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The Preservation of Marriage: A Battle Worth Fighting (7174)

NEWS ANALYSIS: As the Supreme Court and politicians weigh ‘marriage equality,’ Catholic Americans need to remind the nation why marriage can’t be redefined.

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WASHINGTON — Last week, when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two landmark marriage cases, several justices dismissed the suggestion that procreation played a central role in the meaning and purpose of marriage.

During one exchange, Charles Cooper, the advocate for the private group defending Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that effectively barred same-sex “marriage," argued that a law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman reflected the state’s rational “interest in responsible procreation” — not animus to homosexuals as a group.

Justice Elena Kagan clearly found that argument to be nothing short of ludicrous.

“Suppose a state said that,...READ MORE

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Women Communicate God’s Look of Love, Pope Says (2029)

About 50,000 people attended Pope Francis’ Wednesday audience.

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd at his April 3 general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — During his second Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said that women’s main role in the Church is to communicate God’s love.

“Women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord, in following him and communicating his face, because the eyes of faith always need the simple and profound look of love,” he said April 3 in St. Peter’s Square.

“This is beautiful, and this is the mission of women, of mothers and women: to give witness to their children and grandchildren that Christ is risen,” said the Pope.

According to the Italian authorities, 50,000 people attended the audience, including a delegation of 43 people from the U.S. Senate.

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Pope: Keep Confessional Light On and They Will Come, Flowering Faith Since Vatican 2 & More! (2331)

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Pope Francis: Keep the Confessional Light On and They Will Come. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Pope Francis: Keep the Confessional Light On and They Will Come via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

The Flowering of the Faith Since Vatican II – Paul Erich Menge, The CWR Blog

Protection from Victoria’s Secret – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

Easter Vigil Mass, St. Peters – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Pange Lingua – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Easter Vigil at the London Oratory – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Filling the Bucket of Self Esteem – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

A Forbidden God: Movie of the Martyrs of Spain’s Civil War – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Ritual, Evidence of Eternity – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

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‘House of Horrors’ Abortionist on Trial for Murder (4678)

Longtime Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is currently being tried on eight charges arising from deaths at his facility.

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PHILADELPHIA — Father Rayford Emmons prays for Dr. Kermit Baron Gosnell, the late-term abortionist currently on trial for murder in this city. Just like he has been doing for the last 15 years.

For more than a decade, starting in the late-1990s, the Philadelphia priest, along with about 15 to 20 pro-lifers, has processed out of morning Mass on the second Saturday of every month, walked three blocks, and kneeled outside Gosnell’s abortion facility to pray.

Father Emmons, one of the few black priests in Philadelphia, did not just pray for the unborn and the women in crisis there; he always added a special intention for the scurrying figure of Gosnell disappearing through the back to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Prays at John Paul II’s Tomb (3730)

On the eighth anniversary of the Holy Father’s death, Pope Francis prays at the tombs of his predecessors who are buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Pope Francis praying at the tomb of John Paul II.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis spent a “long time” kneeling in silent prayer before the tomb of Blessed John Paul II on April 2, the eighth anniversary of his death.

The visit “this evening in the Vatican basilica expresses the deep, spiritual continuity of the Petrine ministry shared by the popes. It is precisely this Petrine ministry that Pope Francis so deeply feels and shares, and which he has also shown in his meeting with and repeated telephone calls to his predecessor Benedict XVI,” said an April 2 statement from the Vatican Press Office.

Over the last two days, the Pope seems to have been steeping himself in the spiritual riches and strength of his predecessors who are buried in...READ MORE

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Seattle Archbishop Decries Washington Abortion Bill (6146)

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain warned that this bill discriminates unjustly against churches, religious organizations and people who for religious reasons oppose abortion.

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Archbishop J. Peter Sartain celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, April 23, 2012.

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SEATTLE — The archbishop of Seattle warned state legislators that a proposed bill requiring abortion coverage in health-care plans will result in a fight to protect the Catholic Church from being forced to pay for the procedure.

“The Catholic Church in Washington state and its affiliated organizations do not now, nor will we in the future, offer coverage for abortion in our health-care plans,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain told the Washington Senate Committee on Health Care April 1.

He warned that the legislation would result in court appeals that would be “protracted and costly to all parties.”

“It will not come as a surprise that we oppose the very intent of this legislation,” the...READ MORE

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On the Road to Rome, With Twists and Turns (3965)

Studies show the number of Americans who switch religious affiliation more than once is on the rise.

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An avowed atheist, Devin Rose entertained thoughts of suicide before turning to God.

Rose was out of options in his battle against severe social anxiety and depression. He saw a therapist. He tried breathing exercises. He blocked out negative thoughts. None of it worked. 

“When I hit the low point in college and was considering suicide, I thought of God because I had good Christian friends who showed me through their lives that they had hope and joy — two virtues I was completely missing,” Rose said. “So God presented himself to me as an alternative, even though it seemed like a long shot that he was real.”

Rose’s search for a virtuous life of faith would lead to Catholicism. But,...READ MORE

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U.N. Harshly Criticized for Pushing Abortion in Peru (2422)

A Peruvian congresswoman said no international organization can force Peru to go against what it says in its Constitution.

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LIMA, Peru — Health and legal experts throughout Peru are denouncing a recent recommendation by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that the nation loosen its laws regarding abortion.

In a report presented on March 28, the United Nations commission recommended that Peru “revise” its laws on abortion to allow the procedure in certain cases such as rape and incest.

“Abortion should be allowed in these cases because they are performed anyway, but in a clandestine, illegal and unsafe way,” the report argued.

Peru “should adopt a national protocol to regulate the practice of therapeutic abortion,” it stated.

Abortion remains illegal in Peru, but it carries no sanction in cases when the...READ MORE

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