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Vietnamese Communist Leader Meets Pope for First Time (1399)

Nguyên Phú Trong’s visit was part of a wider European tour he is conducting with another nine members of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

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Nguyên Phú Trong, secretary general of Vietnam's Communist Party.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict received in audience today the secretary general of Vietnam‘s Communist Party, discussing issues of interest to the Vatican and Vietnam.

The Pope spoke with Nguyên Phú Trong on Jan. 22, who then met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states.

The Church leaders addressed with Trong their hopes of strengthening the existing fruitful cooperation between the two states.

Trong’s audience with the Pope was unusual in that he is a political leader and not a head of state with whom Pope Benedict would usually meet.

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Pope Names Brazilian-Born Priest New Head of Vatican TV (1560)

Additional restructuring also comes to the Vatican Press Office.

01/22/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — In a restructuring of Vatican communication departments, a Brazilian-born priest will be the new director of the Vatican TV station.

Pope Benedict appointed Father Dario Edoardo Viganò, professor at the Pontifical Lateran University and a cinema expert, to take the place of Father Federico Lombardi.

“I feel very happy about this decision that has been taken because I still have a lot of work to do as head of Vatican Radio and as head of the Vatican’s press office,” Father Lombardi, 70, told CNA.

“As long as they don't appoint a new head for these two posts, I will still remain here,” the Jesuit priest added, laughing.

The Pope named Father Lombardi as the Vatican’s...READ MORE

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Forty Years After 'Roe' and 'Doe,' Pro-Lifers Are Hopeful (2343)

A discouraging new Pew Forum poll conceals evidence of a pro-life majority, according to some leading pro-life advocates.

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WASHINGTON —The fanfare over President Barack Obama’s second public inauguration ceremony Jan. 21 briefly overshadowed the 40th anniversary of what future generations may well consider a far more momentous event: the 1973 Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that removed the right of state legislatures to ban abortion. (Roe did so for the first three months of pregnancy, Doe for the rest.)

After four decades of heated debate over Roe and Doe, popular opinion remains divided on the issue. According to a new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Americans don’t like abortion on demand, but they want to keep Roe.

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Colo. Civil-Unions Bill Could Endanger Catholic Child Services (1902)

As in other states where homosexual unions have been legally sanctioned, Church agencies could be forced to halt adoption and foster-care services in Colorado.

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DENVER — A new version of a proposed Colorado civil-unions bill has dropped provisions that protect agencies from being forced to place children with same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples — a change that could put at risk Catholic Charities’ adoption and foster-care services in the state.

Jennifer Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 16 that there have been “significant” changes to the bill from last year’s version, which failed to pass.

If the legislation passes this year, civil unions for two people of any sex would be legally equivalent to marriage under state law. The 2012 Colorado Senate bill proposing to create the...READ MORE

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Why Seminarians Should Study Sacred Art and Architecture, Fr. Jenkins to March for Life and More! (1527)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why Seminarians Should Study Sacred Art and Architecture. Click on the link by Duncan G. Stroik to read more.

Why Seminarians Should Study Sacred Art and Architecture - Duncan G. Stroik, Crisis Magazine

Fr. Jenkins to March for Life – Matthew Archbold, The CNS Blog

Yet More Christians Silenced in Europe. . .and America by Austin Ruse of Crisis MagazineBig Pulpit

Book Review: Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

How Artificial Birth Control Aborts Babies – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Louisiana Named Most Pro-Life State, Washington Most Pro-Abortion – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Roe v. Wade at Forty: The Court’s Two Unwarranted Stipulations – Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

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Why 'Roe v. Wade' (Bad As It Is) Isn’t the Real Problem (2586)

In an exclusive Register interview, March of Life co-founder Bill Devlin remembers its beginnings 40 years ago and the 'life principles' at the core of the fight against legal abortion.

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March for Life 1974, on the first anniversary of 'Roe v. Wade.'

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As hundreds of thousands of marchers descend upon Washington this week, the question on many minds is: “When will Roe v. Wade at last be overturned?”

But Bill Devlin, one of the founders of the March for Life, cautions that a simple overturn of Roe could actually lead to a worsening of abortion problems in our nation if pro-lifers aren’t alert to the fundamental issue involved.

Register correspondent Sue Ellen Browder recently talked with Devlin at his home on Long Island about the March for Life, how it all began, what the march has sought to achieve for the past 40 years, and what an overturn of Roe would mean for pro-life forces and the nation.

 

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Obama Says Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Necessary for National Progress (3548)

In his second inaugural address, the president promoted the controversial issue as being equivalent to the women’s suffrage and civil-rights movements.

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President Barack Obama waves after his speech at the ceremonial swearing-in during the 57th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 21 on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — As he entered his second term as U.S. president, Barack Obama stressed the need to modernize American values through changes such as a redefinition of marriage.

The American journey “is not complete,” Obama said on Jan. 21, until homosexual individuals have their unions “treated like anyone else under the law.”

He argued that same-sex “marriage” is necessary for equality, “for, if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

In his second inaugural address, the president promoted same-sex “marriage” as a basic civil right, such as those that women and black people fought for throughout history.

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Denver Archbishop Says Abortion Encounter Changed Him (8775)

In a pastoral letter, Archbishop Samuel Aquila recounts how his exposure to abortion as a college student made him pro-life and keeps him actively seeking an end to abortion today.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver

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DENVER — On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said his exposure to abortion as a hospital orderly still haunts him and prompts him to urge penitence and pro-life action.

“Today is a day to repent,” Archbishop Aquila said in his Jan. 22 letter “40 Years of the Culture of Death.”

He said that the 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide have “given the culture of death a firm footing and foundation in our nation.”

“The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a day to commit to a culture of life,” he urged. “Today the Lord is calling us to stand up.”

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