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In the Michigan Marriage Case, Which Side Is ‘Unbelievable’? (7265)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Judge Bernard Friedman made a highly selective reading of the evidence about same-sex parenting, in his March 21 decision striking down the state’s marriage law.

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On Friday, March 21, Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Michigan’s voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. The following Monday, a higher court stayed enforcement, pending appeal.

But an analysis of the empirical evidence presented during the trial to Friedman, about how children fare when raised by same-sex parents, suggests that his decision was based in part on a highly selective reading of that evidence — one that overlooked the known shortcomings of the studies that claim to have established that same-sex parenting provides equally good outcomes for children as those raised in families composed of married,...READ MORE

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Pope Says ‘Poor Are the Center of the Gospel of Jesus’ (3458)

In an interview with Belgian students, he also discussed the modern 'throwaway' culture that doesn't respect life and those in need.

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ROME — In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that his preference for the poor is in fact based in the Gospel.

“I heard two months ago that a person referred to my preference for speaking about the poor, saying: 'This Pope is a communist, no?' And no, this is the banner of the Gospel, not of communism — of the Gospel,” the Pope explained during the meeting.

Given to three Belgian youth who are studying communications, the interview was broadcast on April 3 on the Belgium website deredactie.be., and it was later picked up by Italian news agency ReppublicaTV.

During the interview, one student...READ MORE

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Pope Francis-Queen Elizabeth Meeting: ‘Welcoming, Warm and Friendly’ (6676)

British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker said the nearly 20-minute meeting was very relaxed and informal.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, exchange gifts during an audience with Pope Francis, in the Pope's study during their one-day visit to Rome on April 3.

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VATICAN CITY — “They clicked in a very warm, personal and non-protocol fashion,” said British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker, when describing Thursday’s meeting between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth II.

The encounter, the first between Francis and the British monarch, was very relaxed and informal, compared to the 87-year-old monarch’s previous four visits to the Vatican.

Accompanied by her husband, Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the queen’s motorcade entered the Vatican at 3:20pm, 20 minutes later than scheduled, after a prolonged lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. “Sorry to keep you waiting,” the queen said on greeting the Holy Father. “We were having a very...READ MORE

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U.N. Registers Lebanon’s Millionth Syrian Refugee (2291)

Reporters embedded in the Middle Eastern country content the unofficial number is much higher.

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley stand in line to receive aid.

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon registered with the United Nations has now passed 1 million, as the organization’s refugee agency stresses the urgent need to fund humanitarian aid.

“The extent of the human tragedy is not just the recitation of numbers,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative Ninette Kelley told reporters in Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli, April 3.

“Each one of these numbers represents a human life who ... have lost their homes, their family members, their sense of future.”

The U.N. refugee agency officially registered an 18-year-old student from Homs as its millionth refugee in Tripoli. One year ago, the country...READ MORE

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Obama Urged to Create Envoy for Religious Minorities After Papal Meeting (3294)

Of special concern to Rep. Frank Wolf, who wrote the March 27 letter appealing to the president, were those in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has called on President Barack Obama to follow up on his meeting with Pope Francis by backing the creation of a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

“I urge you to put your words into action, lest inaction be perceived as indifference,” Wolf wrote in a March 27 letter to Obama.

“The scope of religious persecution around the world, but especially in the Middle East, is gravely concerning and ought to alarm any person of conscience.”

While the congressman said he did not think a special envoy would on its own solve the “vast” problem of persecution, “it would provide much-needed hope and comfort to...READ MORE

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Priests Battle the Pouring Dark of Loneliness (18554)

The temptation of loneliness can haunt priests alone at their parishes, but a variety of priestly fraternities are giving them ways of finding community with brother priests to sustain them.

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WASHINGTON — Parish ministry in the 21st century sees most U.S. diocesan priests living alone, working all day to care for the needs of their flock. But stalking many diocesan priests by day, and prowling in the pouring dark of the parish residence by night, is the enemy they call loneliness.

It’s a desperate battle that some priests and bishops are trying to solve.

“You can use the rope to swing by it, or you can hang by it,” Father Brian Carpenter said of the challenge of living alone in an assignment. The priest of the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., is by nature a “raging extrovert,” and he said adjusting to his assignment in rural Owego was “very difficult” for the first three months....READ MORE

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Learn To Control Your Thoughts, The Value of Obedience, Christ and History, Sacred Art and More! (4068)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Learn to Control Your Thoughts by Fr. Basil W. Maturin of Catholic Exchange to read more.

Christ & History – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Bible That Traveled to the Moon Now Visits the Vatican – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

The Difference Between Hockey, Football & Soccer Is Catholicism – Abram Muenzberg, Ignitum Today

Kudos to Atlanta ‘Bling’ Archbishop Gregory; He ‘Gets It’ – Phil Lawler, The City Gates

What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us? – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Learn to Control Your Thoughts – Fr. Basil W. Maturin, Catholic Exchange

The Value of Obedience – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Married at 25: Too Young or Too Old? – Gene Fant, First Things

Sometimes Need to Say No to Good Things, To Receive Great Things - Heather...READ MORE

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Filmmakers Seek Support for Film on Abortionist Kermit Gosnell (2266)

‘The media have basically ignored his crime and his trial,’ said one of the filmmakers about the abortionist’s 2013 murder conviction.

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West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in May 2013 of first-degree murder in the death of three babies born alive.

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LOS ANGELES — Three filmmakers are crowdfunding a multimillion-dollar movie about Kermit Gosnell and his late-term abortion facility, stressing the need to bring attention to the morally and politically charged case.

“The media have basically ignored his crime and his trial,” Phelim McAleer, one of the filmmakers, said in the project’s introductory video.

“He ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia, where he delivered live, viable babies, and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors,” McAleer continued.

In May 2013, Gosnell was convicted of three first-degree murder charges for killing babies who had been born alive. Testimony had indicated that Gosnell...READ MORE

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