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Military Archbishop Honors U.S. Veterans (4026)

In his annual Memorial Mass homily, Archbishop Timothy Broglio said they had gathered together ‘to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served.’

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Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima in Arlington, Va.

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WASHINGTON — The head of the military archdiocese honored veterans and those on active duty, thanking members of the armed forces and praying for all who have served in the protection of the United States.

“We gather in this Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, because we want to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio in his homily at the May 19 Mass of Remembrance in Washington.

“We are able to be here in prayer, because women and men have set aside their security, their plans, their families and what is familiar in order to serve this nation whose foundation is based on principles.”

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Pope Francis on the Possibility of Salvation for Atheists, The Best Catholic Bloggers and Much More! (5651)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/25/2013 Comments (1)

Pope Francis on the Possibility of Salvation for Atheists. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Pope Francis on the Possibility of Salvation for Atheists via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

Who’s Got the Better Catholic Bloggers? Detroit Or Chicago? – LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

The Gift of My Patron Saint - Molly Milroy, Ignitum Today

Scientism & God’s Existence (Video) – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Sacred Music and Catholic Identity – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

Pentecost in the Parishes - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Sparta Revisited - Donald DeMarco PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Commencement 2013: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Tim Drake, Catholic Education Daily

Social Media vs. the Catholic Church - Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

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Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Homosexual Scouts (9175)

Bishop Guglielmone, the USCCB’s liaison with Catholic scouts, says ‘we can live’ with the compromise approved May 23 by the BSA’s national leadership.

05/24/2013 Comments (127)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — In a policy shift for the Boy Scouts of America, openly homosexual youth will no longer be barred from scouting.

The 1,400-member national council voted yesterday to add the following line to the requirements for being a scout: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The resolution passed with 61.5% voting in favor of the change and 38.5% opposed. It goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and is binding on all councils and units.

In a May 23 statement, the organization said: “The Boy Scouts of America will not sacrifice its mission or the youth served by the movement by allowing the...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Has Hearing Before Federal Appeals Court Regarding HHS Suit (3403)

Christian store's lawyer is encouraged after arguing the case before full panel of 10th Circuit judges.

05/24/2013 Comments (4)

The lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and its Christian owners in a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate is heartened following the case's hearing before a federal appeals court.

“We were encouraged by it; we were able to make our points forcefully, and we felt the judges heard what we were saying,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told Catholic News Agency May 24.

The arts-and-crafts retailer is one of well over 100 plaintiffs challenging a mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.

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Gosnell’s Conviction Focuses Attention on Fetal Pain Abortion Bans (2693)

A federal bill to bar abortions after 20 weeks was considered this week by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

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Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell

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WASHINGTON — The murder trial and conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell may have increased public awareness and sympathy to unborn children who are capable of feeling pain in the womb as early as 20 weeks after conception.

This public awareness could assist in gaining support for legislation to ban abortion on the basis of fetal pain, such as a bill that was discussed this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The horrible, horrible suffering inflicted on little human lives in every abortion is now brutally clear to anyone who followed the Pennsylvania proceedings. After the Gosnell case, nobody can claim that abortion is victimless. The tiny victims experience...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up (3495)

Philadelphia's archbishop writes: 'The day when Americans could take the Founders’ understanding of religious freedom as a given is over. We need to wake up.'

05/24/2013 Comments (6)

This column was first published May 24 at CatholicPhilly.com.

“IRS officials have, of course, confessed that they inappropriately targeted conservative groups — especially those with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names — for extra scrutiny when they sought nonprofit status. Allegations of abuse or harassment have since broadened to include groups conducting grassroots projects to ‘make America a better place to live,’ to promote classes about the U.S. Constitution or to raise support for Israel.

“However, it now appears the IRS also challenged some individuals and religious groups that, while defending key elements of their faith traditions, have criticized projects dear to the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Zen: Day of Prayer for China Vital (5273)

The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong says the communist government ‘is enslaving our Church.’

05/24/2013 Comments (8)
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Cardinal Joseph Zen, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong.

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VATICAN CITY — The former bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, has underlined the importance of today’s worldwide day of prayer for the Church in China, saying the country currently faces a “really desperate” situation.

Speaking to the Register by telephone from Hong Kong May 24, the cardinal said it’s “very important” to pray for China, as the situation is “very bad,” and the “only hope is from heaven.”

Summarizing the situation in the country, where China’s 12 million Catholics continue to be divided into two communities because of communist state control, he said the government is “enslaving our Church.”

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Canada’s Politicians Criticized for ‘Failure’ to Protect Children (2369)

Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform organized a postcard campaign that reveals powerful Canadian politicians who support abortion.

05/24/2013 Comments (3)
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Canadian Parliament

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CALGARY, Canada — A pro-life group in Canada is renewing its efforts to ignite discussion and conversion in their country by calling out major politicians who support abortion.

“We very much want to change public opinion so that we can change public policy,” Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform told Catholic News Agency May 21.

The campaign called “Face the Children” consists of postcards featuring images of some of Canada’s most powerful politicians alongside graphic pictures of aborted children.

“Our experience has been that when people see the pictures it does change their minds,” Gray explained.

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