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Report: Planned Parenthood May Defraud U.S. Taxpayers (4365)

Alliance Defending Freedom’s third annual audit suggested that Planned Parenthood practices ‘resulted in losses to the American taxpayer of more than $115 million’ from health-care funding programs.

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WASHINGTON — A report investigating audits of Planned Parenthood claims to show that the national abortion provider’s practices may have led to the loss of more than $100 million of taxpayer money.

Publicly available audits and testimonies from former employees “strongly suggest that Planned Parenthood affiliates systematically take advantage of ‘overbilling’ opportunities to maximize revenues,” Alliance Defending Freedom said in its 2014 report, “Profit, No Matter What.”

The report, which is Alliance Defending Freedom’s third annual report on the abortion-performing corporation, examined 44 external audits of Planned Parenthood as well as 51 federal audits of state family-planning...READ MORE

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Vatican Permits Maryknoll Father Miguel d’Escoto to Celebrate Mass Again (8403)

NEWS ANALYSIS: St. John Paul II suspended the liberation theology-inspired priest in 1985.

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Maryknoll Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the sixty-third session of the UN General Assembly, at a press conference Nov. 11, 2008.

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua — In 1985, then-Pope John Paul II ordered the suspension of the priestly ministry of Maryknoll Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, who served as the foreign minister of the Sandinista-led Nicaragua government in violation of canon law, which bars priests from holding political office.

Almost three decades later, on Aug. 5, Vatican Radio reported that Father d’Escoto, 81, had requested that he be allowed to say Mass again “before dying,” and Pope Francis approved his request.

The letter from the Vatican that agreed to the priest’s request was signed by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

“The Holy Father has given his...READ MORE

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How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture, Seven Great Saint Quotes on Holiness and Much More! (3035)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap link to read more.

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10 Commandments of Reverence for the Holy Sacrament – Msgr. Charles Mangan

Seven Reasons Christianity Most Persecuted Religion in World – Laura McAlister, Ignitum Today

How to Stay Married 10 Years & Then Some – Karee Santos, Can We Cana?

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Seven Great Saint Quotes on Holiness – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

God’s Gift to Man: The Transforming Power of Music – Bob Kurland, Catholic Stand

Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul – Sarah Babbs, Catholic Lane

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Canadian Student Missionaries Teach the Faith on Campus (2770)

Catholic Christian Outreach brings peers and parishes closer to Christ.

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Catholic Christian Outreach's ‘Summer Impact’ mission team in Victoria, British Columbia.

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VICTORIA, British Columbia — For 25 years, Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), a university missionary apostolate inspired by evangelical Protestant groups such as Campus Crusade for Christ, and its missionaries, have been bringing to Canadian campuses — and parishes — Catholic truths about the sacraments and especially the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

The group’s message to university students is that life in Christ can bring great freedom, while the ostensibly liberated campus culture of unrestricted sex, drugs and alcohol is the way to slavery.

“In a world that is searching for something tangible to believe in,” said CCO missionary Mark Dumbrique, 20, “you can’t have...READ MORE

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Italy’s ‘Singing Nun’ Renews Religious Vows (3640)

Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the most recent season of The Voice Italy, renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience last month.

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Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia sings on The Voice Italy.

ROME — Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, the young Italian religious who won the past season of The Voice Italy, renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on July 29 at one of the congregation’s convents in Sicily.

A member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Family in Milan informed CNA about the ceremony but said she could not give her name because of harassment the community has endured from Italian tabloids.

In recent days, a reporter from the Italian magazine Di Piu followed Sister Cristina and two others to a store near their convent, located on the outskirts of Milan.

“Right now, I’m tired,” she told the reporter. “The last six months have been hard. Right...READ MORE

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Aid Group Criticizes Global Apathy on Ebola (1566)

A senior official with the Christian group Samaritan’s Purse told Congress last week that the international response ‘has been a failure.’

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A burned mattress upon which an Ebola patient had laid during his illness in a West African village during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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WASHINGTON — Warning that the international community neglected the initial outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a relief agency testified before Congress about the need to take the disease seriously in order to contain it.

“[T]he international response to the disease has been a failure,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations for Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.

He told members of Congress Aug. 7 that the world was comfortable allowing just a few relief agencies to shoulder the burden of the disease when it broke out in three countries.

“It took two Americans getting the disease in order for the international community and the United States to take...READ MORE

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Hospital-Admitting Requirements for Abortion Facilities Could Draw Supreme’s Attention (4911)

In the wake of conflicting recent court decisions on the matter, legal analysts suggest the issue will be decided by the nation’s top court.

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WASHINGTON — Abortion-facility regulations are under assault by pro-abortion activists in federal courts across the country, because they believe those regulations cause too many abortion facilities to close their doors.

Arguing that constitutional law prevents states from imposing an undue burden on women seeking abortions, the pro-abortion lobby has secured significant recent victories in blocking laws in Alabama and Mississippi that would have required abortionists in those states to have local hospital-admitting privileges.

Meanwhile, a federal judge in Texas heard arguments last week from the Center for Reproductive Rights, a pro-abortion organization that alleges a 2013 state law...READ MORE

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U.S. Catholics Say Prayers for Peace in Iraq (3765)

Vigils are scheduled for today in New York and Denver and will continue in other dioceses.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics in various parts of the United States have organized efforts to pray for peace in Iraq, especially for persecuted Christians.

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, has called for collective prayer for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17 using a prayer written by the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon.

“Lord, the plight of our country is deep, and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening,” reads the prayer of Patriarch Louis Rafael I Sako. “Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives and to grant us patience and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.”

“Lord,...READ MORE

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