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Bishops Raise Concern Over Violence Against Women Act (5944)

In another blow to conscience rights, Congress passes a bill that failed to provide religious liberty protection for Church-affiliated anti-trafficking programs.

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Editor's note: This article was updated at 11:45 am EST March 8, 2013.

WASHINGTON — As threats to human life and religious liberty become embedded in federal law, the U.S. bishops are being forced to withhold support from legislation like the Affordable Care Act, which advances key social goals but authorizes policies that violate Catholic teaching.

This increasingly familiar pattern was repeated when the Senate and House last week approved the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (S. 47), and President Barack Obama signed the bill into law March 7.

The legislation offers a five-year extension of federal support for the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violence against...READ MORE

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Peaceful Dialogue Requires Religious Freedom, Archbishop Tells U.N. (2062)

Archbishop Tomasi promotes genuine freedom of religion that opens the road to peace and authentic human development through mutual recognition.

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

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GENEVA, Switzerland — True religious liberty, based on the mutual recognition of religious groups, is necessary for peace and authentic human development, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“Religions are communities based on faith or belief, and their freedom guarantees a contribution of moral values without which the freedom of everyone is not possible,” the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations said March 6.

“The acceptance of the religious freedom of other persons and groups is the cornerstone of dialogue and collaboration.”

The archbishop’s message was delivered as part of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council and was in...READ MORE

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New Book Shows Adult Stem Cells as Medical ‘Paradigm Shift’ (3331)

Its co-author says the success of adult stem cells has been so great that there is no reason to continue embryonic stem-cell research.

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DENVER — The recent explosion of success in using adult stem cells to treat and cure diseases marks a shift in the medical field by making it unnecessary to use controversial embryonic stem cells, said Dr. Robin Smith.

“These cells are impacting many peoples’ lives who are treated in a clinical trial, and as they become standard in care ... it will become part of modern medicine,” the president of the Stem for Life Foundation told Catholic News Agency March 6.

“There’s a paradigm shift in medicine now, using cell therapy to treat diseases, and it’s just a very exciting time in medicine.”

Smith, along with Msgr. Tomasz Trafny and Max Gomez, is co-author of The Healing Cell, a new...READ MORE

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Profile of Future Pope Begins to Take Shape (3753)

The New Evangelization is one of the principal themes discussed in the pre-conclave meetings.

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Father Federico Lombardi responds to questions from the press on March 6.

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VATICAN CITY — On their third day of pre-conclave meetings, the cardinals began to develop the profile of what the next pope needs to look like.

The principal themes of recent meetings were “the Church in today’s world, the New Evangelization, the Holy See, the dicasteries and their relations with the bishops, and what’s beginning to emerge is a profile of the next pope,” Father Federico Lombardi told the press March 6.

For the first time, a recommended limit of five minutes was placed on the length of comments cardinals could make, resulting in 18 different talks during the three-hour gathering.

Thus far, cardinals from all over the world have made 51 talks during the course of the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke as Pope: Answering Two Objections, The Renaissance of the Mass Propers and Much More! (5401)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Raymond Cardinal Burke as Pope: Answering Two Objections. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall Ph. D. of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Raymond Cardinal Burke as Pope: Answering Two Common Objections ("Does He Know Spanish?" and "But He's Ameircan") by Taylor Marshall Ph. D. of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

The Renaissance of the Mass Propers – J. J. Ziegler, The Catholic World Report

Death: A Lenten Meditation – Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

The Catholic Gentleman: Polyphony – Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

Save Aquinas and More – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Revival of Sacred Music and Ad Orientem at University Chapel – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How to Find Faith at the Movies: The Role of Reluctance – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Why It’s a Sin to Miss Mass on Sundays and...READ MORE

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Catholic Church in Venezuela Braces for Uncertain Times After Chavez (6615)

The socialist dictator, who once was very close to the Church, became more antagonistic after his 2000 re-election, but he reportedly reconciled prior to his death.

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President Hugo Chavez in January 2006

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ROME — “We are prayerful; we are ready for uncertain times.”

This was the brief response Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, archbishop of Venezuela, gave to the Register early today in Rome in reaction to the news that the charismatic and controversial Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez had finally succumbed to cancer.

Cardinal Urosa, who is in Rome to participate in the conclave, also announced that he will celebrate in Rome “a public Mass to pray for the eternal repose of President Chavez.”

The death of Chavez was announced March 5 by Venezuela Vice President Nicolás Maduro. Military troops were immediately deployed in the country’s major cities, but most of the people who took to the...READ MORE

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Understanding: Connecting the Physical With the Abstract (4817)

COMMENTARY: Part of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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As we saw last time, the natural human faculty for understanding means the ability to “read between the lines” and see the inner essence of a thing. At a very basic level, for instance, a written word is not merely made up of black marks on white paper, but has significance in its meaning.

A series of those words strung together is not merely a random concatenation of words thrown together, but is a sentence, conveying an even deeper meaning. Our ability to grasp this is why we experience the normal human thrill of discovery when, in first grade, we are able to decode “See Jane run” and understand what that sentence means.

However, human beings don’t and can’t remain at this simple...READ MORE

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Bishops’ Group Gives Nearly $1 Million for Immigration Reform (2378)

Funding will go to promote comprehensive reform and to aid Catholic organizations that serve migrant communities.

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Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ official domestic anti-poverty agency has announced $800,000 in grants to push for comprehensive immigration reform.

“There is an urgent need to mobilize resources efficiently in order to meet the challenge,” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif.

Bishop Soto, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development subcommittee, stressed that “the possibility for real immigration reform has never been closer.”

“These grants represent a distinctively Catholic contribution in promoting comprehensive immigration reform,” the bishop explained. “They will strengthen the capacity of our institutions to help immigrant...READ MORE

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