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Pope Builds Bridges of Peace among Religious Faiths

May 31, 2009 --

Pope Benedict XVI Completes Historic Holy Land Pilgrimage

NEW YORK, May 29 /Christian Newswire/ — On May 15, Pope Benedict XVI completed his first papal pilgrimage to the Holy Land, visiting and praying at holy sites and making a concerted effort to build bridges of peace between Judaism and Christianity.”I come, like so many others before me, to pray at the holy places, to pray especially for peace — peace here in the Holy Land, and peace throughout the world,” Pope Benedict said upon arriving on May 11 for his five-day pilgrimage.

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Family Movie Review: Up

May 30, 2009 --

Catholic Movie — Off we go into the wild blue yonder—literally—with this instant classic, the story of Carl Frederickson (voice of Ed Asner), a grumpy septuagenarian who decides to get away from it all by relocating his home to South America with the help of thousands of colorful balloons. Joined by an earnest 8-year-old stowaway named Russell (Jordan Nagai), a gigantic squawking bird, and a “talking” dog, Carl finds the adventure of a lifetime as the ragtag group battles evil in the Venezuelan jungle. This touching fable from director/co-writer Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”) offers lessons for young and old on love and loss, marriage, friendship, and perseverance in a gorgeously rendered, very amusing and highly entertaining film. Some serious thematic material and a few scenes of intense peril may disturb small children. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I—general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG—parental guidance suggested.

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Andrew Palau:15-Year Rwanda Genocide Remembrance

May 29, 2009 --

Kigali Festival with Andrew Palau will culminate a Season of Service
By Andrew Palau,

KIGALI, Rwanda May 27 /Christian Newswire/ — Rwanda President Paul Kagame met with international evangelist Andrew Palau in April to pledge his support for Palau’s upcoming Kigali Festival. As part of the festival in July, a preceding Season of Service was launched in tandem with the country’s 100-day commemoration of the fastest-killing genocide in human history.  Still recovering from the 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 1 million people in 100 days, more than 350 churches in Rwanda’s capital city invited Andrew Palau to bring his message of hope and Good News where the need is great. The festival is fully supported by the Kigali mayor, vice mayor, and city council.

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Amy Grant returns to TV with Three Wishes show


Former NBC show Three Wishes hosted by Amy Grant is returning to TV on the GMC channel.

ATLANTA, May 28 /Christian Newswire/ — Gospel Music Channel ( has acquired the television rights to the off-net series “Amy Grant’s Three Wishes” and “Clash of The Choirs” and will air the shows together on Wednesday nights this summer beginning June 3.

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Sotomayor would make 6 out of 9 Supreme Justices Catholic

May 28, 2009 --

Michael Paulson of The Boston Globe said the Obama nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor; “[S]he will be the sixth Catholic on the nine-member court. That is a remarkable accomplishment for American Catholics, who make up 23 percent of the nation’s population, and will now potentially hold 67 percent of the high court’s seats. Two of the justices are Jewish; the resignation of Justice David Souter, who is an Episcopalian, will leave, amazingly given the history of this nation, just one Protestant on the Supreme Court, 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens.”

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Beaverton guru comes under fire


Want to learn the secrets of the universe and discover the true nature of reality?  Do you have at least $100 and a half day to spend attending a workshop?  If so, that’s enough to get you started on the path toward enlightenment.  For an additional $299 and two ongoing daily meditations sessions, you can learn additional secrets via CDs and DVDs.  And, you don’t even need to shave your head, wear new age robes or perform sacrificial rituals to participate.  Sound too good to be true?  Apparently not to the thousands of people around the world who have followed Eric Pepin, a 42-year-old self-described world psychic from Beaverton, often paying up to $800 to meet with him one-on-one and some even willing to pay $1,000 or more for the chance to attend retreats with Pepin in locations such as Hawaii and Mexico.

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Indian gay marriage law takes effect in Oregon

May 27, 2009 --

By Bill Graves
Religion News Service

A Coquille Indian Tribe law allowing same-sex marriage took effect this week, and two women married Sunday (May 24) on the tribe’s reservation in Coos Bay, Ore.  Kitzen Branting, 26, and her partner, Jeni Branting, 28, who now live in Edmonds, Wash., became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Oregon, though their marriage will be recognized only by the tribe. Kitzen Branting is a member of the Coquille tribe.

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California Supreme Court Upholds Prop. 8


California Family Council,

SACRAMENTO, May 26 /Christian Newswire/ — Today the California Supreme Court rendered its opinion regarding Proposition 8, upholding the traditional definition of marriage in the state Constitution. By a vote of the people in the November, 2008 general election, Prop 8 has been in place in the Constitution as Article 1, Section 7.5, stating Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

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Luis Palau Video: Portland City Council moved by outreach

May 26, 2009 --

Below is a video of Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish at a City Council meeting confessing his initial skepticism of Luis Palau’s Season of Service and his current praise for the outreach which has brought  thousands fo volunteers to help the needy Portland.

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Honor to a veteran who rescued a woman in danger

May 25, 2009 --

Jeannie St. John Taylor,
Oregon Author, Culture Proof Kids

I want to use Memorial Day to honor my nephew a member of the US Air Force and a local hero for saving another person’s life.  Watch his amazing story on the video below and read the further story about his plans to run for Congress.

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