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Jennifer Lahl’s ‘Breeders’ Completes Trilogy on Reproductive Technology (4938)

The new documentary film delves into problems arising from the surrogacy motherhood business.

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Jennifer Lahl has just released her latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which examines the unexpected problems that arise when women are contracted to serve as surrogate mothers and children discover that their conception was the outcome of a commercial transaction.

Lahl is the founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, which “addresses bioethical issues that most profoundly affect our humanity, especially issues that arise in the lives of the most vulnerable among us.” The center uses a variety of media platforms, including film, to bring “diverse voices together, across the spectrum of human experiences, building common cause in order to answer...READ MORE

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New Survey: Most Americans Support Abortion Restrictions (1662)

The Knights of Columbus survey, conducted by The Marist Poll, reports that almost 75% of Americans favor a ban on abortions after 20 weeks except to save the life of the mother.

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A new survey from the Knights of Columbus reports that most Americans support abortion restrictions, prompting calls for more legislative and judicial action against abortion.

“The American people understand that abortion is bad for everyone, and even those who strongly support abortion want it reduced significantly; so it is time that our lawmakers and our courts reflected this reality,” Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, said Jan. 21.

“Four decades after Roe v. Wade, abortion remains at odds with the conscience and common sense of the American people.”

The results of the survey were released ahead of the Jan. 22 March for Life, which marked the 41st...READ MORE

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Young Marchers Brave Cold to Stand for Life (2791)

An estimated crowd of 200,000 gathered for the annual March for Life, despite record-low temperatures.

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Benedictine College students carry the March for Life banner at the head of the Jan. 22 march in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Despite a blanket of snow across Northeastern states and record-breaking low temperatures in the nation’s capital on Jan. 22, Constitution Avenue and First Street were ablaze with a sea of heads as an estimated crowd of 200,000 attended the 41st annual March for Life.

The undaunted marchers protested the legalization of abortion, as they have done every year since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

“We march because 56 million Americans never had a chance to experience snow,” said the March for Life organization the day before the event through its Twitter account, referring to the estimated number of abortions since abortion was made legal nationwide.

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Pope Francis: All Media Must Serve a Culture of Encounter (1826)

The Pope urged Christians to be 'loving and merciful neighbors' in the digital world, so that they can help others encounter Jesus Christ.

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VATICAN CITY — In his first message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of creating a culture of encounter, explaining how media should always be a service which goes out to meet others.

“A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive,” the Pope stated in his message — released Jan. 23, in time for the Jan. 24 feast day of the patron of journalists, St. Francis de Sales — adding that “media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances.”

In the beginning of his address, Pope Francis stated that, although we are living in an increasingly...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley: Joy and Compassion Are Heart of Pro-Life Movement (2030)

The archbishop of Boston says Catholics are ‘the people of Yes,’ affirming the dignity of life in all circumstances.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley gives the homily at the Jan. 21 opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics in the pro-life movement must “evangelize with beauty and with joy,” as they seek to offer compassionate aid to women facing difficult pregnancies, said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston.

“People think Catholics are the ‘people of No,’” the cardinal said, but, “in reality, we are the people of Yes: yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion with the poor and the suffering, yes to solidarity that makes us messengers of joy even in the valley of tears.”

Thousands of pilgrims from across the country packed the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the evening of Jan. 21.

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After 41 Years of Legal Abortion,  Pro-Life Lawmakers Are Hopeful (2154)

A bipartisan trio of Congressional leaders agree that there are many reasons for optimism about the future.

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WASHINGTON — On the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the U.S., pro-life lawmakers from both political parties voiced hope about the future of the pro-life movement.

“I've been in the pro-life movement since 1972,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., told CNA, and “I've never been more hopeful.”

Smith, who is both co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and chairman of a House Subcommittee on International Human Rights, characterized the pro-life movement as a “human-rights struggle based on faith and compassion.”

“This is an injustice that will not stand the test of time,” he said.

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The Best St. Augustine's Confessions; Translation, Cheat Proof Your Marriage and Much More! (4139)

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The Best Translation of St. Augustine’s ‘Confessions’. Follow the link by Brandon Vogt to find out more.

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How to Cheat Proof Your Marriage – Theresa Thomas, Everyday Catholic

Can Suffering be a Gift from God? – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

10 Ways Dads Can Help Their Children Grow in Holiness – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

True Love Exists Only in Movies & TV Shows - Kachi Ngai, Ignitum Today

The Cross of Infertility - Catherine Boucher, CatholicMom.com

How to Find Faith at the Movies: The Road Back - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Theology of Infertility: The Trinity in Richard of St Victor – Michale Brummond, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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Pope Francis: Receive God’s Gifts With a Generous Heart (1547)

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

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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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