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China’s Population-Control Machine Reaches Disastrous Proportions (4632)

Human-rights activist Reggie Littlejohn discusses the latest developments in the country’s assault on its own children.

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Women's Rights Without Frontiers

Reggie Littlejohn

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ROME — Despite the implementation in China of a two-child — rather than one-child — policy at the beginning of the year, forced abortions, mostly of baby girls, will continue on an enormous scale. This is according to Reggie Littlejohn, founder and director of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. On a visit to Rome this month, she sat down with the Register to discuss the latest on the Chinese government’s  population-control policy.

She also explains how her organization’s “Save a Girl” campaign has saved many lives and how International Planned Parenthood Federation is working “hand in hand” with China’s population-control machine. Littlejohn was in Rome to attend the annual Rome Life...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, china, edward pentin, population control, reggie littlejohn

Dominicans at 800 Years Old: Order Committed to Preaching Piety (4927)

U.S. members of the Order of Preachers discuss jubilee, which included the largest ordination class in 45 years; the new priests were ordained this past weekend.

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Main photo via Kathryn Lopez Twitter; Father Briscoe, Father Lawrence Lew, OP;  Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, Jeb Wilson/Nashville Photography Group; others courtesy of the subjects

Above, Father Thomas Petri blesses a new priest on May 21. Below, the Dominicans featured in this story.

– Main photo via Kathryn Lopez Twitter; Father Briscoe, Father Lawrence Lew, OP; Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, Jeb Wilson/Nashville Photography Group; others courtesy of the subjects

Father Patrick Briscoe is often mistaken for anything but what he is — a Dominican priest — even though his white, ankle-length tunic, the habit of the Order of Preachers, should be a dead giveaway.

Newly ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Father Briscoe is among about 100 Dominicans who live and work in the Washington area as part of the Province of St. Joseph.

“It’s not entirely uncommon to see us,” Father Briscoe said, but he added with a chuckle, “We’re often believed to be Jedi or Buddhists. People ask if we’re from the East or are Hare Krishnas.”

You’d think an order celebrating its 800-year founding in 2016 would garner more respect — if not recognition. Rest assured, though:...READ MORE

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Pope: Most Holy Trinity Shows God Is a Communion of Love (1038)

‘The feast of the Most Holy Trinity invites us to commit ourselves in the everyday events [of life], in order to be the leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy,’ Francis said May 22.

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VATICAN CITY — The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation and mercy, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address.

“Our being created in the image and likeness of God in communion calls us to understand ourselves as beings in relation and to live interpersonal relationships in solidarity and reciprocal love,” the Pope told the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square May 22.

“In this mission, we are sustained by the strength which the Holy Spirit gives us: This cures the flesh of humanity wounded by injustice, oppression, hate and greed.”

Pope Francis centered his May 22 Angelus...READ MORE

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Vatican: Claims That Benedict XVI Said Third Secret of Fatima Was Not Fully Released Are Untrue (2825)

The pope emeritus confirms decisively that ‘the publication of the third secret of Fatima is complete,’ the Vatican has said.

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Our Lady of Fatima

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced that recent articles claiming that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that the third secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.”

The Holy See Press Office released a statement May 21 responding to recent blog posts claiming that, during his time as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told someone the third secret of Fatima was not completely published.

According to one article, professor Ingo Dollinger was told by Cardinal Ratzinger that the third secret of Fatima, released in 2000 during the Jubilee Year by Pope John Paul II, was...READ MORE

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Philosopher Peter Kreeft Offers Advice on Holiness, Saintliness (4437)

Book Pick: How to Be Holy

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First Steps in Becoming a Saint

By Peter Kreeft

Ignatius Press, 2016

172 pages, $16.95

To order: ignatius.com


In How to Be Holy: First Steps in Becoming a Saint, popular author and philosopher Peter Kreeft offers information, encouragement and advice to all who desire to become saints. He effectively explains what holiness is and how we can cultivate it, drawing upon the wisdom contained in the great spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jesuit Father Jean-Pierre Caussade.

The central theme of Father Caussade’s timeless treasure is that God reveals himself through the daily events of ordinary life and that we can experience spiritual growth only by...READ MORE

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Havana’s Cardinal Ortega: Stepping Down and Staying Put (2900)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Cuba’s long-time archbishop resigns, but like the Castro brothers, is staying in the public eye.

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Cardinal Jaime Ortega, retired archbishop of Havana; below, with Fidel and Raul Castro and with U.S. Secretaty of State John Kerry, and at bottom, Victor Gaetan interviews the cardinal.

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WASHINGTON — In his final homily as archbishop of Havana on May 8, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino assured a packed cathedral that bishops never retire.

“Cardinal Jaime Ortega … will continue to serve the Church in Cuba and our people … because the bishop is a priest in fullness and serves until death,” he declared, using the third person. Ortega turns 80 in October.

He will move to a former seminary, now a cultural center, directly behind the Havana cathedral.

The Vatican announced on April 26 the acceptance of the cardinal’s required letter of resignation at age 75 — four years after he offered it — and the appointment of Archbishop Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriquez, 67, to lead...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal jaime ortega, communism, cuba, fidel castro, havana, oswaldo paya, pope francis, raul castro, victor gaetan

Sts. Faustina and John Paul Prove Providence Triumphs Over Politics (4281)

COMMENTARY: What is going on in the politics of this day (as in every day) is ephemeral. Eye, instead, the inner workings of Providence. Develop a sense for the secret history of the world.

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– EWTNRC.com

In a presidential election year that has been unimaginably dramatic, one is tempted to get caught up in the screaming headlines, the earnest television commentators, the raging or laudatory opinion columns and the comments of Internet pundits. Surely, the question of who is elected president of the United States of America is the most pressing and important question of our times.

Or is it?

Presidential politics make for high drama, but all the while the high drama is acted, a low drama is being played out according to another agenda, another schedule and another set of rules and values. A recent pilgrimage to Poland made me realize that the agony of the 20th century, with its ideologies,...READ MORE

Filed under father dwight longenecker, god's plan, politics, providence, saints, st. faustina, st. john paul ii, work of providence

Pope Francis Offers Prayers for EgyptAir Plane Crash Victims (629)

International military units are searching the area, looking for wreckage and clues to what happened in the plane’s final hour.

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CNA file photo

– CNA file photo

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Egyptian passenger airliner, Pope Francis wishes to assure you of his prayers and solidarity at this difficult time,” said a May 19 telegram from Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

It added that the Pope “commends the souls of the deceased of various nationalities to the mercy of the Almighty.”

“Upon the relatives of the passengers and all those involved in the search and rescue efforts, His Holiness invokes the divine...READ MORE

Filed under cairo, egypt, france, paris, pope francis

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