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Virginia Governor Tries End Run Around New Abortion Regulations (2684)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Catholic who was elected on an abortion-rights platform, has appointed five new members to the state board of health and requested that it review the regulations.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made it known on the campaign trail last year that he supported legalized abortion and that he opposed his state’s new regulations governing abortion facilities’ building codes and safety standards.

On May 12, in a nod to pro-abortion organizations that supported his campaign, such as NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and Planned Parenthood, McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Democratic Committee chairman, announced he was appointing five new members to the Virginia Board of Health, whom he said “share his commitment to women’s health” and who agree that the abortion-business regulations need to be reviewed.

“I am concerned that the extreme and...READ MORE

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Sudanese Christian Woman in Shackles After ‘Apostasy’ Death Sentence (3894)

Meriam Ibrahim remains imprisoned with her 18-month-old son, following a May 15 court ruling that convicted her of apostasy and adultery because of her marriage to a Christian U.S. citizen.

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Meriam Ibrahim is pictured in this undated image with her husband, Daniel Wani.


WASHINGTON — Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell.

U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wrote a May 16 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking that he give “full attention to the outrageous Sudanese court ruling that sentenced Meriam Yaha Ibrahim Ishag to death by hanging for her religious beliefs.”

They urged “full diplomatic engagement” to secure the release of Ibrahim and her son and to offer her political asylum.

Daniel Wani, a Christian and U.S. citizen, was not able to visit his wife until this week,...READ MORE

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U.S. Catholic and Orthodox Archbishops Pray for Pope-Patriarch Holy Land Trip (1756)

American leaders commit to increased dialogue.

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WASHINGTON — Catholic and Eastern Orthodox leaders in the U.S. celebrated the closeness between the two Churches, recommitting to continued dialogue as Pope Francis’ trip to the Holy Land approaches.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S., in issuing a May 15 joint statement rejoicing in the “good fruit” that dialogue has yielded between the Churches.  

“Meetings between popes and ecumenical patriarchs and other contacts became more common,” they continued, noting their wish to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Holy Land Partners in Faith (5075)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Argentinian journalist Jorge Rouillon profiles the Pope’s relationship with the Jewish rabbi and the Muslim layman who will accompany the Holy Father on this week’s papal pilgrimage.

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Pope Francis and Rabbi Abraham Skorka together at the Vatican in June 2013.

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BUENOS AIRES — When Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced May 15 the itinerary for Pope Francis’ May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, he noted that “Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Ahmed Abboud, secretary general of the Argentine Institute of Interreligious Dialogue, will be in the papal delegation. The Pope knows them from … Argentina.”

So who are Rabbi Skorka and Omar Abboud? They represent two non-Christian communities with which Jorge Bergoglio has had frequent and friendly contacts as archbishop of Buenos Aires. The former is Jewish; the latter is Muslim.

Argentina is a country where these communities live together in harmony. On the same street can be found shops selling...READ MORE

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The Rise and Rise of Our Lady of Atonement Anglican Use Parish, Changing Hearts and Minds and More! (2947)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow The Rise & Rise of Our Lady of Atonement Anglican Use Parish link to read more.

The Rise & Rise of Our Lady of Atonement Anglican Use Parish - BigPulpit.com

Changing Hearts & Minds - Joe Kral, Truth and Charity Forum

I’m a Criminal, a Bigot & My Rosary Is On Your Ovaries – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Father Willie Doyle: Forgotten War Hero - K. V. Turley, Crisis Magazine

The Closing of the Science Fiction Mind – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Five Old Testament Models for How to Live – Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

Churchill on Lenin, Marx, and Muhammad - God & Caesar

Truth, Beauty & Comic Books – Michael J. Lichens, Ignatius Press Novels

Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul - Tim Staples, Catholic Answers


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Report: Vatican Begins Search for Cardinal George’s Successor (2076)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, papal nuncio to the U.S., has told the Chicago cardinal that the consultation process has begun, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Paolo Tiranti

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, at a press conference at the North American College in Rome on Feb. 27, 2013.

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CHICAGO — The initial stages have started in the search to replace Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who is fighting cancer for the third time, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, papal nuncio to the U.S., told Cardinal George that the consultation process has begun, the publication reported May 22. It is expected that the process will be finished in late fall.

In March, Cardinal George revealed that, after more than a year of dormancy, the cancer in his right kidney was “showing signs of new activity.”

He made the announcement in a column for the Catholic New World archdiocesan newspaper, explaining that, after numerous tests, he would be entering...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gänswein: European Governments Ignore Attacks on Christians (2645)

The prefect of the papal household said that a ‘militant secularity’ has developed in Europe, one which aims to silence Christians and marginalize religion.

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein


EINSIEDELN, Switzerland — European governments and politicians have failed to properly address increasing attacks on Christians, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said during a talk at a pilgrimage in Switzerland.

“Only a few member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation [OSCE] in Europe report about cases against Christians within their borders, while discrimination against other social groups are regularly reported,” the prefect of the papal household said May 18 at Einsiedeln territorial abbey, according to Korazym’s Rocio Franch.

The pilgrimage to the Benedictine abbey was organized by the Swiss branch of Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity, and was...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dziwisz Visits National Shrine of Divine Mercy (1924)

Longtime friend of St. John Paul II recalled the saint's devotion to Divine Mercy in a homily May 21 at Massachusetts shrine.

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Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, longtime secretary to St. John Paul II, visits the National Shrine of Divine Mercy on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., May 21.

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow and longtime friend of St. John Paul II, visited the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., May 21.

There, the cardinal celebrated Mass with the Marians, who promote the Divine Mercy message so loved by John Paul II.

“Among many titles that St. John Paul II received, one is especially very close to us,” Cardinal Dziwisz said in his homily. “It is the title of the 'Pope of Divine Mercy.'”

As the cardinal pointed out, “On the one hand, God selected a simple and humble nun, St.  Faustina, to remind the world that he — our Creator and Our Lord — is a merciful God. God looks upon the fate of each human...READ MORE

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