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Cardinal Parolin to Witness Historic Signing of Colombia Peace Accords (1113)

The Vatican’s Secretary of State will be on hand to witness the official end of five bitter decades of war in the South American nation.

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The flag of Colombia.

– Grancolombiano Departamento de Comunicaciones via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin will visit Colombia Sept. 26 to mark the signing of a long-awaited peace agreement between the Colombian government and Marxist rebels.

It was announced Monday that Cardinal Parolin will visit Cartagena during the signing of the peace deal, which was agreed to Aug. 24 between the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The deal is intended to end a 52-year conflict in the South American country. It will be signed Sept. 26 in front of a large group of diplomatic delegations and then submitted to a popular vote by the...READ MORE

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Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’ (5498)

In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle East

09/19/2016 Comments (14)
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Some Christian families that fled the Islamic State in summer 2014 have lived in refugee camps like this one in Kurdistan (northern Iraq) for two years, often without schools for children.

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WASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9.

Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis.

“We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in Iraq today as fewer than 300,000 (a figure cited by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, down from 1.5...READ MORE

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Canadian Bishops: Divorced-and-Civilly-Remarried Catholics Must Follow Right Path to Reconciliation (2433)

The guidelines are intended to direct ‘authentic and effective pastoral accompaniment’ of men and women who have divorced and remarried without a formal annulment of their first union, the bishops explained.

09/19/2016 Comments (9)

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EDMONTON, Canada — Divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly are welcome to seek reconciliation with the Church, but they need to be sure they are following the right path, some Catholic bishops of Canada have said in new guidelines.

“It may happen that, through media, friends or family, couples have been led to understand that there has been a change in practice by the Church, such that now the reception of holy Communion at Mass by persons who are divorced and civilly remarried is possible if they simply have a conversation with a priest,” said guidelines from the Catholic bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

“This view is erroneous,” they said.

Couples who express...READ MORE

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Thousands Gather at Berlin March for Life to Say ‘No Child Is Unsuitable’ (1474)

Catholic bishops turned out to call on demonstrators to ensure every human being has the right to life from conception to natural death.

09/19/2016 Comments (1)
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Participants in the 2016 March for Life in Berlin.

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BERLIN — More than 7,500 people took part in the annual March for Life in Berlin on Saturday, under the motto: “No Child is Unsuitable.”

The peaceful gathering was organized by the Federal Association for the Right to Life. Participants held aloft placards supporting the right to life from conception to natural death.

Five bishops took part in the event: Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, who also celebrated the closing ecumenical Church service, Berlin's Archbishop Heiner Koch, and Auxiliary Bishops Matthias Heinrich of Berlin, Dominikus Schwaderlapp of Cologne, and Florian Wörner of Augsburg.

Archbishop Koch called on the demonstrators to strive to ensure “that every human being...READ MORE

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Congressional Investigation Documents University of New Mexico’s Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue (3546)

According to the report, university and state officials do not appear to be addressing the matter.

09/19/2016 Comments (13)
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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, at the April 20 hearing.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On at least two occasions, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of New Mexico dissected the brains of aborted children during a six-week summer educational research program.

And for more than 20 years, a controversial late-term abortion facility in downtown Albuquerque has provided tissue and organs from aborted babies to the university. Several of the facility’s doctors have even enjoyed “volunteer faculty” positions at the university that enabled them access to libraries and recreational facilities even though they did not teach any actual classes.

Those findings, among many others, are documented in a congressional investigative report that shows...READ MORE

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In ‘Mercy Friday’ Visit to Neonatal Unit, Hospice, Pope Stresses Dignity of Human Life (2841)

Through the Sept. 16 visit, ‘the Holy Father wanted to give a strong sign of the importance of life, from its first moment to its natural end,’ the Vatican said in a statement.

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Pope Francis holds a baby in the neonatal unit of San Giovanni Hospital on Sept. 16.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — On Friday, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

The Sept. 16 visit is the latest in the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiatives, where he spends time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.

In previous trips, he has made surprise stops at places including an elderly home, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and a facility for retired priests.

In this month’s visit, Pope first visited San Giovanni Hospital, stopping at both the emergency room and the neonatal unit. Currently there are 12 babies with various conditions in the unit. Five of...READ MORE

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Sex, Family and the Liberty of the Church (4604)

The Philadelphia shepherd spoke on Sept. 15 at the University of Notre Dame.

09/16/2016 Comments (22)
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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia delivered the following 2016 Tocqueville Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 15. It has been reprinted with permission from the archdiocese.


I want to thank Dr. [Vincent] Muñoz [director of Notre Dame’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and Public Life] and Father [John] Jenkins [president of Notre Dame] for inviting me to speak this afternoon. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be here.

A lecture named after Alexis de Tocqueville will naturally involve politics. That’s a good thing, and we’ll have plenty to talk about. But I don’t want to begin there today.

I spent much of last week helping my brother and his wife...READ MORE

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Boston College Quarterback Soars Like an Eagle (4075)

University of Kentucky Transfer Patrick Towles Plays Football, Studies Theology

09/16/2016 Comments (6)
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Patrick Towles of in action against the University of Massachusetts.

– Boston College

Most young men do not seriously consider either a career in the NFL or a vocation to the priesthood. However, Patrick Towles is doing both.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback led the Highlands High School Bluebirds to three consecutive state championships (2010-2012) in Kentucky. He was the starter for the University of Kentucky Wildcats the past two seasons, helping his team gain consecutive 5-7 records in a very tough Southeastern Conference.

This season, Towles, who transferred to Boston College, will lead the Eagles’ attempt to improve upon their 3-9 record in 2015. The grandson of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, is looking forward to the...READ MORE

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