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U.S.-Holy See Relations at 30 (2707)

Three decades of diplomatic partnership were celebrated at a Vatican gathering — as well as the rich history beforehand.

01/24/2014 Comment
Edward Pentin

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti addresses 30 years of Vatican-U.S. relations at the launch of a photo exhibit in Palazzo della Cancelleria as U.S. Ambassador Ken Hackett looks on.

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VATICAN CITY — The United States and the Holy See celebrated 30 years of full diplomatic relations Jan. 23 at a reception in the Vatican’s 16th-century Palazzo della Cancelleria in the center of Rome.

The event was marked by the launch of a photo exhibit that tells the history of U.S.-Holy See engagement over the past century.

Addressing a group of diplomats and media in the Renaissance palace’s magnificent Sala dei Cento Giorni, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Holy See’s secretary for relations with states, said that U.S.-Holy See ties have grown “slowly but steadily stronger over time” and that he was confident the bond between them would grow stronger still.

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Archbishop Müller Encourages Church Unity Serving Evangelization and Mission (2039)

‘An exaggerated centralization in administration does not help the Church, but instead impedes her missionary dynamic,’ the future cardinal said Jan. 20.

01/24/2014 Comments (6)
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Archbishop Gerhard Müller speaks at the Vatican on July 5, 2013.

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VALENCIA, Spain — At a Spanish university’s canon-law conference Jan. 20, the Vatican’s head for doctrinal matters emphasized collegiality and unity in the Church, especially the orientation to evangelization.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, based his commentary on Pope Francis’ Nov. 24 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), in which he discussed a “conversion of the papacy” and “sound ‘decentralization.’”

“A readjusting of independence and collaboration with the local Churches, of episcopal collegiality and of the primacy of the Pope will enable us not to lose sight of the transcendent need for the...READ MORE

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Issues of Life and Getting Back to the Basics (2014)

Father Shenan Boquet, the president of Human Life International, discusses engaging and educating an increasingly secular culture.

01/24/2014 Comments (1)

Father Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International (HLI), established in 1981 by Father Paul Marx. It bills itself as the largest pro-life organization in the world, with affiliates and members in more than 80 countries.

A native of Bourg, La., Father Boquet has long been active in promoting pro-life causes and pro-family teaching and advocacy. Last month, the international pro-life leader spoke to the Register in Rome about current concerns over abortion, the redefinition of marriage and euthanasia. He also discussed Pope Francis’ approach to pro-life issues.


The redefinition of marriage is a hot topic all over the  world. What is HLI doing to strengthen the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The ‘Poison’ of Jealousy Divides Christians, Destroys Communities (3529)

The Holy Father said rumors are ‘weapons of the devil,’ seeking to sow jealousy and envy in the heart.

01/24/2014 Comments (3)
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VATICAN CITY — In his Thursday homily, Pope Francis warned against the dangers of envy, explaining that it is a sin that fosters bitterness against our brothers, stifles our joy and inhibits us from truly praising God.

When someone in a Christian community suffers from jealousy, Pope Francis said, the community “ends up divided: one against the other.” He said “this is a strong poison — a poison that we find on the first page of the Bible in [the story of] Cain.”

Giving his remarks to those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse for the Jan. 23 Mass, the Pope centered his homily on the day’s first reading, taken from the First Book of Samuel, in which King Saul seeks to kill...READ MORE

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Why Anti-Catholic Prejudice Ought to Bother Everyone, Catholic Homeschooling and Much More! (4715)

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01/24/2014 Comment

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Appeals Court Hands New York Pro-Life Crisis-Pregnancy Centers a Mixed Ruling (3730)

Chris Slattery of the EMC pro-life centers in New York said the ruling is a substantial victory, but leaves a “disturbing loophole” for abortion advocates at City Hall.

01/23/2014 Comment

Christopher Slattery, president of Expectant Mother Care-EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers

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NEW YORK — Pro-life pregnancy centers were handed a mixed bag in a recent decision by a federal appeals court that reinstates some portions of a New York City disclosure law, while leaving the rest struck down.

The federal appeals court in New York agreed mostly with a lower-court judge’s finding that a disclosure law passed by the New York City Council and aimed at crisis-pregnancy centers was unconstitutional. However, it did reinstate a portion of that law, which would require crisis-pregnancy centers to disclose whether they have a licensed medical professional on staff.

“I’m elated that the First Amendment was upheld in the forced description that the city of New York demanded of...READ MORE

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Jennifer Lahl’s ‘Breeders’ Completes Trilogy on Reproductive Technology (4990)

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

01/23/2014 Comments (2)

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 (1677)

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.

01/23/2014 Comment

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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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