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Day of the Unborn Child Passed by Chile's Lawmakers (4426)

Lawmakers said the South-American country’s pro-life constitution inspired the law, which celebrates the unborn child’s right to life and adoption.

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Petr Kratochvil

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SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean House of Representatives has approved a new law with a vote of 59-27 that establishes March 25 as the “Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.”

Although the proposal was granted initial approval on May 14, the congressional Human Rights Committee then introduced a modification to instead call it the “Day for Pregnant Women and Adoption.” The request was declared inadmissible by the president of the House of Representatives.

Sen. Jaime Orpis of the Independent Democratic Union party sponsored the measure to set aside March 25 as the day to honor the unborn and adoption in Chile. Orpis said the idea was to protect human life from the moment of conception....READ MORE

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California Legislature Passes Bill Lifting Statute of Limitations (11349)

The bill, which allows sexual-abuse victims to sue the private and religious employers of alleged perpetrators, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a blow to Catholic dioceses, schools and nonprofit youth-serving agencies in California, the state Senate narrowly passed a bill, S.B. 131, that would lift the statute of limitations on historic child sexual-abuse cases for one year.

The legislation allows victims to again sue the employers of the alleged perpetrators, and a range of religious and private colleges and universities will likely face a fresh round of lawsuits regarding allegations that may date back 40 years.

Church leaders in the Golden State mounted an intense effort to defeat the bill, which now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who must act on it by Oct. 13. Opponents of the measure are expected to...READ MORE

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Stockton Diocese Faces Possible Bankruptcy Over Abuse Lawsuits (2756)

Bishop Stephen Blaire advises his flock that all funds for settling abuse claims have been expended.

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Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif.

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STOCKTON, Calif. — The bishop of Stockton, Calif., has told his parishioners that all the funds for settling sexual abuse lawsuits have been used, and that bankruptcy may be the only option for financial reorganization.

“We continue to investigate our options, and no final decisions have been reached. I feel, however, that it is important to tell you that options other than filing for bankruptcy protection have not emerged,” Bishop Stephen Blaire said in a Sept. 6 letter to the diocese.

In the last decade, the diocese has spent nearly $20 million on sex abuse lawsuits.

If Stockton decides to file for bankruptcy, it will be the tenth diocese to do so, after the Diocese of Gallup,...READ MORE

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Keeping Our Youth in the Church and Active in It; Moral Healthcare for Women and Much More! (3073)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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80% of Catholic Youth Leave the Church and How to Fix It. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

80% of Catholic Youth Leave the Church and How to Fix It by Dr. Taylor Marshall – BigPulpit.com

No More Tears: Moral Healthcare for Women – Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Nun: “Footage of Chemical Attack in Syria Is Fraud” – Byz Pulpit

Just How Effective Is Natural Family Planning? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Analyzing the 7 Deadly Sins: Lust - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Francis’ Letter to Non-Believers – Irene Niravalambana, EyeBeLeave

Secrets of Confession – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Is Pope Francis Welcoming Liberation Theology? – Elise Hilton, Acton Institute

Homosexual “Marriage” = The Divorce Culture – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Takes the Faith to the Pages of the Secular Press (18022)

Addressing unbelievers, the Holy Father’s letter in the Italian daily newspaper ‘La Reppublica’ addresses themes of faith and secularism.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has pulled off yet another surprise, by taking the unprecedented step of writing a long letter to the founder of an Italian daily newspaper, explaining the faith to nonbelievers.

The 2,500-word missive, written in response to July 7 and Aug. 7 editorials by Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of the socialist-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, principally addresses themes covering the faith, the Church and today’s increasingly secularist culture.

Scalfari was prompted to write his articles partly to show his admiration for the Holy Father, but also in response to Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), that was published in July....READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Release Special Mass Prayers for 9/11 Anniversary (2223)

Individual bishops also commemorated the anniversary with thoughts and prayers on social media.

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World Trade Center memorial cross, composed of beams found standing amidst the debris following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.

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WASHINGTON — On the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. bishops have released their special Patriot Day Mass intercessions to pray for victims of terrorism, for military service members and for an “end to all hatred.”

“For all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace, we pray to the Lord,” reads a new prayer on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Another prayer asks that the Church “may continue to provide care and healing for all, especially those affected by the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.”

A third prays that national leaders “may work together to address...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Visits Refugees at Jesuit Center in Rome (3624)

The Holy Father met with refugees who are among thousands served by the Jesuits each year in Rome.

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Pope Francis

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ROME — Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group of refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome today.

At the Church of the Gesù, Pope Francis met with refugees seeking asylum in Rome and the volunteers who help provide them with food, health care, social support and legal aid.

At least 1,000 people gathered outside the Astalli Center, run by the Jesuit Refugee Service, to wait for Pope Francis, who arrived at 3:30pm local time. The Holy Father met with Father Giovanni La Manna, president of the Astalli Center, as well as Cardinal Vicar of Rome Agostino Vallini and the Holy See’s Press Office director, Father...READ MORE

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Sept. 11, 2001: A Personal Remembrance (8957)

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Father Francis Grogan

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In my freshman year at Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., the teacher in my very first class was Father Francis Grogan of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. God could not have assigned a gentler and more calming pedagogue to allay my youthful anxieties.

He quickly convinced me that he was there to help his students and not to intimidate them. He was far too modest to talk about his duties as a sonar expert on a Navy destroyer during World War II. I learned about this only when I read his obituary in The New York Times.

I recall the first paper he asked us to write. He would have no idea at that time how prophetic its theme would be. It was based on an experience he had shortly...READ MORE

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