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Drop in Abortion Numbers Could Reflect Changing Attitudes (2157)

Centers for Disease Control report estimates U.S. abortions dropped 5% in 2009, part of a continuing decline that has occurred since 1990.

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Michael New

– Courtesy of Michael New

WASHINGTON — A new government report estimates the number of U.S. abortions dropped 5% in 2009, drawing praise from pro-life advocates and researchers who say the drop could be due in part to an increase in the numbers of pro-life Americans.

“Overall, I’m pleased to see the abortion numbers are coming down,” Michael New, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told Catholic News Agency Nov. 26. “We’ve seen a pretty consistent downward trend in abortion since 1990. The numbers have declined almost every year. The numbers are down almost 25% overall since the early '90s. Overall, that’s a good thing.”

New said it is “very hard to say” what caused the...READ MORE

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Nigerian Cardinal Condemns Bombing of Protestant Church (1155)

Last weekend’s terrorist attack occurred within a major military base, killing at least 30 and wounding 45others.

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria.

– Lewis Ashton Clancy-CNA

ROME — The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base, lamenting the lack of security in the country.

“Once again, a great tragedy has taken place; but, in this case, the circumstances are particularly worrisome,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told Aid to the Church in Need in Rome Nov. 26.

“This attack took place within one of the highest military establishments in Nigeria, surely one of the most secure premises you can think of,” he added.

“It seems that this kind of attack could happen anywhere.”

On Sunday, two suicide bombers detonated two explosives-laden vehicles at St. Andrew's Protestant Church...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Directs Appeals Court to Address Challenge to HHS Mandate (3032)

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals must examine the claim that mandated coverage of abortion-inducing drugs violates religious freedom, but ruling offers no assurance that justices will take up the case.

11/27/2012 Comment

WASHINGTON — Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision upheld the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, the high court directed the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider a case that challenges two key provisions of the federal health law, including the contraception mandate.

The Supreme Court’s Nov. 26 ruling offered a reprieve to Lynchburg, Va.-based Liberty University, which argued that Congress lacked the power to require employers to provide health insurance and that the Health and Human Services' mandate requiring co-pay-free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs violated the free exercise of religion for employers and...READ MORE

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Why the Modern View of Revelation May Be Flawed, Photos of New Eastern Cardinal Cleemis and More! (1868)

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Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed by Msgr. Charles PopeBig Pulpit

Seven Photos of the New Eastern Catholic Cardinal Baselios Cleemis – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

How Cardinal Newman Handled the Haters – Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Fearing the Stigmata – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Catholic Hospitals and Politicians Put On Notice – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Must Read: An Eastern Orthodox Christian Looks West – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Bloody Santa – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Hell and Satan Exists, Priests and Bishops Who Don’t Teach May Wind Up There – Fr. Z’s Blog

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Amid the Bloodshed, Libya’s Nuns Continue to Serve Those in Need (3259)

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Franciscan Missionaries of Mary India website

– Franciscan Missionaries of Mary India website

Last year the Register published my article “Uncertain Future for Christians in Libya,” which discussed the historical and current challenges facing the Church’s mission in this important North African country. Following the recent terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three security personnel in Benghazi, serious questions continue to surface about the safety of the religious working there.

Despite the chaotic fallout from Libya’s revolutionary war, most Catholic religious have remained in the country to provide humanitarian aid. Among the Church’s small local community, there are approximately 100 sisters of various nationalities who work in hospitals...READ MORE

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Oklahoma Court Rules in Favor of Children With Disabilities (2411)

These kids can use public funds to attend religious or secular alternative schools that better meet their needs, the court rules.

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WASHINGTON — Children with disabilities will be able to continue attending schools better suited for their needs thanks to a recent Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling.

“This is a great victory for both religious freedom and the disabled,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the parents of disabled students who were sued by their public-school districts, in a Nov. 20 statement.

In 2010, the Oklahoma Legislature enacted the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program to give students with disabilities the option to attend alternative schools — secular or religious — using money that would have otherwise gone to public schools.

“The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Creates Six Non-European Cardinals (2609)

The second consistory of 2012 took place Nov. 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Lewis Ashton Glancy-CNA

– Lewis Ashton Glancy-CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI presided over the creation of six new cardinals Nov. 24, and in an unusual occurrence, none of them were European.

The consistory took place at 11am on Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica and involved bishops from the United States, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia and the Philippines. During the ceremony, the men all received rings from the Pope and made vows to him.

The Pope asked the new cardinals to focus on fidelity and the universality of the Church.

“I want to highlight the fact that the Church is the Church of all peoples and so she speaks in the various cultures of the different continents,” said the Holy Father.

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What Was in Padre Pio's Last Letter? Irreplaceable Dad, Holiday Stinkiness, and Much More! (2514)

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What was Padre Pio’s Last Letter About? Follow the link by Carl Olson of the CWR Blog to read more.

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Irreplaceable Dad – Catherine Palmer, Catholic Lane

St. Christina the Astonishing and the Holiday Stinkiness – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

The Cassock is to be Worn – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Does Emotional Suffering Hinder Spiritual Growth? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Amazing 4-D Ultrasound Captures Baby Yawning in the Womb – Steven Ertelt, Life News

A Conversion Story: From Christian Confusion to Catholic Clarity – Allison H., Catholic Sistas

Why We Cry For The Pope - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

Transformative Preachers: Hildegard of Bingen...READ MORE

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