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Christians Relieved by Hindu Nationalists’ Drubbing in Key Indian State (1560)

Voters in Bihar sharply rebuked the Bharatiya Janata Party, accused of fostering a climate of religious intolerance and violence since winning India’s national elections last year.

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Narendra Modi, leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party, addresses an event in the state of Bihar in March 2014.

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PATNA, India — Christians have joined the broad spectrum of secular opposition groups in hailing the electoral drubbing of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the key Bihar state in eastern India.

“This victory is for the development and secularism of the country,” Archbishop William D’Souza of Patna, capital of Bihar state, told the Register Nov. 17, reacting to the reverse suffered by the BJP, who control India’s federal government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP won only 53 of 243 seats in Bihar’s legislature when the votes of staggered polls were counted on Nov. 8. Contrary to many exit polls that predicted a BJP victory, the state’s secular...READ MORE

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Pope Names First Catholic Bishop to Oversee Anglican Ordinariate (1566)

Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, will oversee the ordinariate in the United States and Canada.

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Bishop-elect Steven Lopes greets Pope Francis at a general audience in Rome.

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HOUSTON — Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop to head the Anglican ordinariate in the United States and Canada, making him the first Catholic prelate to hold the position.

Bishop-elect Lopes, 40, is originally from the Archdiocese of San Francisco in the United States and currently serves as an official for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

He will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop, who was appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012 to shepherd the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The ordinariate, the equivalent to a diocese, is for those who were nurtured in the...READ MORE

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Chicago Archdiocese Buries Unidentified Persons Who Are ‘Known to God’ (1317)

‘Everyone has the right to be mourned and prayed for,’ says priest of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which has donated hundreds of graves to help bury the remains of the deceased — often homeless adults.

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s Catholic cemeteries have helped bury the bodies of about 200 unidentified and unclaimed persons in recent years. One of the priests involved has stressed the importance of reducing homelessness and of mourning those who have no one to pray for them.

Father Larry Sullivan, associate priest director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, reflected on the sadness of the situation.

“Obviously these are folks who have been living a marginalized life. They’ve been living on the fringes of society, alienated from family or friends, that they would truly be unknown,” he told CNA Nov. 20.

“Certainly the end of their life was very difficult: They didn’t have...READ MORE

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Australian Bishops Continue to Defend Letter on Marriage After Legal Complaint (1841)

Archbishop Anthony Fisher said of pastoral mission: ‘I intend to keep speaking up for Christian beliefs, always respectfully, never with prejudice or hatred; I hope our democracy will treat me with the same courtesy.’

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SYDNEY — The Sydney archbishop has strongly defended the freedom of the Catholic Church in response to a legal complaint claiming the Australian bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage violated Tasmania’s strict anti-discrimination law.  

“Australia is party to treaties guaranteeing freedoms of religion and of speech and regularly exhorts other nations to observe these,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said Nov. 13.

“It is, therefore, astonishing and truly alarming that people might be proceeded against for stating traditional Christian beliefs on marriage.”  

“Fair-minded readers of the bishops’ statement on marriage would see it was a very carefully worded and indeed compassionate...READ MORE

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Pope Will Go to Africa as ‘Minister of the Gospel’ (862)

The Holy Father wants to bring ‘consolation and hope,’ he told the faithful in video messages.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sent two video messages Monday ahead of his tri-nation visit to Africa, speaking his intent to bring “consolation and hope” to the region, while serving as a “minister of the Gospel.”

In the message sent to the people of the Central African Republic, Pope Francis, speaking in French, referenced the “joy which pervades me” on the occasion of the visit, while acknowledging the ongoing violence that has brought suffering to the war-torn nation.

“Your dear country has for too long been affected by a violent situation and by insecurity, of which many of you have been innocent victims,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio’s translation.

CAR is currently in the...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Showdown Over Texas Abortion Law (2351)

The abortion lobby is arguing that those regulations are unconstitutional because they have forced dozens of abortion facilities in Texas to close, creating what the lobby describes as an undue burden for women seeking to have an abortion.

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WASHINGTON — In a case that could affect how states regulate abortion facilities, the U.S. Supreme Court will review Texas’ 2013 law that requires those facilities to meet the standards for ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The abortion lobby is arguing that those regulations are unconstitutional because they have forced dozens of abortion facilities in Texas to close, creating what the lobby describes as an undue burden for women seeking to have an abortion.

However, pro-life leaders and Texas state officials say those regulations are necessary to protect women’s health in an industry that is wrought with fraud and...READ MORE

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The War Men Won’t Fight; Private Revelations: What Are We to Believe? and Much More! (2727)

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Dangerous Compassion in the Syrian Refugee Debate? (3965)

COMMENTARY: Compassion without prudence would be a recipe for disaster.

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A couple gathers outside Notre Dame Cathedral during a ceremony to honor the victims of the Nov. 13 Islamist terrorist attacks on Nov. 15 in Paris.

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G.K. Chesterton wrote that “the modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone.”

His observation seems applicable to the current debate about taking in Syrian refugees. The “modern world” in this case is made up of the European elites, the Obama administration and Christian clerics who follow their lead. The virtue gone mad is compassion.

What Chesterton probably had in mind when he wrote about “mad” virtues was Aristotle’s doctrine of the mean (which was later adopted by Aquinas). According to Aristotle, the virtuous course of action is always situated between two extremes or...READ MORE

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