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NYC Pro-Life Centers Gain Victory in Free-Speech Fight (3681)

A federal appeals court has agreed to stay a ruling that pro-life pregnancy-resource centers say would put them at a great disadvantage to the unregulated abortion industry.

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NEW YORK — Pro-life pregnancy-resource centers gained an important victory in their fight to overturn a New York City disclosure law, which they say is aimed to put them out of business.

A federal appeals court in New York agreed April 7 not to enforce its ruling that allows New York City officials to require crisis-pregnancy centers to disclose whether they have a licensed medical professional on staff. The order allows pregnancy-resource centers (PRCs) to continue operating without the required disclosures while attorneys with the public interest firms Alliance Defending Freedom and American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) pursue their legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Fatima Statue Visits Castel Gandolfo (4927)

Pilgrims from around the world flocked to the community where the papal summer residence is located to join together in prayer and Marian devotion.

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A statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Church of St. Thomas of Villanueva in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on April 7.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of the world gathered in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome recently to show their Marian devotion and join in communal prayer.

From April 3-7, the Pontifical Church St. Thomas of Villanova hosted the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Parish priest Father Pietro Diletti told CNA that the arrival of the statue has sparked an intensity and ardor of faith within the local community as well as the throngs of visitors.

“It's been in the thousands, because there are so many pilgrims — there is a continual coming and going of even non-Catholics who try to get close to Madonna,” he said. “The Masses are overflowing, and also the...READ MORE

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Court Ruling on Philippines RH Bill Met With Mixed Responses (2231)

Church leaders applauded the country’s Supreme Court for striking down parts of the law, but lamented that other elements were upheld.

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MANILA, Philippines — While disappointed that the country’s Supreme Court has upheld a controversial “reproductive health” law, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines voiced gratitude that the ruling also strengthened parental rights and religious freedom.

“Although the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the RH law, it has truly watered down the RH law and consequently upheld the importance of adhering to an informed religious conscience, even among government workers,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen Dagupan, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

He added in his April 8 statement that the court “stood on the side of the rights...READ MORE

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Serving the Lord ‘Concretely’ by Serving the Poor (2932)

Moved by the message of Pope Francis, Catholics across the country are helping the needy in inspired and ingenious ways.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The men who call Emmanuel House emergency shelter home in one of Providence’s poorest areas are invited to an April 22 garden party on Earth Day — a party they’ll celebrate in their own backyard.

Just like last April’s party, the residents will kneel in the newly tilled, compost-enriched brown soil, in a space that was once a preschool playground, to sow donated tomato, cucumber, collard green, potato, green pepper and zucchini plants, in the hope that bounty will grace their efforts once more. The watering, weeding and care of the garden by the homeless men produced fresh vegetables all summer long for their table and those of their neighbors.

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Pope Francis Warns Against the Dictatorship of Narrow Thinking (5816)

A closed mind leaves no room for listening to God’s will, the Holy Father said, urging Christians to pray.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily, Pope Francis warned the faithful against idealizing their own way of thinking and encouraged them to be vigilant in prayer, noting that a closed mind leaves no room for God.

“Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought,” which kills “people’s freedom, their freedom of conscience,” the Pope said in his April 10 Mass.

Speaking to those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, Pope Francis launched his homily by reflecting on the day’s first reading, taken from Genesis, in which God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, but that he and his descendants would have to observe the covenant with the Lord.


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Good Friday and the Two Mobs, The Mystical Witness of Silence, Bishop Jurgis and Sr. Jane and More! (3450)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Good Friday and the Two Mobs by Jeff McLeod of Catholic Stand to read more.

Good Friday and the Two Mobs - Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

The Mystical Witness of Silence – Colin O’Brien, Aleteia

Welcome to The Reign of 'Gay' by Rachel Lu of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

The Oxford Push to Screen Embryos for Intelligence – Dr. Gerard Nadal, Catholic Lane

Bishop Jugis Backs Sister Jane – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Overprotective Parenting Is Unchristian – Fr. Matthew Schneider LC, Project YM

The Satanic Poets – Jason Liske, Unblack

Christian Revival in Islamic North Africa – Rebecca Hamilton, Public Catholic

Fr. Z On the Silencing of Sister Jane – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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John Paul II Still Inspires Vocations (3432)

His namesake seminary in Washington, D.C., dedicates a new wing as the Church prepares for the Polish pope’s canonization.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington prays with Blessed John Paul II seminarians in August 2012.


– Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington prays with Blessed John Paul II seminarians in August 2012.

WASHINGTON — After Ben Petty converted to the Catholic faith, he made a pilgrimage to Poland to visit the homeland of John Paul II.

“What drew me there was John Paul II himself. Through his vocation as a priest and a philosopher, he tried to make the truth about the most important things manifest,” Petty told the Register.

On April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, John Paul II will be canonized in a ceremony that is expected to draw millions of pilgrims to the Vatican from across the globe.

Ben Petty won’t be one of those pilgrims: The 33-year-old former Protestant is in his first year of pre-theology studies at the Blessed John Paul II Seminary in the Archdiocese of Washington, and he will be...READ MORE

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Special Adviser Appointed to the Vatican’s ‘Central Bank’ (1707)

One of his duties will be to assist in reorganization of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

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VATICAN CITY — The Secretariat for the Economy appointed Franco Dalla Sega as ad interim special adviser to the extraordinary section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

“Aside from assisting the secretary of APSA in the conduct of the activities of the section, Dalla Sega will be assigned specific tasks and projects and may be asked for specific advice on the reorganization of APSA in accordance with the broader revision of the economic-administrative structure of the Holy See,” the secretariat announced in an April 5 communiqué.

Dalla Sega, 53, is a lecturer at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and a member of the oversight council of Intesa...READ MORE

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