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April 24, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 16   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Christ Our Hope -- Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to the United States, April 15-20, 2008

Special experience
for seminarians

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Standing in a field crowded with thousands of people hardly sounds like the experience of a lifetime. Add sunburn, thirst, and exhaustion, and you have a situation most people would try to avoid.

But for a group of young men studying for the priesthood, these circumstances were happily endured for a chance to see Pope Benedict XVI in person.

Wait was worth it

"It's definitely something special," said Renato Esposito, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Newark. "There's something very invigorating about being in the presence of the Vicar of Christ."   Full story ...

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Article removed: Because of a licensing agreement with Catholic News Service, the Catholic Herald may archive CNS news stories for only 30 days. A CNS article has been removed from this site: Pope visits America: Holy Father preaches message of hope built on faith. A related CNS photo was also removed.

A related story and photo were published in the April 24, 2008 print edition of the Catholic Herald.

For more information about the pope's visit to the United States, see:

• the article by Ben Emmel, at right
this week's editorial
Bishop Morlino's message welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to U.S. (April 10 edition)
April 10 editorial
message by pope in April 17 edition
April 17 editorial
May 1 column by Bishop Morlino
May 1 column by Michael Lancaster.

Also see more complete coverage in the April 10, 17 and 24 Catholic Herald print editions.

for Archbishop Migliore talk

MADISON -- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations, will be visiting the Diocese of Madison and giving a talk at the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center, 201 State St., on Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for general seating are now available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets may be obtained by calling 608-821-3043 and leaving a message with name, address, phone number, and number of tickets requested.

There is a maximum of 10 tickets per person. There is no cost for the tickets.

Tickets are required to attend the archbishop's talk.

Only in the print edition ...
News & Features:

News Analysis: Pope achieved objectives critical to future
of U.S. Church

Special Section: Vacation Guide

Court upholds lethal injection execution method


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Questions: Marriage impediments; Sunday Mass

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Future special sections:

Festival Guide: May 1, 2008

Retirement Living, Mother's Day:
May 8, 2008

Graduation/Vocation/Career, Senior Focus: May 15, 2008

Funeral Planning/Memorial Day: May 22, 2008

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Bishop honors
post-abortion ministry

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino urged those attending the second annual diocesan Respect Life Dinner to join him in "standing up for life."

Those filling the ballroom at the Edgewater Hotel indicated with their applause that they would join him. "I will stand up with you and I count on you to stand up with me," Bishop Morlino told the crowd.

He especially mentioned that protecting the dignity of all human life requires freedom of religion. "That means freedom of conscience, and that's in danger," warned the bishop.

When standing up for life from conception to natural death, he advised people to avoid seeming to promote politics but instead appeal to the natural law. "There are certain moral ground rules which come with being human. We can press these without being political," said Bishop Morlino.

Award to Project Rachel

The bishop presented the diocesan Respect Life Award to Mary Meade and Leslie Graves for their work with Project Rachel and Rachel's Vineyard Retreats. He noted that many diocesan priests are involved in this outreach to women and men who have experienced abortions.

Noting the recent observance of Divine Mercy Sunday, the bishop said, "There couldn't be a greater ministry of mercy in the Church."   Full story ...

What is really at stake
in stem cell debate

MADISON -- Featured speaker at the diocesan Respect Life Dinner was Richard M. Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. His topic was "What Is the Stem Cell Debate Really About?"

The National Journal called Doerflinger one of 12 experts whose ideas are shaping the national debate on the use and abuse of biotechnology. He has given testimony many times before Congress, state legislatures, and other bodies on human embryonic stem-cell research and cloning.

Embryo is a human being

In a comprehensive Power Point presentation, Doerflinger began at the beginning by asserting that "the human embryo is a human being." He said it is a biological fact found in the textbooks used in many medical schools. "In short, we were all an embryo once," he emphasized.

He noted that in 1988, the American Academy of Pediatrics said the commitment to a patient begins prior to birth when conception is apparent and continues through infancy.

Doerflinger said the more recent use of the term "pre-embryo" is misleading. He compared it to pre-boarding an airplane. "A pre-embryo is still an embryo," he said. The term pre-embryo is being embraced for "political reasons," not biological ones.   Full story ...

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