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Egyptian Bishop Backs Newly Drafted Constitution (1525)

The new proposed constitution in Egypt would give Coptic Christians freedoms they have sought for decades.

01/20/2014 Comment
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St. Teresa parish in Assiut, the see of Coptic Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan, after an August 2013 attack

– Aid to the Church in Need

CAIRO — A Catholic Coptic bishop has said he “very strongly” encourages Christians to accept Egypt’s draft constitution for Egypt, voted on last week, citing the autonomy it grants to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

“If the constitution is really taken seriously, then the situation of Christians in Egypt will improve considerably,” Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of the Coptic Eparchy of Assiut told Aid to the Church in Need. He said the new document is “without doubt an improvement on what applied under the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The constitution was the subject of a referendum that took place Jan. 14-15. Official results of the vote have not been released yet.

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Upcoming Concert Will Celebrate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII (3992)

May 5 musical event will air on PBS following the pontiffs' joint canonization on April 27.

01/20/2014 Comments (13)
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WASHINGTON — An upcoming concert in Washington will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, highlighting their efforts to promote unity, cooperation and peace.

“This concert is going to be unique,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at a Jan. 16 press conference.

“It will stand in its own right because what it is saying is: 'Look at the fruit of the lives of these two popes and what they have brought to our world today.'”

The concert, “Peace Through Music 'In Our Age,'” will draw its inspiration from the two popes. It will also seek guidance from the 1965 Vatican document Nostra Aetate (In Our Age), which explained the necessity and...READ MORE

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Martin Luther King’s Witness Continues to Push for Justice ‘Rooted in Love’ (2529)

The head of the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Peter Claver urged the faithful to consider the civil-rights leader’s legacy in light of the Gospel.

01/20/2014 Comments (2)
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Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech at the 1963 Washington Civil Rights March.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The example of Martin Luther King Jr., calls Americans today to renew their commitment to justice and charity, reflected the head of the Knights of Peter Claver ahead of the annual federal holiday recognizing the civil-rights leader.

“We must illustrate and express ever more evidently the familial bond we share in faith. Just as people often remember King as a drum major for justice, we must view ourselves as drum majors for justice in this contemporary age,” said F. DeKarlos Blackmon, supreme knight of the historically black Catholic fraternal organization.

“After all, there can be no true justice, no true harmony, no true righteousness and no true integrity...READ MORE

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Survey Finds Pro-Life ‘Momentum’ in U.S. State Laws (2421)

Louisiana ranks as the most pro-life state, in Americans United for Life’s annual survey of legal protections for women and their unborn children.

01/20/2014 Comment
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Sign held at Denver March for Life on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013.

– Peter Zelasko/CNA

WASHINGTON — Organizers of a recent report monitoring pro-life laws in states throughout the country said that the data shows a trend towards the legal protection of women and their unborn children.

“Real pro-life momentum is reshaping the country, as legislators craft protections for both mother and child, the victims of an avaricious abortion industry,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United For Life, Jan. 14.

“Commonsense pro-life legislation saves lives and has broad public support in light of what we’re learning about the health risks of abortion for women.”

Americans United for Life, which works to develop and promote model pro-life legislation for states,...READ MORE

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Lawsuit: Priest Serving Military Was Victimized for Suing Obama Administration (18217)

The Thomas More Law Center alleges Father Ray Leonard was subjected to unlawful retaliation because of his efforts to get back into his chapel during the government shutdown.

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WASHINGTON — A Catholic priest has been the target of government retaliation, according to a complaint filed in federal court by his attorney, because he sued the Obama administration for the right to say Mass and minister to his military flock on base during October’s government shutdown.

The government’s alleged retaliation against Father Ray Leonard began with depriving the civilian priest of two months of his salary, even after the Department of Justice (DOJ) had allowed him to continue his ministry at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, according to a legal brief filed by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Christians Must Be Disciples of the Lamb of God, Says Pope (2356)

In his weekly Angelus address, the Holy Father highlighted the need for Christians to be welcoming and sympathetic to others.

01/19/2014 Comment

Pilgrims in St. Pater's Square listen to Pope Francis' Jan. 19 Angelus address.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address today, Pope Francis reflected on Christ as the “Lamb of God,” focusing on the need for Christians to be welcoming and to live an attitude of solidarity.

“What does it mean for the Church, for us, today, to be disciples of Jesus, the Lamb of God? It means replacing malice with innocence, force with love, pride with humility, prestige with service,” Pope Francis proclaimed Jan. 19 in St. Peter's Square.

“To be a disciple of the Lamb does not mean to live like a ‘besieged citadel,’ but as a city placed on a hill, open, welcoming and sympathetic,” he explained.

Meditating on the baptism of Christ, during which John the Baptist proclaims, “Behold the...READ MORE

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Dignity: The Moral Compass (3794)

Book Pick of Christopher Kaczor's Defense of Dignity.

01/18/2014 Comments (1)

A Defense of Dignity

Creating Life, Destroying Life and Protecting the Rights of Conscience

By Christopher Kaczor

University of Notre Dame Press, 2013

232 pages, $30

To order: amazon.com


As a term used to justify diametrically opposed courses of action, “dignity” is a term that many doubt is of practical use in ethical discussions.  Yet Blessed John Paul regularly invoked dignity as a moral compass.  Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, does a masterful job in showing how important is this concept, properly understood, to contemporary bioethics. 

Kaczor treats those bioethical dilemmas in three broad groups: the...READ MORE

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Prayers Answered as Birmingham Goes Abortion-Free — for Now (6780)

Pro-life advocates celebrated Thursday the abortion center’s closing, which makes the Alabama city the only metro area in the United States to go abortion-free.

01/17/2014 Comments (10)
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Alabama pro-lifers celebrate the shuttering of the Birmingham Planned Parenthood business.

– Janice Nelson

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sidewalk counselor Janice Nelson worked and prayed for 30 years to make Birmingham abortion-free before her prayers were answered.

With a Planned Parenthood mysteriously shuttering its doors — perhaps only temporarily — the city for the past month has become the only metro area in the United States without an operating abortion center.

“When I started in pro-life work in Birmingham, there were seven abortion centers,” Nelson said. And while some have closed and reopened over the years, “this is the only time in about 30 years that we have been without an operating abortion center in town,” she said.

A sign above the Birmingham Planned Parenthood reads, in part:...READ MORE

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