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Pope Benedict Makes Historic Call to Astronauts

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- The crew onboard the International Space Station received a special call on Saturday morning, a call from Pope Benedict XVI.

In the first ever call by a pope to astronauts orbiting in space, Pope Benedict heaped praises on the Endeavour crew and expressed his admiration for their work.

“This conversation gives me the chance to express my own admiration and appreciation to you and to all those who collaborate in making a mission possible and my heartfelt encouragement to bring it to a safe and successful conclusion,” the pope said.

Pope Benedict called the space station around 7:11 a.m. EST and during his conversation he also made special mention of Commander Mark Kelly’s wife Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is still recovering after being shot in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson in January.

“I know that Mark Kelly's wife was a victim of a serious attack and I hope her health continues to improve,” Pope Benedict said.

Kelly then expressed his gratitude to the Roman Catholic leader saying, “Thank you for the kinds words your holiness and thank you for mentioning my wife Gabby.”

Endeavour’s journey to space marks the second-to-last flight for NASA's space shuttle program. The shuttle's crew are on a 16-day mission, where they will install a $2 billion alpha magnetic spectrometer on the ISS, that could prove or disprove the Big Bang Theory of how the universe was formed.

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Three Former Priests Laicized Following Sex Abuse Accusations

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BRAINTREE, Mass.) -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Friday that three men who were attached to the archdiocese have had their priesthood rights removed following sexual abuse accusations.

By order of Pope Benedict XVI, the men -- Frederick J. Cartier, Louis J. Govoni and Frederick Guthrie -- may no longer function as priests, except for offering absolution to the dying.

According to a release by the Archdiocese of Boston, Cartier, who was ordained in 1963, was first accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a minor during the early 1970s. The archdiocese says by the time the accusation was made, Cartier had been out of ministry for 20 years, and had left the archdiocese without permission in 1980.

Govoni, who was ordained in 1972, was also first accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a minor during the mid-1970s. Govoni has reportedly been out of ministry since 1978.

Guthrie, ordained in 1962, was charged in 2001 with using a computer to solicit a minor and subsequently pleaded guilty to the charges.

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