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Thai Surrogacy Scandal: The Difference Between Begotten and Made (8601)

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Pattaramon Chanbua, right, kisses her baby boy Gammy at a hospital in Chonburi province, southeastern Thailand, on Aug. 3.

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A surrogacy story has recently made headlines all over the world: David and Wendy Farnell, an Australian couple, contracted with a Thai woman, Pattharamon Janbua, to carry their in vitro fertilization (IVF)-created embryos. Pattharamon gave birth to twins, a boy with Down syndrome and a girl. The Farnells took the girl home to Australia and left the boy, named Gammy, in Thailand.

The Farnells say that they were told that Gammy was going to die, so they left him behind. It is telling that nowhere in the couple’s statements do they mention going back to get him. Pattharamon is now committed to raising Gammy as a part of her family. In an ominous twist to an already tragic predicament, David...READ MORE

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A 21st Century Knight, a Model of Chivalry; The Pope Francis Effect on Vatican Media and Much More! (3010)

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The ‘Pope Francis Effect’ on Vatican Media – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

A Father’s Blessing for a Girls Vocation – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

Book Review: “7 Secrets of the Eucharist” by Vinny Flynn – Quartermaster of the Barque

When Priest Confessor Doesn’t Use Proper Form of Absolution via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How to Discern? – Fr. John Bartunek LC ThD, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Heaven Is For Children – Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand

Former ‘Guardian’ of Vatican Artworks Dies at 85 – Carol Glatz, The Catholic Herald

Choosing the Better Part –...READ MORE

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Obama Silent as ISIS Gains Ground and Iraqi Christians’ Hopes Fade (12408)

As Iraq’s religious minorities face a humanitarian crisis, their advocates in Washington say the Obama administration must provide a blueprint for relief, protection and resettlement.

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A displaced Iraqi Christian displays a tattoo of Christ on the cross in late June at St. Joseph’s Church in Erbil, Iraq.

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WASHINGTON — Over the past weekend, jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — known as ISIS, ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and most recently as IS (Islamic State) — fresh from their brutal expulsion of Christians from Mosul, swept into several northern Iraqi towns, including two with a large community of Yazidis, another religious minority with ancient roots.   

Before the close of the weekend, an estimated 200,000 Yazidis had left their homes in Sinjar for the mountains with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and a smaller group of Christians were also on the move, victims of the militants’ policy of religious cleansing.

The Washington Post has since...READ MORE

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Pope Discusses Mercy of God and Transfiguration of Jesus (3130)

In first general audience after his summer break, the Holy Father reflected on the beatitudes and Aug. 6 feast.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his first general audience since June, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, explaining that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament by giving a new teaching on mercy in the beatitudes.

“At the heart of the New Covenant is our realization that, in Christ, we are embraced by God’s mercy and compassion and that our lives must bear witness to his love for all our brothers and sisters,” the Holy Father stated in his Aug. 6 general audience.

Beginning a catechesis on the Church shortly before breaking for the summer, Pope Francis continued this line of reflection with those gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“Prepared for in the Old Testament and established by...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley Criticizes New Massachusetts Buffer-Zone Law (1643)

The Boston archbishop said the state Legislature ‘acted with unseemly haste’ in passing legislation that could restrict the activities of pro-life counselors outside of abortion facilities.

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BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has criticized a new Massachusetts law re-establishing buffer zones around abortion businesses after the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down the old law.

In an Aug. 1 statement, the cardinal warned that “the effect, again, is to make it very difficult for citizens seeking to offer alternatives to women contemplating an abortion.”

The law would forbid anyone from “substantially impeding” access to an abortion facility. If this occurred, police could issue a dispersal order and place the protesters 25 feet away from the entrance or driveway of the building.

After the old “buffer zone” law forbade sidewalk counseling within 35 feet of an...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Altar Servers: Bring Jesus Outside the Church (3063)

The Holy Father spoke with 50,000 German altar servers about their role in spreading the Good News of Jesus and following the example of Mary’s ‘Yes’ to God.

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Pope Francis met with more than 50,000 altar servers from Germany on Aug. 5 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday met with more than 50,000 altar servers on an annual pilgrimage to Rome from Germany, urging them to bring Jesus to the world, especially those outside of the Church.

“You are called to speak of Jesus to your contemporaries, not only those within your parishes or associations, but especially to those outside,” he told the altar servers after a vespers prayer service on Aug. 5.

He stressed that they must make it a priority to remember God, the giver of life, who loves each person.

The Pope arrived in St. Peter’s Square at 6pm Rome time for vespers. He greeted some of the altar servers before the prayers.

His homily was a reflection on St. Paul’s...READ MORE

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Catholic Groups Unite to Help Iraqis Exiled by the Islamic State (1960)

Thousands of Christians and other Iraqi minorities have nothing left and are depending on international Catholic aid to survive.

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A man leaves his car and packs his bag at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq, on June 11.

– R. Nuri UNHCR-ACNUR via Flickr

MOSUL, Iraq — Catholic Relief Services and Caritas have agreed to a common plan to help those who have fled from their homes in the portions of northern Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State (IS).

The militant Sunni Islamist organization, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), was among the rebels fighting in the Syrian civil war. IS expanded its holdings into Iraq, taking Fallujah in January, and then in June began rapidly seizing Mosul and swaths of territory in the country's north and west. It has now declared a caliphate and calls itself the Islamic State.

All non-Sunni persons in the Islamic State have been persecuted — Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims...READ MORE

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Immigration Impasse: Latest House Bill Expected to Die in Senate (3606)

The recent surge of young, unaccompanied migrants has accentuated partisan divisions in the U.S. Congress over the issue.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents detain young, undocumented immigrants after a foot chase on July 25 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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WASHINGTON — The surge of young unaccompanied migrants crossing the United States border illegally has complicated what was already a contentious debate in Congress, where the Republican-led House of Representatives passed legislation last week that Democratic lawmakers denounced and said is dead on arrival in the Senate.

“It’s very sad Congress couldn’t work together to deal with this international concern and serve the common good. Meanwhile, kids are suffering,” said Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody, a University of Notre Dame professor who has written extensively about and produced documentaries on immigration.

Father Groody told the Register he was disappointed with the two...READ MORE

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