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Queen Elizabeth to Meet With Pope Francis in April (2530)

It will be the British monarch’s fifth audience with a pope at the Vatican, following earlier meetings with Pius XII, John XXIII, and two meetings with John Paul II.

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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3 and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced.

In a Feb. 4 press release, the monarchy said that the queen — who is the head of the Church of England — is traveling to Rome at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

After meeting with the politician in a private lunch at the presidential palace, “Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican,” the statement said.

According to the BBC, the queen had originally planned to visit Rome in 2013, but the visit was...READ MORE

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‘The War on Women’: Lessons Learned (6709)


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Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who testified before Congress in support of insurance coverage of contraception, hugs President Obama during a 2012 presidential campaign event.

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WASHINGTON — In September 2012, with Planned Parenthood and its allies warning of a “war on women” by lawmakers seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade, pro-life activist Lila Rose of Live Action sought to redirect public attention to the harm that abortion inflicts on women.

During an appearance at the 2012 Values Voter Summit, Rose recalled the death of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, who left behind a 1-year-old son following an alleged botched abortion.

“Tonya is the real face of the war on women — women who have been lied to by powerful interests with powerful population-control ideologies who are telling us women that abortion will liberate us, that abortion will solve our problems,” Rose...READ MORE

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Pope in Lenten Message: Poverty of Christ Is Greatest Treasure (2867)

The Holy Father prays that upcoming Church season will be fruitful to the faithful.

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In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor.

Announced in a Feb. 4 press conference, the Pope’s Lenten message was read by Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the council that presents the pontifical message each year.

Taking his theme from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, the Pope reflects on the apostle’s words, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”

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USCCB Responds to Immigration Plan of House Republicans (2580)

GOP suggestion focuses on security and pathways to legal status.

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WASHINGTON -- An immigration plan by House Republican leaders, aimed at both national security and pathways to legal status for undocumented migrants, has prompted calls for further dialogue and improvement.

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, said in a Jan. 31 statement that while some aspects of the document are “troubling,” it “represents an important step” in the right direction.

“Achieving just immigration reform will not be an easy task and will require bipartisan cooperation and leadership, not politics,” the bishop stressed, adding that the Church “stands ready to assist in this effort.”


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Denver Broncos’ Coat Drive Shows Children ‘Are Not Forgotten’ (2260)

The Broncos did not leave New Jersey as Super Bowl champs, but their act of charity helped hundreds of inner-city Catholic school children in need.

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Players and coaches of the Denver Broncos help students try on coats at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Jersey City, N.J.

– CNA/Courtesy the Knights of Columbus

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The head of the Knights of Columbus praised a recent coat drive for children in partnership with Denver Broncos players, coaches and their families, calling it a sign of Christian charity.

“As an organization founded on the principle of charity, the Knights of Columbus is committed to helping our neighbors in need,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA.

The Coats for Kids program is “a timely reminder that, for too many children, harsh cold is a daily reality at this time of year,” Anderson said.

Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator for the Broncos, his wife, Linda, and about a dozen members of the Broncos organization helped give away more than 200 coats at...READ MORE

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Pro-Family Demonstrations Draw Throngs Throughout Europe (5725)

But you wouldn’t know it, given the scant media coverage.

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Sign carried during a rally organized by the pro-marriage La Manif Pour Tous organization on May 26, 2013 in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in the rally.

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ROME — Following large pro-family protests on Feb. 2, the French government announced the following day that it would postpone a proposed bill that threatened to legalize assisted procreation for lesbian couples and surrogate motherhood for homosexual men who wanted children.

The development came after large rallies were held in Paris and Lyon in support of marriage and the traditional family on Sunday, as well as similar protests in Brussels, Bucharest, Madrid, Warsaw and Rome .

The protests were led and inspired by La Manif Pour Tous (Protest for Everyone), a rapidly growing French group of associations that launched in January 2013 with a massive rally in Paris against same-sex...READ MORE

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Jennifer Roback Morse: ‘Remember the Victims of the Sexual Revolution’ (6713)

The marriage expert is working to help individuals and families heal from the ill effects caused by today’s sexually permissive culture.

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The Ruth Institute, which has focused primarily on defending marriage to college students, has changed its mission and now hopes to create a mass social movement to counteract the ill effects of the sexual revolution, such as the breakdown of family life, including cohabitation, divorce and unwed pregnancies.

Speaking with Register correspondent Sue Ellen Browder, Ruth Institute founder Jennifer Roback Morse recently explained why she has drawn up a petition urging bishops at the 2014 Synod on the Family in October to “remember the victims of the sexual revolution.”

The institute is also holding a Feb. 15 conference in San Diego to present its vision for “Healing the 21st-Century...READ MORE

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Do Not Justify Sin by Using Other People, Pope Warns (5470)

The Holy Father pointed to three attitudes of King David, a ‘great sinner’ venerated by the Church as a ‘great saint,’ during personal betrayal and crisis.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily for Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the proper attitudes to have when Christians face difficult moments, stating that it is important not to defend one’s sin, but to repent and trust in the Lord.

“In the difficult moments of life that occur, maybe in despair one tries to defend himself as he can and also to use God and to use his people,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 3 daily Mass.

Centering his homily on the first reading, taken from the Second Book of Samuel, the Holy Father addressed those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, highlighting David’s attitude in light of the “great betrayal” of his beloved son Absalom.

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