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May 11, 2009

What should the Pope do or say at the university? Certainly, he must not seek to impose the faith upon others in an authoritarian manner - as faith can only be given in freedom.  ...

- Pope Benedict XVI, Extract from the address that Benedict XVI was scheduled to give during a visit to Rome's Universitˆ degli Studi 'La Sapienza' on 17 January 2008.  His invitation was withdrawn because of the threat of a demonstration against the Pope by a small group of students and faculty.

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Your Help is Needed Today!
Dear Friends,

Notre Dome at sunsetWe are down to the wire - President Obama is speaking at the University of Notre Dame in less than 6 days, and the right-wing message machine is shifting into overdrive.  We need your help today to support Notre Dame and our President.

Here are 5 things you can do right now to show your support:
  • Sign our Statement of Support if you haven't already.  You can sign it by clicking here.
  • Visit our new Web site,  This site is your center for up-to-date information about our campaign.  While there, view our compelling new video, Catholic in America, and please take a moment to send a letter to the editor in your area.  We even have talking points and a sample letter to help you!
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As always, please continue to pray for all our leadership, especially the outspoken bishops, that they will have open minds and open hearts!

Thank you for your continued support.  Our growing effectiveness is dependent upon you!

With warm regards,

Patrick Whelan MD PhD
Kevin Hayes AIA (University of Notre Dame, 1983)
Suzanne Morse
Lisa Schare
Steve Krueger

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