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Christians Flee War in Northern Myanmar (3031)

People who once fought for freedom from Japanese invaders are now under the gun from their own government.

03/07/2012 Comments (1)

– Simon Roughneen

JEYANG, Myanmar — A bright but quiet Sunday morning in a sun-lit valley is broken by the sound of hymns sung from inside two adjacent wood and bamboo halls. Inside the larger structure, about 300 Baptists sing hymns, Not to be outdone, a smaller congregation of Catholics, mostly children, sings along during Mass.

Both halls are temporary churches, built last July for Kachin people forced to flee an advancing Burmese army after a ceasefire between the military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) broke down. Since then, around 70,000 Kachin have fled the fighting, with most staying in ramshackle camps such as Jeyang.

The KIA seeks greater self-government for the Kachin people in northern...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Reasserts Church's Stance in HHS Fight (3221)

USCCB president answers question about compromise, but stays his ground on insurance-coverage controversy.

03/06/2012 Comments (11)
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, speaking to reporters recently at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

– Jeffrey Bruno

Hicksville, N.Y. — Obama administration regulations requiring Church institutions to pay for employee contraceptive coverage represent “an unwarranted, unprecedented intrusion” into the ministry of the Church, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York stated during an address in Hicksville, New York.

Cardinal Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed the threat posed by the federal contraception mandate during a conference on Catholic public policy March 3.

Speaking at Holy Trinity High School, based in the Rockville Centre Diocese, the cardinal made a point of rebutting media reports that he was coming to speak about the controversial new federal rule requiring...READ MORE

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Towering Church Protected Homes From Tornado's Blast (3145)

Illinois priest scrambled through wreckage to escape rectory.

03/06/2012 Comment
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The stone altar of tornado-damaged St. Joseph's Church sits amid debris March 1 in Ridgeway, Ill. According to reports, at least 13 people died as severe weather swept through the middle of the country on Feb. 28. Almost 40 died in following storms in the Midwest and South.

– Scott Olson/Getty Images

Father Stephen Beatty was fast asleep when the tornado hit Ridgeway, Ill., at five in the morning on Feb. 29. He awoke to a “loud tearing noise” that could have been the sound of his rectory dormer being ripped off. Or it could have been the roof on St. Joseph Church next door and the towering, 118-year-old, Gothic-revival church collapsing inward.

The storm was part of the recent devastation to hit the Midwest and South.

“The glass from one of the windows in my bedroom blew in,” he said. “I threw a few things into a bag because I thought I might not be coming back.”

Getting out wasn’t easy: Part of the wall and a window had crashed into the landing on the staircase he needed to reach...READ MORE

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Archbishop John Nienstedt Talks About Crosses and Mother Mary With His Brother Bishops (1657)

Ad limina visit under way for the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in Rome.

03/06/2012 Comments (2)
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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis exhorted his brother bishops to stay close to Mary and recalled that when they became bishops they received both the crosier and the cross.

“This mother, our Mother, says to us, ‘Behold, I stand with you. I will never leave you. I will never run away from you. I have stood with my son and my Savior even unto death, and I will stand with you. I will never forget you,” he said March 5 in Rome.

Archbishop Nienstedt was the main celebrant at a Mass in the Borghese Chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

The liturgy marked the beginning of the ad limina visit for the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to Rome. March...READ MORE

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Moving Target: The Obama Administration's Shifting Message on the HHS Mandate (5512)

News Analysis: Contraception has long been pitched as a ‘solution’ for poverty; now that argument is being adapted to mainstream America.

03/06/2012 Comments (20)
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Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke (l) is greeted by U.S. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), House Minority Leader U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) after a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Feb. 23.

– Alex Wong/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration first unveiled its contraception mandate last August, Americans were told that medical experts had compiled the list of co-pay-free “preventive services for women” and that “cost-effectiveness” played no role in the decision-making process.

Last week, the administration appeared to contradict its earlier message when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and claimed that expanded access to contraception would bring costs “down, not up” for insurance carriers.

Additional justification for the controversial policy was offered at another House hearing, which...READ MORE

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Love Those Who Hate You, Contraception and Contradiction, Quærere Deum, Adam and Eve, and more! (1868)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/06/2012 Comment

Love Those Who Hate You. Click on the link by Fr. Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D. to read more.

Love Those Who Hate You. . . - Fr. Philip Neri Powell OP PhD, Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

Contraception and Contradiction - Michael Baruzzini, Catholic Lane

Quærere Deum - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

Adam & Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Desert Struggle - Fr. Stephen, Glory to God for All Things

Saint Dominic (1170-1221) On Prayer, Part I - Fr. Paul Wharton, Hearts on Fire

Does St. Louis de Montfort Forbid Us From Praying for Family? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

7 Observations on Church & State by Cardinal Ratzinger - H. H. Ambrose, St. Peter’s List

Same-Sex “Marriage”: Logical...READ MORE

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Virginia Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Child-Care Agencies That Decline Homosexual Adoptions (2868)

Bishops of the state hail passage as victory for religious liberty.

03/06/2012 Comments (11)
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

– Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News

A bill that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies in the state of Virginia won’t be forced to place children in households led by same-sex couples has passed both houses of the General Assembly and is heading to the desk of Gov. Robert McDonnell, a supporter of the legislation, who is expected to sign it soon.

The bill passed in the state Senate on a 22-18 vote and by 71 to 28 in the House of Delegates.

Speaking on behalf of Virginia’s Catholic bishops, who strongly supported the bill, Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, called passage of the bill “a tremendous victory for our first freedom, religious liberty.”

“Private, religious-based adoption...READ MORE

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Catholics Help Midwest Tornado Victims (2779)

Indianapolis Archdiocese's Catholic Charities assists the displaced. The local St. Francis Xavier Church survived the storms and serves as a command center.

03/06/2012 Comments (1)
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A sign is seen outside of St. Francis Xavier Church, which has become the main center for tornado victims to get help after the devastating tornadoes hit the area.

– John Sommers II / Reuters

Indiana Catholics are committed to helping victims recover from the March 2 outburst of tornadoes that killed at least 13 people in the southern part of the state.

Jane Crady, the disaster response coordinator for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, has visited several of the worst-hit areas. She said the devastation is comparable to that witnessed in the first day of Hurricane Katrina.

National Weather Service coordinator Bill Whitlock reported “extreme damage” in the area of Henryville, a town of about 3,000 people, while the local sheriff’s office described the town of Marysville, population 1,900, as “completely gone.”

Aside from the damage to Henryville, there are...READ MORE

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