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Supreme Court Ruling on Prayer a Return to Common Sense (3492)

COMMENTARY: The 5-4 ruling Monday confirms that public prayer is constitutional in a country that has been rooted in the devotion since its founding.

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Prayers to God for wisdom in public deliberations are safe once again: The U.S. Supreme Court held this week that the town of Greece, N.Y., could continue its practice of opening the meetings of its town board with a prayer.

The practice of commencing public deliberations with prayer has a deep historical pedigree in the United States, starting with Congress, which has a paid chaplain. Moreover, that practice has adapted over time along with the growing religious pluralism of the nation. Many towns opt for nondenominational prayers. Others, such as Greece, have established rotating prayers among religious groups as a way to reflect both our diversity as well as to recognize the common...READ MORE

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March for Life in Rome Draws Thousands (2528)

The annual event, begun four years ago, is already having an effect on the culture in Italy and beyond, its founder says.

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VATICAN CITY — Drums rolled, flags waved excitedly and, after days of rain, the sun shone bright as thousands of marchers from all around the world set off through the streets of Rome for the fourth annual March for Life on Sunday, May 4. Beginning in Piazza Repubblica at 8am, the marchers ended in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ weekly Angelus and blessing.

The March for Life in Rome began a mere three years ago, and, already, the event’s founder and director, Virginia Coda Nunziante, has witnessed a series of favorable changes in Italian society.

Nunziante addressed the gathering at the piazza about the increasing number of Italian doctors who are refusing to perform abortions....READ MORE

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At U.N. Panel, Holy See Urges Civil Prosecution for Torture (1373)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi explains the Church serves as a ‘moral voice’ that promotes and defends all authentic human rights.

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva

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GENEVA — All individuals who commit torture and abuse must face prosecution from legitimate government authorities, a Holy See delegation has told a U.N. committee on a global anti-torture convention.

“The Holy See wishes to reiterate that the persons who live in a particular country are under the jurisdiction of the legitimate authorities of that country and are thus subject to the domestic law and the consequences contained therein,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, head of the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, said May 5.

“State authorities are obligated to protect and, when necessary, prosecute persons under their jurisdiction,” the archbishop said,...READ MORE

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Padre Pio Confided Only to St. John Paul II the Details of His Stigmata, Truth and Art and More! (14034)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Padre Pio Only Confided to St. John Paul II the Details of His Stigmata by Mary O'Regan to read more.

Padre Pio Only Confided to St. John Paul II the Details of His Stigmata by Mary O'Regan - BigPulpit.com

Dr. Scott Hahn on Angels & Saints – Scott Hahn PhD, Image Catholic Books

Mercy Is Love’s Second Name - Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

Truth & Art – Mark Pickup, Catholic Lane

New Major at U. of St. Thomas (TX) Synthesizes Faith & Science – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

Peru: A Testament of Faith in Divine Providence – Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Aleteia

Why the Culture of Life Will Win – Jason Jones & John Zmirak, Aleteia

Why I Don’t Write About the Vatican – Randall Smith PhD, The Catholic Thing

My Message from Heaven to Stay Awake & Pray the Rosary – Patti...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller: LCWR Stands in ‘Open Provocation’ of Holy See (32083)

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a stern correction April 30.

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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Editor's Note: This report was updated to include comments from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and a statement from the LCWR.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has told the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) that the organization must show “more substantive signs of collaboration” for implementing the mandate of reform ordered by the CDF in 2012.

That mandate followed a doctrinal assessment of the LCWR, a canonically erected leadership group of 1,100 sisters, that began in 2008.

During their annual visit to the Vatican, LCWR leaders met with Cardinal Müller on April 30. In his very measured opening remarks at that...READ MORE

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‘Botched’ Execution in Oklahoma Marks Church’s Shifting View of Death Penalty (4399)

Oklahoma City’s archbishop condemned the execution of murderer Clayton Lockett, but many Catholics still debate the morality and constitutionality of capital punishment.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Last week, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin struggled to defend the state’s April 29 execution of death-row inmate Clayton Lockett after witnesses reported that he moaned and convulsed before he died, following the administration of a sedative and a lethal injection.

“I believe in the legal process. And I believe that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for those who commit heinous crimes against their fellow men and women,” said Fallin, who announced a stay on the second execution planned for the same evening and an “independent review of Department of Correction procedures.”

But Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City condemned the execution and said the news story...READ MORE

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Legal Groups Offer Free Analysis in Wake of Mozilla Head’s Resignation (1540)

Two public interest firms say that losing one’s livelihood should not be a result of participating in the political process.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After the resignation of a Silicon Valley CEO following an uproar over his defense of marriage, two firms are providing free legal analysis to anyone suffering at work for opposing a redefinition of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.

Brendan Eich resigned as head of Mozilla Corp. April 3. He had been appointed one week earlier, and he quickly came under criticism from advocates of the redefinition of marriage because of his $1,000 donation to California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that recognized marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman.

Citing an inability to be an effective leader under the circumstances, Eich chose to resign....READ MORE

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Will U.N. Committee Against Torture Also Tell Church to Change Its Teaching? (2553)

Pro-life leaders say the Church should pull out of treaties with the U.N. until she receives fair treatment.

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The Palais Wilson in Geneva, where the Holy See is appearing May 5-6 before the U.N. Committee Against Torture.

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VATICAN CITY — As the Holy See braces itself for another grilling from another United Nations committee, some prominent pro-life leaders are arguing the Church should withdraw from relevant treaties until she receives a fair hearing.

Vatican officials are to appear before the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture Monday and Tuesday this week, during which they are expected to be quizzed again over clerical sex abuse, but this time from the perspective of torture and inhuman treatment.

It follows harsh criticisms in January by the U.N. committee that monitors children’s rights, which accused the Holy See of systematically placing its own interests over those of victims, but the committee...READ MORE

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