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Mississippi to Vote on Personhood for Unborn Babies (2392)

Election Day vote would protect life from moment of conception, but could it threaten long-term efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade?

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A pro-life activist holds a sign as he participates in the annual March for Life Jan. 22, 2009, in Washington. The push for personhood amendments has been around for several years, but never before has it had as much chance of success as it does this coming Tuesday in Mississippi.

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JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippians could redefine the national abortion debate if they vote Yes on a ballot initiative this coming Tuesday. But some Catholic and pro-life leaders are warning that passage of a personhood amendment could harm pro-life efforts in the long run.

The initiative would legally define the term “person” as including “every human being from the moment of fertilization.” 

Proposition 26 has garnered a lot of national media attention, including some international press, because it is likely to pass in this highly pro-life state, and, if so, it would be the first successful referendum of its kind.

A grassroots effort led by Les Riley collected more than 130,000...READ MORE

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Publishers of New Missal Describe 'Once in a Generation' Experience (3011)

Project was a labor of love for several American publishers, leading editors and other staffers deeper into the mystery of the Mass.

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Midwest Theological Forum

The altar missal produced by Midwest Theological Forum, open to the beginning of the First Eucharistic Prayer, features a reproduction of Diego Velázquez' Christ on the Cross, from the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

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Publishing the English translation of the new Roman Missal is a once-in-a-generation undertaking that has drawn the assistance of a record number of seven publishers across the United States.

The most significant change to the text of the Mass since the Second Vatican Council has been years in the making. 

“It’s a little bit daunting,” said John Thomas, director of Liturgy Training Publications, which is owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

For all but two of the publishers — Catholic Book Publishing Corp. and Liturgical Press — this is the first time they have come out with an English edition of the altar Missal. The text was the same for all, but each publisher added distinctive...READ MORE

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Importance of Family Dinner, Wow: Mass set to Mozart's Requiem, Beauty, and much more! (2074)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Importance of Family Dinner. Click on the link by Barbara Curtis to learn about this most important matter.

The Importance of Family Dinner - Barbara Curtis, Arlington Catholic Herald

The Summit of Civilization: Mass set to Mozart’s Requiem - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Give Beauty Slowly (and Mormon Mommy Blogs) - Julie Rodrigues, VirtuousPla.net

The Challenges of Modern Fatherhood - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

NFP: The Myth of the “Contraceptive Mentality” - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Demonstrators Take London by Storm - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Catholic Worker Movement Joins Occupy Wall Street - Dc. Greg Kandra, Patheos/The Deacon’s Bench

Bishops Blast Catholic Governor’s Role in Pro-Abortion Award Ceremony - Benjamin Mann, Cthlc Nws Agncy


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Internet as Source of Grace and Sin, Evelyn Waugh and Vatican 2, Awkward Conversations, and more! (3315)

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Vatican 2: Evelyn Waugh & Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes. Click on the link by Carl Olson to learn more.

The Internet as a Source of Grace & Sin - Dc. Tom Frankenfield, Integrated Catholic Life™

New Translation: Eucharistic Prayer IV, Part II (Thanksgiving Prayer) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Taking a Dip of Faith - Joe Sales, VirtuousPla.net

Vatican 2: Evelyn Waugh & Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How to Handle Awkward Conversations with Family Members - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

The Struggle Against Abortion Involves both Law and Culture - Paolo Carozza, Ilsussidiario

Hospital Forcing Nurses to Assist Abortions - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Why Does the Crucifix “Provoke” Muslims? - Raymond Ibrahim, Hudson New...READ MORE

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Pope: 'It Is in Christ Alone That ... Hope (of the Resurrection) Finds Its Basis in Reality' (1492)

Benedict XVI offers Mass for bishops and cardinals who have died in the last year.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—At a Mass for those cardinals and bishops who have died during the last year, Pope Benedict XVI said that the promise of the resurrection rests only on Christ and not any sort of naturalistic power.

Pope Benedict began his Nov. 3 homily in St. Peter’s Basilica by noting that Christ’s victory over death was foreshadowed eight centuries beforehand by the prophet Hosea.

He said that the writings of Hosea were “deeply impressed on the heart and mind of Jesus,” who would quote from them and, in the case of Hosea 6:2, actually live it out. In that passage, Hosea predicted that God “will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his...READ MORE

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Immunization of Boys Against HPV: Neither Sound Ethics Nor Sound Public Policy (3653)

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On Oct. 25, 2011, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that all 11- and 12-year-old boys be routinely vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). This questionable decision should make Catholics re-examine the issue of HPV immunization and redouble their efforts to build a culture of life, particularly in matters of health and health care. A little history is in order to put this decision into proper context.

In June 2006, the ACIP recommended routine immunization of girls against HPV to reduce rates of cervical cancer among women. About 12,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer each year, and HPV, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), is the main cause...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aymond Clarifies Communion Guidelines (3962)

'Each diocesan bishop may establish norms for holy Communion under both kinds within his diocese,' he stated in a letter to the U.S. bishops in regard to new Missal implementation.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—New guidelines for Mass celebration do not discourage laypersons’ reception of holy Communion under the forms of both bread and wine, contrary to early reports about a change in practice.

“In recent weeks, there have been questions regarding current liturgical law for the United States in offering holy Communion under both kinds to the faithful during Mass,” wrote Archbishop Gregory Aymond, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Divine Worship, in an Oct. 26 letter to the country’s Catholic hierarchy.

“In light of these questions,” he stated, “it is hoped that the following clarifications will prove helpful.”

The letter goes on to explain that the 2011...READ MORE

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U.S. House Reaffirms 'In God We Trust' (3286)

The resolution, passed by a vote of 396 to 9, encourages the motto's public display 'in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution reaffirming the United States’ official motto: “In God We Trust.”

The non-binding resolution, introduced by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., passed by a vote of 396 to 9. It encourages the motto’s public display “in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.”

“Today, as in other times of division and difficulty in our nation’s history, the House of Representatives again reaffirmed ‘In God We Trust’ as our official motto and, in so doing, provided clarity amidst a cloud of confusion about our nation’s spiritual heritage and offered inspiration to an American people that face challenges...READ MORE

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