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Denial of Pro-Life Group’s Bid Sparks Controversy at Yale (2814)

The pro-lifers were rejected by a campus social-justice center after a last-minute ‘whisper campaign’ claimed that defending the unborn is opposed to social justice.

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Members of Choose Life at Yale, which was denied member status at the campus-affiliated social-justice center Dwight Hall, participate in the 2012 March for Life.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A pro-life group at Yale is the first student organization in recent memory to have been denied membership to a prominent on-campus social-justice center, despite being encouraged to apply by the center’s leadership.

And although the deciding vote was cast April 16, the denial of Choose Life at Yale’s (CLAY) bid for member status at Dwight Hall is still generating controversy on campus and across the country.

First Things and National Review expressed outrage over the attempt to stigmatize pro-life outreach as antithetical to social justice, and Commentary magazine attacked the center’s decision as an expression of “ideological bigotry.”

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The Key to Increasing Vocations, Two Saintly Popes, The Spiritual Care of Patients and More! (1850)

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Two Saintly Popes: How Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII Modeled Virtue – Fr. Robert Barron, The CWR Blog

More Spiritual Care of Patients – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

Blessed Pope John XXIII, 1958-1963: A Brief Biography – Fr. David V. Meconi SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Big Screen Pontius Pilates: Cyril Richard – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

“Jesus’s Wife” Hoax: The Plot Thickens – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Are You Celebrating Easter Enough? – Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

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Pope Francis Thanks Poland and Bergamo for the Gift of Two Saints (2199)

The Holy Father said their holiness continues to inspire the faithful today.

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VATICAN CITY — In messages to both residents of Poland and Bergamo, Pope Francis conveyed his gratitude for Blessed John Paul II and John XXIII, saying that their holiness continues to inspire the Church today.

“I thank the Polish people and the Church in Poland for the gift of John Paul II,” the Pope said in a video clip addressed to the Church in Poland, adding that “all of us have been enriched by this gift.”

Aired Thursday evening, the Holy Father’s message was shown on Polish television and radio, and it was sent alongside a letter.

In his opening words to the Polish people, Pope Francis relayed his joy in being able to canonize the two pontiffs this Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday.


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Rome Girds for the Canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II (4396)

Upwards of 1 million pilgrims are expected to attend canonization ceremonies.

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The tapestry depicting Blessed Pope John XXIII hangs on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on April 25.

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VATICAN CITY — Today is a public holiday in Italy: Shops are closed, parking spaces are plentiful, and Rome is unusually quiet.

It’s the calm before the storm of festivities for the historic canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday.

Over the past few weeks, the city has been hard at work repairing roads, sprucing up major thoroughfares and sealing off areas around the Vatican. A steady flow of pilgrims has been arriving all week, with the largest number coming from Poland. Five trainloads, 1,700 buses and 58 chartered planes of pilgrims have been arriving from John Paul II’s native land, as well as many others travelling from Bergamo, Italy, home to John XXIII.

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Woman Cured by JPII’s Intercession Bringing Suitcase of Prayers to Rome (1911)

The miraculous healing of Floribeth Mora, a 50-year-old Costa Rican woman, paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II.

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Floribeth Mora

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SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA — Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II, is taking to the Vatican a suitcase filled with handwritten letters for Pope Francis.

Mora was cured of a brain aneurysm in 2011, thanks to the intercession of the then-recently beatified John Paul II. The approval of this miracle allowed John Paul’s path to sainthood to move forward.

In statements to the newspaper La Razon, Mora said that she is preparing to travel to the Vatican to attend the canonization this Sunday and that “the most significant thing I am bringing is a suitcase with letters addressed to Pope Francis.”

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Gosnell’s List: Horror, Heroes and Hope (4310)

A team of journalists is racing against the clock to crowdfund a movie shedding light on America’s most notorious abortionist, a man they call America’s greatest serial killer.

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WASHINGTON — In the Holocaust drama Schindler’s List, a little blonde girl in a red coat stands out as a powerful witness to the humanity of the Nazis’ victims.

A team of journalists behind the film Gosnell want audiences to see a little baby in a shoebox, a personal witness to the humanity of countless babies murdered by a man they call America’s greatest serial killer, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda have produced award-winning documentary films exposing baby-selling rings, as well as others critiquing environmentalist claims about global warming and natural-gas exploration, in 2013’s FrackNation.

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Arabic iBreviary a ‘Gateway’ to Religious Freedom (2076)

Father Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said the Arabic version of the online breviary serves as an instrument of prayer, peace and religious liberty.

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ROME — Father Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering religious freedom in countries persecuted for their faith.

“This, I feel, is a very useful service. It’s a gateway to religious freedom, an instrument of religious freedom or an instrument of prayer and also an instrument of peace,” Father Padrini told CNA on April 15.

Father Padrini is a parish priest in Tortona, northern Italy, and is a consultant with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He created the iBreviary application in 2008, which allows the faithful to pray the Liturgy of the Hours from wherever they are with...READ MORE

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Doubts Increase Over Pope’s Reported Phone Call on Divorce-Remarried Communion (3795)

The Vatican has not commented officially, but spokesman Father Federico Lombardi stressed that ‘consequences relating to the teaching of the Church are not to be inferred from these occurrences.’

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VATICAN CITY — Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced-and-remarried woman about allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details — and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.”

Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinian woman this week, as the Holy Father’s “personal pastoral” relationships “do not in any way form part of the Pope’s public activities.”

“That which has been communicated in relation to this matter,” he stressed in an April 24 statement, “and the consequent media amplification, cannot be...READ MORE

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