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Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will receive Medal of Honor April 11 at the White House.

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WASHINGTON — Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, who died in a POW camp during the Korean War, will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously during a ceremony April 11 at the White House.

In the rarest of double honors, the heroic Army chaplain’s cause for canonization continues in this nation and in Rome.

The Medal of Honor recognition comes just days short of what would have been Father Kapaun’s 97th birthday and more than 60 years after he died on May 23, 1951, in a prisoner-of-war camp in Pyoktong, North Korea.

“This guy did one thing after another for a good six months before they finally killed him,” said Mike Dowe, who was a young Army lieutenant imprisoned with Father Kapaun....READ MORE

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Catholic Charities ‘Appalled’ by Former Board Member’s Abortion Stance (3984)

Alisa Lapolt Snow affirmed support for Catholic teaching before resigning to assume lobbying position for Planned Parenthood.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida says it is saddened that a former board member has become a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, noting that she had affirmed Catholic teaching in applying for the board.

“We were appalled and equally saddened and disappointed to learn of her advocacy on behalf of Planned Parenthood and want to reiterate Catholic Charities’ absolute commitment to upholding Catholic teachings on abortion and other issues threatening the sanctity of human life,” Mark Dufva, executive director of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, told Catholic News Agency April 9.

Dufva said former board member Alisa Lapolt Snow underwent a vetting process that...READ MORE

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Three Characteristics of the Diabolical, News Flash! The Pope Is Catholic and Much More! (2974)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Three Characteristics of the Diabolical. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope of the AOW blog to read more.

Three Characteristics of the Diabolical by Msgr. Charles Pope of the AOW blog - Big Pulpit

News Flash! The Pope is Catholic - Birgit Jones, Designs by Birgit

Love Is a Battlefield - Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Holy Week with the U. K. Ordinariate – New Liturgical Movement

Sinners in the Hands of a Non-Judgmental God – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Joyful at Work - Mary Wallace, PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Anti-Misogyny, Pro-Life – Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Stand

Reviewing Dr. Ed Peters on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Politicos – Fr. Z’s Blog

Margaret Thatcher Preferred a More Reverent and Pious Service – Tristyn Bloom, First Things/First Thoughts

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U.S. Representative Decries Attacks on Coptic Christians (2591)

Egyptian Coptic Christians have faced a significant increase in violence since the country’s 2011 revolution.

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has issued a statement saying he was disturbed by attacks in Egypt against Coptic Christians, pledging his support of promoting U.S. action to help the persecuted faithful.

“I was deeply troubled by events over the weekend,” Wolf said, calling the conflict “the latest in a string of sectarian attacks that has left Egypt’s sizable Coptic community understandably fearful and questioning whether there is a place for them in today’s Egypt.”

Local Christian leaders have appealed for calm after a mob attacked St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on April 7 during the funeral of four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes.

At least two...READ MORE

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I Survived — and Forgave — My Mother’s Abortion (5714)

Melissa Ohden was born, despite an attempt on her life, and now she saves others through her pro-life witness.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Melissa Ohden is more than just one in a million. She’s one survivor out of 55 million-and-counting abortions performed in the United States since 1973. Armed with a personal story of faith, healing and forgiveness, Melissa has a mission: to give a face to abortion’s intended victims, its terrible cost on families, and to create networks of support for survivors.

Scheduled to die by a saline abortion in 1977 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, Melissa miraculously survived her 19-year-old mother’s abortion. At 31-weeks gestation, Melissa was born, weighing 3 lbs, and saved by nurses who first thought she was dead.

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White House Opposes N.Y. Archdiocese’s Request for Documents (3355)

The New York Archdiocese’s subpoena for the files is part of a lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate.

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is trying to block a subpoena by the Archdiocese of New York seeking White House papers on the contraception mandate that requires employers to cover abortifacient drugs.

“Routine civil discovery seeking information from the offices of the president, the vice president and their staffs is generally not allowed,” the administration said April 4, according to Bloomberg.

The statement, which added that such discovery “is particularly unwarranted here,” was made in the case Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The New York Archdiocese’s subpoena for the files is...READ MORE

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Fla. Planned Parenthood Lobbyist Was on Catholic Charities Board (4593)

Alisa Lapolt Snow resigned from Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida before starting a consulting relationship with Planned Parenthood.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Planned Parenthood lobbyist who appeared to endorse infanticide at a March hearing in the Florida Legislature is a former board member of a local Catholic Charities affiliate, a spokeswoman said.

Alisa Lapolt Snow had served on Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida-Tallahassee’s board of directors, Peggy DeKeyser, director of communications for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., confirmed to Catholic News Agency April 9.

“She was vetted before she applied for the board of directors,” DeKeyser said. “There was nothing indicated that would have prevented her from becoming a board of directors' member at the time.”

Snow resigned from her unpaid position...READ MORE

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Pope Celebrates Mass With America’s Highest-Ranking Latino Bishop (2956)

Archbishop José Gomez, originally from Mexico and the current Los Angeles archbishop, concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s House.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez meets with Pope Francis in St. Martha's House.

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VATICAN CITY — The Pope celebrated Mass with Archbishop José Gomez, the highest-ranking American bishop of Hispanic origin, on the feast of the Lord’s Annunciation.

“It was a very special Eucharist for me because we were celebrating the Annunciation, and I was ordained a bishop in Denver on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2001,” Archbishop Gomez said in an April 8 Facebook post.

“During the Mass,” the archbishop added, “I was praying for Pope Francis and the Church, but especially for our great Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

“After Mass I told Pope Francis that all the faithful of Los Angeles love him and that we are praying for him and his ministry and that he has our loyalty. He...READ MORE

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