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Jerry Brown Vetoes Sales of Human Eggs in California (5823)

‘Not everything in life is for sale, nor should it be,’ commented the California governor, who is a former Jesuit seminarian.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, vetoed a measure that would have enabled a potentially lucrative market for women to sell their eggs for medical research.

“Not everything in life is for sale, nor should it be,” said Brown in his Aug. 13 statement on the veto of bill A.B. 926. “This bill would legalize the payment of money in exchange for a woman submitting to invasive procedures to stimulate, extract and harvest her eggs for scientific research. The questions raised here are not simple; they touch matters that are both personal and philosophical.”

Brown zeroed in on an increasingly complex aspect of egg sellers' understanding of the...READ MORE

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Augustinian Sisters Remembered for Martyrdom in Algeria (4529)

‘Do not worry. We are in the hands of God,’ the sisters said.

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Martyred Sisters Esther Paniagua and Caridad Alvarez


MADRID — Two Augustinian missionaries martyred in 1994 during the Algerian Civil War are today remembered within their community for their faithfulness, even to the point of death.

Sisters Caridad Alvarez and Esther Paniagua were killed during a war between the Algerian government and Islamists, who targeted various groups, including foreigners living in the country.

The decade-long war, which began in 1991, became especially violent in the summer of 1994. Amid worsening violence, the Spanish Embassy in Algeria advised all their nationals to leave the country as soon as possible.

Archbishop Henri Teissier of Algiers issued a similar warning, asking the religious communities in his...READ MORE

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Youth Say Education Key in Solving Israel-Palestine Conflict (2473)

Christian, Muslim and Jewish youths talked about problems and solutions for conflict in the Holy Land.

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Nagib Kasbary (l), Naor Bitton (c) and Lubna Alzaroo (r) give their views on the Palestine-Israel conflict.

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WASHINGTON — Education and interpersonal interaction offer the best hope for change in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, young students said at a recent panel.

“When you live under occupation, you come to accept things you shouldn't accept,” Lubna Alzaroo, a Muslim graduate of Bethlehem University and a Fulbright Scholar studying at the University of Washington, said Sept. 9 at the Washington event hosted by The Catholic University of America.

“Education is our best way for liberation,” Alzaroo added, echoing her father's parting words to her when she left to go to the United States.

She noted, however, that even this hope is threatened by the current political situation.


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Pope Francis Has An Event-Packed Agenda Over the Next Two Months (2154)

The Vatican has released the Holy Father’s busy liturgical schedule for the remainder of the liturgical year.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has made public the packed schedule of liturgical activities Pope Francis will be involved in during the months of October and November.

The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff also stated he will first partake in three celebrations in September, including a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria at Cagliari, Sardinia, on Sept. 22.

The Pope will then celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Square at 10:30am on Sept. 29, a day during which catechists will be gathered in Rome. The following day he will hold an ordinary public consistory on several causes of canonization at the Consistory Hall at 10am.

On Oct. 4, the Holy Father will visit the...READ MORE

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Three Big Players in the Syrian Discussion: Obama, Putin — and Pope Francis (6095)

Catholic international-conflict authority Daniel Kempton discusses the practical and moral dynamics underlying the moves taken by the leaders of the United States, Russia and the Catholic Church.

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Daniel Kempton, vice president for academic affairs at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and an authority in international conflict.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — As world events rapidly unfold over Syria’s chemical weapons, one thing is clear: The three most influential world leaders on the Syria crisis have proved to be Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Pope has positioned himself as the foremost champion of finding peaceful solutions to the conflict, and Putin has demonstrated in recent days that he has the capability to deliver diplomatic alternatives to the punishing military strikes favored by Obama over Syria’s chemical weapons.

Register staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith spoke with Daniel Kempton, a two-time Fulbright Scholar and an authority in international conflict...READ MORE

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Archbishop Parolin: Pope’s Reforms a Return to Catholic Basics (4605)

The new Vatican secretary of state stresses the Holy Father’s reform efforts stem from fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin

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VATICAN CITY — New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis’ reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.

In an interview with the Venezuelan daily El Universal, he said that the Pope’s vision does not include “returning to the past” in external ways, but “returning to the fundamental principles of the Church.”

Archbishop Parolin, who was until now the apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will assume his new post as the Vatican’s secretary of state on Oct. 15, succeeding Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

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Two Pro-Abortion State Senators Recalled in Colorado (4221)

The major issue was the politicians’ support for gun control, not their abortion support, but pro-lifers are encouraged by the outcome of the Sept. 10 special elections.

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Former Colorado Senate President John Morse, who was recalled as a result of a Sept. 10 special election.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Viewed nationally as exclusively a blowback against anti-gun laws, this week’s recalls of Colorado Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, played out locally as battles also involving abortion.

The Sept. 10 special elections replaced two pro-abortion-rights Democrats with self-professed pro-life Republicans, in dramatic defiance of Colorado’s decade-long political drift toward left-of-center social policies.

“I think it is very, very promising,” said Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, regarding the pro-life stands of his area’s new senators.

Bishop Sheridan’s cathedral and diocesan headquarters sit...READ MORE

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Common Core Commotion: Is New Curriculum Catholic-School Friendly? (25167)

Catholics remain divided over the new nation-wide school standards.

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CINCINNATI — When Jim Rigg, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, began implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Cincinnati Catholic schools in 2011, he never dreamed that a firestorm was about to erupt.  

Now, Rigg, like other Catholic schools superintendents across the nation, finds himself caught up in a fierce debate over whether Common Core — federal education standards embraced by 45 states and about 100 Catholic dioceses — are appropriate for Catholic schools.

The battle lines are so clearly drawn that one Catholic family made news in the secular press when it took its daughters out of a Catholic elementary school in Roseto, Pa., because the...READ MORE

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