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Ukraine at the Breaking Point: 26 Dead, but Spirit Undefeated (5186)

As protesters face off against armed riot police in Kiev, Church leaders in Ukraine and the U.S. express support for the beleaguered anti-government 'Euromaidan Movement.'

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A woman lights candles in memory of the victims of clashes between police and protesters in Kiev, at the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow on Feb. 19.

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KIEV, Ukraine — Despite an ultimatum yesterday from the Ukrainian government for Kiev protesters to clear Independence Square or risk being physically removed, some 20,000 anti-government demonstrators, supported by the Catholic Church, faced armed riot police in an apocalyptic scene of fire and nerve.

To defend the square, known as Maidan in Ukrainian, from encroaching police units, protesters burned tires, threw cobblestones and tossed petrol bombs, often to the sound of priests from the Orthodox and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churches chanting on Maidan’s main soundstage, guarded by banners showing Jesus and Mary.

Prayer, including the Rosary, alternated with patriotic songs and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: ‘Be Courageous, and Go to Confession’ (5884)

The Holy Father spoke of the healing available in the sacrament of reconciliation at his Feb. 19 audience: 'Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen.'

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VATICAN CITY -- During his Wednesday audience on Feb. 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

"Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day. Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests. Jesus receives you: He will receive you with so much love."

"Be courageous, and go to confession,” urged the Pope.

Acknowledging a popular objection to the sacrament, Pope Francis noted, “Someone can say, ‘I confess my sins only to God.’ Yes, you can say to God, ‘Forgive me,’ and say your sins. But...READ MORE

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Abby Johnson: Only Modern Pro-Life Women’s Centers Can Beat Planned Parenthood (8902)

The former abortion business director says that comprehensive pro-life women’s medical centers are the best way to drive Planned Parenthood out of business.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — If the pro-life movement wants to shut down Planned Parenthood, it has to compete utilizing the very thing Planned Parenthood fears the most: modern pro-life women’s centers.

So says Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood-director-turned-pro-life-advocate, who has a vision for how the pro-life movement can take down the largest abortion and family-planning provider in America: by offering women more services, both life-affirming and better quality.

In this interview with the Register, Johnson draws on her insider knowledge of Planned Parenthood and says the pro-life movement has an opportunity to exploit the Achilles’ heel of Planned Parenthood’s business...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Renews Argentinian Passport (2081)

The Holy Father told Argentina’s Vatican ambassador that he wishes to retain his original nationality when traveling internationally.

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 BUENOS AIRES — Pope Francis has renewed his Argentinian passport, according to Argentina’s Ministry of the Interior and Transportation, and his new documents will be sent to St. Martha’s guesthouse at the Vatican.

“His Holiness communicated with Juan Pablo Cafiero, our ambassador to the Vatican, and told him he wished to continue traveling around the world with his Argentinian passport,” said Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo.

Therefore, the minister continued, “his application was filed on Friday through the digital center we operate in Rome.”

According to La Nacion newspaper, Randazzo said that Pope Francis did not want any special privileges, and so the normal procedure for...READ MORE

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Canada’s Next Cardinal: A Missionary Against Secularism (2802)

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec, who will be made a cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, spent much of his childhood in New Hampshire.

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Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec speaking in Denver on Aug. 2, 2011.

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QUEBEC CITY — Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec, who will be made a cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, is a missionary for the New Evangelization in Canada, after having been a missionary in Colombia for 10 years.

At 56, Archbishop Lacroix will be the third-youngest member of the College of Cardinals. He was born in 1957 on a dairy farm 190 miles east of Montreal. When his parents were unable to make ends meet, they moved to New Hampshire, which borders the province of Quebec, when Gerald was 8, in search of a better life.

While a senior at Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H., Archbishop Lacroix became a member of the Pius X Secular Institute, according to the New Hampshire...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Discusses Mission of the Vatican Bank (2734)

The cardinals will conclude their meetings with the Holy Father Feb. 19.

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Father Federico Lombardi addresses the media in the Vatican Press Office.

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Feb. 18 that discussion of the Vatican Bank dominated the conversation of the council of eight cardinals’ second day of meetings with Pope Francis.

The council was chosen by the Pope to advise him on matters of Church governance and reform of the Roman Curia and is meeting with the Holy Father for the third time, following meetings in October and December. This week’s meetings began on Feb. 17 and will conclude on Feb. 19.

During the Feb. 18 press briefing, Father Lombardi said that after meeting with the council, formally known as the Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of...READ MORE

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Children and Euthanasia: Belgium Votes to Remove All Age Limits on ‘Mercy Killing’ (4756)

Palliative care for children in the birthplace of euthanasia will likely soon include the option of a lethal injection.

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BRUSSELS — King Philippe of Belgium, a father of four, is expected to sign a bill that would allow terminally ill children with a “capacity of discernment” to request a lethal injection or drink of barbiturate drugs with the consent of their parents.

On Feb. 13, the Belgian Parliament voted 86-44 to allow euthanasia of children in the once heavily Catholic, now mostly secular, European country. If the monarch signs the law, Belgium will be the world’s first country to have no age barrier to euthanasia.

When the amendment passed, a man in the public gallery shouted “murderers” in French. Protesters gathered outside the legislature in Brussels last week and held prayer vigils ahead of...READ MORE

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Catholic Leaders Praise ‘Son of God’ Movie (7303)

Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Gomez are among those promoting the TV miniseries-turned-film.

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Scene from Son of God movie

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LOS ANGELES — A new movie about Jesus Christ, a spin-off from the popular History Channel television miniseries The Bible, has drawn praise from several Catholic bishops and leaders.

“It is the biggest, greatest story ever told,” said Roma Downey, a co-producer of the Son of God movie, who stars as Mary.

“The story of the Son of God is one of the most-known stories in the history of the world,” added her husband and co-producer, Mark Burnett. “And yet it never gets old. And the way we have told it is very connective, very young, very gritty and real. You really feel connected and can see yourself as these characters.”

The movie is based on the Bible and covers the life, death,...READ MORE

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