Emma Watson Meets Her Pope

Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:24 AM Comments (0)

Last Wednesday, 7-year-old Emma Watson of Craigmont, Idaho, finally got her wish to meet Pope Benedict XVI. Register readers will remember first meeting Emma through this story.

Nearly aborted, Emma was born with mosaic Turner syndrome and hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has undergone five open-heart surgeries for palliation of her congenital heart condition. She has wanted to meet the Pope since age 3.

Originally scheduled to meet the Pope in February, that trip had to be canceled because Emma had to be hospitalized for intestinal bleeding. The trip was made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which granted 13,425 wishes to children last year.

This time around, she almost...READ MORE

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NRLC Says Baucus Bill Would Fund Abortions

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 5:30 PM Comments (0)

Sen. Max Baucus (Reuters)

The summary of the health-care reform bill that Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., will submit next week to his committee contains language that purports to prevent federal funding of abortion.

Not true, according to this press release the National Right to Life Committee e-mailed to the Daily Blog a few minutes ago:

WASHINGTON—The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life group comprised of 50 state right-to-life organizations and about 3,000 local chapters, today reacted to the new bill issued by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mt.).

ABORTION MANDATES AND FEDERAL SUBSIDIES

The following statement may be attributed to...READ MORE

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Sebelius Speaks About Abortion and Communion

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 3:01 PM Comments (0)

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (CNS/Reuters)

Wondering how pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius justify their public dissent from Church teachings on this most fundamental issue concerning the sanctity of human life?

This blog will answer that question with Sebelius’s own words, in an interview published yesterday by The Washington Post.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas requested in May 2008 that Sebelius not present herself for reception of Communion because of the public scandal caused by her support for legal abortion as governor of Kansas.

Here’s what Sebelius said about the matter, in her interview with the Post’s Lois Romano (go here to watch...READ MORE

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Pius XII at Yad Vashem?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 2:19 PM Comments (0)

Benedict visits Yad Vashem last May. (CNS/Reuters)

From an article published in tomorrow’s edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano:

The Pave the Way Foundation, a U.S. institution dedicated to promoting world peace through dialogue among religions, has formally requested to have Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) recognized as a “Righteous Among the Nations” and then placed on a list in the famous Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Pave the Way’s founder president, Gary Krupp, communicated the initiative to Benedict XVI during today’s general audience in the Paul VI Hall. Krupp also gave the Holy Father a book on Pope Pius covering around three thousand documents on the wartime Pontiff, discovered after...READ MORE

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The Catholic Voice on Health-Care Reform

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 1:51 PM Comments (0)

Posted yesterday here at the USCCB website:

Make your voice heard in the health care debate
By Mar Muñoz-Visoso

Does thinking about health care reform give you a headache? Are the rhetoric, the cross messages, and the overflow of information—and misinformation—tempting you give in to the pessimistic thought that the sick who are most in need of health care, the poor, the marginalized, the immigrant, don’t stand a chance, “as always,” in front of powerful financial and political interests? Do you question getting involved at all?
     
The task seems daunting, but this is not the moment to give up or disconnect. The debate has reached a critical moment when the Catholic...READ MORE

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Defending DOMA, and Marriage

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 4:40 PM Comments (0)

(CNS)

Marriage advocates are mobilizing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which has been targeted by congressional backers of so-called “homosexual marriage.”

The act defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and gives federal protection to similar legislation passed in most U.S. states to define marriage as an institution that can involve only one man and one woman.

It’s tedious to have to repeat, every time the issue of attempting to redefine marriage arises, that DOMA and these state definitions of marriage simply codify the understanding shared by human society throughout history — that marriage is a...READ MORE

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Making Jesus Fashionable

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 3:35 PM Comments (0)

Michael Belk shoots a photo for his "Journeys with the Messiah" collection.

This is a new twist on evangelization: Christian fashion photographer Michael Belk has assembled a gallery of high-quality images portraying Jesus, combining biblical settings with contemporary dilemmas.

The collection is called “Journeys with the Messiah,” and the images can be viewed at the website Belk has set up to promote them.

The photographs are compelling. So is the story of how the Florida-born Belk became a highly successful fashion photographer in New York, and subsequently developed his Christian faith and decided to dedicate his photographic talents to the service of spreading the Gospel. Go here to view a CNN video of Belk discussing the project.

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Senate to Drop Abortion Funding From Health Reform?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:50 PM Comments (0)

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., speaks yesterday to reporters about health-care reform. (Reuters)

CNN reported yesterday that the Senate Finance Committee, which is negotiating the Senate version of the health-care reform bill, is considering the inclusion of language specifying that the provisions of the bill are prohibited from funding abortion services.

The House version of the bill, according to pro-life analysts, is drafted in a manner that will allow funding of abortion services to be mandated.

CNN quoted Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., one of the six bipartisan negotiators on the committee who are charged with trying to reach a compromise over disputed elements of the health-care reform plan. The group, which is headed by Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., met...READ MORE

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