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Catholic Leaders Praise ‘Son of God’ Movie (7168)

Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Gomez are among those promoting the TV miniseries-turned-film.

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Scene from Son of God movie

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LOS ANGELES — A new movie about Jesus Christ, a spin-off from the popular History Channel television miniseries The Bible, has drawn praise from several Catholic bishops and leaders.

“It is the biggest, greatest story ever told,” said Roma Downey, a co-producer of the Son of God movie, who stars as Mary.

“The story of the Son of God is one of the most-known stories in the history of the world,” added her husband and co-producer, Mark Burnett. “And yet it never gets old. And the way we have told it is very connective, very young, very gritty and real. You really feel connected and can see yourself as these characters.”

The movie is based on the Bible and covers the life, death,...READ MORE

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Spain’s Pro-Life Bill Hailed as Growing European Trend (4254)

The bill, which seeks to roll back expansive abortion legislation passed by Spain’s previous Socialist regime, moved forward in the Spanish Parliament last week.

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MADRID — A new bill in Spain to re-establish limits on abortion and assert the state’s right to protect unborn children is a step forward in the larger pro-life movement growing across the continent, a European legal expert says.

“One of the goals of the Spanish bill was to create debate,” said Grégor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice.

“The debate about abortion is all across Europe,” he told CNA on Feb. 13, adding that the Spanish bill is a “way to provoke thought” and continue the debate about abortion across the continent.

The Spanish bill seeks to address what many have seen as an overreach by a 2010 law passed by the Socialists. The 2010 law allowed...READ MORE

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Late Iowa Farmer Hid Generosity Throughout Life, Priest Says (4354)

Edwin ‘Bud’ Skalla led a hidden life, but bequeathed millions to Iowa parishes with his passing.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Portsmouth, Iowa, is one of 13 parishes that Edwin Skalla bestowed millions of dollars in land and cash in his will.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Edwin “Bud” Skalla, who died last November, was a bachelor farmer whose greatness of heart was made known only after he passed away, according to the man’s pastor.

“I don’t think people realized that he had as generous a heart as he did, because he hid it very well from everyone until after his death,” said Father John Dorton, pastor of St. Mary parish in Portsmouth, Iowa.

“And then, when his will became public, his generosity towards 13 churches sprinkled throughout southwest Iowa became very apparent,” he said.

At his death, Skalla left 282 acres of farmland to St. Mary’s, his home parish, and another 858 acres to 13 parishes located in Iowa’s Harrison and...READ MORE

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Texas Candidate Wendy Davis Softens Stance Against Abortion Ban (2952)

The state’s Democratic candidate for governor has taken fire from both sides of the political spectrum for trying to downplay her stance against an abortion ban she filibustered last year.

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Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis at the National Press Club in Washington on Aug. 5, 2013.

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DALLAS — Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who garnered national attention for her opposition to a 20-week abortion ban in the state, is now making headlines again by saying she might support such a ban in some instances.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, stated that Davis’ apparent change in stance gives her “the appearance of moving with” pro-life voters in Texas, “while at the same time maintaining abortion as her ‘sacred ground.’”

In September 2013, Davis gained national attention in her role as state senator after performing a nearly 11-hour filibuster against a Texas bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks into pregnancy and require...READ MORE

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When Rights Become Wrongs (1550)

COMMENTARY: The United Nations has demonstrated once again that it lacks the wisdom to serve as a global moral voice.

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The report issued Feb. 5 by the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child, while lambasting the Catholic Church for not being sufficiently forceful in curbing clerical sex abuse, does not, however, give adequate credit for the reforms the Church has already made.

It bluntly faults the Vatican for “systematically” putting the Church’s reputation above the protection of children. The Church, including its long tradition, systematically opposes the sexual abuse of children by anyone. Blessed John Paul II denounced the clerical abuse of children as an “appalling sin.” Benedict XVI promised to rid the Church of such “filth.” And Pope Francis has ordered prosecutors and bishops to...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Files Supreme-Court Brief Challenging DOJ Arguments (6337)

The Green family's lawyers argue that the owners of the craft store chain “exercise their faith through Hobby Lobby, and those beliefs are entitled to protection."

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WASHINGTON — Do constitutional and statutory protections for religious freedom apply to for-profit corporations? According to the Green family, they do.

The Christian owners of Hobby Lobby, a large craft-store chain headquartered in Oklahoma, contend that their company is indeed protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That’s why they were among the first for-profit employers to file a legal challenge to the Health and Human Services (HHS)' contraception mandate in 2012.

Now, the Green family and their lawyers are preparing to bring that argument to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear oral arguments March 25 in a closely watched case that could affect the...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Begins Third Set of Reform Meetings (1711)

The council, appointed by Pope Francis to advise him about Church governance and Curial reform, will meet through Wednesday.

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Pope Francis prays with the members of the council of cardinals during their initial meeting Oct. 1, 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — Meeting for the third time since its institution, the council of eight cardinals has reconvened in Rome to address the economic affairs of the Holy See and will continue discussions over the next three days.

The council, chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on matters of Church governance and Curia reform, will be meeting Feb. 17-19, following an initial meeting in October and a second in December.

During a Feb. 17 press briefing for journalists, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi stated that, as in previous meetings, “the cardinals initiated their work with a holy Mass concelebrated this morning at 7am in the Sanctae Marthae chapel, after which they began their...READ MORE

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Olympic Figure-Skating Star Hailed as Example for Catholics (28883)

Sharing the Rosary, and praying publicly before she steps onto the ice, are just some of the things that South Korea’s Yuna Kim does to witness to the faith.

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Yuna Kim at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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WASHINGTON — Catholic Olympian and international skating superstar Yuna Kim is a role model not only of dedication and athleticism, but also an example of how to live the faith publicly, a fan says.  

A seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit and blog writer Evan Pham told CNA that he was struck by Kim’s simple act of praying on ice during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

He said that he was inspired when he and his family saw “a clip of her doing the Sign of the Cross” and bowing her head immediately before competing in the finals for the ladies’ skating title, which she won.

“There was this young woman out there on the Olympic ice, and all these cameras are constantly on her,”...READ MORE

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