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Vice President Biden Meets With Pope Benedict (2683)

Private meeting was not on the Holy Father's public schedule for June 3.

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden met with Pope Benedict XVI in an unannounced visit to the Vatican June 3. Both sides have been tight-lipped as to what was discussed.

“I have no comment. It was a totally private meeting, and there will no communiqué,” Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told CNA on June 3.

In fact, the meeting wasn’t even listed on the Pope’s daily public schedule. One of the few give-aways was the heavy security surrounding the Port Sant’ Anna entrance to the Vatican all morning.

Journalists covering the Pope’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas June 3 also spotted Biden’s car at the Vatican.

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New Christian Constitution in Europe!, Episcopal Surge in UK, Pope Meets with Biden, and much more! (3100)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/03/2011 Comment

Vice President Joe Biden had a private audience with Pope Benedict today. Mr. Biden is a Catholic who is said to always have his personal confessor nearby and is a big fan of Blessed John XXIII.

A New Bridge Across the Tiber - Father Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine

New Hungarian Constitution: Reshaping on Traditional Values - Grégor Puppinck Ph.D., Catholic Lane

Latest Episcopal Surge Forward: Eucharistic Adoration & the Old Mass? - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

. . .Father John Zuhlsdorf fisks this article here. . .

Vatican: Time to Move Beyond Multiculturalism - Roberta Sciamplicotti, Zenit

Rethinking Catholic Boredom - Randy Hain, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Pope Benedict Meets Privately With Vice President Joe Biden - Lisa Graas, The American Catholic

. . .USA Today: did Pope Benedict scold Biden on abortion?. . .

Euthanasia Proponent Jack Kevorkian Dies - Joe...READ MORE

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FDA Issues Contraceptives Warning (3749)

Alert comes after new study finds high risk of fatal blood clots.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS) — The Food and Drug Administration released a warning on May 31 that certain classes of oral contraceptives for women may cause serious and potentially fatal blood clots.

In an online alert issued Tuesday, the agency cited new studies in the British Medical Journal, which found that women taking these pills have two-to-three-times higher risk of serious clots.

Popular birth-control pills such as Yaz, Yazmin, Beyaz, Gianvi, Ocella and several other brand names are included in the warning, since they contain a hormone called drospirenone.

The FDA said it will now look “at all currently available information to fully assess the risks and benefits of...READ MORE

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Congress Takes on 'Gendercide' (2978)

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., leads call to combat China's one-child policy that jeopardizes baby girls. India is also of concern.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS) — A bipartisan group of congressmen joined several human-rights groups on June 1 to lament the major absence of girls in the youngest generations of China. They blamed the imbalance on “gendercide” and sex-selective abortion.

“In China, the brutal reality is that no unborn girl is safe as long as forced abortion remains an integral part of the government’s vicious population control agenda,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. “Government population-control cadres kidnap pregnant women and forcibly destroy their babies, impervious to the anguished pleas and sobs of the mother.”

He said that gendercide has “exploded” since 1979, when the United Nations Population Fund and...READ MORE

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Prayers for Croatia (2247)

Pope Benedict makes his apostolic journey June 4-5.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS) — Pope Benedict XVI has called on Catholics around the world to pray for the success of his June 4-5 apostolic journey to the country of Croatia.

Speaking in Croatian, the Pope said on June 1: “This Saturday and Sunday I will travel to Zagreb in Croatia to celebrate the Day for Catholic Croatian Families with you.”

“As I await this encounter with joy, I invite you to pray that my trip to that beloved land will produce much spiritual fruit and that Christian families will be the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” he added.

His two-day visit will begin on Saturday, June 4, when he arrives at Zagreb Airport. There he will be received by Croatian...READ MORE

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Bring Back Kneelers & Confessionals, St. Optatus, Catholic Radio/TV Draws Seniors, and more! (3908)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/03/2011 Comments (2)

A prayer kneeler is always nice to have at home.

My Wish List for US: Bring Back Kneelers & Confessionals! - Lorraine Murray, The Integrated Catholic Life™

The Roman Missal: Three Misconceptions - Louie Verrecchio, Catholic Lane

Saint Optatus on Schism & the Bishop of Rome - Bryan Cross, Called to Communion

. . .Communist China: another illicit ordination planned. . .

Catholic Radio, TV Draw Large Senior Audience - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, Our Sunday Visitor

. . .OSV: older Catholics find romance & companionship online. . .

No, Son, the F-Word Actually Won’t Make Your Life Better - Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Gay “Rights” Lobby Continue their Irrational Hatred of Catholics - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

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‘If We Don’t Care, Gay Marriage Will Pass’ (10527)

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island warns civil unions are a ‘gateway’ to a greater social evil.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples by a vote of 62-11 on May 26. The measure is viewed by many as a compromise by legislators unable to secure the votes needed to legalize same-sex “marriage.” The bill moves on to the Rhode Island Senate for consideration.

The state’s governor, Lincoln Chafee, supports same-sex “marriage” and is likely to sign the bill if passed by the Senate.

Four of six New England states allow same-sex “marriage,” with the exception of Rhode Island and Maine. (Maine briefly legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2009, but it was overturned by voter referendum.) Same-sex “marriage” bills have been introduced...READ MORE

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Will Belgian Abuse Victims Sue Vatican? (2006)

Lawyers state intentions, despite the bishops of Belgium agreeing to compensate abuse survivors.

06/02/2011 Comments (1)

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA) — Lawyers acting on behalf of Belgian clerical abuse victims say they intend to sue the Vatican, despite the bishops of Belgium agreeing to compensate abuse survivors only two days ago.

The legal team — working on behalf of about 70 victims — claims that the Vatican did not intervene, even when it learned of the sexual scandals in the Belgian Church.

“There were instructions from the Pope that said those things had to be kept secret and silent,” claimed lawyer Christine Mussche at a news conference in the Belgian city of Ghent June 1.

The Bishops’ Conference of Belgium said on Monday, May 30, that it would set up a commission to compensate victims molested so long...READ MORE

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