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Millennium Development Goals Must Respect Life and Family, Says U.N. Seminar (3117)

Presenters argued that “short-sighted agendas” harming respect for life and family are placing world unity at risk.

09/23/2013 Comments (3)
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– United Nations

NEW YORK — Getting back to the “basics” of human rights would help achieve the U.N.’s Millennial Development Goals in a way that respects human life and the family, according to presenters for a Sept. 19 seminar at the United Nations.

“Our call to action today is to move more quickly to a brighter future — achieving the Millennium Goals more quickly — by ‘going back to the basics’: looking ahead by rediscovering and mirroring the founding purposes of this United Nations and the enactment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Alan Sears, the president of Alliance Defending Freedom.

“Going back to the founding basics would unify, even amaze, the differing governments of...READ MORE

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The Undefeated: A New Pro-Life Generation Rises in California (6961)

With a priority to translate the message of life into Spanish, the state’s young pro-lifers are social-media savvy and have fresh ideas.

09/23/2013 Comments (8)
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Students for Life of America's "Pregnant on Campus Initiative" webpage.

– Students for Life of America

LOS ANGELES — A new generation of pro-life leaders is rising in California, and they have set their sights on creating a pro-life California by building a pro-life movement that has fresh new ideas, social-media savvy and is truly bilingual.

California is the most populous state in the United States, with 38 million people, 15 million of whom identify as Latino. It’s also the state that accounts for the most abortions of unborn children, 17.7% of the total U.S. abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. And it is the state where the abortion industry is getting ready for a rapid expansion.

The California Legislature passed two bills that expand abortion access in the state —...READ MORE

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Peace the Only Solution, Pope Says in Wake of Pakistan Bombing (3877)

Taliban allied militants are alleged to have attacked Christians in retaliation for U.S. drone strikes in tribal areas.

09/23/2013 Comments (5)
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Lights are out on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in mourning for the Pakistani victims.

– CNA

ROME — Pope Francis condemned a massive suicide bombing at a Christian church in Pakistan over the weekend, calling the violence unacceptable and urging peace efforts in the region.

“Today, in Pakistan, because of a wrong choice, a decision of hatred, of war, there was an attack in which over 70 people died,” the Pope said. “This choice cannot stand.”

Approximately at noon Sunday, Sept. 22, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the midst of the hundreds of worshippers leaving the historic All Saints Church in Kohati Gate, a heavily populated area of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Witnesses of the attack, which killed at least 80 and wounded more than 120 people, said they heard two blasts...READ MORE

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American Among Wave of Papal Appointments, Confirmations (12527)

The Holy Father has named Archbishop Augustine Di Noia as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

09/23/2013 Comments (10)

Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, who was appointed Sept. 21 as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

VATICAN CITY — 
Pope Francis has made several key decisions in establishing his Curia, appointing new officials and confirming others in their positions in the Vatican.

The series of announcements includes the confirmation of top officials in key departments and the return of an American to the upper ranks of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

It has been over six months since Pope Francis announced he was temporarily confirming Vatican officials in their positions, taking “some time for reflection, prayer and dialogue, before any definitive nominations or confirmations.”

On Sept. 21, some of those major decisions were made.

Most notably, Pope Francis has confirmed...READ MORE

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10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage; When Were Joseph and Mary Married? and Much More! (5383)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2013 Comments (2)

10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage. Follow the link by Katie Peterson Warner to read more.

10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage by Katie Peterson Warner – BigPulpit.com

When Were Joseph and Mary Married? – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Feast Day – BigPulpit.com

Pharaoh’s Daughter – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

On Reconciliation: Can Virginity be Restored? – Sam Entile, The Catholic Voyager

Will Hagia Sophia be Turned into a Mosque? – Byz Pulpit

What Makes for a Successful Seminary? – Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Children & Online Porn: 5 Quick Stats – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

The Scouts of St. George – Liam Ferguson, Dulcius Ex Asperis

Does Anyone Really Reject God? - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

No...READ MORE

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A Must-Read Cardinal Burke Interview, The Mediant Pause, Making the Most of Aparecida and Much More! (4979)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/22/2013 Comment

A Must-Read Cardinal Burke Interview. Follow the link by Charles Cole of the New Liturgical Movement website to read more.

A Must-Read Cardinal Burke Interview by Charles Cole of the New Liturgical Movement website – BigPulpit.com

The Mediant Pause & Grammatical Ecstasy – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Making the Most of Aparecida – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Why Catholics Won’t Be Saints – Erika, Transform!

The Big Interview of Pope Francis (Saturday) – BigPulpit.com

Catholic Parents & the Primordial & Inalienable Right & Duty – Quartermaster of the Barque

The Hidden Rebellion – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Photo Gallery: Extraordinary Pictures of Datacomb ‘Saints’ - Catholic Herald

Esto Vir - Jared Tomanek, Catholic Stand

A Spirit of Responsible Generosity - M. D’Ambrosio PhD,...READ MORE

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Understanding Pope Francis' Pastoral Approach; Support the Anglican Ordinariate! and Much More! (3719)

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09/21/2013 Comment

Understanding Pope Francis’ Pastoral Approach. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Understanding Pope Francis’ Pastoral Approach by Joe Heschmeyer - BigPulpit.com

Archbishop Vincent Nichols tells England & Wales Catholics: Support the Anglican Ordinariate - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

They Are of the Flesh of Christ: The Refugees - Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

In Defense of the Franciscans Punished by Pope - Sandro Magister, www. Chiesa

Cultural Wastelands - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Attacks on Archbishop Nienstedt Reveal Diabolical - Fr. Z’s Blog

Religious Communities: Because They Show The Way - Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Evangelizing the Difficult - Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers

Analyzing the Seven Deadly Sins, Pt. 6:...READ MORE

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Vaticanʼs New Catechism App Aims to Spread Faith Worldwide (6496)

Spreading the Gospel through smartphones is one of the new ways being discussed by catechists in Rome.

09/21/2013 Comments (4)
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– aquinasandmore.com

VATICAN CITY — A pontifical council is preparing to launch a new app on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to help promote and better expand Church teaching throughout the world.

“Catechesis is important for the Church first of all because it is the attempt we had from the beginning of our faith: to put together the knowledge, the content of our faith and the coherent witness that we should have,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

The app, which will be released first in Italian and available on mobile phones and tablets, is important, he said, because it provides “a possibility of using the...READ MORE

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