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Obama Says Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Necessary for National Progress (4031)

In his second inaugural address, the president promoted the controversial issue as being equivalent to the women’s suffrage and civil-rights movements.

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President Barack Obama waves after his speech at the ceremonial swearing-in during the 57th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 21 on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — As he entered his second term as U.S. president, Barack Obama stressed the need to modernize American values through changes such as a redefinition of marriage.

The American journey “is not complete,” Obama said on Jan. 21, until homosexual individuals have their unions “treated like anyone else under the law.”

He argued that same-sex “marriage” is necessary for equality, “for, if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

In his second inaugural address, the president promoted same-sex “marriage” as a basic civil right, such as those that women and black people fought for throughout history.

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Denver Archbishop Says Abortion Encounter Changed Him (9282)

In a pastoral letter, Archbishop Samuel Aquila recounts how his exposure to abortion as a college student made him pro-life and keeps him actively seeking an end to abortion today.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver

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DENVER — On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said his exposure to abortion as a hospital orderly still haunts him and prompts him to urge penitence and pro-life action.

“Today is a day to repent,” Archbishop Aquila said in his Jan. 22 letter “40 Years of the Culture of Death.”

He said that the 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide have “given the culture of death a firm footing and foundation in our nation.”

“The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a day to commit to a culture of life,” he urged. “Today the Lord is calling us to stand up.”

Archbishop Aquila’s letter began with a grim story of his experiences with...READ MORE

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France and Marriage, PP's Annual Death Toll, Rather Be An Angel and More! (2234)

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France: Homosexuals Don’t Want to Marry or Adopt, Gay Leader Admits - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

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Lessons Beyond the Death Camps – James Wilson, Dappled Things

Walmart: Well Might We Rue the Day – Joseph Pearce, StAR

Lost in Translation (from Latin)? – Christopher S. Morrissey, The Catholic World Report

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U.S. States’ Pro-Life Legislation in 2012 Deemed Historic (1673)

An Americans United for Life survey reports ‘significant victories for life’ in state-level legislation last year.

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WASHINGTON — A new report finding “significant victories for life” in state-level legislation during 2012 has left a leading U.S. pro-life group hopeful about the coming year.

“More than half of states have pro-life governors and pro-life majorities in their legislatures,” said Dan McConchie, vice president of state legislative action for Americans United for Life, “so we expect pro-life advances to replicate the high levels of success in the past couple of years across the country.”

McConchie told Catholic News Agency that he expects to see “continued interest in restraining abortion coverage” in the new health-care law throughout 2013, as well as “late-term abortion bans, regulation...READ MORE

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Pope Selects American Priest for Rare St. Peter's Job (7568)

Msgr. Francis Kelly becomes one of the basilica’s canons, responsible for liturgical celebrations and for maintaining a prayerful presence there.

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Msgr. Francis Kelly is installed Jan. 20 as a canon of St. Peter's Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY — For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

"You're the first of this century and the first of this millennium," said Cardinal Angelo Comastri during the Jan. 20 celebration for Msgr. Francis Kelly.

"This is a celebration of fidelity, and fidelity is maintaining during the whole life the commitment pronounced in your youth," he added in St. Peter's Basilica, referring to Msgr. Kelly's priesthood of 50 years.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Msgr. Kelly's new role in an Oct. 20 decree, giving the 76-year-old the primary tasks of prayer and worship. A canon is a senior priest who is...READ MORE

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In Paris, an Uplifting Show of Support for Marriage (2750)

Hundreds of thousands march on behalf of one-man, one-woman marriage, as a national protest engulfs France in opposition to the government’s ‘Marriage for All’ legislation.

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Thousands of demonstrators gather Jan. 13 on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris to protest France's planned legalization of same-sex 'marriage.'

– Reuters/Charles Platiau

PARIS — A march in Paris Jan. 13 against proposed marriage and adoption legislation for same-sex couples was the largest public demonstration France has witnessed since then-President Francois Mitterand tried to make all schools public in 1984, observers say.

Estimates vary on the size of the crowd, with police saying 340,000 attended the march that ended at the Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower. The organizers, however, put the figure at over a million.

Gen. Bruno Dary, a former military governor of Paris with technical expertise in estimating crowd flows, took issue with the police estimate, saying about 800,000 demonstrators took part, according to Le Figaro newspaper.

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MLK Was Christ-Inspired, Says Head Knight of Peter Claver (2012)

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil-rights leader.

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Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964

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MOBILE, Ala. — Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil-rights leader who was “inspired by the teachings of Christ,” says the head of the Knights of Peter Claver.

“Considering that so many ‘churchgoing folks’ were supporting segregation and Jim Crow laws during the civil-rights movement, it is wonderful that King dedicated his life to employing Christ’s teachings to resist and counter the very social sins of prejudice, racial discrimination and segregation,” Supreme Knight F. DeKarlos Blackmon told Catholic News Agency Jan. 18.

He said Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, was “a man of faith and deep conviction” who...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Prayers for Peace During Christian Unity Week (1287)

The year’s observance of the week of prayer takes place Jan. 18-25.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI asked for more prayers of world peace as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity celebrated this week.

“For the prayer of Christian unity, I would like to add again that one for peace, because, in the ongoing, diverse conflicts and end to the massacres of unarmed civilians, an end to all violence and that courage to dialogue and to negotiate is found,” he told thousands of pilgrims from his Apostolic Palace window at St. Peter’s Square today.

The Church is now celebrating its annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began Jan. 18 and will end Jan. 25.

The Pope detailed the importance of unity during his Sunday Angelus at the Vatican.

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