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This is the only picture of the Pope eating I could find.
PETA's letter to Pope Benedict XVI follows.
December 21, 2009
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVIApostolic Palace Vatican City
Most Holy Father,
On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 2 million members and supporters worldwide, we applaud your strong exhortations for environmental protection, and we urge you to consider the fact that the most effective action an individual can take to fight climate change is to go vegan (which means not consuming poultry, fish, meat, eggs or dairy products).
In light of the overwhelming scientific evidence showing that human consumption of animal products is degrading the environment, we urge you to go vegan and only serve vegan meals in Vatican City and at all Papal events.
As you may know, in the groundbreaking 408-page report, Livestock's Long Shadow, UN scientists concluded that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, ships, SUVs and planes in the world combined. The report also points out that the meat industry is "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global". A 2009 report by long-time World Bank agricultural scientists contended that the total greenhouse-gas emissions of animal agriculture are far higher than the UN reported. According to these scientists, raising animals for food constitutes a majority - 51 per cent - of global greenhouse-gas emissions. The official handbook for the global Live Earth concerts, which Al Gore helped organise, states that not eating meat is the "single most effective thing you can do" to reduce your climate change impact.
Of course, a global shift toward plant-based diets would also have major benefits for humans - vegans have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters do, and tens of billions of animals would be spared the horrors of being intensively confined on filthy factory farms, mutilated without any pain relief, and slaughtered while still conscious.
Going vegan and serving only vegan meals at the Vatican would help ensure a bright future for all. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss this further. Thank you for your consideration.
Bruce Friedrich Vice President
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
In this video the people are singing to Our Lady of Guadalupe "Las Mañanitas" ;a traditional Mexican birthday song. During the night of December 11 famous singers from Mexico come to the basilica and sing songs related to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We will be celebrating her feast by going to church today at 10:30 pm and singing to her until 12:00 am. Tomorrow matachines ( dancers dressed in traditonal indian dress ) will dance in honor of the Holy Virgin, followed by a procession, and last we will celebrate the Holy Mass. Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
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I didn't feel it but I pray to God that he might have mercy on us.
Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus pray for us!
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Father Alberto Cutie "I have decided to become part of a new spiritual family within the umbrella of Christianity," he said in a statement. "As I have been saying and writing for years through my work in communications, instead of focusing on our differences, let's work together so that all may come to believe in a loving and good God, even in the midst of this changing world."A statement from the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida said he would pursue becoming a priest in that church but it was not clear how long the process would take.The Cuban-American priest, said during a May 11 interview on CBS' "The Early Show" that he has had a two-year romantic relationship with the unnamed woman shown in the photos published May 5 in the Spanish-language magazine TVNotas.Father Cutie, dubbed "Father Oprah" because of the advice he gave to couples on Spanish-language radio and television, had been administrator of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Miami Beach and general director and president of Pax Catholic Communications.In his statement, published in English and Spanish on his Web site, www.padrealberto.net, the priest asked people to respect his privacy and the privacy of his loved ones after his new decision."There have been lies, innuendos, rumors and even hurtful actions by those seeking to profit from my life and struggles in this time of transition. I respectfully ask that all these things stop now," he said.He also said he would be "continuing the call to spread the message of God's love and the vocation God gave me to priestly service."Father Cutie stressed that his decision to join the Episcopal Church did not just begin a few weeks ago."I have searched my soul and sought after God's guidance for a long time. I have also spoken to friends in and outside the Episcopal Church about their service to God and the many similarities that exist among the various branches of Christianity, which profess the Catholic faith," he explained.He emphasized that his own personal struggle "should in no way tarnish the commitment of so many brother priests who are celibate and faithful to their promise. I will always love and hold dear the Roman Catholic Church and all its members who are committed to their faith and have enriched my life."The Associated Press said the Father Cutie was expected to announce that he will marry his girlfriend; the Episcopal Church allows its priest to marry.The priest said he was "humbled by the support of so many people throughout the world and in our own community" and especially thankful for the unconditional love and support of friends and family.Father Cutie, whose name is pronounced koo-tee-AY, was born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents and grew up in Miami. He was ordained in 1995; four years later he developed an international following with his television show, "Padre Alberto," which was first broadcast on Telemundo.He has appeared on Spanish-language radio programs, including the Miami archdiocesan radio station Radio Paz. The priest has also written newspaper advice columns and the 2006 self-help book, "Real Life, Real Love: 7 Paths to a Strong, Lasting Relationship."
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The Grotto of the Redemption is a religious monument located in West Bend, Iowa, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. A conglomeration of nine grottos depicting scenes in life of Jesus, the Grotto contains a large collection of minerals and petrifications and is believed to be the largest grotto in the world.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A 350-year-old statue of a saint and former pope, taken from an Italian church nearly two decades ago, has been found in the home of a North Carolina couple who had no idea it was stolen, authorities said.
The intricately carved bust of St. Innocent will be returned to the church in Naples, Italy, U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement agents said.
The statue was one of 17 similar busts and two oil paintings taken from the church in November 1990. Authorities told The Charlotte Observer the trail went cold until two years ago, when officials in Rome let federal agents know an Italian citizen sold a similar statue to an antiques dealer from GreeThe statue sold in Charlotte was bought by the same dealer at an antiques fair in France, said Neal Johnson, the Charlotte dealer who bought the statue from the same Greensboro dealer and sold it to the couple.
"I've never heard of this happening anywhere other than some big-time story in New York," Johnson said. "You don't always know the lineage of pieces you buy."
The wood and painted gold statue was made by 17th-century Franciscan artist Diego da Careri and was part of a set of busts displayed at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli alle Croci.
It has lost much of its value since it was stolen. The head is gone, part of the cross the saint carried is missing and much of the paint has deteriorated.
Agents continue to investigate the original heist. The Americans involved have not been charged, ICE spokesman Brandon Montgomery said.
"A lot of times, what happens is the person who is knowingly stealing something puts it in the black market," Montgomery said. "It can go through three or four hands before it gets to the first legitimate buyer, so to speak."
St. Innocent was born in Albano, Italy, and became pope in December 401. He was the pope nine years later when the Visigoths captured and sacked Rome.nsboro.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Not in page 10.
Finally on page 20 where a group of men are carrying a banner showing Saint Patrick.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Depicted here are Cesar Chavez, Anne Frank, Su Shi, Ella Fitzgerald, Bishop Samuel Schereschewski, John XXIII and Florence Nightingale. Anne Frank and Su Shi weren't even Christian. Pope John XXIII and the Anglican BIshop Samuel are the only ones having to do with religion.
By Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted March 10, 2009 The Catholic Sun
On Monday, March 9, President Obama signed an executive order that provides federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. This means that American taxpayers will now be paying for the killing of human beings at a very early stage in their lives (as embryos), so that scientific research can make use of them for experiments that may or may not yield positive results.
We U.S. taxpayers will now be forced to pay, whether we wish to or not, for the killing of our youngest brothers and sisters on the dubious hypothesis that their murders might, in the future, benefit others. Why did President Obama make this decision?
Should science trump ideology?
Our president’s rationale is that science should trump ideology. In other words, that ideology should not have the upper hand in making decisions about who pays for research; science should. We Americans, he says, should trust scientists more than we trust ideologues. But who is our president calling ideologues? Those whom he is calling “ideologues” include the following:
Pope Benedict XVI and all faithful Catholics around the world;
People of faith from all major religions who believe that human life, especially at its most innocent and vulnerable stage, needs to be protected, not killed for the sake of older human beings; and
All people of good will who oppose the killing of one group of human beings in order to benefit another group.
“Science should trump ideology” is a code phrase that means science should trump the Fifth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” It is contending that science should trump the right to life of a certain class of human beings, those who are at the embryonic stage of life. Science, according to our president, does not need to be at the service of the human person or subject to morality. How is this position not influenced by an ideology, which is the very thing our president claims he is seeking to avoid? Is this good for America? Is this what we Americans want our taxes to be used for?
Politics over science and ethics
Let’s be clear about what this presidential decree is about. It is not about overcoming a prohibition against embryonic stem cell research. Tragically, such research is already legal in many places in our country. Already billions of dollars of California taxpayers are funding such heinous research. So our president is not overturning laws that prohibit such research. It is already legal.
What President Obama is doing is forcing all American taxpayers to pay for this homicidal research. He is forcing us who pay taxes to be complicit, in an involuntary yet real way, in this unethical enterprise. All of this is done so that “science can trump ideology.”
Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said this: “President Obama’s new executive order on embryonic stem cell research is a sad victory of politics over science and ethics. This action is morally wrong because it encourages the destruction of innocent human life, treating vulnerable human beings as mere products to be harvested. It also disregards the values of millions of American taxpayers who oppose research that requires taking human life. Finally, it ignores the fact that ethically sound means for advancing stem cell science and medical treatments are readily available and in need of increased support.”
What should be the response of Catholics to this action?
First, we must beg forgiveness for this horrendous sin of our nation. Like the Prophet Daniel, we need to say in all humility and shame (9:4fc), “Lord, great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you and observe your commandments! We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws… Justice, O Lord, is on your side; we are shamefaced even to this day.”
Second, we Catholics must join with others of good will and make our voices heard across our land, at the White House, on Capitol Hill, in our state Legislatures and in the media. We must not stand by idly while our neighbor’s life is at stake. The dignity of a human person does not depend upon his or her age, developmental stage, or ability to function. Every human being has inherent dignity because God has created us with an eternal soul. No one has the right to extinguish this gift of life but God alone.
Third, we need to point out why such destructive research is especially pointless at this time when ethical means are available, such as the following:
Great advances are being made in reprogramming adult cells into embryonic-like stem cells (the journal Science hailed this as the scientific breakthrough of the year);
Adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells are increasingly being used to reverse serious illnesses and even help rebuild damaged organs.
Fourth, we must pray and fast for an end to this horrendous decision and an end to all attacks on innocent human life. Jesus told us that some evils can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. In this season of Lent, this gives us added reason to do penance in union with our prayers for the protection of all human life.
Fifth, we must not lose hope. False rhetoric such as “science must triumph over ideology” will not stand the test of time. Such counterfeit reasoning and slick cover-up of the truth will not have the last word. Jesus came that we might have life and have it abundantly (Cf. Jn 10:10). In Him, who died to take away sin and rose to restore our life, we place our hope. This hope will never disappoint.