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Pope Francis on China: ‘I Am Ready to Go There’ (4706)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Pope signaled his openness to dialogue with the Asian superpower while flying through Chinese airspace on his way back to Rome, but Vatican-China relations remain difficult.

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A Cathoilc church in Cizhong, Yunnan Province, China

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VATICAN CITY — At the end of 2014, when Pope Francis chose not to meet with the Dalai Lama, while the Tibetan spiritual leader was in Rome for a meeting of Nobel laureates, the decision was attributed to the Holy See’s fear of antagonizing China.

But during a Jan. 19 in-flight press conference after the close of his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis insisted that he was open to a future meeting with the Dalai Lama, and thus media commentators were wrong to have framed his failure to label a December meeting with the Tibetan leader as a  “snub.”

“Some newspapers said that I did not meet with him out of fear of China,” Pope Francis noted during his airborne press conference.

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Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal? (8377)

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese about the case.

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Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

– Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.”

“The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are confident that those efforts will, in due course, be successful,” the diocese said in a Jan. 20 statement.

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Holiness and the Family, Thousands of Christians Massacred, Use Catholic Faith as Recovery and More! (3148)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on the Holiness and the Family by Judith Babarsky of Epic Pew link to read more.

Nigeria: Muslim Massacre Reportedly Kills Thousands of Christians by Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble of Pursued by Truth - BigPulpit.com

Unholy Holidays – Gerald J. Russello, First Things

Holiness and the Family - Judith Babarsky, Epic Pew

Using the Catholic Faith As Part of Recovery – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Lane

My Interview with Raymond Cardinal Burke, Part Three – Matthew James Christoff, Catholic Stand

An Economy of Waste, a Culture of the Absurd – Doctor Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

March for Life 2015: We Shall Not Weary, We Shall Not Rest - BigPulpit.com

Epic Giveaway: Verbum Basic - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Update on Fire Chief Fired for Being Christian – Terry...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages U.S. March for Life Via Tweet (1638)

“Every Life is a Gift,” he said Jan. 22, using the hashtag “#marchforlife.”

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CNA/Daniel Ibañez

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — As massive crowds of pro-life advocates gathered for the March for Life in Washington, Pope Francis on Thursday tweeted a short message of support.

“Every Life is a Gift,” he said Jan. 22, using the hashtag “#marchforlife.” The message went out to over 5.3 million Twitter followers on his English-language account “Pontifex.”

To his 7.8 million Spanish-language Twitter followers, he sent the same message: “Cada Vida es un Don.”

As of noon Eastern Time Thursday, his English-language tweet had more than 12,000 retweets and 17,000 favorites. His Spanish-language tweet had more than 3,700 retweets and 3,800 favorites.

Last year, the Pope also tweeted a message in English and...READ MORE

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Obama’s State of the Union Leaves Much Unsaid (2216)

President Barack Obama’s Jan. 20 address to the nation largely avoided talking about looming battles on abortion, Obamacare and immigration reform.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama delivers his 2015 State of the Union address on Jan. 20.

– Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, touting his accomplishments thus far and focusing on a domestic agenda for the next two years that aims to strengthen the financial situation of families and help forge a 21st-century economy.

“At this moment  —  with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry and booming energy production  —  we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on earth,” the president said. “It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years and for decades to come.”

The president announced he would propose a budget to Congress and go barnstorm the country...READ MORE

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Domestic Violence in the Womb (1721)


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– Shutterstock/Paul Looyen

In 1933, then-Bavarian Minister of Education Hans Schemm delivered the following message to an assemblage of university professors: “From this day on, you will no longer have to examine whether something is true or not, but exclusively whether or not it corresponds to the Nazi ideology.”

These professors of education were told they should no longer dedicate themselves to searching for the truth of things, but to serve the Nazi Party with unquestioning commitment. Something “higher than truth” had been discovered, though it would eventually plunge the world into a nightmare of unprecedented proportions. Could these professors be called educators in light of this order?

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New Poll: Most Americans Support Abortion Restrictions (2335)

A survey conducted in January 2015, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, shows that 84% of Americans want restrictions on abortion.

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2014 CNA/Jeff Bruno

– 2014 CNA/Jeff Bruno

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Americans continue to show strong support for abortion restrictions, according to a new survey that finds even self-described “pro-choice” Americans reject permissive abortion laws.

“Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the American people remain unhappy with its legacy,” Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, said Jan. 21. “The survey makes clear that the American people understand that abortion is far too common and causes great harm.”

Thursday marks the 42nd anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which mandated legal abortion nationwide at any time during a woman’s pregnancy.

While current constitutional law and other...READ MORE

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Cardinal: There’s No Pro-Life Victory Without Reaching the Marginalized (2117)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley addressed the more than 11,000 people in attendance for the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

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CNA/Addie Mena

Pilgrims for the annual March for Life attend Mass Jan. 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

– CNA/Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — For the pro-life movement to truly succeed, it must fight not only abortion, but also the broader “throwaway culture” wherever life is being discarded, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at a national pro-life Mass.

“What must characterize the pro-life movement is a special love for the poor, the marginalized, the suffering and, especially, human life that is in danger of being discarded,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his Jan. 21 homily at the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life.

The cardinal addressed an overflow crowd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the largest church in North America. More than 11,000 people...READ MORE

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