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Praying the ‘Rosary for Love and Life’ on the Holy Innocents’ Feast (1700)

Minnesota Knights of Columbus support the unborn during the Christmas season.

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Knights of Columbus and others gather in St. Paul’s Midway section for this prayer event in front of the city’s Planned Parenthood.

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The feast of the Holy Innocents on Dec. 28 — celebrated in the Church as early as the fifth century to recall and honor the children of Bethlehem martyred because of Our Lord shortly after he was born — has taken on added meaning for many in St. Paul, Minn.

There, the Knights of Columbus' Saint Paul Council 397, based at St. Mary Church, has instituted an annual prayer event officially called the Knights’ Rosary for Love and Life today.

Members and others gather in St. Paul’s Midway section for this prayer event in front of the city’s Planned Parenthood. Considered the country’s third-largest abortion facility, the building is near the University of Minnesota and many other college...READ MORE

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Latin Patriarch’s Christmas Message Surveys Middle East Situation (1481)

‘The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,’ the patriarch lamented in his Dec. 20 message.

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Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal

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JERUSALEM — The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith.

“The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he said Dec. 20.

He noted the Catholic Church’s work to assist 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, saying this shows the Church is “full of compassion for the victims.”

Conflict between rebel forces and the Syrian government has killed tens of thousands of people and driven many more from their homes.

The refugees are mainly women and children who need food, shelter, medical treatment and clothes.

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A Signal for the New Evangelization (4421)

With 215 stations now broadcasting and further expansion planned, EWTN Radio celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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ON THE AIR. Mother Angelica and the late Piet Derksen, a Dutch businessman, devout Catholic and philanthropist who helped Mother Angelica launch EWTN’s worldwide shortwave operation, WEWN, in 1992. EWTN Radio is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Mother Angelica may be best known for starting a Catholic television network, but her launch of shortwave radio on Dec. 28, 1992, has also held its own in the work of the New Evangelization. EWTN Radio has seen tremendous growth, with 215 stations now on the air and new projects in the works.

For the 20th anniversary of EWTN Radio, David Vacheresse, general manager of EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the radio network’s past, present and future.

 

What was Mother Angelica’s inspiration for launching EWTN Radio?

In the control room at EWTN Radio, there is a large sign that hangs over all the equipment which says, “Then I saw...READ MORE

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CNN/Piers Morgan: Amend the Bible to Endorse Same-Sex Marriage, Mutual Enrichment and Much More! (3137)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/28/2012 Comments (5)

CNN/Piers Morgan: Let’s Amend the Bible to Endorse Gays. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

CNN/Piers Morgan: Let’s Amend the Bible to Endorse Gays by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blogBig Pulpit

Mutual Enrichment, Anglican Patrimony, and the Ordinariate – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Social Justice According to Pope Pius XI – Thomas Storck, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Who is “Q”? The Mythical World of Bible Scholars – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

“If You Don’t Stop Going to That Parish, You Will Lose Your Faith” – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Schoenstatt Movement Nearly 100 Years Old – David Hartline, The American Catholic

“Xmas”: The Ancient and Grand Abbreviation – Matthew Schmitz, First...READ MORE

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The Fiscal Cliff and Secularism (9511)

12/27/2012 Comments (125)

That we seem to be merrily rolling along toward a fiscal cliff is evident. Why is not as clear — at least not the deep why. Some of the depth of the problem can be plumbed out if we look at the relationship between secularism and our current morbid financial mess.

To live in a secular world means that the only heaven, if there is to be one, will be on earth. And since there are no souls in a secular, materialist world, then the only goods we can get are bodily goods. Thus, we run on from the self-preservation of having sufficient food, clothing and shelter to seek superfluous pleasures, titillations, entertainments and luxuries.

If we don’t get it here and now, we won’t get it at all....READ MORE

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Beauty Will Save the World; It's Merry Christmas, Not Happy Christmas and Much More! (1741)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/27/2012 Comment

“Beauty Will Save the World”. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read more.

“Beauty Will Save the World” – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

It’s Merry Christmas, Not Happy Christmas by Matthew Schmitz of the First Things website - Big Pulpit

Pope’s Childhood Christmas Letter to Baby Jesus Published – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Pope Benedict’s Caveats on Subsidiarity, Charity, and Social Teaching – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

A Defense of the Traditional Date for Christmas – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Porn Use and Supporting Same-Sex "Marriage" – Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse

Gushing Over the Royal Fetus: Words Matter – Eric Metaxas, LifeSiteNews

The Defense of Marriage Requires Honesty About Homosexuality...READ MORE

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Justice Sotomayor Rejects Hobby Lobby’s Request for Mandate Relief (12225)

The Christian-owned business now faces fines of up to $1.3 million per day after Jan. 1 if it refuses to provide abortion-inducing drugs in its company health-insurance plan.

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has rejected a request that the federal government temporarily halt enforcement of the federal abortifacient mandate against the Christian-owned business Hobby Lobby, The Associated Press reported Dec. 27.

The Green family, owners of the Oklahoma-based retail chain Hobby Lobby, does not object to providing contraceptives through the company’s health-insurance plan. But the company has filed a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that abortifacient drugs also be funded on the grounds that involvement in abortions is a violation of the Greens’ religious beliefs.

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Abortion Expansion in Defense Bill Gets Troubling Support From Pro-Life Senators (4899)

Pro-life advocates worry that the November elections might have resulted in a weakening of congressional pro-life sentiment.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

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WASHINGTON —The unanimous passage through the Senate of a defense spending bill that expands abortion access for military personnel has generated concern that pro-life politicians are in retreat because of the November election results.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Tom McClusky, vice president of the Family Research Council, said of the National Defense Authorization Act’s almost certain endorsement by the House of Representatives after passage by the Senate. “And we’re concerned that we’ve allowed the other side to frame the debate entirely in terms advantageous to helping women. Everyone wants to help women. But we also want what happens to the child to be part of the debate. The...READ MORE

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