NEW YORK, May 26, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the way the media are playing a photo of President Trump and Pope Francis:

In a classic example of Groupthink, the media and late night talk-show hosts are fixated on one photo of the pope and the president; the former looks dour and the latter is smiling. So what?

Here is a photo they are not flagging.

And just in case you missed it, here is a photo of Pope Francis standing with President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

What do these photos mean? Nothing–nothing at all–unless you work for the mainstream media or need script for a monologue.

DETROIT, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Sistine Chapel Choir from Rome, commonly recognized as “the Pope’s Choir,” in partnership with Corporate Travel and the Archdiocese of Detroit, announced today that it will make its first-ever performance in Detroit during its historic return to the U.S. The upcoming visit represents the choir’s first return to the U.S. in over 30 years. The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform in New York City and Washington, D.C. before the tour culminates in the “Renaissance City” of Detroit on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased online at, Ticketmaster, in person at the Michigan Opera Theatre Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000. For additional event information visit To view a personal message to Detroit from Sistine Chapel Choir Maestro Msgr. Massimo Palombella click here.

“The Sistine Chapel Choir is pleased and honored to return to the United States and to come to the city that today represents a cultural touchstone for the world and the culture of the Renaissance,” stated Maestro Msgr. Massimo Palombella, who leads the Sistine Chapel Choir. “The Choir will bring its cutting-edge research and study of Renaissance music, coming right from the archives of the Sistine Chapel, preserved in the Vatican Library, the largest Renaissance music archive in the world – bringing the very best of the Renaissance that will make up the production of a beautiful concert at the Detroit Opera House.”

Maestro Palombella is the only person to have 100 percent access to the Vatican’s archives. He was responsible for bringing back a revival of Renaissance singing to the choir, for which the Sistine Chapel Choir was awarded the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK Award for classical music in 2016.

“It is a great honor to host the choir of the Sistine Chapel in Detroit,” stated Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroit. “I am very much looking forward to their visit to our city and the opportunities this will provide for both the faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit and for all of our neighbors and friends to see and hear the Pope’s choir. This visit is a privileged occasion for the cooperation between the Church, the civic community, and the business community to share something beautiful for everyone in the region.”

“As we approach the opening of our 2017-18 season, we are honored to serve as the setting for the inaugural performance of the Sistine Chapel Choir in Detroit,” said Michigan Opera Theatre CEO & President Wayne S. Brown. “This historic collaboration brings one of the most revered choirs in the world to our city.”

As early as the 5th and 6th centuries, there are records of singers being part of the papal entourage.  Today, 1,500 years later, the role of the Sistine Chapel Choir, officially known as the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, remains the same, comprised of a highly-accomplished group of 20 men and 35 boys.

“As one of only three cities in the U.S. tour, the Sistine Chapel Choir’s visit to Detroit is a world-class event for our city and speaks to the incredible cultural offerings we have as a destination,” said Larry Alexander, president & CEO, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Prior to visiting Detroit, the Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Saturday, September 16 and at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 20.

“We are humbled and honored to help facilitate the Detroit and U.S. visit of the world-renowned Sistine Chapel Choir,” said John Hale, President, Corporate Travel. “With the generous support of our partners and sponsors, we are able to bring the breathtaking voices that fill the Vatican to the Detroit Opera House for our community to experience and enjoy.”

The Sistine Chapel Choir’s historic visit to the U.S. is produced by Corporate Travel. Sponsors include Ave Maria Mutual Funds, Comerica Bank, Ford Motor Company, Lumen Institute, Celebrity Cruises, Lear Corporation, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, The Mary G. Stange Charitable Trust, Metro Cars, Rugiero Promise Foundation, Ideal Group, Red Safety & Security, Delta, lovio george, Ave Maria Radio, Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Hour Detroit Magazine, Archdiocese of Detroit, University of Detroit Mercy and 90.9 WRCJ-FM.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, America’s largest religious anti-abortion ministry, and Evangelist Alveda King who heads up Civil Rights for the Unborn for the organization, have a message for America regarding President Donald Trump’s gift of books by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Pope Francis on the president’s tour to some of the world’s most renowned seats of religious power.

“How appropriate that two world leaders who seek peace should pause again in the shadow of another leader who showed everyone how to make it happen,” said Father Pavone. “Dr. King said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Both the President and the Pope have warned the world about the ongoing injustice of abortion, which, as President Trump pointed out in the third presidential debate, rips babies out of the womb. Both the President and the Pope know that peace demands an end to that violence.”

Evangelist King, pro-life niece of MLK who gifted President Trump with a “King Family Tribute” book during her visit with the president to the National Museum of African American History and Culture earlier this year, said: “It’s interesting how things come full circle. I gifted President Trump with a King book; he gifted the same to the Pope. The Pope has often noted the teachings of MLK in his work. When I first met Fr. Pavone in NY at a pro-life rally in the 1990s he was quoting MLK’s Christmas sermon.”

“… When we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 Christmas Sermon

Citing what she calls “fake news examples,” Evangelist King points out that President Trump’s Mexico City Policy redirection of funds away from abortion providers outside of America and back to life-affirming programs in America is not robbing the poor as some media suggests.

“President Trump is redirecting our funds while draining the swamp. By cutting abortion funds, and redirecting public assistance away from entitlement to empowerment, President Trump is helping everyone; not robbing the poor as some media reports. Now our families can begin to breathe again and work again and live in dignity. I’m just glad that in the midst of all of the ‘fake news’ President Trump has delivered something real again with this MLK book gift. The six principles and steps to non-violent conflict resolution espoused by my Uncle MLK are always good for America and the world. ”

Father Pavone added: “It is no accident that the President’s first trip is to the key religious centers in the world. He is convinced that peace in the world depends upon religious leaders and their people freely and vigorously practicing their faith. Both he and the Pope have warned against the abuse of religion, which happens when people invoke God’s name as a cover for violence.”

Both Father Pavone and Evangelist King are prayerful and supportive of President Trump’s agenda to address the problem of abortion in America and are in favor of a “sanctity of life” agenda “from the womb to the tomb.” In agreement with her colleague Janet Morana, author of RECALL ABORTION, Evangelist King, a post- abortive voice for life is a “women’s advocate supporting good health, safety and equality for all females, including the little girls in the womb. Abortion is not health care. Abortion kills babies, hurts and sometimes kills their mothers. How can the dream survive abortion?”

As American voices for life, Father Pavone and Evangelist King advance the sanctity of life message from a Bible perspective. “When President Trump says we are all Americans, and our blood runs red, that’s true. Acts 17:26 says that God created all humanity as ‘one blood.’ Uncle MLK said ‘we must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.’ It’s time for us to lead the way.


Deuteronomy 30:19 – “…Choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”