquila is scheduled to appear on Fox News’ "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" tonight to discuss President Obama’s invite to speak at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement this Sunday.

Pope sings for peace at site of Muslim-Christian clashes

May 14, 2009 - 10:41 am .- Muslims, Christians, Jewish and Druze leaders met with Pope Benedict XVI in the auditorium of the Shrine of the Annunciation this afternoon. Thanking the leaders for their efforts to help form younger generations dedicated to peace, the Pope appealed for their cooperation in easing tensions over religious places of worship in Galilee.

Pope Benedict discusses two-state solution with Netanyahu

May 14, 2009 - 10:03 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday afternoon at the Franciscan Convent in Nazareth and spoke about ways to advance the peace process.

Holy Father visits Bethlehem children’s hospital

May 14, 2009 - 09:49 am .- Pope Benedict paid a visit yesterday to the Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem. In his address, he praised the staff for their charity and assured the patients that he "spiritually accompanies" them each day in his "thoughts and prayers."

White House reacts to critics of Obama’s Notre Dame honors

May 14, 2009 - 05:12 am .- The White House has responded to opposition to President Obama’s appearance at the University of Notre Dame, claiming that only "one group" is organizing a boycott and pointing to other groups who support the president’s commencement speech and reception of an honorary degree.

Pope turns to Holy Family to inspire peace in Nazareth

May 14, 2009 - 03:55 am .- This morning in the town where Jesus was raised by Mary and Joseph, Pope Benedict XVI called upon Christians to learn from the virtues of the Holy Family and to heal divisions caused by tensions between Christians and Muslims.

New York Assembly casts ‘terribly misguided’ vote to recognize same-sex ‘marriage’

May 14, 2009 - 03:01 am .- The New York State Catholic Conference has described the New York State Assembly’s Tuesday vote to recognize same-sex "marriages" as a "radical social experiment" that is "terribly misguided."

Notre Dame donor protest announces $14 million withheld

May 14, 2009 - 01:19 am .- Organizers of a group asking alumni and donors to withhold donations to the University of Notre Dame following its controversial commencement invitation to President Barack Obama claim to have confirmed nearly $14 million in donations have been withheld by those concerned about the university’s Catholic identity.

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