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France’s One-Million-Member March for Marriage (1842)

Supporters of safeguarding the definition of marriage throng to the streets of Paris in protest against President Francois Hollande’s ‘marriage for all’ proposal.

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PARIS — Over 1 million people reportedly took to the streets in France on Jan. 13 in opposition to President Francois Hollande’s “marriage for all” proposal.

Figures show between 1.3 and 1.5 million protested against their president’s plans to pass same-sex "marriage," according to Bruno Dary, the former military governor of the city of Paris. Numbers from other media outlets range from an estimated 340,000 to 800,000 attendees.

Set to go before France’s parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.”

“It was a kind of a tsunami,” participant Catherine Vierling said of Sunday’s...READ MORE

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Why 'Time' Magazine 'Pro-Life' Cover Might Be No Big Deal (11625)

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For the conspiratorial mind, it might seem odd that Time magazine ran a cover story on how abortion advocates have been losing ever since their Roe v. Wade victory, legalizing abortion 40 years ago.

Framing the abortion movement as in decline is particularly interesting, since the story was published just days before Planned Parenthood released its annual report marking a record number of abortions: 333,964.

The family-planning organization also received $542 million in government funding, possibly an all-time high, and had $87.4 million in excess revenue, with $1.2 billion in net assets. It seems that, for Planned Parenthood, business is booming.

Certainly, pro-life activists have...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Numbers Rise, Other Services Fall (2681)

The number of abortions the organization performs and its level of government subsidies both reach all-time highs, provoking challenges to its federal funding.

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WASHINGTON — A Planned Parenthood report showing an increase in abortions and decrease in other health services is leading to questions over the federal funding that the organization receives.

“While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all-time high, so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven abortion business,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a Jan. 7 statement.

“Destroying nearly 1 million children in three years is not health care and does not reflect a concern for vulnerable women and girls,” she added. “As Planned Parenthood’s funding goes up, abortions increase and real health services for women go...READ MORE

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U.S. Called on to Lead Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts (1556)

Religious leaders across America ask President Obama to make the attainment of ‘a resilient and just peace’ a priority of his second term in office.

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WASHINGTON — Religious leaders from across the United States asked the Obama administration to make peace efforts between Israel and Palestine a priority over the next four years.

“American political leadership is needed now more than ever to support both Israelis and Palestinians in creating a resilient and just peace,” said representatives of 35 Christian denominations.

In a Jan. 7 letter to President Barack Obama, they warned that allowing the status quo to continue could prolong the conflict and bring greater violence to the region.

“As you embark upon your second term, there is an unprecedented opportunity for your administration to play a catalytic role in the resolution of...READ MORE

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A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room, Tips for Taking Your Kids to Adoration and Much More! (3292)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room. Follow the link by Stacy Trasancos, Ph. D., of the Accepting Abundance blog to read more.

A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room by Stacy TrasancosBig Pulpit

Gadgets, Books, and Cuddles: Tips For Taking Your Kids To Adoration – Marc Cardaronella

West Coast Walk for Life Schedule of Events – Johanna Dasteel, LifeSiteNews

Braille Resources and Gregorian Chant – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Christendom College Again Sees All Students Attending March for Life – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Wait! Sin Has Consequences? – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Mystically Deficient – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Forgiveness Means Forever – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

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Pope Asks Christians to Rediscover ‘Beauty’ of Baptism (2106)

The Holy Father baptized infants at the Vatican Sunday to mark the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, extending his prayer and blessing ‘to all newborns.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI baptized children at the Vatican Sunday to mark the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, encouraging Christians to remember their own baptisms and the “beauty of being born again.”

“I would like to extend my prayer and my blessing to all newborns,” he said Jan. 13 after baptizing numerous babies aged 3- to 4 months in the Sistine Chapel.

“I especially invite everyone to remember your baptism, that spiritual rebirth that has opened the way to eternal life,” Pope Benedict said during his Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square. “May every Christian rediscover the beauty of being born again from above, from the love of God, and live as a child of God.”

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Baptisms are Swaggerific! Cows and Computers: Summarizing Distributism, Duomo of Monza and More! (3721)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Baptisms are Swaggerific! by Fr. Joe of the Southern Fried Catholicism blogBig Pulpit

Cows and Computers, Summarizing Distributism – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Duomo of Monza – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Of Near-Death and Resurrection for a Great English Church – Fr. Z’s Blog

Why Do People Want to Learn Chant? – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Shakespeare and Distributism – Colin Jory, StAR

Spain: Religious Orders Prepare for the End – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

Books to Deepen Your Spiritual Life – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Gender Theory – Dale O’Leary, Catholic Lane

Fertility is Not a Disease – Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

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Pope Is a Huge Hit on Twitter (4731)

The Holy Father’s successful first month of tweeting, amassing 2.5 million followers in eight languages, is hailed as an evangelization breakthrough.

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Pope Benedict XVI's background on Twitter

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s mass of 2.5 million followers in eight languages during his first month on Twitter has one Vatican priest calling the Holy Father's online presence “a new frontier” of evangelization.

Father Paolo Padrini, a collaborator of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said it is good that the Pope has so many followers, but it is even more important that the Pope “seeks to coexist and share on Twitter.”

“Being present in social media is evangelizing, if just for the fact that he is present with his words,” he told Catholic News Agency Jan. 11.

“It’s a great joy to see the Pope’s words being disseminated, a joy that is held by all believers.”

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