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Priest Survived Labor Camp, Recalls Suffering as Gift (2549)

Unjustly sentenced to 30 years' hard labor, Msgr. Matthew Koo recalls the sufferings and blessings of life in one of communist China's "re-education camps," where he was ordained in secret.

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Msgr. Matthew Koo speaks with CNA.

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VATICAN CITY — Msgr. Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for 30 years due to his Marian devotion, noting that, although the experience was painful, there were also many blessings.

“Oh, I thought that sacrifice is God’s gift. People say that ‘you suffered a lot’; I said if not to suffer, how could I be here?” the priest said.

Msgr. Koo is originally from Shanghai in mainland China. After entering the seminary in 1953, he was arrested two years later for being an active member of the Legion of Mary — a lay Catholic organization whose voluntary members serve the global Church — and sentenced to serve five years in a labor camp.

Often referred to as “re-education...READ MORE

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Culture of Life and Culture of Abortion Collide on California Campus (4981)

Pro-life advocates Thrin and Joan Short were accosted by a professor in the University of California-Santa Barbara’s free-speech zone’— and they captured the confrontation on video.

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Thrin Short

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OJAI, Calif.— Thrin Short is just 16, but she is already a trained member of the pro-life organization Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust.

So when a March 4 pro-life outreach at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) turned ugly, the teenager grabbed her video camera and let it roll.

Thrin and her sister Joan, 21, were standing within the university’s “designated free-speech zone” when Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of women’s studies, allegedly grabbed one of the pro-lifers’ signs that showed graphic pictures of aborted babies and pushed and scratched the teenager’s arm as Thrin tried to get the sign back.

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Pope Francis: Married Couples Are ‘Living Icons of God’s Love’ (4605)

In his weekly general audience, the Holy Father reflected on the sacrament of holy matrimony.

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A pilgrim couple listens during Pope Francis' April 2 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the sacraments by reflecting on the vocation of marriage, noting that the marital couple is a unique example of divine love in the world.

“Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life. As ‘one flesh,’ they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity,” the Pope expressed in his April 2 general audience address.

Speaking to the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear the weekly discourse, the Holy Father announced that the day’s reflections would close his catechesis on the sacraments as he turns to the sacrament...READ MORE

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Remarriage, Divorce and Communion: Patristic Light on a Recent Problem (4949)

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– The Catholic University of America

On Feb. 20, Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany gave an address, “The Gospel of the Family,” to the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family called by the Holy Father, much of it concerned with outlining current difficulties — massive mobility, immigration, costs of childrearing, aging populations, individualism, alienation of urban life, civil divorce, etc . — faced by Catholics entering the married state.

A married Catholic such as me might suppose that these prevailing circumstances suggest, rather than a relaxation of the rules debarring from Communion the divorced and “re-married,” that promulgating from Rome requirements for far more serious marriage instruction to be given to couples by...READ MORE

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Oklahoma Catholics Speak Up for the Most Vulnerable (1853)

Catholic Advocacy Day allowed more than 60 laity, legislators, clergy and religious to meet with their legislators.

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With Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery looking on, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City speaks at the state's Catholic Advocacy Day, March 25.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A recent “Catholic Advocacy Day” gave laity in Oklahoma the opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to be “a voice for the voiceless,” a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says.

“The Gospel … does have implications for the here and now, and we are called to live out our faith by advocating for the least of these, advocating for the most vulnerable,” said Tina Dzurisin, communications director for the archdiocese, in an April 1 interview.

Each year, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City gives voters across the state the chance to meet with lawmakers and to discuss proposed legislation dealing with the poor and vulnerable.

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Canadian Priest Helps EWTN Viewers Get in Complete Shape With New Series (6439)

Father James Mallon, who will be a featured speaker at this weekend’s EWTN Family Celebration in Vancouver, B.C., hopes to encourage springtime renewal with Cross Training.

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Father James Mallon, co-host of the new EWTN series Cross Training.

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The world’s confusion about what it means to be human is the motivation behind Father James Mallon’s latest media venture. The 44-year-old priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax, Canada, wants to lend a hand to those who have misconceptions about the human body as it relates to the soul. Too many people, he believes, have been taken in by a dualism that seeks to separate the physical from the spiritual.

Father Mallon wants to emphasize that God created each of us as a united body and soul, a fact not even the grave will have the last word over. Despite separation at death, our bodies will rejoin our souls before the Last Judgment. In the meantime, the pastor of St. Benedict parish in Halifax...READ MORE

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What Does Christian Marriage Guarantee? Francis & Reconciliation, Faith in Humanity and More! (2985)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow What Does Christian Marriage Guarantee? link by Stacy Trasancos, PhD, to read more.

What Does Christian Marriage Guarantee? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

How to Keep Triduum – Melissa Musick, The Catholic Catalogue

Pope Francis & Reconciliation – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

An Open Letter on the Vocation of Marriage – Paul M., Joyful Vocation

WomenPriests & Their Supporters: Strike 3 & You’re Out – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Friendship in the Age of Romance – Gracy Olmstead, Aleteia

An Argentine Bishop Refuses to Defend The Faith - BigPulpit.com

Special Needs Child & Mom Commercial – Fr. Z’s Blog

For Those Losing Faith in Humanity – Don. R. McClarey JD, TAmCatholic

Of Honest Labels & Down Syndrome – Richard Becker, Crisis Magazine

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Appeals Court Upholds Strong Texas Abortion Regulations (2083)

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an October federal court decision that struck down the law, which was passed last July by a special session of the Texas Legislature.

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NEW ORLEANS — Pro-life advocates took encouragement from a federal appeals court’s decision upholding a Texas law that strengthened health and safety requirements for the state’s abortion facilities and barred late-term abortions.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, praised the court for “upholding this commonsense measure to safeguard women from unscrupulous abortionists.”

“It is an outrage that America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, would seek to undo this and other safety standards aimed at protecting women,” she said in a March 27 statement criticizing the law’s opponents.

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