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Pope Francis: Receive God’s Gifts With a Generous Heart (1537)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father said that, despite their divisions, Christians should rejoice in the gifts each denomination has received.

01/23/2014 Comment
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– Kyle Burkhart/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis dedicated his general audience Jan. 22 to the topic of Christian unity, emphasizing that although divisions can be painful, we ought to be grateful for the gifts given to other denominations.

“Despite the suffering caused by divisions, we should learn to recognize with joy the gifts God has given other Christians and receive them with a big and generous heart,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 22 general audience.

Addressing the thousands of pilgrims who flocked to St. Peter’s Square in order to hear his weekly address, Pope Francis centered his reflections on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began on Jan. 18 and will extend through Jan. 25.


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The Slippery Slope of Mario and Andrew Cuomo and Abortion (12785)


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Mario Cuomo (l) stands with his son Andrew Cuomo in May 2010 in New York City, as the younger Cuomo announces his candidacy for the governorship of New York.

– Spencer Platt/Getty Images

ALBANY, N.Y. — In 1984, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo traveled to the University of Notre Dame to reset public expectations for Catholic politicians on the contentious matter of abortion in a pluralistic society.

“Approval or rejection of legal restrictions on abortion should not be the exclusive litmus test of Catholic loyalty,” Cuomo stated in his controversial address, which questioned whether Catholics should impose their moral beliefs on others and thus disrupt the social consensus on a complicated moral matter.

“We should understand that whether abortion is outlawed or not, our work has barely begun: the work of creating a society where the right to life doesn’t end at the moment of...READ MORE

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God Became an Unborn Child, Priest Tells Youth at Pro-Life Mass (2199)

Father Michael Paris told thousands of Catholic youth in D.C. that abortion will end when people believe that God loves them, became a man and died for them.

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Archdiocese of Washington

Pilgrims attend the Mass for Life at the D.C. Armory before the March for Life in Washington on Jan. 22, 2014.

– Archdiocese of Washington

WASHINGTON — Catholics stand up for their unborn brothers and sisters “because the Son of God became one of them,” a priest said at a D.C. pro-life youth Mass ahead of the March for Life.

“God knows us before we were in the womb,” said Father Michael Paris. He added that God “loves each baby in the womb and has a plan for their life, no matter how hard a situation they might come from.”

“We are not accidents. Amen,” the priest said in his homily to thousands of youth gathered for a Jan. 22 Mass at the Verizon Center in Washington. The Mass, organized by the Archdiocese of Washington, followed an early-morning pro-life rally.

The rally and Mass preceded the March for Life, which...READ MORE

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March for Life Is Important Witness of Unity, Advocate Says (1596)

Deirdre McQuade of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office says the march builds solidarity and shows the pro-life movement is strong and youthful.

01/22/2014 Comment
Catholic News Agency

Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities

– Catholic News Agency

WASHINGTON — The annual March for Life plays a foundational role in the Church’s work to promote human dignity at all stages of development, said a member of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office.

Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, told CNA that while numerous contemporary issues deal with human life and dignity, abortion is a “fundamental chop at the root of life.”

Coming together “for mutual encouragement” at the annual March for Life and other pro-life demonstrations is essential in building solidarity and showing that “the pro-life movement is strong, youthful,” she stated.

“Many, many good...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Prays (and Tweets) for March for Life (2189)

Holy Father calls for respect for all life via social media.

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Pope Francis sent a tweet offering support for the annual March for Life in Washington, praying that all human life would be valued.

“I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable,” he told his 3.5 million English-speaking Twitter followers Jan. 22.

The Pope sent the same message in Spanish to his Spanish-speaking Twitter followers, who number more than 4.5 million.

The pro-life march typically draws hundreds of thousands of attendees of all religious backgrounds, though Catholic participants are numerous. This year's event marks the 41st anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which...READ MORE

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Cardinal George Reaffirms Child-Protection Pledge as Documents Released (1293)

‘We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting,’ the Chicago archbishop acknowledges, regarding sexual abuse committed by archdiocesan clergy.

01/22/2014 Comments (8)

CHICAGO — Responding to the release of documents about Chicago priests accused of abusing minors over the past 50 years, Cardinal Francis George has apologized to victims and reaffirmed that no accused priests are presently serving in ministry.

“We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting. It is painful to read. It is not the Church we know or the Church we want to be,” Chicago's Cardinal George said Jan. 21. “The archdiocese sincerely apologizes for the hurt and suffering of the victims and their families as a result of this abuse.”

The cardinal said the archdiocese hopes that the documents’ release and the work of its Office for the Protection of Children and...READ MORE

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The Sleeping Giant of Pro-Life Latinos Awakens (5808)

Hispanics, whose communities are hard hit by abortion, are beginning to make their voices heard in a pro-life movement that has largely been English-speaking.

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Edyth Triana (top left), with other Latina pro-life activists holding their rosaries in front of the Birmingham Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

– Mary Ann Vann

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When Edyth Triana first decided to go to the Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, Ala., she had trouble finding the building. She and her friend asked an old man in the community for directions, but he did not tell the Latina women where the abortion facility was — that is, until Triana told him why they wanted to go there.

“We explained to him that we had children, and we were coming to this place to pray to stop abortion,” she said.

After that, the old man pointed them in the right direction — just three minutes away in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood.

“After that day, I felt in my heart, and my children did, too — and I think for all the persons who came...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Film ‘Gimme Shelter’ Highlights Crisis-Pregnancy Centers (3958)

Film director Ron Krauss said he was inspired by the decades of work by Kathy DiFiore and her Several Sources Shelters with at-risk mothers in need of a safe place.

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Day 28 Films and Roadside Attractions

“Gimme Shelter” poster

– Day 28 Films and Roadside Attractions

DENVER — A soon-to-be released film chronicling a pregnant teen’s struggle for survival is not so much a story about abortion, the director says, even though the mother chooses life for her child despite difficult circumstances.

“This isn’t a film about abortion,” writer and director Ron Krauss of the film Gimme Shelter, to be released Jan. 24, told CNA in a recent interview.

He affirmed that, although the film is undoubtedly pro-life, the story does not so much center around the teen’s choice to have her child as it does center on her struggle to become a young mother.

“This young girl made her decision to have that child, and when we get into the film, that decision is made...READ MORE

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