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Three Characteristics of the Diabolical, News Flash! The Pope Is Catholic and Much More! (3012)

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Three Characteristics of the Diabolical. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope of the AOW blog to read more.

Three Characteristics of the Diabolical by Msgr. Charles Pope of the AOW blog - Big Pulpit

News Flash! The Pope is Catholic - Birgit Jones, Designs by Birgit

Love Is a Battlefield - Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Holy Week with the U. K. Ordinariate – New Liturgical Movement

Sinners in the Hands of a Non-Judgmental God – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Joyful at Work - Mary Wallace, PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Anti-Misogyny, Pro-Life – Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Stand

Reviewing Dr. Ed Peters on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Politicos – Fr. Z’s Blog

Margaret Thatcher Preferred a More Reverent and Pious Service – Tristyn Bloom, First Things/First Thoughts

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U.S. Representative Decries Attacks on Coptic Christians (2795)

Egyptian Coptic Christians have faced a significant increase in violence since the country’s 2011 revolution.

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Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has issued a statement saying he was disturbed by attacks in Egypt against Coptic Christians, pledging his support of promoting U.S. action to help the persecuted faithful.

“I was deeply troubled by events over the weekend,” Wolf said, calling the conflict “the latest in a string of sectarian attacks that has left Egypt’s sizable Coptic community understandably fearful and questioning whether there is a place for them in today’s Egypt.”

Local Christian leaders have appealed for calm after a mob attacked St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on April 7 during the funeral of four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes.

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I Survived — and Forgave — My Mother’s Abortion (5993)

Melissa Ohden was born, despite an attempt on her life, and now she saves others through her pro-life witness.

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Melissa Ohden

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Melissa Ohden is more than just one in a million. She’s one survivor out of 55 million-and-counting abortions performed in the United States since 1973. Armed with a personal story of faith, healing and forgiveness, Melissa has a mission: to give a face to abortion’s intended victims, its terrible cost on families, and to create networks of support for survivors.

Scheduled to die by a saline abortion in 1977 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, Melissa miraculously survived her 19-year-old mother’s abortion. At 31-weeks gestation, Melissa was born, weighing 3 lbs, and saved by nurses who first thought she was dead.

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White House Opposes N.Y. Archdiocese’s Request for Documents (3553)

The New York Archdiocese’s subpoena for the files is part of a lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate.

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is trying to block a subpoena by the Archdiocese of New York seeking White House papers on the contraception mandate that requires employers to cover abortifacient drugs.

“Routine civil discovery seeking information from the offices of the president, the vice president and their staffs is generally not allowed,” the administration said April 4, according to Bloomberg.

The statement, which added that such discovery “is particularly unwarranted here,” was made in the case Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Fla. Planned Parenthood Lobbyist Was on Catholic Charities Board (4799)

Alisa Lapolt Snow resigned from Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida before starting a consulting relationship with Planned Parenthood.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Planned Parenthood lobbyist who appeared to endorse infanticide at a March hearing in the Florida Legislature is a former board member of a local Catholic Charities affiliate, a spokeswoman said.

Alisa Lapolt Snow had served on Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida-Tallahassee’s board of directors, Peggy DeKeyser, director of communications for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., confirmed to Catholic News Agency April 9.

“She was vetted before she applied for the board of directors,” DeKeyser said. “There was nothing indicated that would have prevented her from becoming a board of directors' member at the time.”

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Pope Celebrates Mass With America’s Highest-Ranking Latino Bishop (3125)

Archbishop José Gomez, originally from Mexico and the current Los Angeles archbishop, concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s House.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez meets with Pope Francis in St. Martha's House.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — The Pope celebrated Mass with Archbishop José Gomez, the highest-ranking American bishop of Hispanic origin, on the feast of the Lord’s Annunciation.

“It was a very special Eucharist for me because we were celebrating the Annunciation, and I was ordained a bishop in Denver on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2001,” Archbishop Gomez said in an April 8 Facebook post.

“During the Mass,” the archbishop added, “I was praying for Pope Francis and the Church, but especially for our great Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

“After Mass I told Pope Francis that all the faithful of Los Angeles love him and that we are praying for him and his ministry and that he has our loyalty. He...READ MORE

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Parent of Same-Sex Attracted Child Literally Says It; Active Participation and Singing and More! (5163)

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Parent of Homosexual Kid Literally Says It. Follow the link by Mark Shea to read more.

Parent of Homosexual Kid Literally Says It by Mark Shea - Big Pulpit

Five Senses in Which the Eucharist is the Host – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

All Your Children Are Belong to Us - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Active Participation and Singing – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

The Conceit of Denying God - Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

Rebuilding Catholic Culture: A New Gem of Apologetics – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

How is Your Prayer Life? – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Margaret Thatcher Was Close to St. Francis – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Poll: 1/3 in U.S. Want Christianity as Official Religion – Mark Movsesian, First Things/First...READ MORE

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Military Archdiocese Objects to Catholic ‘Extremist’ Label (4986)

U.S. Army Reserve training brief listed Catholics alongside ‘violent and extremist’ groups.

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USAF/Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

U.S. Army chaplain Father Carl Subler celebrates Mass for soldiers in Badula Qulp, Afghanistan, on Feb. 21, 2010.

– USAF/Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services has said it is “astounded” at a U.S. Army Reserve training brief that listed Catholics alongside “violent and extremist” groups.

“The archdiocese calls upon the Department of Defense to review these materials and to ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform,” the archdiocese said April 4.

In its statement, the archdiocese noted that an investigation and reply from the Army chief of chaplains office said the training “appears to have been an isolated incident not condoned by the Department of the Army.”

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