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Ten Facts You Never Knew About St. John Paul II, The Importance of Christian Friendship and More! (3992)

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05/02/2014 Comment

Follow Ten Facts You Never Knew About St. John Paul II by Taylor Marshall, PhD to read more.

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The 16 Best Pictures from the Canonization Weekend – Aleteia

University of Notre Dame Bans Pro-Marriage Catholic Group – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Two Patron Saints of Christian Unity – Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille, The Catholic World Report

Protestantism's Missing Saints by Devin Rose of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

St. John Paul II Set the Barque Back on Course – Dr. William Oddie, Crisis Magazine

The Importance of a Manly & Christian Friendship – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

A Way Out for College Kids – Zachary Gappa, Catholic Lane

Catholic in the Cubicle: Setting Up Your Work...READ MORE

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NARAL, Google and Crisis-Pregnancy Centers (4567)

The abortion-rights organization’s claim that it successfully lobbied Google to pull ads for crisis-pregnancy centers draws skepticism, but pro-life groups must accommodate Google’s ‘abortion policy.’

05/01/2014 Comments (6)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — This week, NARAL Pro-Choice America made a striking claim: “We’ve gotten Google to take down deceptive ads from anti-choice crisis-pregnancy centers!” read an online alert to supporters and the media.

“Google’s leadership in removing the majority of these ads is a victory for truth in advertising and for the women who have been targeted by a deliberate misinformation campaign by crisis-pregnancy centers,” said NARAL’s president, Ilyse Hogue, in an April 28 statement.

The abortion-rights group asserted that the crisis-pregnancy centers’ (CPCs) use of keywords, like “abortion clinic,” violated Google’s policy barring false advertising and that “more than two-thirds...READ MORE

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Sarah Palin Rebuked for Comparing Waterboarding to Baptism (4454)

Catholic and other Christians criticized the former Alaska’s governor’s April 26 comments as disrespectful, irreverent and possibly even blasphemous.

05/01/2014 Comments (34)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks April 26 to a National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Catholics and other Christians have criticized Sarah Palin’s recent comments comparing waterboarding to baptism, calling them disrespectful, irreverent and even blasphemous.

“Not all intolerant, anti-freedom, leftist liberals are hypocrites. I’m kidding; yes, they are. And they are not right policies that poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries, instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies. Come on! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America,” Palin said April 26 at a National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis.

“They who’d obviously have information on plots, say to carry out jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Amazing Spider‑Man 2’ (6909)

A superior sequel establishes its hero as a charismatic superstar who connects with people — but it can’t entirely overcome the flaws of its disappointing predecessor.

05/01/2014 Comments (18)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s biggest liability is that it follows The Amazing Spider-Man. This sequel is so much better than its predecessor that I’ve gone from being merely disappointed with the 2012 reboot to being downright angry about it.

From the new film’s gripping opening scene, a flashback involving Peter Parker’s parents, it’s not entirely clear that the earlier film will be a liability. The Amazing Spider-Man suggested a mystery around the death of Peter’s parents, and the revelations here offer a new angle on Spider-Man’s origins, along with some nifty set pieces.

Best of all, the new film delivers on the potential of one of the strongest moments in the 2012 film: a terrific...READ MORE

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Focus Welcomes Injunction Against Obamacare's Contraception Mandate (2615)

The vice president of the organization calls the court’s decision ‘the only constitutionally correct solution to this government-created problem.’

05/01/2014 Comments (1)

DENVER — The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) has welcomed a federal court’s injunction against the HHS mandate that the student missionary organization says threatens the freedom of religious ministries.

“Affirming the freedom of Focus to operate as a Christian ministry is the only constitutionally correct solution to this government-created problem,” John Zimmer, vice president of training and formation for the organization, said April 29. “The court was absolutely right to block enforcement of the HHS mandate against Focus, and we are grateful for this decision.”

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado issued a preliminary injunction against the mandate...READ MORE

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Pope Creates Commission to Address Peruvian University's Catholic Identity (2973)

The could be the last chance for the former pontifical institution to adhere to guidelines the Holy See set in 2012.

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Cardinal Peter Erdo, relator general of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on pastoral challenges to the Family

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LIMA, Peru — The Apostolic Nunciature in Peru announced that Pope Francis has created a commission of cardinals to find a solution to the case of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, which has clashed with the Vatican over the university’s Catholic identity.

“In the absence of the apostolic nuncio, it is my duty to inform you that the Holy Father has established a commission of cardinals whose mission will be to find a definitive consensual solution — within the framework of the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae (On Catholic Universities) — to the question of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru,” the administrator of the nunciature, Father Jose Antonio...READ MORE

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Broad Coalition Pushes Back Against Surrogacy Legislation (2775)

As legislative sessions wind down in a number of states, a coalition of Catholics, bioethicists and feminists are uniting to resist the legal recognition and regulation of commercial surrogacy.

05/01/2014 Comments (6)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Opponents of commercial surrogacy in a number of states are preparing to withstand efforts to legalize the process before state legislative sessions end in the coming months.

Legislation to legally recognize and regulate surrogacy is active in the states of Louisiana, Minnesota and New York, as well as the District of Columbia. In two of those places, New York and D.C., surrogacy is currently prohibited, as it is in Michigan, where jail time and fines as high as $50,000 can be levied against offenders.

However, in most states, surrogacy, a practice the Catholic Church deems as “gravely immoral,” is unregulated.

“[The industry] has been kind of like the Wild West,” said...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: No Room for Envy, What Really Happened at Charlotte Catholic High School and More! (5636)

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05/01/2014 Comment

Follow Pope Francis: No Room for Envy and Gossip Among Christians link by Domenico Agasso Jr. of Vatican Insider to read more.

What Really Happened at Charlotte Catholic High School: The Scalp of Fr. Kauth by Austin Ruse - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: No Room for Envy and Gossip Among Christians – Domenico Agasso Jr., Vatican Insider

Investing in Community – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

St. John XXIII in His Own Words: The Defense of Catholic Truth – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, New Liturgical Movement

In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

St. John Paul II: Who Opposed His Canonization and Why? – Philippe Oswald, Aleteia

Science Fiction and Tolerance – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Come Out of the Wilderness and into the Garden – David Clayton, The Way of...READ MORE

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