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Abortion Battle Kicks Into High Gear in New York (6293)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduces his bill to further entrench abortion in a state where a third of all pregnancies already end in abortions.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduces his Women's Equality Act June 4 in Albany, N.Y.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — This year’s legislative battle over abortion in New York enters its final phase, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revealed the Women’s Equality Act, which includes provisions that the Catholic Church and its pro-life allies say will greatly expand abortion in the state.

With less than three weeks to go before the New York Legislature wraps up its session, Cuomo unveiled the full text of legislation Tuesday, which reflects the 10-point "Women’s Equality" agenda he set forth in his January State of the State Address.

However, at Tuesday’s news conference with the governor and his Women’s Equality Coalition, Cuomo made it clear that changing New York’s abortion law was...READ MORE

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Advocate Says Fight to Defend Marriage in Illinois Continues (2412)

The same-sex 'marriage' bill wasn’t defeated outright before the local House of Representatives adjourned, but the deadline was extended to vote on it.

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CHICAGO — An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state’s failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes.

“We need to redouble our efforts to contact lawmakers and express opposition to that bill. Not only that, but we also need individuals contacting other people in districts,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Illinois Catholic Conference.

Gilligan said the bill wasn’t defeated outright on the evening of May 31 before the local House of Representatives adjourned. Rather, the deadline was extended to vote on it. The bill could be heard in a potential special summer session...READ MORE

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International Bishops Urge G8 Leaders to Remember the Poor (2378)

The G8 — or Group of Eight — is a forum of major industrialized countries that meet to discuss issues of international concern, such as global security, economic growth and terrorism.

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WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops from across the world joined together to ask leaders of the G8 nations to consider the needs of the poor in developing countries across the globe.

In a June 3 letter, the bishops encouraged the national leaders to work in their upcoming meeting to “take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency policies for the common good of all.”

The G8 — or Group of Eight — is a forum of major industrialized countries that meet to discuss issues of international concern, such as global security, economic growth and terrorism. Its members include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom...READ MORE

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Professor Says Religion, Private Life Are Public Concerns (2505)

Professor Susan Hanssen argued that the private bonds of religion and family life are the root of public relations and should be protected by law.

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Susan Hanssen at the Catholic Information Center on June 4

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WASHINGTON — In a talk in the nation’s capital, a U.S. scholar argued that so-called private entities — such as the family, religion and interpersonal interactions — involve and are in fact the core of public society.

“Religion itself is a rational insight into what it means to be human: what it means to live in a particular place, to speak a particular language, to have particular family members, to be here and now,” said Susan Hanssen, an associate professor of history at the University of Dallas.

“If religion is the primary rational insight into our human condition, then it has to be also central to our public discourse; these are all public relations,” she noted.

Hanssen spoke...READ MORE

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Parents of Kidnapped Journalist Grateful for Pope’s Words (2453)

Freelance reporter, Austin Tice disappeared in August 2012 near the Damascus suburb of Daraya where he was reporting on the Syrian conflict.

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Austin Tice

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HOUSTON — The parents of kidnapped American journalist Austin Tice have appealed again for his release, voicing gratitude for Pope Francis’ words on behalf of all abducted victims in the Syrian conflict.

“It is a tremendous comfort to know the Holy Father is praying for the people of Syria, and that he has personally appealed to the humanity of kidnappers to release their victims,” Marc and Debra Tice of Houston told Catholic News Agency June 3.

On Monday, Pope Francis denounced the “scourge of kidnapping” in Syria and appealed to captors’ humanity to free the victims. Those recently abducted in the country include two Orthodox Christian bishops.

The Pope’s message was personally...READ MORE

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Surprised by What Catholics Are Like, Gregorian Chant Will Save the World and Much More! (3880)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Surprised By What Catholics Are Like. Follow the link by Anja H. Oliveira of the Catholic Herald website to read more.

Surprised By What Catholics Are Like by Anja H. Oliveira of the Catholic Herald website - BigPulpit.com

Gregorian Chant Will Save the World – Ryan, The Back of the World

Same-Sex 'Marriage' and the Catholic Psychologist - Marsh Fightlin, Catholic Stand

Ten Homeschool Books I Can’t Live Without – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

The Value of Sacred Music – Tim Drake, Catholic Education Daily

Pope Francis: Speak the Language of Truth in Love – The Catholic Herald

Bishop Dominique Rey and “Liturgical Renewal” – A. Speciale, Vatican Insider

Healing the Modern Family, with Faith, and a Fish – Elizabeth Scalia, First Things/On the Square

Lessons from France on the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ ‘Economic Examination of Conscience’ (11367)

The Holy Father on faith and the marketplace.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has castigated the idolatry of money that plagues many societies today and called for solidarity with the poor and financial reform along ethical lines.

Speaking May 16 on receiving the credentials of the new ambassadors to the Holy See of Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana, the Pope called for an examination of today’s society’s relationship with money.

Humanity, he said, is facing “something of a turning point.” He praised achievements in health, education and communications, but noted that most people in the world today face insecurity and, with it, “dire consequences.”

“Fear and desperation grip the hearts of many people, even in...READ MORE

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Pope Prays That Christians Avoid ‘Road of Corruption’ (4046)

The Pope prays that God would grant Christians the grace to ‘walk in the paths of holiness’ as they seek sanctity in their own lives.

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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on May 22.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday warned about corrupt Christians who think they are “strong” and “independent of God,” emphasizing that Catholics should instead take saints as their models.

“How bad are the corrupt in the Christian community! May the Lord deliver us from sliding down this road of corruption,” the Pope said in his June 3 homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence in Vatican City.

Attendees at the Mass included priests and collaborators of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Cardinal Angelo Amato, who heads the congregation, concelebrated the Mass.

Pope Francis distinguished between saints, sinners and “corrupt persons” in a reflection on the...READ MORE

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