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Vatican Seeks Treaties to Help Persecuted Christians (2662)

Hotspots for Christian persecution include Middle Eastern, Asian and South American countries, according to a Vatican official, as well as the U.K. and the U.S.

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VATICAN CITY — Church officials at the Vatican are seeking more treaties with governments worldwide to reduce the hostility Christians are experiencing in multiple countries and regions.

“Right now the Holy See is engaging in many different levels with world governments,” reported Father Cuong M. Pham, an official at the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the department that oversees the Church’s laws.

“We have a growing tension between world governments and the Church because there’s a lot of misunderstanding, and some see the Church as a threat,” said Father Pham, who is from the Diocese of Brooklyn and currently resides in Rome.

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Couples Postponing Childbirth, Why Marriage Matters, March for Marriage and More! (3220)

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Personnel Files Released in Los Angeles (7688)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Cardinal Mahony and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry discussed ways to keep sexual predators from legal scrutiny.

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LOS ANGELES — In 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay out a reported $660 million to about 500 plaintiffs who alleged that they had been abused by Catholic priests.

Now, more than five years later, the local Church’s grim history of clergy sexual abuse is back in the news with the release of personnel files of 14 accused sexual predators dating back to the mid-'80s; the contents of at least 75 additional personnel files will be published in the weeks ahead.

The confidential files were made available to the public under the terms of the 2007 civil settlement. The documents reveal that Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, and his then-vicar of...READ MORE

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Republican Leadership Approves Ban on Planned Parenthood Funds (3366)

‘This abortion-centered business simply doesn’t need or deserve taxpayer dollars,’ agrees one pro-life leader.

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WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee passed a resolution to end “any and all” taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and divert the money to other women’s health organizations.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, praised the decision for “taking this pro-life stand to get taxpayers out of the abortion business.”

She noted that Planned Parenthood’s annual report showed it performed a record-high 333,964 abortions for fiscal year 2010-2011 while health services it provided for women decreased.

“This abortion-centered business simply doesn’t need or deserve taxpayer dollars,” Dannenfelser said.

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Pope Appoints New Leader for Portland Archdiocese (2855)

Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., will shepherd the Oregon archdiocese, which is the second oldest in the United States.

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Bishop Alexander Sample

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., to shepherd the archbishop of Portland, Ore.

In a Jan. 29 statement, Archbishop-designate Sample noted his “excitement and joy at taking up this new challenge that God has placed before me.”

“I have always tried to be obedient to the will of God and to accept whatever the Church asks of me to be God’s will,” he said Tuesday.

“It is in this spirit that I have said ‘yes’ to the Holy Father’s request for me to serve the Church in a new place in western Oregon.”

However, he said he is leaving the Catholic Church in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula “with a certain heaviness of heart.”

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How to Win Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ TV Debate, 10-Step Plan to Spiritual Happiness and More! (2422)

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How to Win the Same-Sex “Marriage” Argument on Television. Follow the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

How to Win the Same-Sex “Marriage” Argument on Television by Fr. Tim Finigan - Big Pulpit

My Ten Step Recipe for Spiritual Happiness – Alessandra, Catholic Sistas

Lies, Damned Lies, and Deconstructionism – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Helping the Helpless in Syria – Esther G., A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

E. U. Pro-Lifers to Collect 1,000,000 Signatures to Defund Abortion – Wendy Wright, C-FAM

Woman Conceived in Rape Calls Out Pro-Lifers Over Rape Exceptions – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

Bless Those Who Persecute You – Leroy Huizenga, First Things/On the Square

You Are the Threat! – Donald McClarey, The American Catholic

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Iran’s Eight-Year Sentence for Christian Pastor Draws Outcry (2400)

Saeed Abedini, who is a U.S. citizen, is convicted by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with his leadership of house churches.

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Saeed Abedini

– Courtesy the American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — Christian pastor Saeed Abedini’s sentence of eight years in prison by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with his leadership of house churches has been met with harsh criticism.

“This is a real travesty — a mockery of justice,” said Jordan Sekulow, the director of the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini’s family living in the U.S.

“Iran has not only abused its own laws, it has trampled on the fundamentals of human rights. We call on the citizens of the world to rise up in protest. We call on governments around the world to stand and defend Pastor Saeed.”

On Jan. 27 judge Pir-Abassi of the Iranian Revolutionary Court...READ MORE

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For Father Henry, Franciscan Students’ Joy Is Fondest Memory (2493)

After thirteen years of service, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s president announces his retirement at the end of the current academic year.

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Father Terence Henry.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The greatest blessing for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s president has been witnessing the enthusiasm of students, Father Terence Henry said after the news of his retirement as was announced.

In a Jan. 28 interview with CNA, he recalled serving as pastor of the student body, which he said was highlighted by greeting the students every day as they made their way to 8 a.m. classes.

“Seeing their enthusiasm and joy,” he said, “confirmed” the hope of Christ and his promise to “be with his Church until the end of the world.”

“One can never despair when you see our students and meet our graduates,” he said. “I feel my greatest blessing as president [has been]...READ MORE

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