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Will U.N. Committee Against Torture Also Tell Church to Change Its Teaching? (2699)

Pro-life leaders say the Church should pull out of treaties with the U.N. until she receives fair treatment.

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The Palais Wilson in Geneva, where the Holy See is appearing May 5-6 before the U.N. Committee Against Torture.

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VATICAN CITY — As the Holy See braces itself for another grilling from another United Nations committee, some prominent pro-life leaders are arguing the Church should withdraw from relevant treaties until she receives a fair hearing.

Vatican officials are to appear before the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture Monday and Tuesday this week, during which they are expected to be quizzed again over clerical sex abuse, but this time from the perspective of torture and inhuman treatment.

It follows harsh criticisms in January by the U.N. committee that monitors children’s rights, which accused the Holy See of systematically placing its own interests over those of victims, but the committee...READ MORE

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From Anti-Catholic Atheist to Church-Loving Convert, Why Catholicism Is Preferrable and Much More! (2739)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow From Anti-Catholic Atheist to Church-Loving Convert by Catherine Harmon to read more.

From Anti-Catholic Atheist to Church-Loving Convert by Catherine Harmon - BigPulpit.com

Why Catholicism Is Preferable to Protestantism – Devin Rose, Catholic Answers

Mark Driscoll’s Lies About the Apostles Creed – Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Ten Things Other than IVF May Help a Couple Suffering Infertility – Elizabeth Kirk, Aleteia

Presence Evangelism – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Inside the Painful, Messy World of Annulments – William Van Ornum, Aleteia

Pope Francis the Peronist? – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Hidden Totalitarianism of CPS: Justina Pelletier Case – Stephen M. Krason, Aleteia

Pope Francis: “Children Need a Mother & a Father” – Kathy Schiffer,...READ MORE

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U.K. Rules Exclude Pro-Life Medical Professionals From Specialist Diploma (2575)

The updated rules state specialists in sexual and reproductive health must prescribe contraception or abortion-causing drugs 'regardless of personal beliefs.'

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– www.opa.ca.gov.

LONDON — New requirements that medical professionals seeking a specialist diploma in the United Kingdom must be willing to prescribe contraception and abortion-causing drugs have sparked objections from those excluded due to their moral beliefs.

“These rules exclude professionals who are unwilling to prescribe contraceptives and abortifacients on moral and conscientious grounds from specializing in an important area of clinical practice,” said Victoria Weissman, a Catholic final-year medical student in the U.K.

“These are rules of exclusion based on discrimination and restrict the rights both of health-care professionals and of society in general,” she said, adding that the rules...READ MORE

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Emerging Catholic Ministries Reach Out to the Divorced (8704)

Catholic divorce ministries can offer pastoral solutions, but without the active engagement of parishes, most divorced Catholics remain in the dark about the Church’s care for them and their options.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Almost a third of U.S. Catholics who have been married suffer from the wounds of divorce, and while the Church has resources to heal them, the need is great and the laborers are few in the Church’s field hospital.

According to the most recent General Social Survey, 28% of Catholics who have ever married are divorced, a figure that Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) explained at CARA’s research blog, 1964, “represents more than 11 million individuals.”

Pope Francis has said that the Church must “not condemn” the divorced, but instead “accompany those people who have had this failure in their love.” The upcoming extraordinary synod of...READ MORE

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How New Pope-Saints Embody Principles of Vatican II, The Charity of Cheerfulness and Much More! (2591)

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05/05/2014 Comment

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How New Pope-Saints Embody Principles of Vatican II – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

An Open Letter to My Sister with Same-Sex Attraction via Catholic Sistas - BigPulpit.com

Motherhood: The Gift Comes in a Tiny Bundle – Christina Capecchi, OSV Newsweekly

Experiences of the Rosary – Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

The Charity of Cheerfulness – Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik, Catholic Exchange

The Bitterness of Ex-Priest by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture - BigPulpit.com

Befriending Those with Same-Sex Attraction – Richard G. Evans

Human, Human, Human, – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Spiritual Weapons: Fasting – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

Time Will Judge Pope Francis – Don. R. McClarey,...READ MORE

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Pope: Jesus Journeys With Us in the Eucharist (2656)

The Holy Father reflected on the Gospel account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed to recognize Jesus until he ‘broke bread’ with them.

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Pope Francis greets the faithful at St. Stanislaus parish in Rome on May 4.

– Lauren Cater / CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday homily delivered at a Polish parish in Rome, Pope Francis meditated on the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist as a source of strength for Christians.

The Pope reflected on the Gospel account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed to recognize the risen Jesus Christ until he “broke bread” with them. Pope Francis said that the two became “witnesses of the hope that is Christ because they met him, the risen Traveler.”

“This Jesus, he is the risen Traveler who journeys with us. And Jesus is here today; he is here among us. He is here in his word, is here on the altar, journeying with us,” the Pope preached at Rome’s St. Stanislaus parish on...READ MORE

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How to Help Cohabitating Couples, Serving the Church through a 'Second Vocation' and More! (4264)

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05/04/2014 Comment

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Serving the Church through a “Second Vocation” – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

The Radically Subversive Philosophy of Dr. Seuss – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Be the CEO of Your Life, Lessons from St. John Paul IIJP2 – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic News & Information

Without – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

God Save the Oddballs: A Case for Catholic College – Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

The Two Most Effective Habits for Catholic College Students – Edward Mullholland, Aleteia

Ex Corde Ecclesiae & the Importance of a Catholic Education – Fr. David Vincent Meconi SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral...READ MORE

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Rome Pro-Life March Grows in Participants, Significance (3898)

An interview with Virginia Coda Nunziante, the founder and chief organizer of the event, now in its third year.

05/03/2014 Comments (4)
Edward Pentin

Rome March for Life 2013 participants move past the Colosseum.

– Edward Pentin

The fourth annual March for Life in Rome, which takes place on Sunday, will have an international character that will include a conference of pro-life groups taking place on Saturday.

Last year, Pope Francis personally greeted the estimated 40,000 participants as they arrived at the Vatican for the Holy Father’s Regina Coeli prayer and address.

To find out more about this year’s event and the march’s rapid growth and popularity, the Register spoke May 1 with the march’s founder and chief organizer, Virginia Coda Nunziante.


The march this year is notable for taking place on the feast of the holy Shroud of Turin — could you explain more about this and why it is significant?

Indeed,...READ MORE

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