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Pakistani Official: Society Flourishes With Religious Freedom (1131)

Minority Affairs Minister Paul Bhatti, whose brother Shahbaz was killed in 2011 for defending Christian interests, spoke at this month’s New York Encounter.

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Nicholas Erickson, Courtesy of New York Encounter

Paul Bhatti speaks at the New York Encounter.

– Nicholas Erickson, Courtesy of New York Encounter

NEW YORK  — Paul Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister of minority affairs, called religious liberty a Christian value that can enhance life in the country and impart stability to society at large.

“With religious freedom, societies are more likely to flourish, because people can express their deepest belief and highest ideas, so societies are more stable,” he said in a Jan. 19 interview with Catholic News Agency.

“It’s the wrong concept that religious freedom leads to instability, but, actually, it leads to more public order and more economic empowerment, so this is the Christian teaching.”

Christianity can also offer to Pakistani culture its emphasis on compassion and the works of mercy,...READ MORE

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Pope Transfers Responsibility for Catechesis, Seminaries (1881)

Two new papal directives have reassigned oversight of these areas to different Vatican offices.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has written two new directives modifying the departments in the Roman Curia that are responsible for catechesis and the formation of priests throughout the Church.

The Pope gave the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the task of “caring for ... the relevant instrument of evangelization that the Catechism of the Catholic Church, along with catechetical teaching in all its diverse forms, represents for the Church, in order to bring about a more organic and effective pastoral outreach.”

“This new pontifical council will be able to provide the local Churches and the diocesan bishops an appropriate service in this area,” he wrote Jan....READ MORE

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Upon Ordination, He and His Wife Will Cease Conjugal Relations; The Richness of the Word and More! (4026)

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Upon Ordination, He and His Wife Will Cease Conjugal Relations. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters to read more.

Upon Ordination, He and His Wife Will Cease Conjugal Relations by Dr. Edward Peters - Big Pulpit

The Richness of the Word - Donald DeMarco PhD, Crisis Magazine

By What Right? – Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

Man’s Role in Writing Sacred Scripture – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

One Priest’s Tips for a Better Celebration of Holy Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

Constantinople: 25 Quotes from Eastern Fathers on Petrine Ministry – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

The Pastoral Care and Responsibilities of the Soloist Musician – W. Patrick Cunningham, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Vatican Praises U. S. Marches for Life as Witness for The Whole World – Thaddeus Baklinski

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U.S. Bishops Bring New Weapon to Human-Trafficking Fight (8798)

More than a year after losing HHS funding over its pro-life commitment, the USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking Program launches a new initiative to help at-risk communities.

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WASHINGTON — A new innovative weapon in the fight against human trafficking and sex slavery is coming this year from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, more than a year after abortion politics led the Obama administration to kill federal funding for the Church’s top-rated outreach effort.

“We lost a contract, but we’ve not gone away,” said Nathalie Lummert, special-programs director at the USCCB’s Office of Migrant and Refugee Services (MRS). “We’re taking a decade of experience and now are rolling out a new program that brings communities directly into the fight against human trafficking.”

The new initiative of the U.S. bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program is “The Amistad...READ MORE

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Pope Joins March for Life Via Twitter (2707)

‘I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,’ the Holy Father tweeted Jan. 25.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has sent a Twitter message expressing his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people marching in America this week for a culture of life and an end to abortion.

“I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,” he tweeted Jan. 25.

From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America continue to mark the week of Jan. 22 as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation.

San Francisco's Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 26 will be attended by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, apostolic...READ MORE

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Early Jerusalem Church Followed the Pope: Seven Quotes From History, Bad Religion and Much More! (3806)

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The Jerusalem Early Church Followed the Pope: 7 Quotes from History. Follow the link by H. H. Ambrose to read more.

The Jerusalem Early Church Followed the Pope: 7 Quotes from History by H. H. AmbroseBig Pulpit

Bad Religion – Peter Smith, MercatorNet

Study: Catholic Education Influences Choice to Become Nun, Brother – Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Word of the Day: Dust – Anthony Esolen, First Things/First Thoughts

Vatican Rejects Claims It Is Encouraging Illegal Ivory Trade – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

St. Gregory of Sinai on Spiritual Progress – Rob Hall, Road to Rome

The Tablet and the Elephant: the “Soho Masses” – Fr. Z’s Blog

Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

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From Abortion Worker to Catholic Apostle (7660)

A former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, tells how an ultrasound of an unborn baby’s fight for life eventually let her to the Catholic Church and to a new apostolate.

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Abby Johnson

In 2009, Abby Johnson left her position as health-center director of Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, where she had worked for eight years. Her book Unplanned tells her compelling story.

Last Easter, Johnson and her husband entered the Catholic Church. She spoke with Tim Drake about her conversion and her new apostolate for abortion workers who desire to leave the industry: And Then There Were None.

 

Last Easter, you and your husband both entered the Catholic Church. What was your denominational background?

I grew up Baptist, but became Episcopalian while I worked at Planned Parenthood.

 

What led you to consider the Catholic Church?

I grew up with praise-and-worship...READ MORE

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Legacy of Abortion: 40 Years of Victims (1894)

Remarks of Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, at the 2013 March for Life.

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Forty years ago this past Tuesday marks the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous, reckless and inhumane abandonment of women and babies to abortionists.

Forty years of victims — dead babies, wounded women, shattered families.

Forty years of government-sanctioned violence against women and children.

Since 1973, more than 55 million children have been killed by abortion — a staggering loss of children’s precious lives — a death toll that equates to the entire population of England.

The passage of time hasn’t changed the fact that abortion is a serious, lethal violation of fundamental human rights. And that women and children deserve better. And that the demands of justice, generosity and...READ MORE

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