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Federal Judge Strikes Down Colo. Marriage-Defense Amendment (1540)

The state’s bishops urge Catholics in Colorado to defend marriage in the face of this ‘emotional arrangement.’

07/25/2014 Comments (7)

DENVER — A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage-defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling comes after another district court judge struck down the amendment on July 10, saying that preserving marriage “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.” The state’s bishops criticized the decision that day and called on Catholics in Colorado to defend marriage.

The bishops said the decision “advances a misinterpretation of the institution of marriage in modern society, reducing marriage to a sheer emotional arrangement that can simply be redefined to...READ MORE

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Cease-Fire Signed in Central African Republic Conflict (1473)

The agreement was signed after three days of talks in the neighboring Republic of the Congo. The predominantly Muslim Seleka forces dropped their demand that the Central African Republic be split into a Muslim north and a Christian south.

07/25/2014 Comment
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Refugees displaced by the war in the Central African Republic.

– CNA file photo

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo — Rival factions in the Central African Republic signed a cease-fire on Wednesday in hopes of halting the deadly violence, but it is unclear whether it will be effective.

“We have signed this cease-fire agreement today in front of everyone. Our commitment is firm and irreversible," Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, who represented the Seleka faction, said July 23.

Patrick Edouard Ngaissona, head of the anti-Balaka negotiating team, said anyone caught violating the cease-fire would be arrested, the BBC reports.

The agreement was signed after three days of talks in the neighboring Republic of the Congo. The predominantly Muslim Seleka forces dropped their demand...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood Faces New Allegations Involving Abuse of Minors (11764)

A Colorado lawsuit and a new Live Action video spotlight the abortion provider’s controversial provision of services to young girls.

07/25/2014 Comments (11)
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DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers told the Register he will have attorneys review the video of a Colorado Planned Parenthood employee coaching a woman pretending to be a 15-year-old girl to engage in dangerous sexual activity, to buy goods from an adult sex store and view and read pornography.

The Live Action video was released this month just as a lawsuit, filed in early July, charges Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains with failing to report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by her stepfather. The man took the girl to a Denver abortion business and paid for an abortion on May 3, 2012.

The suit claims four Planned Parenthood employees failed to ask how the girl...READ MORE

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ISIS Targeting Christians: The West Must Intervene or We Are All Dead; Tiny Catholics and Much More! (3484)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/25/2014 Comment

Follow the ISIS Targeting Christians: West Intervene or We Are All Dead via Fr. Z's Blog link to read more.

ISIS Targeting Christians: West Intervene or We Are All Dead via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis On Plight of Christians in Mosul – Aleteia

There Are Tiny Catholics Among Us – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Responding to “Spiritual But Not Religious” Christians – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Five Rules for Consoling the Dying by Russell E. Saltzman of First Things - BigPulpit.com

The Misadventure of Divorce – David L. Alexander, Man With A Black Hat

“The Heresy of Action” – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Four Critical Rules for Catholic Fathers – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Saint Amid the Slaughterhouse of World War I by Philip Jenkins - BigPulpit.com


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EWTN to Open West Coast Studio at Orange Diocese's Christ Cathedral (2817)

Announcement was made July 24 at the Napa Institute

07/24/2014 Comments (6)

ORANGE, Calif. — On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral.

“As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world,” Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said July 24 at the Napa Institute.

“EWTN’s partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the cathedral campus here in Orange County.”


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Holy See Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Gaza (1030)

In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See also called for the start of negotiations to achieve a lasting peace.

07/24/2014 Comments (6)
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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of Holy See to the United Nations

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

GENEVA — In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate cease-fire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

“The delegation of the Holy See reiterates its view that violence never pays. Violence will only lead to more suffering, devastation and death and will prevent peace from becoming a reality,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi.

The archbishop — who serves as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations office in Geneva — spoke July 23 during the 21st special session of the Human Rights Council, addressing the human-rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory...READ MORE

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CUA Prof Defends Religious Freedom in Court and Class (4725)

Alongside his day job as a Catholic law professor, Mark Rienzi has successfully litigated landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, such as last month’s Hobby Lobby and McCullen decisions.

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Mark RIenzi with Sister Loraine (c) and Sister Robert of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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WASHINGTON — It has been a banner term at the U.S. Supreme Court for Mark Rienzi, The Catholic University of America law professor and First Amendment litigator who helped secure key victories this summer in two closely watched cases.

Rienzi represented Hobby Lobby in its successful legal challenge to the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate and also served as legal counsel for Eleanor McCullen, the pro-life sidewalk counselor whose case ended the 14-year legal battle against Massachusetts’ “buffer zone” law.

Further, since December 2013, Rienzi has secured temporary injunctions from the high court for the Little Sisters of the Poor and for Wheaton College — two religious...READ MORE

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Iraq’s Christians: Robbed, Abandoned and Desperate to Survive (11195)

The situation for Iraq’s Christians grows more desperate, as Chaldean Catholics in the U.S. plead with the Church to take notice and raise its voice.

07/24/2014 Comments (14)
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Iraqi families who fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul prepare to sleep on the ground as they try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers July 3 in Khazair, Iraq.

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Christians fled their ancestral homeland around Mosul this month after receiving an ultimatum with four unpalatable options: convert, pay punitive taxes, leave or die. However, Islamist militants robbed Christians of their money, passports and property, turning them into a sea of refugees with nowhere to go and fighting to survive.

The international charitable organization Aid to the Church in Need informed the Register Wednesday morning that thousands of refugees are pinned between the jihadist forces of the Islamic State (IS), which occupies Mosul and a third of Iraq, and the security checkpoints at the border of Kurdistan. More than 1,500 Christian families have fled...READ MORE

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