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Pope Francis: All Media Must Serve a Culture of Encounter (1691)

The Pope urged Christians to be 'loving and merciful neighbors' in the digital world, so that they can help others encounter Jesus Christ.

01/23/2014 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — In his first message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of creating a culture of encounter, explaining how media should always be a service which goes out to meet others.

“A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive,” the Pope stated in his message — released Jan. 23, in time for the Jan. 24 feast day of the patron of journalists, St. Francis de Sales — adding that “media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances.”

In the beginning of his address, Pope Francis stated that, although we are living in an increasingly...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley: Joy and Compassion Are Heart of Pro-Life Movement (1907)

The archbishop of Boston says Catholics are ‘the people of Yes,’ affirming the dignity of life in all circumstances.

01/23/2014 Comments (7)
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Cardinal Sean O'Malley gives the homily at the Jan. 21 opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington.

– Addie Mena/CNA

WASHINGTON — Catholics in the pro-life movement must “evangelize with beauty and with joy,” as they seek to offer compassionate aid to women facing difficult pregnancies, said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston.

“People think Catholics are the ‘people of No,’” the cardinal said, but, “in reality, we are the people of Yes: yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion with the poor and the suffering, yes to solidarity that makes us messengers of joy even in the valley of tears.”

Thousands of pilgrims from across the country packed the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the evening of Jan. 21.

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After 41 Years of Legal Abortion,  Pro-Life Lawmakers Are Hopeful (2050)

A bipartisan trio of Congressional leaders agree that there are many reasons for optimism about the future.

01/23/2014 Comments (6)

(L-r) Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.

WASHINGTON — On the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the U.S., pro-life lawmakers from both political parties voiced hope about the future of the pro-life movement.

“I've been in the pro-life movement since 1972,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., told CNA, and “I've never been more hopeful.”

Smith, who is both co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and chairman of a House Subcommittee on International Human Rights, characterized the pro-life movement as a “human-rights struggle based on faith and compassion.”

“This is an injustice that will not stand the test of time,” he said.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who has worked in Congress to promote the...READ MORE

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The Best St. Augustine's Confessions; Translation, Cheat Proof Your Marriage and Much More! (3771)

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01/23/2014 Comment

The Best Translation of St. Augustine’s ‘Confessions’. Follow the link by Brandon Vogt to find out more.

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How to Cheat Proof Your Marriage – Theresa Thomas, Everyday Catholic

Can Suffering be a Gift from God? – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

10 Ways Dads Can Help Their Children Grow in Holiness – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

True Love Exists Only in Movies & TV Shows - Kachi Ngai, Ignitum Today

The Cross of Infertility - Catherine Boucher, CatholicMom.com

How to Find Faith at the Movies: The Road Back - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Theology of Infertility: The Trinity in Richard of St Victor – Michale Brummond, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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Pope Francis: Receive God’s Gifts With a Generous Heart (1480)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father said that, despite their divisions, Christians should rejoice in the gifts each denomination has received.

01/23/2014 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis dedicated his general audience Jan. 22 to the topic of Christian unity, emphasizing that although divisions can be painful, we ought to be grateful for the gifts given to other denominations.

“Despite the suffering caused by divisions, we should learn to recognize with joy the gifts God has given other Christians and receive them with a big and generous heart,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 22 general audience.

Addressing the thousands of pilgrims who flocked to St. Peter’s Square in order to hear his weekly address, Pope Francis centered his reflections on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began on Jan. 18 and will extend through Jan. 25.

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The Slippery Slope of Mario and Andrew Cuomo and Abortion (11839)

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01/22/2014 Comments (50)
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Mario Cuomo (l) stands with his son Andrew Cuomo in May 2010 in New York City, as the younger Cuomo announces his candidacy for the governorship of New York.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — In 1984, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo traveled to the University of Notre Dame to reset public expectations for Catholic politicians on the contentious matter of abortion in a pluralistic society.

“Approval or rejection of legal restrictions on abortion should not be the exclusive litmus test of Catholic loyalty,” Cuomo stated in his controversial address, which questioned whether Catholics should impose their moral beliefs on others and thus disrupt the social consensus on a complicated moral matter.

“We should understand that whether abortion is outlawed or not, our work has barely begun: the work of creating a society where the right to life doesn’t end at the moment of...READ MORE

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God Became an Unborn Child, Priest Tells Youth at Pro-Life Mass (2123)

Father Michael Paris told thousands of Catholic youth in D.C. that abortion will end when people believe that God loves them, became a man and died for them.

01/22/2014 Comments (1)
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Pilgrims attend the Mass for Life at the D.C. Armory before the March for Life in Washington on Jan. 22, 2014.

– Archdiocese of Washington

WASHINGTON — Catholics stand up for their unborn brothers and sisters “because the Son of God became one of them,” a priest said at a D.C. pro-life youth Mass ahead of the March for Life.

“God knows us before we were in the womb,” said Father Michael Paris. He added that God “loves each baby in the womb and has a plan for their life, no matter how hard a situation they might come from.”

“We are not accidents. Amen,” the priest said in his homily to thousands of youth gathered for a Jan. 22 Mass at the Verizon Center in Washington. The Mass, organized by the Archdiocese of Washington, followed an early-morning pro-life rally.

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March for Life Is Important Witness of Unity, Advocate Says (1397)

Deirdre McQuade of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office says the march builds solidarity and shows the pro-life movement is strong and youthful.

01/22/2014 Comment
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Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities

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WASHINGTON — The annual March for Life plays a foundational role in the Church’s work to promote human dignity at all stages of development, said a member of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office.

Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, told CNA that while numerous contemporary issues deal with human life and dignity, abortion is a “fundamental chop at the root of life.”

Coming together “for mutual encouragement” at the annual March for Life and other pro-life demonstrations is essential in building solidarity and showing that “the pro-life movement is strong, youthful,” she stated.

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