Archive of May 18, 2009

Cardinal Rouco defends right to life of unborn

May 18, 2009 - 11:07 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid presided at a solemn Mass last week honoring the city’s patron, St. Isidore, during which he defended the right to life of the unborn.

Pope urges Peruvian bishops to relaunch the missionary spirit and to seek unity of the Church

May 18, 2009 - 09:07 pm .- The Holy Father met with bishops from the Peruvian Episcopal Conference today who recently completed their “ad limina” visit and asked them to relaunch the missionary spirit and work for the unity of the entire Church.

Spain has little to celebrate on World Day of the Family, institute warns

May 18, 2009 - 06:57 pm .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain said last week that the country had little to celebrate on the World Day of the Family, on May 15, because "the government not only is not changing its policy against the family, it is intensifying it."

Fr. Jenkins, Notre Dame betrayed true goal of Catholic education, archbishop says

May 18, 2009 - 04:50 pm .- In a strong statement released today, the Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, blamed Fr. John Jenkins and the University of Notre Dame for betraying the true, original goal of Catholic higher education, not only by conferring a degree on President Obama despite his anti-life record, but for attempting a disingenuous justification for the invitation during his commencement speech on Sunday.

Vatican newspaper praises and criticizes Obama in two separate news stories

May 18, 2009 - 01:32 pm .- Today the daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano provided two different stories related to President Obama, one slightly positive on his visit to Notre Dame, and another one strongly critical on his stand regarding embryonic stem cell research.

President of CELAM says celibacy in the Church not up for debate

May 18, 2009 - 12:59 pm .- The president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno, said during a press conference last week that celibacy “is not up for debate” at CELAM’s 32nd assembly nor “in the Church in general.”

Mary Ann Glendon honored by ND student group

May 18, 2009 - 12:31 pm .- After Judge John T. Noonan concluded his remarks at commencement, a provost of ND informed the crowd that this was the first time a past Laetare Medal winner had been invited back to speak at commencement. What the Provost failed to mention was the reason for Judge Noonan’s invitation: the honor was declined by its intended recipient because of the University’s decision to honor Obama.

Pope praises Matteo Ricci’s evangelization in China

May 18, 2009 - 11:55 am .- Today the Holy Father sent a message to the Italian Bishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia for the initiatives planned by the diocese to commemorate the fourth centenary of the death of the Jesuit Fr. Matteo Ricci, who died in Beijing, China on May 11, 1610.

Benedict XVI reflects on Holy Land visit

May 18, 2009 - 10:41 am .- Reflecting on his trip to the Holy Land, Pope Benedict XVI praised the openness of the people to inter-religious dialogue, the ecumenical atmosphere and the desire for peace in the region.

ND rally celebrates graduates, praises 'sanctity of life'

May 18, 2009 - 10:28 am .- Following a devastating fire which ravaged the campus of the University of Notre Dame in 1879, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of the University proclaimed to his brother priests, “If it were all gone, I would still not give up!” 

Indiana Catholics pray for President Obama during ND graduation

May 18, 2009 - 09:26 am .- Nearly 200 Catholics prayed at Holy Rosary Church in downtown Indianapolis as President Obama addressed graduates of the University of Notre Dame yesterday afternoon.

Small university, founded on the Catholic tradition, unleashes against ND critics

May 18, 2009 - 07:30 am .- Patricia McGuire, President of Trinity University in Washington D.C., accused pro-lifers protesting Obama's speech at Notre Dame of being "Catholic vigilantes" that are turning back the clock to pre-Vatican II times, when supposedly the Church had no respect for academic freedom.

FOCUS saint households nourish NDSU students

May 18, 2009 - 01:56 am .- Statistically, each fall, many students stop practicing their faith. In order for a student to maintain or grow in his or her faith, it must be nourished. Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) missionaries Eric Clark and Amanda Anderson recognized this truth, and by the grace of God, took it upon themselves to assist in this nourishment.

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