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Arkansas, Idaho Abortion Restrictions Facing Legal Challenges (2272)

Many pro-life leaders think that ‘fetal pain’ laws stand a better chance of surviving judicial scrutiny than Arkansas’ new ‘heartbeat protection’ bill.

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Twenty-week-old unborn child.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Supreme Court showdown over laws banning abortions that inflict pain on the unborn became more likely with the passage of a pair of new laws in Arkansas and the overturning of another in an Idaho lower court.

The Arkansas laws provide the state with the broadest abortion restrictions in the nation.

In late February, state legislators overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks on the grounds that they inflict pain on their unborn victims.

And one week later, they overrode Beebe’s veto of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans nearly all abortions after 12 weeks...READ MORE

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Pope to Celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Youth Prison (2873)

Benedict XVI also celebrated a Mass at the prison’s Chapel of the Merciful Father in 2007.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a youth detention center rather than the traditional Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican says.

On March 28, Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate the chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning, but then go to the Casal del Marmo youth detention center rather than the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

This tradition is one the new Pope has practiced since his days as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

During that time, then-Cardinal Bergoglio would celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in a hospital, prison or shelter for the poor.

Images of the then-cadinal washing and kissing the feet of AIDS patients and...READ MORE

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Did Pope Francis Say Women Are Unfit for Political Office? Three Types of Marriage and Much More! (3355)

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Bishop Denounces Health Network’s Compliance With Mandate (2562)

Catholic health-care provider Avera made the decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.

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Bishop Paul J. Swain of Souix Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The bishop of a South Dakota diocese criticized a Catholic health-care provider’s decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.

Jerry Klein, delegate for social outreach for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, told CNA that “there is a continued dialogue between the diocese and Avera” Catholic health-care systems, but that a response from the health-care provider is “not anticipated.”

Avera, a regional health network in South Dakota operated by the Benedictine and Presentation sisters, runs more than 100 hospitals, clinics and nursing homes throughout the area.

On March 1, Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls...READ MORE

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Is the GOP Caving on Defense of Marriage? (5058)

As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the issue, some prominent Republicans publicly support a redefinition to include same-sex unions.

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, reversed his stance on same-sex 'marriage.'

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WASHINGTON — Is the GOP leadership weighing a retreat from its defense of traditional marriage?

With the U.S. Supreme Court preparing to hear oral arguments this month for two high-profile marriage cases, more than 80 Republicans have signed a legal brief supporting the repeal of Proposition 8, the ballot referendum passed by California’s voters to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Jon Huntsman, a former Utah governor and GOP presidential candidate, along with fellow former Govs. William Weld (Massachusetts) and Christie Todd Whitman (New Jersey), and one-time National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman were among the signatories of the brief.

Then Sen. Rob Portman,...READ MORE

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Rome’s Mayor ‘Touched’ by Pope’s Simplicity (2432)

Gianni Alemanno said the Pope inspired him to reflect on being simple and pay more attention to people.

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Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2013 before his Papal Inauguration Mass.

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ROME — The mayor of Rome said that the simple humility of Pope Francis “really touched” his heart after the inauguration Mass.

“He is a beautiful example, and I really believe this is the right Pope for this time because there is so much crisis and people need hope,” said the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, at St. Peter’s Square.

The mayor also said the Pope inspired him to “reflect on being more simple and paying more attention to people.”

“I feel very happy because Pope Francis is truly a person that is immediately endearing,” he told CNA.

He noted that it is “beautiful to listen to him” and that the Mass had been “wonderful and astonishing.”

“We weren’t expecting this kind of...READ MORE

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NY Bishops Meet With Cuomo, Reaffirm Stance Against Abortion (3328)

The the governor respectfully listened to the bishops’ concerns, but they did not agree on the abortion proposal.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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New York City — The bishops of New York met recently with the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, to discuss their objections to his “unacceptable” abortion proposals, as well as other legislative topics.

“We ended up saying, ‘If you do this, we will oppose it, and we intend to oppose any such bills from the moment they become public,’” said Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre.

“This is not something that New York needs, and I’d go as far as to say that it’s not what New York wants” he added.

Among other issues, the New York bishops met with Cuomo and several state lawmakers on March 19 to discuss the reintroduction of New York’s “Reproductive Health Act” in the state Legislature....READ MORE

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Maryland Catholics Call Death Penalty Repeal a Pro-Life Victory (1965)

Pro-lifers are hopeful that all the effort focused on ending the death penalty will now be refocused on ending abortion in the Old Line State.

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Annapolis, Md. — Catholics in Maryland are welcoming the repeal of the death penalty in the state as a step towards a culture of life that respects the dignity of all human persons, from conception to natural death.

“As Catholics we recognize the intrinsic dignity of every human life, said Linda Brenegan, respect life program director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

“Repealing the death penalty acknowledges in law that value (of every human life) — even of those who have degraded themselves by committing serious crimes,” she told CNA. 

“Could Maryland now begin to move toward acknowledging the obvious dignity of the most innocent among us — the child in the womb? We hope, pray and...READ MORE

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