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Now, More Than Ever, Christians Must Stand With Those Who Stand for Life (1802)

COMMENTARY: People of faith should unite in support of the Center for Medical Progress, in the wake of the indictment of David Daleiden and a colleague.

01/29/2016 Comments (6)

In January of 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan spoke on the importance of protecting the unborn in his weekly radio address to the nation, asking, “Until someone can prove the unborn child is not a life, shouldn’t we give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is?”

Thirty-three years later, science has proven what our faith told us all along, and the doubts have been erased. A simple ultrasound shows any parent that life indeed begins in the womb, and a study from The New England Journal of Medicine published last year found that premature babies have now been saved as early as 22 weeks into fetal development.

Incidentally, the undercover videos at Planned Parenthood clinics produced...READ MORE

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Fr. Z Fisks New Jude Law Pope HBO Series, Increase in Ordinations Result of Faithfulness, and More! (3107)

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01/29/2016 Comment

Click on Fr. Zuhlsdorf Fisks the New Jude Law Pope H.B.O. Series via Fr. Z’s Blog link to follow and read.

Fr. Zuhlsdorf Fisks the New Jude Law Pope H.B.O. Series via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Increase in Ordinations the Result of Faithfulness and Orthodoxy – Anne Hendershott, The Catholic World Report

St. Joseph and His Call to Men – Matthew James Christoff, Catholic Stand

Traditional Religious Life: The Real “Benedict Option” – Hilary White, The Catholic World Report

Calgary Bishop Fred Henry Blasts Totalitarian Transgender Rules in Alberta Schools – Dean Bennett, The Brandon Sun

Anger Issues: What This Vice Is and What To Do About It – Brother André Marie, Ad Rem

The Convert Ashamed of His ‘Obscene Drawings’ – Miguel Cullen, The Catholic Herald

Politics and Religion – Tim Staples,...READ MORE

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Papal Apostolic Exhortation on Family Life Will Be Published in March (1256)

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, said the document will “show that the Church is close to families in all stages of their lives.”

01/28/2016 Comments (1)
L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic News Agency

Davide Paloni, the 'synod baby,' attends a working-group session at the synod on the family last fall.

– L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on family life following last year’s synod will be published in March, says Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family.

In an interview with the Portuguese Catholic agency Ecclesia, Archbishop Paglia said that the Pope will release the document in March 2016 and that it will “show that the Church is close to families in all stages of their lives.”

“I am convinced that the apostolic exhortation will be a hymn to love, to a love that will care for the well-being of children, that is open to wounded families who need strength, that wants to be close to the elderly, a love that the whole of...READ MORE

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Model of Mercy in Denver: The Powerful Story of Julia Greeley (1758)

Her charitable work earned her the title of a “one-person St. Vincent de Paul Society” from one writer and has made her the local model of mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

01/28/2016 Comments (1)
<i>Denver Catholic</i> archives via CNA

Denver Catholic archives via CNA

DENVER — Julia Greeley was a familiar sight on the streets of Denver in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Wearing a floppy hat, oversized shoes and dabbing her bad eye with a handkerchief, Greeley was often seen pulling her red wagon of goods to deliver to the poor and homeless of the city. She had a particularly special devotion to the Sacred Heart and would deliver images and information about the icon to firefighters throughout Denver every month.

Her charitable work earned her the title of a “one-person St. Vincent de Paul Society” from one writer and has made her the local model of mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Born a slave in Hannibal, Mo., sometime between 1833 and 1848,...READ MORE

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Lawsuits Against the Church Growing, Suffering For a Reason: Not What Yoda Would Advise, and More! (2757)

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01/28/2016 Comment

Click on The Number of Lawsuits Against the Church is Growing, as is the Pushback When the Church Seeks to Clarify Acceptable Behavior by the Editorial Board of O.S.V. Newsweekly link to follow and read.

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George Weigel vs. Liturgical Improvisation – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Suffering For a Reason: Not What Yoda Would Advise – Pete Socks, Catholic Stand

British Government Accused of Disregarding Plight of Syrian Christians – Simon Caldwell, The Catholic Herald

A Tale of Two Churches: La Sagrada Familia and the Seville Cathedral by Aurora C. Griffin of The Dispatch at The Catholic World Report - Big Pulpit

Church and State on Collision Course in Kenya Over Compliance Rules – Allen Ottaro, The...READ MORE

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Canadian Bishops Warn of 'Totalitarianism' as Gender Agenda Forced on Schools (4536)

Bishop Fred Henry of Alberta tells the Register that local bishops are united in their opposition to a government attempt to impose transgender policies on all provincial schools.

01/27/2016 Comments (21)
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Calgary Bishop Fred Henry

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CALGARY, Canada — The Catholic bishops in the western Canadian province of Alberta are criticizing a new set of government guidelines that require religious and public schools to enact policies that respect the “gender diversity” of their students.

The bishops say the guidelines — which declare self-identification to be the sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression — reflect a relativistic view of human nature and sexual orientation that directly contradicts a Catholic and biblical understanding of the human person and reality.

“Many of us are trying to say that the underlying philosophy of this is wrong,” said Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: ‘We Can Be Mediators of Mercy’ (1372)

“We (can) do acts of mercy, opening our hearts to reach everyone with the works of mercy, which are the merciful inheritance that God the Father has had with us,” the Holy Father said Jan. 27.

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Blessed Mother Teresa painting at the Basilica of St. Sebastian Outside the Walls in Rome

– Alexey Gotovskiy / CNA

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis renewed his appeal for the faithful to put the works of mercy into practice during the jubilee, urging them to open their hearts to others and to show God’s tenderness to those who suffer.

In his Jan. 27 general audience, the Pope recounted how “Divine Mercy had saved” the biblical figure of Moses from death in the waters of the Nile as a newborn infant.

Later, Moses himself becomes “a mediator of that same mercy, allowing the people to be born to freedom” through their passage between the waters of the Red Sea.

“Also we, in this Year of Mercy, we can be mediators of mercy with the works of mercy,” Francis said. “To grow close, to give relief, to...READ MORE

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‘Angel of Dachau’ Declared Martyr by Pope Francis (2131)

On Jan. 21 declaration is the next step in becoming a canonized saint for Father Engelmar Unzeitig.

01/27/2016 Comments (2)
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– CMM engelmarunzeitigde via CNA

VATICAN CITY — Father Engelmar Unzeitig, a young priest with Czech roots serving in Germany and Austria, was arrested by the Nazis on April 21, 1941.

His crime? Preaching against the Third Reich from his pulpit, particularly against their treatment of the Jewish people. He encouraged his congregation to be faithful to God and to resist the lies of the Nazi regime.

As punishment, Father Unzeitig was sent to what has been called the “largest monastery in the world”: Dachau concentration camp, which became renowned for the number of ministers and priests within its walls.

The camp housed some 2,700 clergy, roughly 95% of whom were Catholic priests from Poland, making it one of the largest...READ MORE

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