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Vatican Official Highlights Global Impact of U.S. Pro-Life Marches (3154)

Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, says the American events are a historic witness for the entire world.

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Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula

– Catholic News Agency

ROME — A top Vatican official on life issues called the demonstrations sweeping across the U.S. this week against abortion a historic witness to the sanctity of human life.

“These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 23.

“These events which favor human life without limits, from conception until the end, have become a very important historical reference for all other Catholic countries worldwide,” he added.

“And if we talk about the Vatican as another face of the Church, then we can...READ MORE

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Tens of Thousands Ask Spanish University to Keep Chapels Open (1945)

The rector of Complutense University of Madrid has received thousands of messages calling for ‘respect for the fundamental right of religious freedom.’

01/24/2013 Comments (4)

MADRID — More than 32,000 people in Spain have called on a Madrid university to respect religious freedom and allow chapels on campus to remain open.

In just five days, Complutense University of Madrid's rector, Jose Carrillo, has received thousands of messages calling for “respect for the fundamental right of religious freedom,” said the religious-liberty organization MasLibres.

The petitions also demanded that the prestigious university, which is the largest in Spain, with more than 85,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, adhere to its agreement with the Archdiocese of Madrid and asked it to end “the harassment of Catholics through intolerant decisions” and the closing of...READ MORE

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A Lutheran Ordinariate Coming? Habemus Appam: Pope App, Who Laughed During Roe v Wade and More! (3448)

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01/24/2013 Comment

A Lutheran Ordinariate Coming. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

A Lutheran Ordinariate Coming via Fr. Z's BlogBig Pulpit

Habemus Appam: The Pope’s Own App – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Who Laughed During the Roe v. Wade Arguments? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Video Interview with Matt Fradd on Pornography, Masculinity and Atheism – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

As the Storm Rages Around Me, How Should I Pray? – Daniel Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

On the Necessity of Theological Courage in the Public Square – Owen Strachan and Andrew Walker, First Things/On the Square

To the Child Who Asks – Sally Thomas, Dappled Things

The Church and Modernity – Chilton Williamson Jr., The Catholic...READ MORE

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Obama’s ‘Gay Rights’ Agenda on Collision Course With Religious Liberty (10774)

His inaugural address equated same-sex ‘marriage’ with civil rights for black Americans and pledged to advance ‘gay rights’ in 2013, raising serious religious-liberty concerns.

01/23/2013 Comments (62)
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President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the public ceremonial inauguration Jan. 21 on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

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WASHINGTON — Nine months after he officially endorsed same-sex “marriage,” President Barack Obama vowed to make that policy goal a top priority of his second term — a stance that has galvanized the Democratic base but stirred concerns from other quarters about the impact on religious liberty.

“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began,” stated Obama during a Jan. 21 inaugural address that outlined his goals on economic and social issues, as well as foreign policy.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must...READ MORE

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Before and After Reverse-Wreckovations in K.C., Are Unseen Things Real, Time in Liturgy and More! (2364)

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Before & After Reverse-Wreckovations in Kansas City. Follow the link by Shawn Tribe of New Liturgical Movement to read and view more.

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Are Unseen Things Real? – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Time in the Liturgy – Stephanie Mann, Pray the Mass.org

“Liberty & Justice for All”: Roe v. Wade’s Betrayal – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Sky God – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at War with Catholics – Kirsten Andersen, LifeSiteNews

The Original (Ecumenically Incorrect) Prayers for Church Unity – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Laws of This World are Built on Sand – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Boston Archdiocese Unveils First...READ MORE

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Desire for Freedom Celebrated, Pondered at ‘New York Encounter’ (2791)

Communion and Liberation’s annual event in the Big Apple showcases the experience of freedom in the arts, politics, business and faith.

01/23/2013 Comments (2)
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Paul Bhatti was one of the featured speakers.

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NEW YORK — The soaring lyrics of the black spiritual greeted the crowd gathered to celebrate the “Experience of Freedom” at the 2013 New York Encounter: “But I know this: If Jesus leads me, I shall be free one day.”

The music provided a fitting prelude to the Jan. 18-20 New York Encounter, which offered multiple perspectives on freedom, from an eye-witness account of the life and death of Shahbaz Bhatti, the slain Pakistani religious-freedom activist, to a business leader’s adventure story of exploring for natural gas and a priest’s reflections on the spiritual struggles of families in Newtown, Conn., after the killing of 20 local children and six adults at an elementary school last...READ MORE

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Abraham Exemplifies Christian Journey, Pope Says (1881)

The Old Testament patriarch is the ‘first great role model’ of faith, the Holy Father instructs, and exemplifies the Christian longing for the ‘true homeland’ of heaven.

01/23/2013 Comments (2)
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VATICAN CITY — In his weekly general audience, Pope Benedict pointed to the legacy of Abraham as an example of the Christian’s longing for the “true homeland” of heaven and as the “first great role model” of having faith in God.

“Abraham, the believer, teaches us faith and, like a stranger on earth, points out our true homeland. Faith makes us pilgrims on earth, situated in the world and in history, but on the path toward our heavenly homeland,” the Pope said Jan. 23 at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“Believing in God thus makes us heralds of values that often do not coincide with fashion or the opinion of the moment. The Christian should not be afraid to go ‘against the grain’ to live...READ MORE

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Civil-Rights Groups Criticize Vietnam for Severe Treatment of Political Dissidents (2913)

Fourteen Catholic writers and political-reform activists were sentenced to prison terms of three to 13 years.

01/23/2013 Comment
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The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

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The Jan. 13 jailing of Catholic writers and political-reform activists in Vietnam has once again spotlighted the attitude of the country’s communist rulers toward political dissent and religious freedom.

The situation in the country gained further attention Jan. 22, when Pope Benedict XVI received Nguyen Phu Trong, the secretary general of Vietnam’s Communist Party, at a Vatican audience.

After a high-security trial on Jan. 9 in Vinh, in central Vietnam, where the group of 14 faced charges, including violating Article 79 of Vietnam’s constitution — a vague stipulation banning “subversion of the administration” — the detainees were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to 13...READ MORE

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