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Papal Message Reaffirms Call to Abolish Death Penalty (11620)

Pope Frances echoes the pleas of Benedict XVI and John Paul II to abolish capital punishment.

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The electric chair once used for executions at New York state’s Sing Sing prison.

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MADRID — In a message to participants of the Fifth World Congress Against the Death Penalty held in Madrid, Pope Francis reiterated the Holy See’s support for “the abolition of the death penalty.”

Opposition to the death penalty is part of the Church’s defense of the dignity of human life, he said, and it is “a courageous reaffirmation of the conviction that humanity can successfully confront criminality” without resorting to the suppression of life.

In his message, which was signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father recalled that his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II made similar pleas.

He asked that “capital sentences be commuted to a...READ MORE

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Obama Threatens Veto as Fetal-Pain Bill Passes House (4587)

The bill ‘is an assault on a woman’s right to choose,’ according to a presidential policy statement.

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WASHINGTON — Despite passing the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy faces an uncertain future, as President Obama’s administration has suggested that he will veto it.

“Science is on our side,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told MSNBC in an interview.

Blackburn joined other pro-life representatives, including Michelle Bachmann, R- Minn., and Virginia Foxx, R- N.C., in defending the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy and later, based on science indicating that unborn children can feel pain by this point. Exceptions in cases of rape, incest or a risk to the mother’s life were...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Religious Liberty Depends on Lay Faithful, Not Bishops (13344)

‘If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.’

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA — The Liberty Bell stands in Philadelphia as an icon of American freedom and independence since 1776. Today, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warns that the bell is tolling for religious liberty in the United States, and lay Catholics must determine whether it rings in the rebirth or the end of that cherished freedom.

Archbishop Chaput and the rest of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon Catholic Americans to observe the second annual “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4. The bishops have asked Catholics to engage in two weeks of prayer, education and action to address the many challenges to religious liberty in the United States,...READ MORE

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Do You Or Someone You Know Need to Forgive? Can We Stop Fretting About Modesty? and Much More! (3726)

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Why Do Catholic Schools Require Students to Read Really Vulgar Books? Follow the link by Carl Olson to read more.

Why Do Some Catholic Schools Require Students to Read Really Vulgar Books? by Carl Olson - BigPulpit.com

Do You or Someone You Know Need to Forgive? – Dawn Eden, Feast of Eden

Can We Stop Fretting About Modesty? - Mary C. Tillotson, Ignitum Today

The Gospel of Life is the ‘Way to Freedom’, Says Pope Francis – Ed West, Catholic Herald

Tenderhearted - Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

A Witnessed Moment of Heartbreaking Love – Matt Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Quotes Suitable For Framing: Saint John Fisher – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Overcoming Suffering with Love – Steve Pokorny, Truth and Charity Forum

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Same-Sex Desire: Hardwired With No Hope for Change? (10667)

No, some former homosexuals insist, as a ‘reparative therapy’ battle erupts in New Jersey.

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When Arthur Goldberg’s son confided that he was struggling with same-sex attraction, the Goldbergs reached out for help. But no Jewish organization existed to give them authentic information on this complex, sensitive subject.

So, in 1999, Arthur and his wife and another couple founded JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) to help Jews and others struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions.   

“The key word is ‘unwanted,’” said Goldberg, who added that his nonprofit organization’s referrals to therapists, books and other resources to help people change their sexual orientation are “not coercive in any shape, manner or form.”  

Now, however, the...READ MORE

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Is the Sign of Peace a Problem? The Fr. Richard Ho Lung Story; Matrimony Not Marriage and Much More! (3162)

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Cardinal O’Malley: Pass Law Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn (2959)

In a letter to federal legislators, the U.S. bishops’ point man on pro-life issues links the legislation to Gosnell’s crimes.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ point man on pro-life issues is calling on federal legislators to support a bill that would ban late-term abortions after unborn children are able to feel pain.

“(O)ur citizens were deeply shaken by the revelations of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s actions that led to his being convicted of murder and other crimes committed in the course of providing abortions,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said in a June 14 letter to U.S. representatives.

“This tragic circumstance led many Americans to realize that our permissive laws and attitudes have allowed the abortion industry to undertake these procedures. All decent and humane people are repulsed by the callous and...READ MORE

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New Evangelization Top Priority for Fargo’s New Bishop (2478)

Msgr. John Folda, the successor to now-Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, will be installed tomorrow.

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Bishop-elect John Folda

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FARGO, N.D. — Msgr. John Folda, who will be installed tomorrow as bishop of the Fargo Diocese, looks forward to promoting the Catholic faith in eastern North Dakota.

“My challenge will really be how to implement the New Evangelization here in the Diocese of Fargo and to help the faith to flourish,” Bishop-elect Folda told Catholic News Agency June 17.

“I hope I can ... positively promote and share the faith with others,” he said, noting the example of his own longtime bishop, Fabian Bruskewitz of the Lincoln Diocese.

On April 8, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Folda the eighth bishop of Fargo, succeeding Bishop Samuel Aquila, who was transferred to the Denver Archdiocese in 2012.

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