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Palestinian Christians React Cautiously to Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation (3131)

Like Muslim residents of the West Bank and Gaza, Holy Land Christians are unsure if the announced reconciliation will improve their living conditions or assist in creating a Palestinian state.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a March 13 press conference in Bethlehem, West Bank.

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BEIT JALA, West Bank — Christian Palestinians, like Muslim residents of the West Bank and Gaza, hope the newest bid for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, which have been estranged since 2006, will improve their living conditions and lead to the creation of a Palestinian state.

But given the political factions’ long history of enmity, as well as very different ideologies vis-à-vis Israel and battles over money and turf, there is also a great deal of skepticism on the part of the Palestinian public.

The sides have already made several unsuccessful attempts to reconcile.

Hamas, the fundamentalist Muslim movement that is classified a terrorist organization by, among others, the United...READ MORE

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Relaunch of English Martyrs Film Brings Stories to U.S. Audience (2360)

Faith of Our Fathers recounts the faith and courage of some of the hundreds of Catholics martyred in England and Wales during the 16th and 17th centuries.

05/02/2014 Comment
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LONDON — Faith of Our Fathers, a powerful 2013 film telling stories of the Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation, has been recently edited and released for an American audience by Ignatius Press.

“On the one hand, in the U.K., we think that U.K.-based films or history might not have a wide appeal,” explained Christian Holden, managing director of Saint Anthony Communications, which produced the film.

“But at the same time,” he told CNA, “the heroism and the witness of these martyrs is so universal; it’s not just an issue that relates to England. That great witness of faith and courage rings true, or has resonance, with anyone, [and] with any Catholic, especially.”

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Loyola Marymount Criticized for Appointing Atheist as Dean (4290)

Robbin Crabtree, who will oversee bioethics, theological studies, philosophy and Catholic studies at the university, has past links to Planned Parenthood and another pro-abortion group.

05/02/2014 Comments (12)

LOS ANGELES — Loyola Marymount University’s appointment of an atheist dean with a record of service to abortion-supporting groups suggests the university may be unable to sustain its Catholic identity, one alumni group has charged.

“The current process for attracting, qualifying and vetting candidates for senior positions, as this appointment demonstrates, is inadequate to preserve the Catholic character of Loyola Marymount University for very much longer,” the group RenewLMU said April 28.

On April 16, the Jesuit university announced the appointment of Robbin Crabtree as dean of its Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. The position oversees bioethics, theological studies, philosophy and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Address Heads of U.N. Agencies May 10 (6221)

A Vatican source says the meetings will afford the Holy Father the opportunity to ‘address real-world problems’ with agencies that promote abortion, sterilization and contraception on a global scale.

05/02/2014 Comments (23)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis plans to address all the heads of United Nations agencies on May 10 in what some are viewing as a crucial opportunity to help turn the U.N.’s satellite institutions away from their radical anti-life agenda.

He is also scheduled to meet U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon next week. The meeting would be the Pope’s second with the U.N. leader since his election.

The U.N. System Chief Executives Board for Coordination — the longest-standing and highest-level coordination forum of the U.N. — will be received in private audience by the Holy Father at the end of its Rome meeting.

Chaired by Ban, the board comprises 29 executive heads of the United Nations and its...READ MORE

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Ten Facts You Never Knew About St. John Paul II, The Importance of Christian Friendship and More! (4329)

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University of Notre Dame Bans Pro-Marriage Catholic Group – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Two Patron Saints of Christian Unity – Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille, The Catholic World Report

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NARAL, Google and Crisis-Pregnancy Centers (5976)

The abortion-rights organization’s claim that it successfully lobbied Google to pull ads for crisis-pregnancy centers draws skepticism, but pro-life groups must accommodate Google’s ‘abortion policy.’

05/01/2014 Comments (6)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — This week, NARAL Pro-Choice America made a striking claim: “We’ve gotten Google to take down deceptive ads from anti-choice crisis-pregnancy centers!” read an online alert to supporters and the media.

“Google’s leadership in removing the majority of these ads is a victory for truth in advertising and for the women who have been targeted by a deliberate misinformation campaign by crisis-pregnancy centers,” said NARAL’s president, Ilyse Hogue, in an April 28 statement.

The abortion-rights group asserted that the crisis-pregnancy centers’ (CPCs) use of keywords, like “abortion clinic,” violated Google’s policy barring false advertising and that “more than two-thirds...READ MORE

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Sarah Palin Rebuked for Comparing Waterboarding to Baptism (5290)

Catholic and other Christians criticized the former Alaska’s governor’s April 26 comments as disrespectful, irreverent and possibly even blasphemous.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks April 26 to a National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Catholics and other Christians have criticized Sarah Palin’s recent comments comparing waterboarding to baptism, calling them disrespectful, irreverent and even blasphemous.

“Not all intolerant, anti-freedom, leftist liberals are hypocrites. I’m kidding; yes, they are. And they are not right policies that poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries, instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies. Come on! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America,” Palin said April 26 at a National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis.

“They who’d obviously have information on plots, say to carry out jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Amazing Spider‑Man 2’ (8269)

A superior sequel establishes its hero as a charismatic superstar who connects with people — but it can’t entirely overcome the flaws of its disappointing predecessor.

05/01/2014 Comments (18)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s biggest liability is that it follows The Amazing Spider-Man. This sequel is so much better than its predecessor that I’ve gone from being merely disappointed with the 2012 reboot to being downright angry about it.

From the new film’s gripping opening scene, a flashback involving Peter Parker’s parents, it’s not entirely clear that the earlier film will be a liability. The Amazing Spider-Man suggested a mystery around the death of Peter’s parents, and the revelations here offer a new angle on Spider-Man’s origins, along with some nifty set pieces.

Best of all, the new film delivers on the potential of one of the strongest moments in the 2012 film: a terrific...READ MORE

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