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Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit the Bus? Women Deserve Better Choices and Much More! (4812)

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11/20/2013 Comments (1)

Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit The Bus? Follow the link by Frank Weathers to read more.

Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit the Bus? by Frank Weathers - BigPulpit.com

Women Deserve Better Choices - Brianna Heldt, Just Showing Up

This Is Fearlessness: Defending Church Teaching – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

10 Tips To Help You Stay a Sane & Effective Catholic - Nicole DeMille, Invisible Woman

Bishop Paprocki: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Exorcism - David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Reason Should be Open to God - Leonard Franchi, Mercatornet

On Teaching & Loving – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Being, Miracles & God: Answering a Reasonable Atheist – Mark P. Shea, Strange Notions

Can You Imagine Hearing This in Church? - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel


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Church Teaching on Feminine Holiness Touches Hearts (3582)

How Blessed John Paul II’s writing reaches women through the Endow organization.

11/19/2013 Comments (2)
Courtesy of Endow

Terry Polakovic, co-founder and president of Endow.

– Courtesy of Endow

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Burke interviewed Terry Polakovic on the Register Radio show Nov. 15.

Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is celebrating 10 years of teaching women about feminine dignity through small-group study courses for adult women as well as middle-school and high-school students, based on John Paul II’s Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women) and his “Letter to Women.”

With headquarters in Denver, the organization now serves more than 122 dioceses to transform the hearts and minds of women by inviting them into the joy, freedom and dignity that come from living out the gift of authentic femininity in Christ.   

In honor of the anniversary,...READ MORE

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Illinois Bishop to Lead Public Prayers in Reparation for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Law (2474)

Bishop Thomas Paprocki cites Pope Francis in the initiative, which will be held in the cathedral Nov. 20, coinciding with Gov. Pat Quinn’s signing of the bill.

11/19/2013 Comments (12)

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has scheduled prayers of supplication and exorcism in reparation for the state’s adoption of a law redefining marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.

“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the Pope to rationalize their actions, despite the clear teaching of the Church,” Bishop Paprocki said Nov. 14 in announcing the prayers.

“All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation,” he said. “We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated...READ MORE

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Latest Vatican Reform Has Scores of Priests Returning to Their Dioceses (12811)

At least 30 priests are expected to resume diocesan ministry after their service at the Vatican, according to sources.

11/19/2013 Comments (22)

VATICAN CITY — At least 30 priests employed in Vatican departments may be removed from their posts and sent to dioceses in the following months, according to three different Vatican sources.

“The Congregation for Clergy will be the first of the list,” a Vatican source familiar with the congregation told CNA.

Four priests employed in the congregation have been called to serve in dioceses. Among them is Msgr. Luciano Alimandi, who had been private secretary for a number of years to the department’s former head, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos.

According to the source, Msgr. Alimandi and the other three were “all part of Cardinal Mauro Piacenza’s inner circle.” He was prefect of the...READ MORE

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U.S. Officially Designates Boko Haram as Terrorist Group (4157)

According to reports, the Nigeria-based Islamic group has been responsible for the deaths of an estimated 2,800 people.

11/19/2013 Comments (2)
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Islamist militia in Africa

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WASHINGTON — After lengthy advocacy from both human rights and Christian groups, the U.S. State Department has officially designated the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization.

“The State Department is right to finally respond to the calls of many in the international community who see this designation as clearly needed,” said Benjamin Bull, chief counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Nov. 14. “Terrorist groups must not be allowed to engage in genocidal terror, especially when available steps can be taken to help curtail such violence.”

Boko Haram (“Western education is sinful”) seeks to overthrow the Nigerian government and impose sharia (Islamic...READ MORE

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Students for Life of America’s Planned Parenthood Project Creates Dialogue (6196)

Pro-life groups on college campuses take a stand for life.

11/19/2013 Comments (14)
Students for Life of America

– Students for Life of America

MANASSAS, Va. — This fall, college students on a number of U.S. campuses saw the large pink, trendy tear-drop-shaped banner labeled the “Planned Parenthood Project” (PPP) and might have thought the nation’s largest abortion provider was on their campuses — though, according to polling data, many of these students would not have known about Planned Parenthood’s bedrock connection to abortion.

Instead, the manned display was a very specific awareness campaign from Students for Life of America (SFLA) to inform students about the practices of Planned Parenthood. The displays and volunteers reached 40 campuses in 20 states over eight weeks from September into November.

“It wasn’t: ‘We’re...READ MORE

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Religious-Freedom Experts: Stand Up for Persecuted Minorities (2783)

Christians in the Middle East are in particular danger of grave persecution, they warn.

11/19/2013 Comments (5)

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the U.K.'s minister of faith and communities

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WASHINGTON — Members of minority religious communities, particularly Christians in the Middle East, face grave persecution around the world, religious-freedom experts warn.

“There are parts of the world today where to be a Christian is to put your life in danger. From continent to continent, Christians are facing discrimination, ostracism, torture, even murder, simply for the faith they follow,” British cabinet minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said in a Nov. 14 commentary in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

“Christian populations are plummeting, and the religion is being driven out of some of its historic heartlands,” said Warsi. “There is even talk of Christianity becoming...READ MORE

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She Was an American Millionaire and a Saint; Living Dangerously: Christian Persecution and More! (4235)

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11/19/2013 Comment

She Was an American Millionaire & a Saint. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine to read more.

She Was an American Millionaire & a Saint by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Living Dangerously: Christian Persecution Around the World - Christopher White, The Catholic World Report

The Byzantine Pope – Byz Pulpit

Are New Evangelizers Ready to be Hated, Tortured, & Killed? - John Janaro, Never Give Up

A Car Accident & a Spiritual Attack – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

New Evangelization: Responsibilities & Challenges for America – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, On the Square

Hidden Light in Syria - Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

Beauty & Poverty – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Student Athletes & Sexual Assault, the...READ MORE

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