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Imprisoned Christian Pastor Banned From Trial (1839)

American citizen Saeed Abedini has been barred from attending his own trial and faces serious danger, according to a legal team monitoring his case.

01/24/2013 Comment
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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — An American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith has been barred from attending his own trial and faces serious danger, warned a legal team monitoring his case.

“Iran has continued its lies and disinformation campaign to deflect attention from its abuse of this U.S. citizen for his faith,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice.

In a series of Jan. 21-23 blog posts, Sekulow cautioned that Iran is trying to punish 32-year-old pastor Saeed Abedini for his Christian beliefs.

The Iranian-born pastor has been charged with attempting to undermine national security by helping to create Christian house churches in the...READ MORE

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Young Pro-Lifers Are ‘Modern-Day Heroes’ Like Mother Teresa (3237)

In a speech celebrating the pro-life movement, a former Boston mayor recalls how the saint cajoled him into providing a city property for unwed mothers and their children.

01/24/2013 Comments (2)
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Ambassador Ray Flynn

– Bill Illott, Wikipedia

Following is the text of an address given Jan. 22 by Ray Flynn, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican (1993-1997) and former Boston mayor (1984-1993), at the Rhode Island State Capitol.


Today marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. The decision was thought to once and for all settle the controversy, which had divided our nation. Instead, it has continued to divide Americans like no other issue in our lifetime.

People gathered here and all across the country have become more determined in their resolve to reverse and amend the high court’s mandate, but Washington politicians have been successful in blocking...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila: ‘Let Us Build a Culture of Life’ (3298)

Give witness to the truth, no matter the cost, Denver’s archbishop tells a respect-life Mass congregation.

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Following is the homily given by Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila Jan. 20 at the archdiocese’s respect-life Mass. An audio recording of the homily is also available.  Archbishop Aquila released a pastoral letter Jan. 22 recounting two life-changing personal encounters he has had with abortion.


My dearest brothers and sisters in Christ, this coming Tuesday (Jan. 22) our nation will mark the 40th anniversary of a culture of death.

The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision (and Doe v. Bolton decision) wiped away the protection of life for the unborn child. And they did so not just for the first three months of the child’s life, but for all nine months. We have now seen a consistent...READ MORE

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Vatican Official Highlights Global Impact of U.S. Pro-Life Marches (3321)

Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, says the American events are a historic witness for the entire world.

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Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula

– Catholic News Agency

ROME — A top Vatican official on life issues called the demonstrations sweeping across the U.S. this week against abortion a historic witness to the sanctity of human life.

“These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 23.

“These events which favor human life without limits, from conception until the end, have become a very important historical reference for all other Catholic countries worldwide,” he added.

“And if we talk about the Vatican as another face of the Church, then we can...READ MORE

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Tens of Thousands Ask Spanish University to Keep Chapels Open (2031)

The rector of Complutense University of Madrid has received thousands of messages calling for ‘respect for the fundamental right of religious freedom.’

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MADRID — More than 32,000 people in Spain have called on a Madrid university to respect religious freedom and allow chapels on campus to remain open.

In just five days, Complutense University of Madrid's rector, Jose Carrillo, has received thousands of messages calling for “respect for the fundamental right of religious freedom,” said the religious-liberty organization MasLibres.

The petitions also demanded that the prestigious university, which is the largest in Spain, with more than 85,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, adhere to its agreement with the Archdiocese of Madrid and asked it to end “the harassment of Catholics through intolerant decisions” and the closing of...READ MORE

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A Lutheran Ordinariate Coming? Habemus Appam: Pope App, Who Laughed During Roe v Wade and More! (3519)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/24/2013 Comment

A Lutheran Ordinariate Coming. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

A Lutheran Ordinariate Coming via Fr. Z's BlogBig Pulpit

Habemus Appam: The Pope’s Own App – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Who Laughed During the Roe v. Wade Arguments? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Video Interview with Matt Fradd on Pornography, Masculinity and Atheism – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

As the Storm Rages Around Me, How Should I Pray? – Daniel Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

On the Necessity of Theological Courage in the Public Square – Owen Strachan and Andrew Walker, First Things/On the Square

To the Child Who Asks – Sally Thomas, Dappled Things

The Church and Modernity – Chilton Williamson Jr., The Catholic...READ MORE

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Obama’s ‘Gay Rights’ Agenda on Collision Course With Religious Liberty (11510)

His inaugural address equated same-sex ‘marriage’ with civil rights for black Americans and pledged to advance ‘gay rights’ in 2013, raising serious religious-liberty concerns.

01/23/2013 Comments (62)
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President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the public ceremonial inauguration Jan. 21 on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

– Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Nine months after he officially endorsed same-sex “marriage,” President Barack Obama vowed to make that policy goal a top priority of his second term — a stance that has galvanized the Democratic base but stirred concerns from other quarters about the impact on religious liberty.

“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began,” stated Obama during a Jan. 21 inaugural address that outlined his goals on economic and social issues, as well as foreign policy.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must...READ MORE

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Before and After Reverse-Wreckovations in K.C., Are Unseen Things Real, Time in Liturgy and More! (2485)

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01/23/2013 Comment

Before & After Reverse-Wreckovations in Kansas City. Follow the link by Shawn Tribe of New Liturgical Movement to read and view more.

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Are Unseen Things Real? – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Time in the Liturgy – Stephanie Mann, Pray the Mass.org

“Liberty & Justice for All”: Roe v. Wade’s Betrayal – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Sky God – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at War with Catholics – Kirsten Andersen, LifeSiteNews

The Original (Ecumenically Incorrect) Prayers for Church Unity – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Laws of This World are Built on Sand – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Boston Archdiocese Unveils First...READ MORE

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