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Poor Clare Sister Fundraises for Original Convent (2946)

How a nun's talent, as seen on EWTN, helped a good cause. Feb. 26 issue feature.

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Sister Marie Antoinette recorded Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with international concert artist Michael Matthes in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.

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When the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration decided to re-open their Cradle Monastery in Troyes, France, they knew it was in need of major renovations, from the chapel to the earliest parts of the monastery, which date to the 14th century.

The goal to rebuild was significant for the Monastere Notre Dame des Anges (Our Lady of the Angels Monastery), which opened in 1856. The order blossomed to nearly 40 monasteries in eight countries.

The sisters re-opened the Cradle Monastery in 2007. Thanks to a major benefactor, the chapel was renovated in 2011. On Dec. 7, 2011, the vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Troyes Bishop Marc Stenger consecrated the altar at the Mass to re-open...READ MORE

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GOP Candidates Affirm Faith and Family Values While Denouncing Administration's Policies (2075)

The latest news from the campaign trail.

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The Republican presidential candidates denounced the Obama administration’s contraception mandate as an attack on family and religious freedom, which they described as fundamental pillars of society.

“I don’t think we’ve seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama,” said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

At a Feb. 22 debate at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz., the candidates condemned a federal mandate that would require employers to offer health-insurance plans that include contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their...READ MORE

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7 States and 5 Catholic Plantiffs Sue Over HHS Mandate (3794)

The lawsuit is the fifth and largest so far over the contraception rule.

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President Obama’s contraception mandate is facing its biggest legal challenge yet, in a lawsuit brought by seven state attorneys general, a school, two women, a charitable group and a major Catholic insurer.

In their lawsuit filed Feb. 23 against the federal government, the 12 plaintiffs challenge the rule they say “would coerce religious organizations … to directly subsidize contraception, abortifacients, sterilization and related services in contravention with their religious beliefs.”

They maintain that the administration’s rule, requiring insurance coverage of the controversial drugs and devices, is an “unprecedented invasion” of their “First Amendment rights to free speech, free...READ MORE

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CUA President on 'Recent Abandonment of the American Tradition of Conscience Protection' (1701)

Respecting religious beliefs is fundamental to America, says John Garvey.

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In its failure to allow for religious freedom, the Obama administration has abandoned the long-standing American tradition of protecting the consciences of religious citizens, said John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America.

In a Feb. 19 article in the Chicago Tribune, Garvey attributed “the recent indifference to religious scruples” to a reliance upon administrative agencies rather than the normal political process.

He explained that the American founders entrusted religious freedom, which they greatly cherished, to a political process involving the interaction of multiple governmental bodies.

In a “heavily regulated” society such as America, he said, there is a need...READ MORE

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Ultrasound Bill Continues to Make Its Way Through Virginia Legislature (1327)

The Virginia House of Delegates approved a revised version of a bill requiring a woman to receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound before an abortion. It passed by a vote of 65-32 on Feb. 22.

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The Virginia House of Delegates approved a revised version of a bill requiring a woman to have an ultrasound and be offered the chance to see the image before having an abortion.

Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, said she was disappointed that the bill was amended but applauded the passage of the legislation, which she described as “essential” to the pro-life cause.

The altered bill, which states that a woman must receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound before an abortion, passed by a vote of 65-32 on Feb. 22.

The initial legislation was amended to exclude the requirement for an internal, transvaginal ultrasound after Gov. Bob McDonnell indicated that...READ MORE

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Women to Obama: We Oppose HHS Mandate (3245)

About 2,300 signatures collected in less than a week.

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More than 2,000 women signed an open letter opposing the Obama administration’s contraception mandate in a sharp contrast to those who have sought to represent all women in supporting it.

“Don’t claim to speak for all women,” the Feb. 17 letter tells President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and members of Congress.

Women from a wide span of political, religious and educational backgrounds joined together to back Catholic organizations protesting a new federal mandate that will require employers to provide health-insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

Organizers said the letter has received about 2,300...READ MORE

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Latin America Teeters on Edge of Abortion Abyss (3944)

Will the world's most Catholic region capitulate to the culture of death?

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Faithful hold a banner in Portuguese, meaning 'Brazil without abortion' as Pope Benedict XVI presides over Mass opening the 5th general meeting of the Latin American bishops' conference in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007.

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MEXICO CITY — Although Latin America has been the target of international pro-abortion and anti-family organizations for decades, its Catholic roots have generally held the region fast in its commitment to the culture of life.

The rights of the unborn and the traditional family continue to be protected under law. In some countries, resistance is stronger than ever.

However, in recent months, the region has shown signs of slipping that have begun to concern pro-life activists, who fear that key abortion-rights victories in some countries could easily spread to others, in a “domino effect” that would threaten all of the overwhelmingly Catholic region.

The most immediate concern facing...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty Was Also at Issue in 18th-Century France—Newly Dramatized by Catholic Director (4058)

War of the Vendee released on DVD, with score by up-and-coming Hollywood composer.

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War of the Vendee, the second film by Navis Pictures, is already receiving glowing reviews. It’s being released on DVD Feb. 24—a significant date, as it marks the 219th anniversary of the infamous 1793 French Revolution decree to conscript an army of 300,000 to fight wars triggered by the execution of King Louis XVI.

The King’s death, following in the wake of the revolution’s Reign of Terror, provoked the fiercely loyal and strongly Catholic peasants of the Vendee region in western France to take up arms. Influenced by St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, the Vendee (pronounced Von-day) peasants carried their rosaries as they waged a counter-revolution to restore their religion and the...READ MORE

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