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Supreme Court Directs Appeals Court to Address Challenge to HHS Mandate (3070)

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals must examine the claim that mandated coverage of abortion-inducing drugs violates religious freedom, but ruling offers no assurance that justices will take up the case.

11/27/2012 Comment

WASHINGTON — Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision upheld the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, the high court directed the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider a case that challenges two key provisions of the federal health law, including the contraception mandate.

The Supreme Court’s Nov. 26 ruling offered a reprieve to Lynchburg, Va.-based Liberty University, which argued that Congress lacked the power to require employers to provide health insurance and that the Health and Human Services' mandate requiring co-pay-free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs violated the free exercise of religion for employers and...READ MORE

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Why the Modern View of Revelation May Be Flawed, Photos of New Eastern Cardinal Cleemis and More! (1883)

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11/27/2012 Comment

Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed by Msgr. Charles PopeBig Pulpit

Seven Photos of the New Eastern Catholic Cardinal Baselios Cleemis – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

How Cardinal Newman Handled the Haters – Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Fearing the Stigmata – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Catholic Hospitals and Politicians Put On Notice – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Must Read: An Eastern Orthodox Christian Looks West – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Bloody Santa – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Hell and Satan Exists, Priests and Bishops Who Don’t Teach May Wind Up There – Fr. Z’s Blog

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Amid the Bloodshed, Libya’s Nuns Continue to Serve Those in Need (3290)

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11/26/2012 Comments (8)
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Last year the Register published my article “Uncertain Future for Christians in Libya,” which discussed the historical and current challenges facing the Church’s mission in this important North African country. Following the recent terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three security personnel in Benghazi, serious questions continue to surface about the safety of the religious working there.

Despite the chaotic fallout from Libya’s revolutionary war, most Catholic religious have remained in the country to provide humanitarian aid. Among the Church’s small local community, there are approximately 100 sisters of various nationalities who work in hospitals...READ MORE

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Oklahoma Court Rules in Favor of Children With Disabilities (2436)

These kids can use public funds to attend religious or secular alternative schools that better meet their needs, the court rules.

11/26/2012 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — Children with disabilities will be able to continue attending schools better suited for their needs thanks to a recent Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling.

“This is a great victory for both religious freedom and the disabled,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the parents of disabled students who were sued by their public-school districts, in a Nov. 20 statement.

In 2010, the Oklahoma Legislature enacted the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program to give students with disabilities the option to attend alternative schools — secular or religious — using money that would have otherwise gone to public schools.

“The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Creates Six Non-European Cardinals (2626)

The second consistory of 2012 took place Nov. 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

11/26/2012 Comments (7)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI presided over the creation of six new cardinals Nov. 24, and in an unusual occurrence, none of them were European.

The consistory took place at 11am on Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica and involved bishops from the United States, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia and the Philippines. During the ceremony, the men all received rings from the Pope and made vows to him.

The Pope asked the new cardinals to focus on fidelity and the universality of the Church.

“I want to highlight the fact that the Church is the Church of all peoples and so she speaks in the various cultures of the different continents,” said the Holy Father.

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What Was in Padre Pio's Last Letter? Irreplaceable Dad, Holiday Stinkiness, and Much More! (2519)

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11/26/2012 Comments (1)

What was Padre Pio’s Last Letter About? Follow the link by Carl Olson of the CWR Blog to read more.

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Irreplaceable Dad – Catherine Palmer, Catholic Lane

St. Christina the Astonishing and the Holiday Stinkiness – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

The Cassock is to be Worn – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Does Emotional Suffering Hinder Spiritual Growth? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Amazing 4-D Ultrasound Captures Baby Yawning in the Womb – Steven Ertelt, Life News

A Conversion Story: From Christian Confusion to Catholic Clarity – Allison H., Catholic Sistas

Why We Cry For The Pope - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

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Church Responsible for Spreading Christ's Kingdom, Pope Recalls (2172)

Pope Benedict reflects in his Angelus address on God’s Kingdom and the Church’s role in making it present in the world.

11/26/2012 Comment

VATICAN — After he celebrated Mass with six new cardinals Nov. 25, Pope Benedict spoke in his Angelus address about God’s Kingdom and the Church’s role in making it present in the world.

“The whole mission of Jesus and the content of his message consists in proclaiming the Kingdom of God and its practical application in the midst of men with signs and wonders,” he said on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“But, as recalled by the Second Vatican Council, the Kingdom first manifests itself in the person of Christ, who established it through his death on the cross and his resurrection,” he said.

“This Kingdom of Christ has been given to the Church, which is the seed and the beginning,...READ MORE

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'The Lord Reigns as King Forever' (2315)

A Visit to Christ the King Cathedral in Kentucky

11/25/2012 Comments (6)
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Christ the King Cathedral in Lexington, Ky.

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Christ the King Cathedral

Lexington, Kentucky

When it comes to the establishment of dioceses across the United States, the Diocese of Lexington, Ky., could be considered one of the new kids on the block. It was officially erected less than 25 years ago — in 1988 — by Blessed John Paul II. However, do not let its newcomer status fool you. Its service to the people of eastern Kentucky extends some 16,400 square miles. Much of that territory is a vast chuck of poverty-stricken central Appalachia, where the diocese has planted itself as the light of Christ to those in need.

Earlier this year, my wife and I were traveling through Lexington and decided to make a visit to the diocese’s...READ MORE

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