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How to Win Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ TV Debate, 10-Step Plan to Spiritual Happiness and More! (2405)

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How to Win the Same-Sex “Marriage” Argument on Television. Follow the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

How to Win the Same-Sex “Marriage” Argument on Television by Fr. Tim Finigan - Big Pulpit

My Ten Step Recipe for Spiritual Happiness – Alessandra, Catholic Sistas

Lies, Damned Lies, and Deconstructionism – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Helping the Helpless in Syria – Esther G., A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

E. U. Pro-Lifers to Collect 1,000,000 Signatures to Defund Abortion – Wendy Wright, C-FAM

Woman Conceived in Rape Calls Out Pro-Lifers Over Rape Exceptions – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

Bless Those Who Persecute You – Leroy Huizenga, First Things/On the Square

You Are the Threat! – Donald McClarey, The American Catholic

Facing Infertility, A Catholic Approach – Ellen...READ MORE

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Iran’s Eight-Year Sentence for Christian Pastor Draws Outcry (2318)

Saeed Abedini, who is a U.S. citizen, is convicted by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with his leadership of house churches.

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Saeed Abedini

– Courtesy the American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — Christian pastor Saeed Abedini’s sentence of eight years in prison by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with his leadership of house churches has been met with harsh criticism.

“This is a real travesty — a mockery of justice,” said Jordan Sekulow, the director of the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini’s family living in the U.S.

“Iran has not only abused its own laws, it has trampled on the fundamentals of human rights. We call on the citizens of the world to rise up in protest. We call on governments around the world to stand and defend Pastor Saeed.”

On Jan. 27 judge Pir-Abassi of the Iranian Revolutionary Court...READ MORE

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For Father Henry, Franciscan Students’ Joy Is Fondest Memory (2443)

After thirteen years of service, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s president announces his retirement at the end of the current academic year.

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Father Terence Henry.

– Franciscan University

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The greatest blessing for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s president has been witnessing the enthusiasm of students, Father Terence Henry said after the news of his retirement as was announced.

In a Jan. 28 interview with CNA, he recalled serving as pastor of the student body, which he said was highlighted by greeting the students every day as they made their way to 8 a.m. classes.

“Seeing their enthusiasm and joy,” he said, “confirmed” the hope of Christ and his promise to “be with his Church until the end of the world.”

“One can never despair when you see our students and meet our graduates,” he said. “I feel my greatest blessing as president [has been]...READ MORE

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San Francisco’s Walk for Life West Coast Draws 50,000 (3886)

Marking the 40th anniversary of Roe, the Walk for Life brings Catholic leaders and pro-life activists, women religious and students together.

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Pro-life supporters marching in the 2013 West Coast Walk for Life.

– Paul Ryan/Walk for Life West Coast

SAN FRANCISCO — In 2005, the first year of the Walk for Life West Coast, 7,000 pro-life marchers in downtown San Francisco confronted a counterdemonstration of about 1,000 protesters, drawing a strong police presence.

This year, an estimated 50,000 pro-lifers converged on the city Jan. 26 to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion. They marched through city streets past about 100 opposing demonstrators waving signs and demanding abortion rights. The mood among pro-lifers was enthusiastic and relaxed, energized by the presence of Catholic leaders, leading pro-life activists and a deep-blue California sky.

The sharp increase in...READ MORE

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The Church Should Address Tattoos, Miraculous Persistence of the Chant Tradition and Much More! (4496)

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Why The Church Should Talk about Tattoos and What to Say. Follow the link by the Architecture + Morality blog to read more.

Why The Church Should Talk about Tattoos and What to Say by the Architecture + Morality blog - Big Pulpit

The Miraculous Persistence of the Chant Tradition – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

The Long War Against the Family - Ryan N. S. Topping DPhil, Crisis Magazine

Ladies, the Guys Have You Right Where They Want You – Mark McCormick, Catholic World Report

Bishops Must Shoulder Their Responsibility in the Pro-Life Struggle – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Pornography is the Cancer of Our Times – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Time to Stop Talking about Gay “Marriage” – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

March for Life 2013 in Washington, D. C. –...READ MORE

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Rally Against Colo. Civil Unions Bill Warns of ‘Great Persecution’ (3177)

Catholic adoption agencies could be forced to close if the state legislature passes the proposed bill.

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Colorado State Sen. Ted Harvey addresses the Rally to Protect Marriage in Denver Jan. 26.

– Kevin Jones/CNA

DENVER — Around 200 opponents of a Colorado civil unions bill rallied at the state capitol Jan. 25, warning that the legislation not only redefines marriage but could shut down Catholic adoption agencies in the state.

“We stand up today because we see that the real goal of civil union legislation is social endorsement of same-sex unions, and soon enough, the redefinition of marriage,” said rally speaker Kate Sweeney, assistant director of the Colorado-based Catholic women’s group ENDOW.

“Those with same-sex attraction have the right to live as they choose. But they do not have the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us,” she added.

Msgr. Thomas Fryar, the moderator of the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Heartened by U.S. Pro-Life Marches (1870)

The American cardinal, who serves as head of the Vatican’s highest court, praises the marches as a witness ‘to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke.

– File Photo/CNA

ROME — Cardinal Raymond Burke says that the pro-life marches taking place across America this week “are a most important witness to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.”

“It is heartening to note the increased participation in the pro-life marches,” the head of the Vatican’s highest tribunal, the Apostolic Signatura, told CNA Jan. 23.

“Surely, the witness of the pro-life marches gives occasion for all citizens in the nation to consider their fundamental duty as citizens to promote the respect for human life and to foster human life in our society.”

From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America marked the week of Jan. 22 as the 40th anniversary...READ MORE

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The Amazing Adventures of a Romanian-Born New England Patriot (6541)

NFL punter Zoltan Mesko’s Catholic faith has been refined by his improbable and inspiring journey through life.

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New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko.

– Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman

Even though his favored New England Patriots lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the recent AFC Championship Game, Zoltan Mesko is not letting that get him down. The three-year pro has faced much tougher situations, starting in his home country of Romania.

Economic hardships were a way of life under communist rule, despite the fact that both of Mesko’s parents were engineers with good jobs. The family had money, but it couldn’t buy them much in an economy with oppressive regulations. Then there were days when the family narrowly escaped a violent death. During the 1989 revolution, the toddler Mesko and his parents evaded gunfire that careened through their apartment.

Eight years later,...READ MORE

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