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Bill Notifying Parents on Interstate Abortion Re-Introduced to Congress (2180)

The pro-life legislation would help states enforce their parental-involvement laws.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sponsor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

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WASHINGTON — Federal lawmakers praised the reintroduction of a bill requiring parental notification to transport minors across state borders for an abortion.

“Congress must take action to prevent underage abortions by giving states the federal backing necessary to enforce their parental-involvement laws,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sponsor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

“These laws allow teenagers to receive the advice and guidance of a loved one before undergoing a procedure for which they may not be medically or emotionally prepared.”

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who is sponsoring the corresponding bill in the House of Representatives, said...READ MORE

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Vatican Bank Fills Top Post (1963)

The Commission of Cardinals chose the German candidate, who brings a wide range of experience to the job.

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VATICAN CITY — The drama surrounding the Pope's resignation did not prevent the Vatican from moving ahead with filling the top post at its main financial institution.

The Institute for the Works of Religion, frequently called the Vatican Bank, announced Feb. 15 that Ernst von Freyberg will be the new president of the institute’s supervisory board.

“This decision is the result of extensive evaluation and a series of interviews that the Commission of Cardinals has conducted, with the constant support of the supervisory board,” a Feb. 15 communiqué said.

The process to select the best candidate took six months and involved 40 potential candidates that were presented by an...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Organizes Prayer Campaign for Pope Benedict XVI (2721)

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore wrote the prayer, which reads, in part: 'O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of your Church, we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and the selfless care with which he has led us as Successor of Peter and your Vicar on earth.'

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The Knights of Columbus is asking its members and all Catholics to pray daily for the Pope and the Church in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and the election of a new pope.

The Knights' campaign comes at a time when Pope Benedict XVI has publicly asked for prayers for himself, his successor and the Church.

During the papal audience on Wednesday of this past week, the Holy Father said: "Continue to pray for me, for the Church and for the future pope." He also thanked all those who have kept him in their prayers.

The Knights are asking people to record their pledge to pray at PrayerfortheChurch.com.

The names of those who have made the pledge online will be brought to...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict on the Spiritual Battle That Is Lent (4655)

At its core, temptation is always meant to exploit God for some lowly end, the Holy Father explains in his second to last Angelus address Feb. 17.

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An Italian pilgrim expresses his sentiments to Pope Benedict following the Feb. 17 Angelus in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI used his penultimate Angelus address Feb. 17 to tell the throng of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that Lent is a “spiritual battle.”

Lent, he said, “always involves a battle, a spiritual battle, because the spirit of evil naturally opposes our sanctification and seeks to divert us from the way of God.”

Pope Benedict has just 11 days left as spiritual leader of the Church until his almost unprecedented resignation takes effect Feb. 28. More than 35,000 people have registered with the pontifical household to officially bid him farewell.

The Holy Father, speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace, explained that the Lenten “spiritual...READ MORE

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Conclave May Take Place Earlier Than Expected (3927)

The College of Cardinals could decide to move the start date forward from the previously indicated March 15-20 window.

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Coat of Arms during the Vacancy of the Holy See.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s spokesman announced that the coming conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor might be convened in shorter order than previously thought.

“It is possible that Church authorities can prepare a proposal to be taken up by the cardinals on the first day after the papal vacancy,” Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi told the press on Feb. 16.

Church law currently prescribes that from the moment a Pope dies or renounces the pontificate “the cardinal electors who are present must wait 15 full days for those who are absent.”

In Blessed John Paul II’s 1996 document, the apostolic constitution titled Universi Dominici Gregis, cardinals are...READ MORE

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The Men Who Will Influence the Conclave, 10 Steps to Start Catholic Homeschooling and More! (3682)

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The Kingmen Who Will Influence the Conclave. Follow the link by Giorgio Bernardelli of the La Stampa website to read more.

The Kingmen Who Will Influence the Conclave by Giorgio Bernardelli of the La Stampa website – Big Pulpit

Ten Steps to Start {Catholic} Homeschooling – Catholic Sistas

What he Church Teaches on Infant Baptism – Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

U. S. Government Tries to Block Homeschooling Refugees – Joseph Knippenberg, First Things/First Thoughts

If Only the Church Were More Episcopalian! – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Ten Things That Changed My Spirituality – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Papa Bene’s Lesson for Us this Lent – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Why Lent is Forty Days? – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Cthlc Life™

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Holy Land Populace Unites in Support of Pope Benedict (4626)

Local Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t often agree on issues, but they express their mutual respect and support for the Holy Father following his resignation announcement.

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Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle in the Golgotha in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City.

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BETHLEHEM — The Holy Land’s Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t often agree on issues, but they are seemingly united in their respect for Pope Benedict XVI.

News of the Pope’s imminent retirement set off a wave of concern about his health, but also accolades for his efforts to promote Middle East peace and to strengthen the small Christian community here.

Many recalled Benedict’s 2009 pilgrimage to Israel and the Palestinian territories and his ongoing involvement in interreligious dialogue.

“Everyone remembers the journey of the Holy Father to the Holy Land in 2009 and to Cyprus in 2010. These were events of strong symbolism for Christians, but also for Jews and Muslims,” Archbishop...READ MORE

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The New Pope: Should We Speculate, About Fra Angelico's Work, Shakespeare for Lent and More! (4489)

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The New Pope: Should We Speculate? Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

The New Pope: Should We Speculate? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Big Pulpit

About Fra Angelico’s Work – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Shakespeare for Lent – Peter J. Leithart, First Things/On the Square

How to Find Faith at the Movies – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

How to Create a Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Humility Speaks Loudest – Kaitlin Davis, Ignitum Today

Muskrat on Friday? You Must Be in Michigan! – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Not Just Romance: Marriage has Wide-Ranging Social Benefits – Sarah Torre, LifeSiteNews

Governor Dale – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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