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Watchdog Report Confirms Pro-Life Warnings About Obamacare (334)

The Government Accountability Office’s Sept. 15 report finds that elective abortions are being covered under plans subsidized with federal dollars.

09/17/2014 Comment

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 15, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that confirmed the pro-life movement’s early warnings that implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would permit taxpayer-subsidized abortions.

Commissioned by House Republicans, the survey found that, in a sample of 18 insurers, all but one allowed elective abortions to be covered under plans subsidized with federal dollars — a violation of federal law. And most insurers, in violation of federal rules, did not segregate private funds used for abortion from the pool of federal dollars allotted for health-insurance coverage. 

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Ebola Epidemic Is ‘a Transnational Issue’ (682)

While Church officials in the U.S. lauded the country’s involvement and President Obama’s plan to combat the spread of the disease in Africa, they said other nations and agencies need to do their part.

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President Barack Obama discusses his plan to combat the Ebola epidemic at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16.

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WASHINGTON — Catholic officials are welcoming President Barack Obama’s plan to expand medical and military resources to combat the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa, though they caution that more might have to be done.

“This is a huge scale-up of resources, but it’s still unclear as to whether it will be enough,” said Steven Hilbert, a foreign-policy adviser for Africa and global development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace.

Hilbert also told the Register that other nations and relief agencies will need to contribute additional resources and personnel to prevent hundreds of thousands of more people dying from Ebola.

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Pope Francis: Through Evangelization, Faithful Show Church’s Catholicity (687)

'The Spirit compels us to encounter our brothers and sisters, even those most distant from us in every way, to share with them the love, peace and joy of the risen Lord,' the Holy Father said.

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VATICAN CITY -- At his weekly general audience on Sept. 17, Pope Francis spoke about what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of an encounter with Christ, rather than lifeless efforts from the self-appointed “elect.”

He also asked for prayers for his upcoming trip to Albania on Sept. 21, saying that his choice to visit the country was because of the suffering endured on account of “a terrible atheist regime and is now realizing peaceful coexistence among its various religious components.”

Earlier in the morning, Pope Francis offered catechesis to those gathered in the square, reflecting on the words “catholicity” and “apostolic.”

The Church, the Pope said, shows her...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Make One-Day Journey to Albania (704)

The Holy Father is scheduled to visit the Balkan birthplace of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Sept. 21.

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Pope Francis arrives in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Albania will highlight the land of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s birth, honor the martyrs of Albania’s atheistic past and suggest the country’s potential as a model for religious coexistence

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi discussed the motives for Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip in a press briefing Tuesday.

The Albanian-born Blessed Mother Teresa will be an important figure for Pope Francis’ trip, he said.

“In Albania, Mother Teresa is a national heroine, as well as a figure of extraordinary Christian holiness,” Father Lombardi explained.

He observed that Albania was the first officially atheistic state. The Pope’s...READ MORE

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Chinese-Speaking World Gets First Parish Dedicated to St. John Paul II (662)

Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of the Diocese of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, presided at the Mass of Inauguration and Consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance.

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St. John Paul II

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KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept.

Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of Kaohsiung presided at the Mass of Inauguration and Consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance.

According to Fides news agency, the pastor of the parish, Father Calogero Orifiamma, an Italian missionary and architect of the new church, traveled to Italy to obtain the relic of St. John Paul II.

“The biggest and most beautiful news was the celebration of four baptisms during the Mass,”...READ MORE

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Catholic Church in Cuba Sets New Pastoral Plan for Evangelization (466)

‘On the Road to Emmaus’ offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country.

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Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during the Pope’s visit.

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HAVANA — The Catholic Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.

Entitled “On the Road to Emmaus,” the plan offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country. The first part invites the faithful “to look beyond sociological aspects and at the life of our society and of our Church, in order to discover in both realities the calls God is making today to our work of evangelization in Cuba.”

In the second part, the Gospel passage about the disciples on the road to Emmaus is highlighted as a source of inspiration and...READ MORE

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Does ISIS Want to Kill Pope Francis? A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone and Much More! (1865)

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Does ISIS Want to Kill Pope Francis? What You Need to Know by Andrew Bieszad – BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis on the Footsteps of the Unknown Pope – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Middle-East Patriarch Calls for Help Against Islamic State – Doreen Abi Raad, The Catholic Herald

Richard Dawkins Needs Hug from My Daughter with Down Syndrome – Leticia Velasquez, Catholic Stand

Weep for Slaughtered Christians, Not for Dialogue with Islam – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Ghanîmah Comes to Rotherham – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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IDC Leader: Ted Cruz Put ‘Lives at Risk’ at In Defense of Christians Summit (2899)

The Texas senator potentially gave extremists more reason to exterminate Middle East Christians by calling Israel their greatest ally, said In Defense of Christians’ executive director.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a Sept. 16 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the threat posed by ISIS

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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the In Defense of Christians summit, an event that raised awareness about the ongoing genocide of Christians from the Middle East, fear U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas may have put “lives at risk” with his controversial keynote address at last Wednesday’s gala.

“He came to a summit in defense of Christians and actually endangered Christian lives,” said Andrew Doran, executive director of IDC.

Initially, Cruz’s address was warmly received by the more than 900 attendees of the IDC gala dinner at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington on Sept. 10. The crowd applauded with equal force when the Texas Republican said, “Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews” as when he...READ MORE

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