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Catholics Need to Ramp Up Their Online Presence, The English Bible According to Msgr. Knox and More! (2638)

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12/20/2012 Comment

Catholics Need to Ramp Up Their Online Presence. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more.

Catholics Need to Ramp Up Their Online Presence – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

The English Bible According to Msgr. Ronald Knox by Dr. Jeff MirusBig Pulpit

Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives are Bad for Women’s Health – Rebecca Peck MD, Truth and Charity Forum

The Fear of God and the Law – Donald McClarey, The American Catholic

Book Review: Sons of Cain, Modern Knights in a Catholic Thriller – Kevin Symonds, Catholic Lane

Speak - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Missed Minor Revisions? The Full Episode is Online Right Here! – Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Why the Rush to Canonize 20th Century Popes? – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

“Sanity and Society” – Frank...READ MORE

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Study Finds 84% of World Has Religious Affiliation (1612)

Numbering about 1.1 billion, those with no religious affiliation now equal the global number of Catholics.

12/19/2012 Comments (1)
Pew Research Center's Forum on Religious & Public Life.

– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religious & Public Life.

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of people around the world — about 5.8 billion individuals — identify with a religious group, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

“Christians number 2.2 billion, or about 1-in-3” of the 6.9 billion people in the world in 2010, the study found, adding that about “half of all Christians are Catholic.”

Released Dec. 18, the "Global Religious Landscape" study examined censuses, surveys and population registers to determine the size, geographical distribution and age of the world’s major religions.

As of 2012, the world contained about 1.6 billion Muslims, 1 billion Hindus, almost 500 million Buddhists and 14 million Jews, the analysis said.


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Pope Says Faith Includes Trust in Dark Moments (1889)

In the latest installment of his weekly reflections on faith, the Holy Father emphasizes the need to rely on God in difficult circumstances.

12/19/2012 Comment
Catholic News Agency

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element of darkness.

“We encounter moments where God seems absent, his silence weighs on our hearts and his will doesn’t correspond to our own as we would like it to,” the Pope told pilgrims on Dec. 19.

“But the more we open ourselves to God, we receive the gift of faith and put our trust in him completely, the more he empowers us with his presence to live every situation in peace assured by his loyalty and love,” he said during his weekly general audience.

He emphasized that this happens after opening one’s soul to God through faith, just as Abraham did...READ MORE

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Irish Pro-Lifers: Abortion Legislation Will Have Election Consequences (1055)

Pro-life leaders warn that Irish voters will punish Irish Prime Minister Enda Kelly and his party for breaking a pro-life pledge they made before the 2011 election.

12/19/2012 Comment
Youth Defence

Dec. 4 pro-life vigil in Dublin opposing legislation to make abortion more available in Ireland.

– Youth Defence

DUBLIN — Pro-life leaders in Ireland have warned that the Fine Gael-run government’s introduction of legislation to legalize abortion will have consequences for the party at the next election.

Rebecca Roughneen, a spokeswoman for Youth Defence, said Dec. 18 that her organization will make sure the Irish public does not forget that Prime Minster Enda Kenny and his party “broke the pro-life promise” they made before the 2011 election.

“The pro-life majority in Ireland will not tolerate this, and Youth Defence will make sure that every Fine Gael voter in the country is made aware of the party’s political cowardice,” she said. “They are bowing to the demands of the Labour Party and other...READ MORE

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Bibles, Badges and Business (1828)

A campaign to place comprehensive immigration reform high on the national agenda forges new national alliances in pursuit of its goals.

12/19/2012 Comments (12)

Ali Noorani, executive director of the lobby group Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America,

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WASHINGTON — “Americans are not divided by the immigration issue. Politicians use the issue to divide Americans.”

That bold statement by Ali Noorani, executive director of the lobby group Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, opened the organization’s Dec. 4-5 “National Strategy Session” in Washington.

Forging Consensus is unique in that it has brought together “Bibles, badges and business” — that is, religious leaders, law enforcement and business people — who have general agreement on what immigration reform should look like to advocate for reform. Two hundred and fifty of them were at the Washington meeting, many of whom had participated in preparatory regional forums....READ MORE

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How Our Family Celebrates Advent, The Imitation of Christ and Much More! (1827)

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12/19/2012 Comment

How Our Family Celebrates Advent. Click on the link by Kathleen Vogt to read more.

How Our Family Celebrates Advent - Kathleen Vogt, A Knotted Life

The Imitation of Christ – Vicki Burbach, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Jesuit Priest Who said His Cancer was a ‘Gift from God’ Dies Aged 83 – Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Man Angry That Only Women Can Become Female Priests by the Eye of the Tiber blogBig Pulpit

A New Altar Rail in Connecticut – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

December 14, 1862: The Angel of Marye’s Heights – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Solzhenitsyn: The Courage to be a Christian – Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine

Squeaky Clean - Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

The Christian and the Cave – Br. Mannes Matous OP, Dominicana


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Rights and Wrongs (1439)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Obama’s second-term agenda will likely include an international push for greater access to contraception and abortion.

12/18/2012 Comments (2)
C-FAM Website

Susan Yoshihara, senior vice president for research for the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)

– C-FAM Website

NEW YORK — As policy analysts consider the implications of Barack Obama’s re-election and make predictions about his second-term agenda, it is clear that access to contraception will be a high priority both at home and abroad.

In mid-November, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2012 world-population report. According to the report, "By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development," “an estimated 222 million women lack access to reliable, high-quality family-planning services, information and supplies, putting them at risk of unintended pregnancy.”

While UNFPA is an international agency, it relies heavily on support from the United States....READ MORE

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FBI Report Finds 68 Anti-Catholic Crimes in 2011 (3276)

Offenses included three simple assaults, three acts of intimidation, four burglaries, 11 acts of larceny-theft, one arson attack and 46 acts of destruction, damage or vandalism.

12/18/2012 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime statistics for 2011 showed 68 anti-Catholic hate crimes took place in the U.S. last year.

In 2011, there were 68 anti-Catholic criminal offenses and 21 known offenders, with 84 victims. Offenses included three simple assaults, three acts of intimidation, four burglaries, 11 acts of larceny-theft, one arson attack and 46 acts of destruction, damage or vandalism.

The new figures, released Dec. 10, come from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, which collects incidents from participating law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

In 2010, there were 61 anti-Catholic offenses, including five simple assaults, seven acts of...READ MORE

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