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Florida Court Grants Injunction to Ave Maria From HHS Mandate (1508)

The ruling protects the university from facing millions of dollars in fines that could have been levied against the school after the revised mandate would have taken effect on Nov. 1.

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Ave Maria University chapel

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NAPLES, Fla. — A federal court in Florida has granted Ave Maria University preliminary protection from the federal contraception mandate, which the school has challenged on religious-freedom grounds.

“After dozens of court rulings, the government still doesn’t seem to get that it can’t force faith institutions to violate their beliefs,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the university.

“Fortunately, the courts continue to see through the government’s attempts to disguise the mandate’s religious coercion,” Baxter said in an Oct. 28 statement. “We congratulate Ave Maria for its courage, even under the threat of crippling fines.”


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Nigerian Bishop: Life Here Has Become ‘Cheaper Than Salt’ (1005)

The bishop of the diocese that has suffered greatly because of Boko Haram criticized the government’s inability to protect its populace.

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Displaced persons in Maiduguri, who are being cared for by the local Church, in September.

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Bishop Oliver Doeme, who heads the Nigerian diocese that has suffered the most from Boko Haram, criticized his government’s failure to effectively counter the militants, saying human life is being devalued.

“We use to think that salt is the cheapest commodity in the market, well, life is cheaper now especially in the Northeastern part of Nigeria,” Bishop Doeme of Maiduguri wrote in a report delivered recently to his fellow bishops and to Aid to the Church in Need, which is helping him to rebuild Church infrastructure and to care for the thousands of displaced persons in his diocese.

Maiduguri is the capital of Borno State, which is the center of activity for the...READ MORE

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Ukrainian Elections: Pro-Western Parties Win, but Will the Maidan Spirit Prevail? (1195)

Three Christian-oriented parties led the balloting, but it remains to see whether the troubled nation’s ongoing problems will now be addressed.

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Ukraine's flag flies over Maidan Square in Kiev.

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KIEV, Ukraine — High expectations for change in Ukraine resulted in early parliamentary elections held in late October that solidify pro-European forces.

What remains in question is whether the reform efforts of the Maidan Revolution will prevail, as the country struggles simultaneously with corruption, violent conflict and near economic collapse. 

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatzenyuk’s party, the People’s Front, and President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc received the highest number of votes, each with about 22% of the vote. Surprisingly, the new “Self Reliance” political party, which emerged in western Ukraine and is premised on Christian values, came in third — making it a significant power...READ MORE

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Ways to Foster Your Daughter's Vocation to the Convent, An Extraordinary Synod Indeed and More! (1740)

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Click on Five Ways to Foster Your Daughter’s Vocation to the Convent link to read more.

An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed by George Weigel of First Things - BigPulpit.com

Five Ways to Foster Your Daughter’s Vocation to the Convent – Bridget Green, Truth & Charity

About Annulments, Recent Synod on the Family – Shaun McAfee

What’s Happening in Houston with the Persecution of Christians by a Gay Mayor? – Mark Movsesian, First Things

A Critique of Cardinal Kasper’s Latest Arguments by Monica Migliorino Miller of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Real Victims of the Gay Bullyboys – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Synod Embers: God Is Still In Charge – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

I’m Dying, too, Brittany, but Suicide Is Not the Answer – Kara Tippetts, Aleteia∝


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Painter of the Popes (1488)

World-renowned artist Igor Babailov discusses his vocation to depict the beauty and truth of God’s creation, especially the human form.

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Courtesy of Igor Babailov


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Igor Babailov is one of the most sought-after portrait painters of our time. He is a world-renowned master of painting and drawing and is an academician of the Russian Academy of Art (established in 1757). Moreover, he is acknowledged by the Vatican curator as a maestro for his portraits of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

His officially commissioned portraits of world leaders include presidents, prime ministers and royalty, as well as three popes, one of whom is now a canonized saint. He has been interviewed by world news media and has been featured in major print and electronic news media, including: CNN, ABC, the New York Daily NewsThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post,...READ MORE

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Asia Bibi to Pope Francis: Pray for Me, Your Daughter (1011)

The Catholic woman’s appeal against her death sentence for allegedly violating her country’s blasphemy law was rejected last week by a Pakistani court.

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VATICAN CITY — A Catholic woman condemned to death in Pakistan for allegedly violating the country’s blasphemy law has asked Pope Francis for his prayers, saying that she trusts in God’s plan for her life.

“Pope Francis, I am your daughter, Asia Bibi. I implore you: pray for me, for my salvation and for my freedom. At this point I can only entrust (myself) to God Almighty who can do anything for me.”

In a letter to the Holy Father, which was obtained and made public by Vatican Insider, Bibi offered a heartfelt plea for prayer, while voicing her trust in God.

On Oct. 16, the Lahore High Court rejected Bibi’s appeal against her death sentence. Bibi had been convicted under Pakistan’s...READ MORE

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Syria: 17-year-old Christian Crucified; Anointing in the Time of Ebola; The Grace of Yes and More! (1738)

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Cardinal Parolin: Without Its Christian Roots, Europe Won’t Help the World (1153)

The Vatican secretary of state spoke during a visit to the Benedictine abbey of Montecassino.

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‘Pacis Nuntius,’ the 1964 apostolic letter by which Blessed Paul VI declared St. Benedict a patron of Europe, displayed at Montecassino abbey.


MONTECASSINO, Italy — The European Union could be significant and helpful in solving crises around the world, but its common effort should lie in its Christians roots which are somewhat forgotten, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Friday.

The Vatican’s Secretary of State spoke to CNA Oct. 24 during a visit to the Benedictine abbey of Montecassino. The event coincided with the appointment of a new abbot for the community, and its reorganization, and commemorated the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s visit to the first community of the Order of St. Benedict.

When he visited Montecassino in 1964, Pope Paul read his apostolic letter Pacis Nuntius, proclaiming St. Benedict a patron of Europe...READ MORE

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