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U.N. Committee: Holy See Did Not Violate Torture Convention (1935)

Archbishop Tomasi said the committee’s conclusions are “an acknowledgement of the good-faith efforts of the Holy See.”

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GENEVA — A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio the committee’s observations are “an acknowledgement of the good-faith efforts of the Holy See to comply [with] always and to advance the Convention Against Torture.”

The U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture released an advanced unedited version of its concluding observations on May 23.

“The committee did not conclude that the Holy See, its officials and those acting on its behalf, in conjunction...READ MORE

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‘That They May Be One’ Motto Reflects Purpose of Papal Pilgrimage (2070)

Holy Land trip has historical significance, due to 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras.

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Logo for the 2014 pilgrimage of Pope Francis to the Holy Land

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JERUSALEM —The leaders of the Catholic communities in Israel, Jordan and Cyprus have chosen the logo and motto for the Pope's pilgrimage, which will begin on Saturday, May 24.

The motto is: "That they may be one." The logo presents the two apostles and brothers Sts. Peter and Andrew embracing.

The Holy Land Review reports that the logo and motto were presented at the recent Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, celebrated on March 11 and 12 in Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

The motto for the pilgrimage, The Holy Land Review notes, recalls that, when Pope Francis announced his trip to the Holy Land, he expressed his desire to commemorate the 50th...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Entrusts Holy Land Pilgrimage to Mary (2647)

The Holy Father prayed at the Basilica of St. Mary Major the day before his trip.

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Image of Mary at St. Mary Major in Rome

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Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francis offered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin.

Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has made to the Virgin Mary, under whose protection he has placed his pontificate.

Speaking to Vatican Radio, the archpriest of the basilica, Spanish Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, explained that Pope Francis sees Mary as a maternal guide and inspiration for his...READ MORE

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Virginia Governor Tries End Run Around New Abortion Regulations (2800)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Catholic who was elected on an abortion-rights platform, has appointed five new members to the state board of health and requested that it review the regulations.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made it known on the campaign trail last year that he supported legalized abortion and that he opposed his state’s new regulations governing abortion facilities’ building codes and safety standards.

On May 12, in a nod to pro-abortion organizations that supported his campaign, such as NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and Planned Parenthood, McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Democratic Committee chairman, announced he was appointing five new members to the Virginia Board of Health, whom he said “share his commitment to women’s health” and who agree that the abortion-business regulations need to be reviewed.

“I am concerned that the extreme and...READ MORE

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Sudanese Christian Woman in Shackles After ‘Apostasy’ Death Sentence (4064)

Meriam Ibrahim remains imprisoned with her 18-month-old son, following a May 15 court ruling that convicted her of apostasy and adultery because of her marriage to a Christian U.S. citizen.

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Meriam Ibrahim is pictured in this undated image with her husband, Daniel Wani.


WASHINGTON — Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell.

U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wrote a May 16 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking that he give “full attention to the outrageous Sudanese court ruling that sentenced Meriam Yaha Ibrahim Ishag to death by hanging for her religious beliefs.”

They urged “full diplomatic engagement” to secure the release of Ibrahim and her son and to offer her political asylum.

Daniel Wani, a Christian and U.S. citizen, was not able to visit his wife until this week,...READ MORE

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U.S. Catholic and Orthodox Archbishops Pray for Pope-Patriarch Holy Land Trip (1856)

American leaders commit to increased dialogue.

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WASHINGTON — Catholic and Eastern Orthodox leaders in the U.S. celebrated the closeness between the two Churches, recommitting to continued dialogue as Pope Francis’ trip to the Holy Land approaches.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S., in issuing a May 15 joint statement rejoicing in the “good fruit” that dialogue has yielded between the Churches.  

“Meetings between popes and ecumenical patriarchs and other contacts became more common,” they continued, noting their wish to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Holy Land Partners in Faith (6159)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Argentinian journalist Jorge Rouillon profiles the Pope’s relationship with the Jewish rabbi and the Muslim layman who will accompany the Holy Father on this week’s papal pilgrimage.

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Pope Francis and Rabbi Abraham Skorka together at the Vatican in June 2013.

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BUENOS AIRES — When Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced May 15 the itinerary for Pope Francis’ May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, he noted that “Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Ahmed Abboud, secretary general of the Argentine Institute of Interreligious Dialogue, will be in the papal delegation. The Pope knows them from … Argentina.”

So who are Rabbi Skorka and Omar Abboud? They represent two non-Christian communities with which Jorge Bergoglio has had frequent and friendly contacts as archbishop of Buenos Aires. The former is Jewish; the latter is Muslim.

Argentina is a country where these communities live together in harmony. On the same street can be found shops selling...READ MORE

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The Rise and Rise of Our Lady of Atonement Anglican Use Parish, Changing Hearts and Minds and More! (3042)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow The Rise & Rise of Our Lady of Atonement Anglican Use Parish link to read more.

The Rise & Rise of Our Lady of Atonement Anglican Use Parish - BigPulpit.com

Changing Hearts & Minds - Joe Kral, Truth and Charity Forum

I’m a Criminal, a Bigot & My Rosary Is On Your Ovaries – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Father Willie Doyle: Forgotten War Hero - K. V. Turley, Crisis Magazine

The Closing of the Science Fiction Mind – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Five Old Testament Models for How to Live – Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

Churchill on Lenin, Marx, and Muhammad - God & Caesar

Truth, Beauty & Comic Books – Michael J. Lichens, Ignatius Press Novels

Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul - Tim Staples, Catholic Answers


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