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Pregnant Woman’s Brain-Dead Diagnosis Renews Abortion Debate (7138)

Fort Worth case raises question of what constitutes ‘extraordinary care’ for an unborn baby now gestating in the womb of a mother on life support.

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Erick Muñoz stands Jan.3 beside a copy of a photograph of himself with his wife Marlise and their son Mateo in Haltom City, Texas.

– AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis

FORT WORTH, Texas — A hospital room in the city of Fort Worth, Texas, has become the newest focal point in the national abortion debate.

In John Peter Smith Hospital lies the body of 33-year-old Marlise Muñoz, who is reportedly brain-dead, after having suffered what seemed to be a blood clot in her lungs some six weeks ago. Her bodily functions are being sustained on a ventilator, however, because Muñoz is now 20 weeks pregnant, and hospital officials are interpreting Texas law to require that Muñoz not be disconnected from life support until the viability of her baby can be determined.

The case is causing a national debate about when human life begins, a woman’s “right to choose” and...READ MORE

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San Francisco Pro-Life Walk Includes Dynamic Speakers and Events (3472)

Eva Muntean, the Walk for Life West Coast’s co-founder, said the walk has been a labor of love these past 10 years, but this year will be very special.

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Pro-life supporters join in the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The 2014 Walk for Life West Coast will host an engaging series of events surrounding the walk itself, which one of the founders is calling a fruition of 10 years of pro-life witness in San Francisco.

“We have so many events around the walk: the Law of Life summit, the sidewalk counselor training by Abby Johnson, the very first West Coast Students for Life of America conference … it’s the fruits of the walk,” said Eva Muntean, a co-founder of Walk for Life West Coast.

She added, “It’s amazing the fruit that comes out of making these events happen.”

The Walk for Life is a pro-life march held annually in San Francisco, from Civic Center Plaza to the Ferry Building on...READ MORE

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Papal Almoner Celebrates Funeral for Homeless Man (2155)

Alexander Pawlewski, a 63-year-old Polish national, was found dead on the street with his sole possessions — a blanket and a cardboard box he used as a bed.

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Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner

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ROME — Vatican officials held a funeral Mass Jan. 10 for Alexander Pawlewski, a beggar who was often seen on the streets of Rome, who died from exposure to the cold last month.

The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, who is responsible for distributing donations to those in need on behalf of Pope Francis. Father Policarpo Nowak of the Vatican Secretariat of State delivered the homily.

“Let us defend ourselves from the evil of selfishness and indifference, offering more time to our neighbor and, above all, recognizing his full dignity as a child of God,” the priest said.

Pawlewski, a 63-year-old Polish national, was found dead on the street with his...READ MORE

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‘Close Friends’? Go Ahead and Adopt, Rules N.Y. Judge (6494)

The surrogate court judge’s ruling is unprecedented, but consistent with social and legal logic that has redefined marriage away from its child-raising purpose, Catholic critics say.

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NEW YORK — A New York state judge has delivered an unprecedented ruling that says close friends who live in separate households can legally adopt children together.

“KAL and LEL are two loving adults who are both functioning as G.’s parents and have a relationship with each other built on a solid, decade-plus friendship,” stated Surrogate Rita Mella in her Dec. 27, 2013, ruling from Manhattan surrogate court.

Surrogate Mella’s ruling, “The Matter of G.,” involves two friends, living in separate households, who decided to adopt a child from Ethiopia together in 2011. According to court papers, the woman, identified as KAL, first wanted to conceive a child via artificial insemination....READ MORE

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U.S. and Vatican Secretaries of State Engage in ‘Comprehensive Discussion’ (3660)

The 100-minute meeting marked the first time the Obama administration has seriously engaged the Holy See under Pope Francis on a personal level.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

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VATICAN CITY — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a lengthy meeting Tuesday with his Vatican counterpart, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, marking the first serious engagement between the Holy See of Pope Francis and the Obama administration.

Speaking to Vatican Radio after the meeting, Father Federico Lombardi, Holy See Press Office director, said the meeting was “very important” and pointed to the lengthy duration of the encounter that lasted one hour and 40 minutes — usually such meetings last around half an hour.

“The meeting was very fruitful and also very rich in content,” Father Lombardi said. He added that Kerry was “made aware of the concerns and wishes of the Holy See” that...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Be True Witnesses, Not ‘Pure Legalists’ (7395)

In his homily for Tuesday, Pope Francis reflected on four different models of Christian witness and told the faithful to observe closely how Jesus loves and heals others.

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Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily on Tuesday, Pope reflected on different models of Christian witness, warning the faithful to guard against hypocrisy when they evangelize and encouraging them to imitate Jesus.

“Let us ask the Lord that these two readings help us in our lives as Christians,” said the Pope in reference to the day’s Scripture passages, encouraging the faithful to learn “not to be pure legalists, hypocrites, like the scribes and Pharisees … but to be like Jesus, with that zeal to seek people.”

During his Jan. 14 homily given in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, Pope Francis used the characters in the day’s readings to develop the theme of Christian witness,...READ MORE

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Same-Sex 'Marriage' Squall in Seattle (9551)

A Catholic vice principal’s dismissal over his same-sex union sparks a national controversy.

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SEATTLE — In mid-December 2013, as Seattle’s Eastside Catholic High School prepared to close for Christmas vacation, the school community was roiled by news that Vice Principal Mark Zmuda would leave after administrators learned of his marriage to his same-sex partner.

Students organized a “sit-in,” and the chairman of the board of Eastside Catholic abruptly resigned, while a lawyer for the school and the Seattle Archdiocese argued that Zmuda had violated the terms of his employment contract, which required him to uphold Catholic teaching, by marrying his partner.

In January, the controversy gained fresh momentum, with the news that a part-time drama coach, who has announced her...READ MORE

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Fraternity and Dialogue Aid in Fostering Peace, Pope Tells Diplomats (1610)

The Holy Father met Jan. 12 with the 180 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See.

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VATICAN CITY — In his annual meeting with the diplomatic corps, Pope Francis spoke to ambassadors about the importance of fostering peace through the use of dialogue, diplomacy and respect for human dignity.

“Everywhere, the way to resolve open questions must be that of diplomacy and dialogue,” the Holy Father told those gathered for the Jan. 12 meeting.

Extending his greetings to the 180 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, the Pope began his discourse by recalling the theme of his message for the World Day of Peace, “Fraternity as the Foundation and Pathway to Peace.”

Quoting his own words, he reminded the ambassadors that “fraternity is generally first learned within the...READ MORE

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