Sports Charities hosts Fun Run/Ride Norbuck Park White Rock Lake

July 30, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) -Sport Charities, a Pro-life ministry is to host a “Fun Run/Ride” to be held at White Rock Lake’s, Norbuck Park this Saturday, July 31st.  The event will start at 7am.

Look for the Blue Ford Explorer with the Sports Charities sign on the side in the Norbuck Park parking lot. They will have bagels, juice, water and the NEW SHIRTS!!! The park is located at the corner of Northwest Hwy and Buckner Blvd.

They are planning a 9 mile ride around the lake, led by Steve Niles, a 1.5 mile walk and a 3 mile run.
Here are directions…
Directions from the Northwest Hwy:
Northwest Hwy turn South on Buckner Blvd. Exit E. Lawther Dr. Proceed to stop sign and turn left under Buckner Blvd. Parking lot is straight ahead.
Directions from Mockingbird Lane:
Mockingbird Lane to East side of lake. Go over Buckner and turn left on the service road. Park will be on your right.
Directions from the South:
Buckner Blvd. North. Exit Mockingbird Ln/Peavy Rd. Stay on service road past Mockingbird. Park is on the right.

Sports Charities was formed by Marc and Susan McKinney to help charities with their fundraising through sports activities.  Some of the charities benefiting  from Sport Charities events are Birth Choice, Catholic Pro-life Committee of Dallas and the White Rose Women’s Center.  Sports Charities offices are located in McKinney, TX. Marc and Susan became involved in the pro-life movement as prayer partners during the 40 Days for Life campaign in 2009. They are active in the pro-life committee of their parish, St. Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney. Their goal is to have a nationwide presence for the Pro Life Teams and help finance the many pro-life organizations in the U.S.

For information, contact Marc McKinney at [email protected] or 972-369-2400.  The clubs are open to all who are interested, of any or no religious faith; so invite anyone you know to run or bike for life!

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Complaint Filed Against Kagan at Supreme Court

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Larry Klayman, the founder of corruption watchdog Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch public interest law groups, has filed a complaint before the U.S. Supreme Court at the behest of pro-life organization Declaration Alliance, asking that the high court disbar Elena Kagan.

Kagan, while she was an Associate White House Counsel in the Clinton administration, falsified an expert medical report, prepared by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). In this report, ACOG had originally found that partial birth abortion was in fact not medically necessary to save the life of a woman, but Kagan changed the report’s finding to say that it was an appropriate procedure under some circumstances. This altered report was then relied upon by the U.S. Supreme Court in striking down legislation banning partial birth abortion.

In filing the complaint, Klayman issued the following statement:

    “Elena Kagan, a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, has defrauded the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result, her membership to practice before the Court should be revoked and the matter referred to the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. How, then can Ms. Kagan be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a seat on the high court, when in reality she should not even be allowed to practice in front of it?

    “The rules of legal ethics require her disbarment and I intend to pursue it, to set an example that prospective and sitting judges, or anyone in the legal profession or otherwise, are not above the law.”

Klayman represents the Declaration Alliance, a national non-partisan social welfare organization founded in 1996 by Ambassador Alan Keyes. The details of Ms. Kagan’s misconduct are most exhaustively detailed in a report prepared by the Americans United for Life Action, available online at www.aul.org/featured-images/Kagan-Ethics-Report.pdf

For more information call 310 595 0800 or visit www.declarationalliance.org

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Theology of the Body Institute Honors Five with Awards for Distinguished Achievement

July 30, 2010

First-ever awards recognize Theology of the Body pioneers

PHILADELPHIA (MetroCatholic) — On Thursday night in Philadelphia, the Theology of the Body Institute recognized a group of five organizations and individuals for pioneering work in the advancement of the teachings of Venerable Pope John Paul II on human sexuality. During the awards banquet at the first National Theology of the Body Congress, the Institute presented the 2010 Theology of the Body Institute Awards for Distinguished Achievement to educators Valentine and Ann Coelho, of Goa, India; Fr. Richard M. Hogan, pastor of the Church of St. Raphael, in Crystal, Minn; the Daughters of St. Paul, of Boston, Mass.; the Theology of the Body International Alliance, of San Antonio, Texas; and Ruah Woods, an education center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Photo: Theology of the Body Institute Award of Distinguished Service Winners include, from left, Leslie Kuhlman, Rush Woods Education Center; Sister Mary Mark Wickenhiser, Pauline Books and Media; Ann and Valentine Coelho, Goa India; Anastasia Northrop, Theology of the Body International Alliance; and Fr. Richard M. Hogan, Church of St. Raphael, Crystal, Minn.

“As we prepared for this first National Theology of the Body Congress, the planning committee and the Theology of the Body Institute Board felt it was important to recognize organizations and men and women who have been pioneers in the advancement of the teaching of the Theology of the Body,” said Institute Chairman of the Board David Savage.

“The decisions were not easy for this first year,” Savage added. “But each of the recipients have been true trailblazers - in ways unique to their individual and organizational missions - in promoting and helping others understand the Theology of the Body. We are thrilled to recognize them for their miraculous work in advancing the Theology of the Body throughout the world.”

The winners of the 2010 Theology of the Body Institute Awards for Distinguished Achievement include:

The Daughters of St. Paul, Boston, Mass. — From 1981 through 1986, the sisters published four collections of John Paul II’s weekly Wednesday teachings, as originally reported in L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper. For almost a decade, this collection was the definitive reference for Theology of the Body teachings. In 1997, Pauline Media and Books — the order’s publishing arm — combined the books into one volume: “The Theology of the Body — Human Love in the Divine Plan.” That landmark edition marks the first use of “Theology of the Body” for John Paul II’s teachings. Today, the Pauline catalog includes more than a dozen volumes relating to the Theology of the Body. The Daughters were recognized for this truly visionary contribution to the Church.

Fr. Richard M. Hogan, Crystal, Minn. — Fr. Hogan was a second-year seminarian when Venerable Pope John Paul II began his series of 129 weekly talks, which collectively are the Theology of the Body. He became one of the first authors to publish work on the teachings. His first piece appeared as early as December, 1981 in the inaugural issue of Fidelity Magazine. Father then went on to co-author “Covenant of Love: Pope John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage, and Family in the Modern World,” with former classmate, now-bishop of New Ulm, Minn., Bishop John M. LeVoir. Many believe this book was the first to popularize the Theology of the Body teaching for a general audience. Over the past 29 years, he has continued to write, teach and speak on the Theology of the Body. His latest book is “Theology of the Body: What It Means, Why It Matters.”

Theology of the Body International Alliance (TOBIA), San Antonia, Texas — Texas native Anastasia Northrop and other leaders around the country formed TOBIA in 2003 as a vehicle to provide TOB resources to everyone interested in the teaching. TOBIA currently has more than 500 members in 40 states and 25 countries. Members are involved in both studying the works of John Paul II and implementing his thought and theology into various areas of life including ministry with engaged couples, young adults, teens, pro-life work, street evangelization and more TOBIA was recognized for its pioneering and ongoing work in networking and supporting ministries around the world through its providing of TOB resources, and for their early and continued leadership in sponsoring national forums and conferences to spread the Theology of the Body throughout the United States.

Ruah Woods, Cincinnati, Ohio — Ruah Woods is an education center focusing on the Theology of the Body that opened in 2009. It is an independent lay initiative, but has received strong support from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In less than two years, Ruah Woods has trained approximately 400 students to teach the Theology of the Body in their dioceses and parishes. A new initiative at the center is gearing up to offer Theology of the Body for Teens training to teachers - and mentorship to students — in Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Ruah Woods was recognized for its leadership in providing comprehensive and consistent delivery of Theology of the Body training programs in a diocesan community.

Valentine and Ann Coelho, Goa, India — After listening to a tape about the Theology of the Body 10 years ago, the Coelhos began learning all they could about the teaching, and sharing that knowledge throughout their native India. They have presented seminars to Indian priests, nuns, seminarians, doctors, youth and college groups, and couples at Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter weekends. Married for 25 years with five children, the Coelhos were recognized for their tireless efforts to spread the Theology of the Body throughout India.

For more information on the 2010 Theology of the Body Institute Awards for Distinguished Achievement, the first National Theology of the Body Congress or the Theology of the Body Institute, please contact Christine Schicker with The Maximus Group at 404-610-8871.

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HuffPo Gets Religion Wrong Again Presents view of “liberal” Christianity that, not surprisingly, isn’t Christianity at all.

July 30, 2010

(Culture and Media Institute) By Katie Bell

If his latest blog on Huffington Post is any indication, ordained Baptist minister Brad R. Braxton was obviously sleeping through seminary. How else to explain the flat inaccuracies and new ideas he expounded on one of the oldest religions on the planet?

Just as liberals think nothing of twisting the U.S. Constitution to affirm their latest cause célèbre, Braxton’s argument suggests that we do what we want and let Christ catch up.

“Could it be, however, that we follow Jesus most faithfully when we walk ahead of Jesus? I argue for a progressive Christianity that extends the meaning and mission of Jesus into the present and future, rather than promoting an obsession with the past,” Braxton said.

The writer would remake Jesus in Braxton’s own politically liberal image and recast the meaning of His message to fit whatever Braxton feels is important.

“Consequently,” Braxton wrote, “those of us who bear Jesus’ name should creatively replicate Jesus’ progressive stance. Following Jesus requires us to turn our faces as much to the present and the future as to the past. The good news of the gospel is progressively unfolding itself and inviting us to proceed with faith and flexibility, instead of unyielding set of narrowly defined, rigid doctrines,” Braxton said.

To that end, he challenged the inerrancy of Scripture, and argued for its “continual reinterpretation,” presumably until he finds an interpretation he likes. He was untroubled by the Bible’s clear admonition in Revelation 22:18-19 that man is not to add nor take away from Scripture.

Braxton and his ilk are even inventing their own nomenclature to avoid being confused with the fundamentalist Neanderthals they so disdain.

“Yet in light of the media’s assumption that all evangelicals are fundamentalist or conservative, many progressive Christian leaders are now modifying the word “evangelical” with the adjective “prophetic,” thereby creating the term “prophetic evangelical,” Braxton said.

Why stop there? Why not reinvent Jesus himself in whatever image suits you at the time. Indeed, Braxton argued just that.

“Furthermore, my interfaith conversations have revealed how exclusive approaches to Christian scripture frustrate interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Colleagues in other religious traditions have indicated to me the problematic nature of certain biblically-sponsored conceptions of Christian evangelism. For example, Christian evangelism that presents Jesus Christ as the only way, the only truth, and the only life perpetuates, even if unintentionally, a genocidal impulse. This exclusive claim can represent the desire to eliminate all “religious others” such as Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Jews by converting them into Christians.”

How awkward! If only salvation could be more like a weight-loss program, wherein you choose the plan best for you.

True to form, the ‘Religion’ section of the Huffington Post is a religion section that hates religion, in particular, fundamental Christianity.

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Rep. Chris Smith’s New Bill is Necessary to Restore Abortion Funding Neutrality

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — D.C. Family Research Council Action today praised U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for introducing bipartisan legislation to codify federal abortion funding restrictions that have been greatly undermined this year. With passage of a health care law that will fund and subsidize abortion, and with efforts by pro-abortion senators to open up military bases to abortion, Rep. Smith is introducing legislation to enact a government-wide abortion funding ban.

Family Research Council Action Senior Vice President Tom McClusky praised the bill with the following comments:

“In the last year, we have seen President Obama and pro-abortion congressional leaders make repeated attempts to eviscerate the long-agreed line on federal funding of abortion.  They began by enacting the abortion funding health care law and are now advancing an abortion agenda that includes turning our military hospitals into abortion facilities.

“The American people have responded swiftly and emphatically that their hard earned dollars should not be used to pay for other peoples abortions.   We applaud Congressman Smith and numerous Members on both sides of the aisle for responding to the concerns of the American people by introducing a measure that applies an abortion funding ban across the federal government.

“The American people, regardless of their views of abortion’s legality, should not be forced to pay for someone’s abortion. The Smith bill would protect the American taxpayer and restore the traditional ban on government funding of elective abortion.

“Despite recent claims by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will not fund abortion, even the non-partisan Congressional Research Service agreed yesterday that there is no statutory prohibition on funding abortion in the high risk pools.  Both pro-life and pro-abortion groups agree that the courts are likely to require federal abortion funding unless the law says differently which is why passage of Congressman Smith’s abortion funding neutrality bill is so essential.

“We applaud all the Democrats and Republicans cosponsoring the Smith abortion funding ban, and urge all Americans to support this commonsense effort to restore government funding neutrality on abortion,” concluded McClusky.

Source: Family Research Council Action

CONTACT:  J.P. Duffy of Family Research Council Action, +1-202-679-6800

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California Abortionist Accused of Homicide in Patient Death

July 30, 2010

Rutland blames Operation Rescue/local activists for his troubles while failing to take responsibility for his own negligence

SAN DIEGO, July 30 (MetroCatholic) — The Medical Board of California amended a complaint on Wednesday against troubled abortionist Andrew Rutland to include the charge of homicide in the death of Ying Chen. The action came after the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reclassified Chen’s death as a homicide in June.

A revocation hearing before the Medical Board is scheduled for February, 2011.

Rutland had committed a second trimester abortion on Ying Chen at a dirty, unlicensed acupuncture clinic in San Gabriel, California, during which he administered an overdose of lidocaine. He failed to recognize the symptoms of the overdose and the patient went into cardiac arrest. He and his staff were untrained and unequipped to handle the medical emergency. After a “significant delay” in contacting 911, the woman was transported to a local hospital where she died six days later. Chen’s death was originally classified as accidental.

Rutland has a long history of Board discipline and other problems. His medical license was revoked in 2003 for severing a baby’s spinal column during a forceps delivery, then lying to the parents by telling them that their baby suffered a stroke. The baby later died. His license was reinstated in 2007 and Rutland was placed on 5 years probation with the restriction that he operate only under the supervision of another physician.

Last October, Operation Rescue reported that Rutland was violating his probation by engaging in the solo practice of medicine at an abortion clinic in Chula Vista. We asked our supporters to contact the California Medical Board and demand that his medical license be revoked.

On November 3, 2009, an Inspector from the California Medical Board attempted to inspect Rutland’s stock of drugs and his records at his Chula Vista clinic, but was refused access by Rutland’s staff.

In January, the Medical Board asked for an emergency suspension of Rutland’s license until the Board could work through the lengthy process to finalize revocation. During that hearing, a judge blocked Rutland from doing abortions, but allowed him to continue office consultations.

Operation Rescue learned in February that Rutland was continuing to administer the abortion pill and contacted the Board with the evidence. Judge James Ahler later amended his order to allow Rutland to continue to the chemical abortions, as long as he did not engage in surgical abortions.

In response the reclassification of Chen’s death as a homicide, Rutland sent an angry letter to a list of elected officials and others, including Oprah Winfrey, demanding an investigation into “clandestine collaborations of national antiabortion group organizations and local antiabortion activists with the Medical Board of California.” Rutland singles out Operation Rescue and complains that we used “clandestine political collaborations” to force several abortionists out of business. He opines that everyone from the Medical Examiner, to the hospital, to the police officer who investigated Chen’s death were all involved in some plot against him.

“Rutland has proven himself to be a dishonest man who presents an ongoing danger to the public. It was his own negligence and attitude that he is above the law that has landed him in repeated trouble with the Medical Board,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

“Rutland complains his problems are somehow the result of an anti-abortion plot. He is upset that authorities would hold him accountable to the law, but what he really wants is to be treated as if no laws apply to him. People are dying due to his shoddy work and Operation Rescue is proud of any small part we may have played in bringing him to justice.”

Read Amended Complaint
Read Rutland’s Letter (courtesy of CaliforniaWatch.org)

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CRCOA Chairman Says Pro-Life Catholics Should Picket Knights of Columbus Convention

July 30, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA (MetroCatholic) - Pro-life Catholics in the Washington, D.C., area should picket the 2010 Knights of Columbus annual convention this August 3-5 over the group’s refusal to expel pro-abortion politicians, says Kenneth M. Fisher, founder and chairman of Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

“Pro-life Catholics should make sure that every Knight at the convention knows that the leaders of the Order have refused, in writing, to stop harboring pro-abortion politicians in the Knights,” says the Southern California-based Fisher. He cited a letter that the Knights’ Supreme Counsel and General Advocate, John A. Marrella, wrote to Massachusetts State Deputy William F. Donovan on April 15.

Fisher points out that in the letter, Marrella warned that “subordinate councils” must leave the disciplining of pro-abortion Knights up to the Supreme Council - yet at the same time, Marrella also wrote, “If the public figure’s bishop has not excommunicated him for his public positions on issues relating to matters of faith and morals, it would be highly inappropriate for the Knights of Columbus to do so.”

“So the Supreme Council is insisting that nobody in the 1.4 million-strong order can do anything at all about the pro-abortion politicians right in their midst,” says Fisher. “That is preposterous. Besides, expelling a member is not ‘excommunicating’ him - and you can bet the Knights would rightly kick out racists and criminals.”

“In fact,” continues Fisher, “the Knights do expel members - pro-life members, such as my friends John O’Gorman and Danny Levine, who brought attention to the scandal. And after all, the late Cardinal John O’Connor once said the Knights do not have to wait for the bishops to discipline erring Knights.”

Fisher urges all D.C.-area Catholics, and all Knights, to speak up and tell the Supreme officers to stop hiding behind the bishops, to admit that excommunication is not a requirement for expelling a member, and to create an Order-wide policy that pro-abortion politicians are no longer welcome and Supreme will boot out all such members brought to its attention.

Fisher asks all D.C.-area Catholics and Knights who are interested in picketing the Aug. 3-5 convention to contact him for information at (714) 491-2284 / Cell: 714-260-3821, [email protected].

Those who would like a copy of the above mentioned letter are urged to contact Fisher or to write to:

CRCOA, Inc.
13966 Glenn Dr.
Whittier, CA 90605

Nat. Right to Life: New Abortion Rule Proves Defects in Health Law

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) -  The Obama Administration, caught in a spotlight of publicity generated by mid-July releases from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), today issued a formal regulation that will prevent federal funding of elective abortions in just one of the new programs created by the health care bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23.

At issue is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), also known as the “high-risk pool” program, which is one of many programs created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  The high-risk pool program is completely federally funded ($5 billion), and may cover up to 400,000 people when fully implemented. 

“Without blinking, the Obama Administration had approved high-risk pool plans submitted by at least three states that would have funded virtually all abortions - until NRLC raised the alarms starting on July 13,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.  “In the regulation issued today, the Administration tells states that elective abortions may not be covered in the high-risk pool program - but simultaneously, the head of the White House Office of Health Reform, Nancy-Ann DeParle, issued a statement on the White House blog explaining that this decision ‘is not a precedent for other programs or policies given the unique, temporary nature of the program . . .’”

“This entire episode demonstrates what National Right to Life said in March - there is no language in the new health care law, and no language in Obama’s politically contrived March 24 executive order, that effectively prevents federal subsidies for abortion on demand,” Johnson said.  “This means that unless Congress repeals the health care law or performs major corrective surgery on it, there will be years of battles, as each new program is implemented, over how elective abortion will be covered - and the White House is suggesting that today’s policy will not necessarily be applied when implementing the other programs, some of which will cover far larger populations.”

“Lawmakers who voted for the gravely flawed bill must be held accountable, because we warned them that it left numerous doors open for federal subsidies for abortion,” Johnson said.

On July 23, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report confirming that neither the PPACA (the health care law signed by Obama), nor the March 24 executive order on abortion, nor the longstanding Hyde Amendment, prevent the use of funds in the new high-risk pool program from being used to cover all abortions, but added that the law does give the Secretary of HHS authority to impose “any other requirements determined appropriate by the Secretary” with respect to the high-risk pool program.  The CRS report is posted here: www.nrlc.org/AHC/CRSReportAbortionandHighRiskPools.pdf

In a July 22 report, http://www.factcheck.org/ found that NRLC’s initial July 13 warning, which focused initially on abortion coverage in the HHS-approved plan submitted by Pennsylvania, was well founded.  “It would be easy to miss the fact that Pennsylvania’s official solicitation called for coverage of all state-legal abortions,” FactCheck.org observed.   The FactCheck.org report is posted here: www.factcheck.org/2010/07/taxpayer-funded-abortions-in-high-risk-pools/

On July 14, the Associated Press confirmed a NRLC report that New Mexico was enrolling people in the new program with a prospectus that explicitly covered “elective abortions.”  On July 16, NRLC confirmed that Maryland was also signing up enrollees based on a document that pointed to abortion coverage.

Some pro-abortion advocacy groups, and some members of Congress have suggested that the Administration should allow the new high-risk pool program to pay for abortions with “private funds.”  NRLC’s Johnson commented, “It is a political scam to suggest that a federal program can pay for abortions, or anything else, with ‘private funds.’  When a federal program pays for abortions, that is federal funding of abortion.  To claim otherwise would be particularly absurd with respect to the high-risk pool program, since ‘the program is entirely funded by the federal government,’ as Nancy-Ann DeParle, head of the White House Office of Health Reform, noted in her statement posted on the White House blog today.  Any funds collected from enrollees become federal funds once the government has them, and when they are spent, that is federal spending.”

To arrange an interview with NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson or Senior Legislative Counsel Susan T. Muskett, J.D., please call (202) 626-8820 or (202) 626-8825, or send e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected].

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is the nationwide federation of nonpartisan right-to-life organizations, with affiliates in all 50 states, comprised of about 3,000 local affiliated organizations.

BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR AUGUST

July 30, 2010

VATICAN CITY, 30 JUL 2010 (VIS) - Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for August is: “That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties”.

His mission intention is: “That the Church may be a ‘home’ for all people, ready to open her doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious discrimination, hunger or wars forcing them to emigrate to other countries”.

PAPAL, HOLY SEE HIGHLIGHTS FOR APRIL - JULY 2010

July 30, 2010

VATICAN CITY, 30 JUL 2010 (VIS) - Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of April to July 2010.

APRIL

9: The Vatican Information Service (VIS), apart from its daily news bulletin, acquires its own blog which includes news items from the last few years in Spanish, English, French and Italian. The blog also allows access to the Vatican’s Twitter account and YouTube portal. The website is: www.visnews.org.

12: The Vatican website, under the section “Focus”, publishes a guide to understanding the procedures of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on sexual abuse allegations towards minors.

15: Holy Father receives in audience prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (Northern Region II), at the end of their “ad limina” visit.

15: Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, presides at Mass for Polish President Lech Kaczynski and other victims of the air accident that occurred on 10 April in Smolensk, Russia.

16: Czech Cardinal Tomas Spidlik S.J. dies at the age of 90.

17-18: Benedict XVI makes an apostolic trip to Malta.

18: Beatification of Servant of God Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos, priest of the order of the Society of Jesus, at the cathedral of Valladolid, Spain.

19: Fifth anniversary of Benedict XVI’s election as Pope. On 19 April 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, succeeding Pope John Paul II, became the 264th successor of St. Peter.

24: Holy Father receives the Letters of Credence of Charles Ghislain, the new ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See.

25: Beatification of Servant of God Angelo Paoli, priest of the order of Carmelites of the Strict Observance, at the papal basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

25: Beatification of Servant of God Jose Tous y Soler, priest of the order of Capuchin Friars Minor and founder of the Institute of the Capuchin sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd, at the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, Spain.

25: Good Shepherd Sunday and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

29: Holy Father receives the Letters of Credence of Jean-Pierre Hamuli Mupenda, the new ambassador to the Holy See of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

29: Holy Father receives in audience prelates from Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, at the end of their “ad limina” visit.

30: Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer O.S.B., president emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, dies at the age of 98.

MAY

2: Holy Father makes a pastoral visit to the Italian city of Turin, for the exposition of the Holy Shroud.

4: Cardinal Luigi Poggi, archivist and librarian emeritus of Holy Roman Church, dies at the age of 92.

6: The Pope receives in audience Doris Leuthard, president of the Swiss Confederation.

6: The Pope receives in audience His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, emir of Kuwait.

7: The Pope receives in audience Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia.

8: Holy Father receives in audience prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Belgium, at the end of their “ad limina” visit.

10: Announcement that the definitive text of the second volume of the book ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ by His Holiness Benedict XVI was recently consigned to the publishers. The second volume is dedicated to the Passion and the Resurrection, and starts where the first volume finished.

11-14: Benedict XVI makes an apostolic trip to Portugal.

17: The Pope receives in audience Evo Morales Ayma, president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

20: Holy Father receives the Letters of Credence of Hissa Abdulla Ahmed Al-Otaiba, the first ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Holy See.

20: Holy Father receives the Letters of Credence of Luvsantseren Orgil, the new ambassador of Mongolia to the Holy See.

20: The Pope receives in audience Feleti Vaka’uta Sevele, prime minister of Tonga.

21: The Pope receives in audience Leonel Antonio Fernandez Reyna, president of the Dominican Republic.

22: Beatification of Servant of God Teresa Manganiello, virgin and Franciscan tertiary, at the basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Benevento, Italy.

24: The Pope receives in audience Denis Sassou N’guesso, president of the Republic of Congo.

24: The Pope receives in audience Mihai Ghimpu, speaker of parliament and acting president of the Republic of Moldova.

28: Holy Father receives the Letters of Credence of Theodore Loko, the first resident ambassador of Benin to the Holy See.

30: Beatification of Servant of God Maria Pierina De Micheli, virgin and sister of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception in Buenos Aires, at the papal basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.

JUNE

4-6: Benedict XVI makes an apostolic trip to Cyprus.

6: Beatification of Servant of God Jerzy Popieluszko, priest and martyr, at Marshal J. Pilsudski Square in Warsaw, Poland.

9-11: International meeting of clergy to mark the end of the Year for Priests, called by Benedict XVI for the 150th anniversary of the death of the holy “Cure of Ars”.

10: The Pope receives in audience Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, prime minister of Spain.

12: Beatification of Servant of God Manuel Lozano Garrido, layman, in Linares, Spain.

13: Beatification of Servant of God Lojze Grozde, Slovenian layman and martyr, in Celje, Slovenia.

19: Holy Father receives in audience prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (Eastern Region II), at the end of their “ad limina” visit.

27: Beatification of Servant of God Stephen Nehme (ne Joseph), Lebanese professed religious of the Order of Maronites, in Kfifan, Lebanon.

28: The Pope creates a new organisation, in the form of a Pontifical Council, with the fundamental task of promoting renewed evangelisation in countries undergoing a progressive secularisation of society.

30: Publication of the Message for World Tourism Day by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples. The Day, which is due to be celebrated on 27 December, has as its theme: “Tourism and Biodiversity”.

JULY

2: Holy Father receives the Letters of Credence of Habbeb Mohammed Hadi Ali Al-Sadr, the new ambassador of Iraq to the Holy See.

4: The Pope makes a pastoral visit to the town of Sulmona, in the Italian region of Abruzzo.

7: Benedict XVI moves to his summer residence at Castelgandolfo for a period of rest.

13: Announcement of the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the 2011 World Day of Peace: “Religious freedom, the path to peace”.

15: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith publishes its new “Norms concerning the most serious crimes”.

22: Publication of “The Friends of Jesus”, a new book for children by Benedict XVI in which he recounts the story of the twelve Apostles and St. Paul.

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