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Pope Asks Diplomats to Seek Peace, Appeals for Syria (1201)

On Jan. 7, representatives from nearly 180 countries gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia to hear the Holy Father’s traditional address to Vatican diplomats.

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual address to Vatican ambassadors Jan. 7.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter” in Syria and stressed the “grave responsibility” to work for peace around the word.

On Jan. 7, ambassadors and diplomats from nearly 180 countries gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia to hear the Pope’s traditional address to members of the diplomatic corps who are accredited to the Holy See.

The Pope lamented the “dreadful suffering” of civilians in Syria, a country he said is “torn apart by endless slaughter.”

“I renew my appeal for a ceasefire and the inauguration as quickly as possible of a constructive dialogue aimed at putting an...READ MORE

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Texas Ban on Planned Parenthood Funds Takes Effect (2621)

The abortion-related move follows the state’s dispute with the Obama administration that resulted in a denial of millions of dollars in federal funds for a Texas women’s health initiative.

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AUSTIN, Texas — A new Texas law that bars state funds for organizations that perform or promote abortion, including Planned Parenthood, took effect in the state Jan. 1.

The move follows the state’s dispute with the Obama administration that resulted in a denial of millions of dollars in federal funds for a Texas women’s health initiative.

On Dec. 31, a state district judge rejected a Planned Parenthood request for a temporary restraining order against the law, which the state Legislature passed in 2011.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who signed the bill into law, praised the decision.

He said the ruling “finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed...READ MORE

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Pledge to Pray Daily Rosary Draws 80,000 Signatures (1101)

More than 80,000 people have made the pledge, with their names recorded in a book presented to Pope Benedict XVI.

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Father John Phalen presents a book of Rosary pledge names to Pope Benedict XVI.

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BOSTON — More than 80,000 people have pledged to pray the Rosary daily, with their names recorded in a book presented to Pope Benedict XVI in December.

Father John Phalen said the presentation was “a special opportunity.”

“It was an honor to present His Holiness with the book and ask his apostolic blessing on our ministry,” he said in a Jan. 3 statement.

The book contains the names of those from around the world who have pledged to pray the Rosary daily.

“There are even pledges in languages we can't understand, like some of those from India and Bangladesh,” Father Phalen said.

Family Rosary, a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, marked its 70th anniversary in 2012. It...READ MORE

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Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: 'We Were Wrong', and More! (3124)

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Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: We Were Wrong. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson to read more.

Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: We Were Wrong by Carl E. OlsonBig Pulpit

Can I Trust Opus Dei? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Legislation Creating “Same-Sex Marriage”: What’s At Stake? – Francis Cardinal George O. M. I.. Truth and Charity Forum

Theology of Waiting: Why We Should Embrace Delayed Gratification – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Interview: Singer-Songwriter Audrey Assad – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Modern Man Has Lost His Way: Western Heritage of Christ and Socrates – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

A Different Kind of Sex – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Spanking and Abortion – Donald R. McClarey,...READ MORE

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CHA President on the Fiscal Cliff, the HHS Mandate and Taxpayer Funding of Abortion (6424)

Sister Carol Keehan discusses how Catholic hospitals are coping with the challenges generated by recent health-care-related legislation.

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Sister Carol Keehan is the president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), an influential lobby that represents 600 Catholic hospitals and 1,400 long-term care facilities across the nation.

In 2009, Sister Carol played a significant role in negotiations to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s landmark health-care bill known as “Obamacare.” However, in the wake of this month’s “fiscal cliff” deal, legislators and the White House agreed to $15 billion in cuts to hospitals, a hit for CHA’s members.

Last year, after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius approved the federal contraception mandate, Sister Carol raised concerns about the mandate’s...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed as Premature (2661)

A federal judge ruled the Catholic university lacks standing to challenge the contraceptive mandate because of the Obama administration’s promise to amend the regulation.

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WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed by the University of Notre Dame to challenge the federal contraception mandate has been rejected as premature due to the government’s promise to amend the regulation.

“Notre Dame’s claims aren’t ripe, and they don’t have standing to bring them,” ruled district Judge Robert Miller Jr. on Dec. 31.

Pointing to the government’s promise to change the mandate for objecting religious employers, Miller dismissed the case, saying that “Notre Dame faces no penalty or restriction based on the existing regulatory requirement.”

The ruling does not prevent the university from bringing a lawsuit against the government again once the mandate is revised if it believes...READ MORE

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Alabama and Notre Dame Bring Faith to Football Showdown (2269)

Both teams feature a solid Christian presence in the locker room, on the sidelines and off the field.

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MIAMI — As Alabama and Notre Dame prepare to face each other in college football’s Bowl Championship Series, both teams will also have the chance to spiritually prepare for the big game.

Father Gerald Holloway, who has been the pastor at the parish attached to the University of Alabama for nine years, explained to Catholic News Agency that he says Mass for the Catholic members of the team before every game.

Alabama and Notre Dame will play their championship game on Jan. 7 at 8pm Eastern in Miami. Notre Dame is ranked No. 1, and Alabama is No. 2. If Alabama can win the game, it will be the first team to win consecutive Bowl Championship Series.

Alabama has won two of the last three...READ MORE

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Bishop Fellay: Jews, Masons and Modernists Are ‘Enemies of the Church’ (6279)

The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X makes the comment in a year-end speech reviewing the breakaway group’s current situation as it considers full communion with Rome.

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NEW HAMBURG, Ontario — Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, mentioned Jews as “enemies of the Church” in a recent address reviewing the situation of the group as it considered full communion with Rome this past year.

“Who, during that time, was the most opposed that the Church would recognize the society? The enemies of the Church. The Jews, the Masons, the modernists,” Bishop Fellay, superior general of the society, said during a talk Dec. 28 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel in New Hamburg, Ontario.

The comment was made in passing during the wide-ranging address, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

The Society of St. Pius X was founded by...READ MORE

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