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Barack and Benedict:Together again for the first time

Not the Dream Team some Catholics envisoned, but the President-elect dialed the Pope personally to thank him for the congratulatory telegram. According to CNS:

The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed to Catholic News Service Nov. 12 that the president-elect telephoned the pope Nov. 11 “to thank the pope for his telegram, his congratulations” on winning the U.S. presidential election.

Further details about the call were not known, Father Lombardi said.

Pope Benedict sent his congratulations Nov. 5, referring to the “historic occasion” of the election, marking the first time a black man has been elected president of the United States.


Father Lombardi said Nov. 5 the pope prayed that “the blessing of God would sustain him (Obama) and the American people so that with all people of good will they could build a world of peace, solidarity and justice.”

The press office for Obama’s presidential transition team said all conversations with world leaders are private and no details would be released on this conversation or any conversation with world leaders.

A positive sign on both sides, and perhaps a nudge to the bishops meeting in Washington, who are trying to strike the right tone in their challenge/welcome to the new Democratic administration.

Then again, maybe they should be worried that Obama is campaigning for higher office. After all, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta suggested that Obama’s election is a foretaste of what could happen in a conclave one day…Pope Barack I anyone?

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posted November 13, 2008 at 3:17 pm

While I welcome the news that the Pope and Obama can speak civil to each other, I am more concered with the churches in India that are being burned and the Christians that arebeing killed there.____While we ight over “gay rights” and abortion on demand, people ar being slaughtered in countries that are our allies. Lets put the ocus on thinghs that trully matter.

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posted November 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Abortion on demand is a cultural nightmare and is truly something that matters. One can fight against unfettered abortion rights AND also work for peace. Those goals are not mutually exclusive. My nephew who is in the Army always says you’ll never find anyone more interested in a peaceful solution than a soldier, a sailor, or a marine on active duty.

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posted November 17, 2008 at 10:22 am

Not only are they our allies, that swooshing sound you hear are thousands of jobs with American companies going to India, the same country persecuting and murdering Christians.
Hard to imagine isn’t it?

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posted November 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Partial birth abortion: MD takes forceps, pulls infants leg so that only head is in birth canal, base of skull is puncture with scissors, hose sucks brains out.
Saline abortion: saline insterted in womb, baby burns inside and out for 18 hours, mother is supposed to deliver dead fetus yet many are left to breath on their own for 2, 4, 10 hours before they die. Some survivors live to tell the story.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you by name.” God.
The fetus is genetically wired to have a relationship with GOD. No man or woman has the right to take that right from a child or God.
That’s all I have to say.

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posted November 18, 2008 at 11:31 pm

You Catholics wanted Obama, It’s too late to be crying now.
All we can do is pray for America.

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posted November 22, 2008 at 2:13 am

You Catholics wanted Obama, It’s too late to be crying now.
Not the Catholics, just the “Catholics”.

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