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Bishops Announce Prayer, Penance, Pilgrimage Campaign for Life (1698)

Catholics are invited to participate in the pro-life initiative, in the context of the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S.

01/15/2013 Comment

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful to participate in “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” surrounding the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion throughout America.

“In addition to our current everyday pro-life efforts, a nationwide commitment to prayer and penance is essential to ushering in a culture of life,” said Tom Grenchik, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

In a Jan. 4 post on the website for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he emphasized the need to “respond to 40 years of the culture of death with great confidence and hope.”

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Charity and Welfare, The Bishops Should Provide the Latin Mass Even if There is No Demand and More! (1891)

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01/15/2013 Comment

Charity and Welfare. Follow the link by Anna Williams of First Things to read more.

Charity and Welfare – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

The Latin Mass, Bishops Should Provide It Even if There is No Demand by blogger Richard CollinsBig Pulpit

Preach the Gospel with Humility, Simplicity and Love – Catholic in Brooklyn

Why My Husband and I Don’t Use Contraception – Stephan Calis, Ignitum Today

Loving the Sinner Without Loving the Sin – Louis Markos, First Things/On The Square

Media Working Overtime Getting Ready to Ignore the March for Life – John White, Catholic Vote

Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the Band Played On – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Jesuit University Hosts ‘Queer Prom,’ Approves ‘Queer’ Label – Matthew Archbold, The...READ MORE

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Mexico Grateful for Church Help in Weapons-Surrender Program (1420)

Arms were voluntarily turned in during a program that took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

01/15/2013 Comments (8)

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico's federal district thanked the Archdiocese of Mexico City for its help in a weapons-surrender program that took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Speaking to reporters at the beginning of January, Gov. Miguel Angel Mancera said the response to the program was an indication of the desire for peace among Mexicans.

Those who turned in their weapons were given tablets and other tools aimed at helping to foster greater education, he said.  

Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City, who was present at the event, spoke about the violence that has swept across the country in the wake of widespread drug trafficking.

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Children: California’s Diminishing Resource (2658)

A new report suggests the Golden State’s future won’t be golden, unless steps are taken to nurture its children in the context of falling birth and immigration rates.

01/15/2013 Comments (6)

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LOS ANGELES — A new report has found “fresh impetus” for nurturing California children due to the combination of falling birthrates, retiring baby boomers and reduced immigration in the state.

“Children have always been important and deserving of our most diligent care, but the stakes have never been higher,” read “California’s Diminishing Resource: Children,” released Jan. 8 by the Lucile Packard Foundation and the University of Southern California.

The challenge is that the urgency of these issues is not yet recognized among all policymakers or the public at large,” the analysis noted.

“If California is to prosper in the decades to come, every child must have the necessary support...READ MORE

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Haiti Rebuilding Continues Three Years After Quake (2118)

Efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, reports Haitian Bishop Launay Saturné, but much remains to be done.

01/15/2013 Comment
Israel Defense Forces

Israeli soldiers rescue a man trapped in a ruined building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

– Israel Defense Forces

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Three years after the island nation of Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake, efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, but there is still much to be done.

“With the earthquake, we have many more problems that are urgent to manage,” said Bishop Launay Saturné of Jacmel, Haiti, in a video posted online by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speaking through a translator, he explained that many buildings were damaged or destroyed, and the country’s economic problems have compounded the situation.

“So now we have to redouble our efforts to reconstruct the country and the Diocese of Jacmel,” he said.

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800,000 French Protest Same-Sex Marriage—Wow! Lessons from France on Defending Marriage and More! (3568)

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01/15/2013 Comments (5)

800,000 Frenchmen Protest Same-Sex Marriage, Wow! Follow the link by blogger New Catholic of the Rorate Cæli blog.

800,000 Frenchmen Protest Same-Sex Marriage, Wow! by blogger New Catholic of the Rorate Cæli blogBig Pulpit

Lessons from France on Defending Marriage – Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse

Film and Faith: The Bible Program on History Channel – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Academics May Be the Last to Grasp What the Pope is Doing – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report

The Goal of Chastity – Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Shocking Numbers from Planned Parenthood – Rachel Bohannon, Texas Right to Life

Now Would be a Good Time for the U. K. Prime Minister David Cameron to Start Listening – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

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Hobby Lobby Shifts Insurance Plan to Delay Mandate Fines (4726)

The move allows the Christian retailer to avoid massive penalties while it pursues its court case against the federal abortifacient mandate.

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Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund

– Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund

WASHINGTON — Arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has found a way to adjust its employee health-care plan to delay potentially crippling fines for refusing to comply with the federal Health and Human Services' mandate.

The company will now “shift the plan year for its employee health insurance, thus postponing the effective date of the mandate for several months,” announced attorney Peter Dobelbower in a Jan. 10 statement.

“Hobby Lobby does not provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in its health-care plan,” Dobelbower said, adding that the retailer “will continue to vigorously defend its religious liberty and oppose the mandate and any penalties.”

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Chief Rabbis of Israel Praise Efforts to Reduce Abortions (2990)

In a letter to a group that helps women carry their babies to term, the rabbis cite ‘the extreme seriousness involved in killing fetuses, which is like actual murder.’

01/14/2013 Comments (10)

Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rabbi Yona Metzger, the chief rabbis of Israel

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JERUSALEM — Last week, an Orthodox Jewish publication awarded its top honor, the Jerusalem Prize, to Efrat, an Israeli organization that helps Jewish women considering an abortion to carry their babies to term.  

The prize was awarded by B’Sheva, a Jewish religious magazine, during its annual conference.

The honor came on the heels of the release of a letter by Israel’s two chief rabbis, who credited Efrat for saving the lives of more than 54,000 unborn children.

An estimated 20,000 pregnancies are aborted legally every year in Israel, according to Efrat. 

In their letter, the chief rabbis said they found “great importance” in Efrat’s work “in saving the lives of Jewish children.”...READ MORE

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