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Dealing With Postpartum Mood Disorder, Love of Beauty and the Birth of the Artist, and Much More! (1329)

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Denver Bishops Mourn With Community Over Theater Tragedy (3755)

President Obama, Mitt Romney and others offer prayers after July 20 Colorado shooting as well.

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DENVER — Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Auxiliary Bishop James Conley mourned with the Denver community after a gunman opened fire in a local movie theater on July 20, killing 12 and wounding more than 50.

“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters cast into that darkness. They do not stand alone. As Catholic bishops, we 'weep with those who weep,'” they said.

“We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by this evil act.”

At a packed midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at Century Movie Theater in the suburb of Aurora, Colo., a man identified as James Holmes, 24, entered the front of the theater and set off what...READ MORE

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Babies Go to Congress to Witness to Life (1595)

Mothers and their children meet with their congressmen and women to shed light on pregnancy centers' life-saving work across America.

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Mothers with strollers descended upon the nation’s capital on July 19, bringing their young children more than 1,000 miles to share with lawmakers how crisis-pregnancy centers helped them in a time of need.

“Babies Go to Congress is Heartbeat’s proactive effort to make friends on Capitol Hill and to let our representatives and senators know that pregnancy centers are good for America,” said Peggy Hartshorn, president of the pro-life organization Heartbeat International.

In a July 19 interview, Hartshorn told EWTN News that Babies Go to Congress is a program designed to show the truth about pregnancy centers, which have come under attack by some members of Congress for directing women...READ MORE

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Facebooking for God: Nun Recruits Online, An Anglican Nun Converts, Syrian Christians, and More! (2130)

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Facebooking for God: Nun Recruits Online. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to view and read more.

Facebooking for God: Nun Recruits Online – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

A Major Breath of Fresh Air: An Anglican Nun Converts, An Interview With a Bride of Christ – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Christians in Syria are Suffering at the Hands of Rebel Groups, Yet Many in the West Still Remain Oblivious to This Tragedy – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

This Is What the Protestant Reformation was About! by Rod Dreher - Big Pulpit

Last Night At S.C.H.I.S.M. Headquarters. . . – The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

To Guide The Helpless - Allie Terrell, Ignitum Today

Consolation: Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

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International Clamor for Asia Bibi’s Release Grows (6544)

The Christian mother of 5, convicted in sharia court of blasphemy in 2010, remains on death row in Pakistan.

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Muslim activists shout slogans against amending Pakistan’s blasphemy law in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

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LAHORE, Pakistan — Amid the growing international campaign demanding release of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five sentenced by a trial court to death for blasphemy, a Church official in Pakistan says the local Church would prefer to maintain a solemn, prayerful vigil.

“We understand the concern behind such international campaigns. But the life of this woman is very important to us, and we will not do anything that would endanger her life,” Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, told the Register July 10 from Lahore.

Father Mani, when asked about the growing international...READ MORE

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'Breakthrough' Effort to Secure Conscience Rights in HHS Mandate Fight (7266)

U.S. bishops welcome inclusion of conscience provisions in a House subcommittee appropriations bill for Health and Human Services funding.

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Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg has introduced beefed-up conscience protections in the 2013 appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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WASHINGTON — With the Aug. 1, 2013, deadline for compliance with the contraception mandate looming ahead, U.S. legislators are scrambling to secure conscience protections for employers who oppose the law on moral or religious grounds.

While Church-affiliated institutions have been promised a one-year extension before they must document their compliance, private for-profit businesses must provide that proof as soon as their new health plan is rolled out.

With time running out, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Service and Education, introduced beefed-up conscience protections in his subcommittee’s 2013 appropriations...READ MORE

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Spiritual AND Religious, Why St. Rose of Viterbo Matters, St. Augustine on Protestants, and More! (1367)

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Spiritual And Religious. Click on the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

Spiritual And Religious – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Why Saint Rose of Viterbo Matters So Much Right Now – Ascending Mount Carmel

Eternal Rome vs. The Magisterium: A Contemporary Myth by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture's In Depth Analysis blog – Big Pulpit

Saint Augustine on Our Separated Christian Brethren – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Uniqueness of Christianity – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

On The Efficacy of Happy Thoughts - Steve Skojec, Crisis Magazine

The United States of America: “Mission Territory”, Wherein Fr. Z Rants – Fr. Z’s Blog

Book Review: 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura by Dave Armstrong –...READ MORE

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Evangelical College Joins Catholic University in HHS Mandate Lawsuit (1730)

Wheaton College in Illinois joins the growing list of individuals and institutions seeking protection of their constitutional right to religious freedom.

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WASHINGTON — Wheaton College, a leading evangelical college in Illinois, has joined The Catholic University of America in filing a lawsuit in D.C. District Court against the contraception mandate issued under the health-care law.

“I think the fact that evangelicals and Catholics are coming together on this issue ought to be a sign to all Americans that something really significant in terms of religious liberty is at stake,” said Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College.

Ryken explained at a July 18 press call that the college — a Christian liberal arts institution with approximately 2,400 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students — allows its faith to penetrate all aspects of...READ MORE

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