Archive of May 22, 2009

Vatican-Israeli fiscal agreement could be ready by year's end

May 22, 2009 - 08:42 pm .- The Custodian of the Holy Land, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, said this week that “conditions exists for finishing the fiscal agreement” between the Holy See and the State of Israel “by the end of this year.” He also reported that, “A good portion of the points have been resolved.”

Prop. 8 proponents ‘confident’ California Supreme Court will uphold marriage

May 22, 2009 - 04:38 pm .- The California Supreme Court has announced that next Tuesday it will issue its ruling on the three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the successful California ballot measure which restored the legal definition of marriage to be a union between a man and a woman.

Vatican newspaper finally reports on U.S. bishops’ criticism of Obama, Notre Dame

May 22, 2009 - 03:30 pm .- The Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, which has faced criticism from many pro-life U.S. Catholics for its positive assessment of Barack Obama’s presidency, finally reported today on the objection of U.S. bishops to both Obama’s pro-abortion record as well as to Notre Dame’s decision to invite him to its commencement speech.

Twelve Mexican states now protect right to life in their constitutions

May 22, 2009 - 02:57 pm .- The San Luis de Potosi State Congress in Mexico approved a measure Thursday reforming the State Constitution to protect the right to life of children from the moment of conception.

New Primate of England calls for respect for public expression of faith

May 22, 2009 - 01:22 pm .- During his installation as the new Primate of England and Wales, Archbishop Vicent Nichols of Westminster underscored the communitarian dimension of the faith and that “as a society,” “we must respect its outward expression.”

Clericus Cup final in Rome will be 'appetizer' for Champions League

May 22, 2009 - 11:01 am .- Romans will have their soccer appetite whet for the May 27 Champions League final—a match that will pit Manchester United against Barcelona—by Clericus Cup, a soccer tournament between the different groups of seminarians in Rome.

Holy Father urges Bulgaria and Macedonia to help build a Christian Europe

May 22, 2009 - 10:29 am .- The celebration of Sts. Cyril and Methodious, Greek missionary brothers who evangelized the Slavs, brought the presidents of Bulgaria and Macedonia to Rome on Friday. Pope Benedict received both of the presidents separately and encouraged them to take inspiration for building a peaceful, Christian Europe.

Holy Father to visit Cassino, Italy this Sunday

May 22, 2009 - 10:13 am .- The schedule for Benedict XVI’s May 24 visit to Cassino and Montecassino, Italy was released today.  On his agenda are Mass, a visit to the Montecassino abbey and a stop at the nearby Polish military cemetery.

Archbishop of Colombo calls for forgiveness after Sri Lankan civil war

May 22, 2009 - 06:29 am .- Following the Sri Lankan government’s declaration of an end to the country’s civil war, the Archbishop of Colombo called for forgiveness and unity. He also expressed his “deepest sympathies” to soldiers who died in battle and civilians trapped or killed by the war.

Oklahoma passes bill to ban abortions based on sex selection

May 22, 2009 - 03:16 am .- An Oklahoma bill to ban abortions based on an unborn child’s sex has been passed by the state legislature and now heads to the governor for signing.

Ireland Child Abuse Commission releases ‘disturbing’ report

May 22, 2009 - 12:27 am .- Ireland’s Child Abuse Commission has released its report on the physical and sexual abuse inflicted on thousands of children over the past 70 years by religious and lay staff of institutions caring for disadvantaged, neglected and abandoned children.

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