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Christians Must Be Disciples of the Lamb of God, Says Pope (2330)

In his weekly Angelus address, the Holy Father highlighted the need for Christians to be welcoming and sympathetic to others.

01/19/2014 Comment

Pilgrims in St. Pater's Square listen to Pope Francis' Jan. 19 Angelus address.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address today, Pope Francis reflected on Christ as the “Lamb of God,” focusing on the need for Christians to be welcoming and to live an attitude of solidarity.

“What does it mean for the Church, for us, today, to be disciples of Jesus, the Lamb of God? It means replacing malice with innocence, force with love, pride with humility, prestige with service,” Pope Francis proclaimed Jan. 19 in St. Peter's Square.

“To be a disciple of the Lamb does not mean to live like a ‘besieged citadel,’ but as a city placed on a hill, open, welcoming and sympathetic,” he explained.

Meditating on the baptism of Christ, during which John the Baptist proclaims, “Behold the...READ MORE

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Dignity: The Moral Compass (3751)

Book Pick of Christopher Kaczor's Defense of Dignity.

01/18/2014 Comments (1)

A Defense of Dignity

Creating Life, Destroying Life and Protecting the Rights of Conscience

By Christopher Kaczor

University of Notre Dame Press, 2013

232 pages, $30

To order: amazon.com


As a term used to justify diametrically opposed courses of action, “dignity” is a term that many doubt is of practical use in ethical discussions.  Yet Blessed John Paul regularly invoked dignity as a moral compass.  Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, does a masterful job in showing how important is this concept, properly understood, to contemporary bioethics. 

Kaczor treats those bioethical dilemmas in three broad groups: the...READ MORE

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Prayers Answered as Birmingham Goes Abortion-Free — for Now (6566)

Pro-life advocates celebrated Thursday the abortion center’s closing, which makes the Alabama city the only metro area in the United States to go abortion-free.

01/17/2014 Comments (10)
Janice Nelson

Alabama pro-lifers celebrate the shuttering of the Birmingham Planned Parenthood business.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sidewalk counselor Janice Nelson worked and prayed for 30 years to make Birmingham abortion-free before her prayers were answered.

With a Planned Parenthood mysteriously shuttering its doors — perhaps only temporarily — the city for the past month has become the only metro area in the United States without an operating abortion center.

“When I started in pro-life work in Birmingham, there were seven abortion centers,” Nelson said. And while some have closed and reopened over the years, “this is the only time in about 30 years that we have been without an operating abortion center in town,” she said.

A sign above the Birmingham Planned Parenthood reads, in part:...READ MORE

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Popemobile-Riding Priest Says ‘It Was the Pope Who Came Out to Meet Me’ (1719)

The Argentinian clergyman said that ‘what really impacted me was the look of the Pope, how the Pope doesn’t look at a crowd. He looks at the person.’

01/17/2014 Comments (2)
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Father Fabian Baez

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VATICAN CITY — "I was in Rome to meet the Pope, but it was the Pope who came out to meet me."

This is how Father Fabian Baez explained his impromptu Jan. 8 ride in the popemobile with Pope Francis.

Pope Francis spotted the Argentinian priest in the crowd at the general audience that day and welcomed him onto the popemobile.

Father Baez spoke with CNA Jan. 16 about the experience.

"I didn’t have a ticket for the audience, but I felt like seeing the audience (from afar). So I arrived at St. Peter's Square looking forward to at least taking some pictures of the Pope and the popemobile.

"I was outside the last barrier when the popemobile drove by, and I was able to take a picture...READ MORE

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College Students Make March for Life Pilgrimage (2779)

These participants are part of a nationwide network of young Americans who represent an increasingly pro-life generation.

01/17/2014 Comments (7)

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Editor's Note: This week's Register Radio show features Benedictine College President Stephen Minnis about the school's place as the standard-bearer for the March for Life. Listen to the show here.

WASHINGTON — Paramount among the hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans who will rally Jan. 22 on the National Mall in Washington for the annual March for Life are college students, drawn from the nationwide network of young Americans who represent a generation that is increasingly pro-life.

This year, students from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., will be the march’s standard-bearers, proudly carrying the famous “March for Life” banner.

Kathryn Brown, the president of the...READ MORE

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New Members Named to Vatican Bank’s Commission of Cardinals (1771)

Only one member was retained from the previous commission that supervised the operations of the Institute for the Works of Religion.

01/17/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — The commission of cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion, known informally as the Vatican Bank, were named on Wednesday.

The five members are Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna; Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto; Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major; and Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of state.

Cardinal Tauran is the only member from the old commission to have been confirmed in his post. Pope Francis’ decision to appoint the new commission marks a new era for the Vatican Bank.

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L.A. Immigrant Children Implore Pope Francis to Help Detained Parents (4235)

Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles read the letters aloud, adding that how Americans respond to these children will both challenge their consciences and measure their humanity.

01/17/2014 Comments (36)


LOS ANGELES — Immigrant children in California have written heartfelt letters to Pope Francis seeking his help and his prayers for their parents who have been deported or arrested.

“They know that Pope Francis himself is the son of an immigrant. They know that he has the heart to understand what they are going through,” Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez said Tuesday.

According to the archbishop, there are about 2.6 million immigrants in California, and 11 million in the United States as a whole, who are living and working without legal documentation.

The archbishop said that reading the children’s letters “makes my heart ache.”

“They are so beautiful and so sad,” he told the civic...READ MORE

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Pope to Youth: ‘Christians Were Not Chosen by the Lord for Small Things’ (2491)

The Holy Father offers his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

01/17/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call of God, stating that this is often faced with obstacles and requires “going against the tide.”

“We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for small things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals!” the Holy Father remarked in his Jan. 17 message to youth.

The 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations is slated to occur on May 11, 2014, which is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, and it will be dedicated to the theme "Vocations, Witness to the Truth."

Beginning his address with the image in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus states, “The...READ MORE

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