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Supreme Court Allows Pro-Life Challenge to Ohio Election-Speech Law (2267)

The Susan B. Anthony List is contesting a law that allowed a state agency to bar the group from putting up billboards saying a candidate supported abortion funding.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the Susan B. Anthony List has standing to challenge an Ohio law allowing a state agency to bar the group from putting up billboards saying a political candidate supported abortion funding.

“We are optimistic that the district court will rule quickly and will side with the First Amendment, so that we may proceed in Ohio — without fear of prosecution — with our ongoing efforts to inform voters that their elected representatives voted for taxpayer-funded abortion,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said June 16.

The group attempted to set up billboards in Ohio in 2010, arguing that then-U.S. Rep. Steve...READ MORE

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After Coming Out, I Came Home; Future Priests Around the World, Children Playing Mass and Much More! (4437)

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Follow After Coming Out, I Came Home by Richard G. Evans of Why I’m Catholic link to read more.

After Coming Out, I Came Home by Richard G. Evans of Why I’m Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Future Priests? Around the World, Children Playing Mass - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

General Patton’s Granddaughter Is A Benedictine Nun - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Rising Vocations Causes Growing Pains: £1M ($1.7M) Needed – Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

The Kissing Pope: Cute Video of Pope Francis Kissing Babies – Aleteia

On Marriage, Leadership and Honoring Our Wives – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why Adoration Touches Young People – Father Matthew Schneider LC, Project YM

Video: Children Learn to Sing Gregorian Chant at Chant Camp! – Fr. Z's Blog


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EWTN to Appeal After ‘Troubling’ HHS Mandate Ruling (5392)

‘We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,’ said EWTN chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw.

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Michael Warsaw, chairman of the board and CEO of EWTN


IRONDALE, Ala. — The EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced that it will appeal a June 17 ruling that would require it to facilitate products and procedures that go against Church teaching.

“We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We are making an immediate appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.”

U.S. district court Judge Callie Granade of Mobile, Ala., ruled against EWTN in its challenge to a federal regulation that the network says requires it to violate its Catholic faith.

“We are extremely disappointed with the decision reached by the court in this case,” Warsaw said.


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Eve of Destruction for Iraq’s Christians? (6763)

As Islamist forces race to seize Baghdad, the fate of an ancient Christian community hangs by a thread.

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A female refugee makes a phonecall outside her tent June 13 at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint in Kalak, Iraq.

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BAGHDAD — With lightning speed, Islamist militants have seized swathes of northern Iraq, forcing hundreds of thousands to take flight and threatening the destruction of Iraq’s Christian remnant, as they drive on relentlessly toward Baghdad.

Hardened by the past three years of fighting in Syria’s civil war, Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have poured forces into Iraq as part of their plans to establish a new Islamic caliphate in the region. ISIS forces overran Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, in early June, as more than 30,000 U.S.-trained Iraqi army and police forces threw down their weapons, abandoned their posts and fled.

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Syriac Catholic Patriarch: ‘We Are Devastated From the Situation in Mosul’ (2985)

Patriarch Younan of Antioch warns that Islamist violence is emptying the Middle East of its Christian population.

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Patriarch Ignatius Youssef Younan of Antioch

Patriarch Ignatius Youssef Younan of Antioch is the leader of the Syriac Catholic Church. He spoke June 17 with EWTN News Nightly producer Kathryn Elliott from Lebanon, where he has been living for the past five years.


Islamic militants have marched on Mosul and many major cities in Iraq. What does this mean for the Christian population there, and what’s your response?

We are devastated from the situation happening in Mosul for the past few days. Mosul is one of the cities where Christians lived for thousands of years. In recent times, it has had about 20 churches — Chaldean, Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic and Orthodox churches with monasteries. Now, that city is empty of all its...READ MORE

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Christian Faith Animates World Cup Star Clint Dempsey (2575)

The U.S. captain scored a goal during the first minute of the team’s opening World Cup game yesterday against Ghana.

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Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the first goal for the U.S. national soccer team in its June 16 World Cup match against Ghana.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. soccer fans went wild on Monday as team captain Clint Dempsey scored a goal during the first minute of the club’s opening World Cup game against Ghana.

The goal is among the quickest in World Cup history and the fastest scored by an American during the World Cup games, adding to numerous records by the acclaimed player, who is also the first American to score in three different World Cups.

Perhaps less well known is the role that Dempsey’s Christian faith plays in his life.

“My faith in Christ is what gives me confidence for the future. I know that through both good times and bad, he is faithful and will watch over me,” he told Sports Spectrum in an article...READ MORE

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Arizona Community Mourns, Remembers Slain Priest (4007)

Parishioners and friends of Father Kenneth Walker packed St. Catherine of Siena Church in Phoenix for his requiem Mass.

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Mourners gather at St. Catherine of Siena parish in Phoenix on June 16.

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PHOENIX — The 105-degree heat did not deter parishioners and friends of Father Kenneth Walker from packing St. Catherine of Siena Church in Phoenix to standing-room only for his requiem Mass Monday, June 16.

The nearly two-hour Mass, celebrated in the extraordinary form, began at 10am, but priests, religious sisters and faithful began filling the pews nearly two hours beforehand to pray for the beloved priest.

A Rosary was recited at 9am, followed by a solemn silence broken only by tears.

Father Walker, 28, was shot and killed on June 11 during an attempted burglary at the rectory of Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix, where he served as associate pastor. Father Joseph Terra, pastor...READ MORE

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Nancy Pelosi Echoes Calls for San Francisco Archbishop to Snub June 19 March for Marriage (20703)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone rejects demands that he cancel his plans to address the march.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has echoed demands from California political leaders that her bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, cancel his attendance at the June 19 March for Marriage in Washington.

Archbishop Cordileone, the U.S. bishops’ point man on marriage, is scheduled to give an address at the March for Marriage, sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage. And in a June 16 statement responding to calls for him to drop out of the event, he made it clear that his pastoral office required him to attend.

Pelosi, the House minority leader, issued her request in a June 13 letter that was subsequently made available to the San Francisco...READ MORE

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