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GOP Presidential Candidates Share Pro-Life Views (2043)

Republican contenders talk about faith and the unborn.

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Updated Oct. 27 and Oct. 29.

WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Abortion was a key issue for Republican presidential candidates at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual dinner on Oct. 22.

The dinner, which took place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, featured speeches by six major GOP candidates.

“It is a liberal canard to say, ‘I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision,’” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “That is not pro-life. That is pro-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too.”

“Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. It is a core conviction,” he added.

“I’ve raised 28 children. I am the old woman in the shoe,” said Minnesota...READ MORE

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Vatican Conference on Stem Cells Will Focus on Ethical Science (3282)

Pontifical Council for Culture’s collaboration with New York biopharmaceutical firm launches with international event.

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WORKING TOGETHER. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi and Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, during a press conference to announce a joint venture between the Vatican and NeoStem.

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NEW YORK — A Vatican conference next month could help influence public figures to get behind adult stem-cell research, much in the way Michael J. Fox is lobbying for embryonic stem-cell research.

That’s the hope of Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, an international biopharmaceutical firm based in New York.

The Nov. 9-11 conference, “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture,” will bring Church leaders, policymakers, government health ministers and ambassadors to the Holy See together with scientists, stem-cell companies and patients who have participated in adult stem-cell trials.

The gathering will feature Tommy Thompson, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human...READ MORE

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Can All be Saved?, God's Men vs. Yes Men, A Model for Catholic Colleges, and much more! (3014)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/26/2011 Comment

The PCJP’s Vision of Polity: The Ideal vs. the Real. Click on the link by Dr. Jeff Mirus to learn more about the Note on the Financial Crisis.

The Emerging Crisis in Ukraine - George Weigel, ArchDen/The Catholic Difference

God’s Men Versus the Yes Men - Fr. Christian Mathis, Blessed is the Kingdom

Can we Hope that All Men be Saved? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

“Once Upon a Time” and the Ethics of Elfland - By Way of Beauty

This is My Body, Given Up for You - Leah Jacobson, VirtuousPla.net

Why Priests are Happy and Sometimes Not - Fr. Giovanni Trigilio, The Black Biretta

‘A Model for Catholic Colleges’ - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Preparing Children for the Changes in the Mass - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

The Pontifical Council on Justice & Peace (PCJP) Note on the Global Financial Crisis:

On Going the Way...READ MORE

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Pope: New Evangelization Needs to Reach Migrants and Refugees (1730)

Benedict XVI previewed his message for January's World Day of Migrants and Refugees Oct. 25: 'The phenomenon of migration today is also a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI will mark January’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees with a call for the New Evangelization to extend to migrant workers, refugees and international students.

“The phenomenon of migration today is also a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world,” the Pope will say in his message, a preview of which was released by the Vatican Oct. 25 at a press conference.

Pope Benedict noted, “Men and women from various regions of the earth, who have not yet encountered Jesus Christ or know him only partially, ask to be received in countries with an ancient Christian tradition.”

Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio,...READ MORE

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Artists Need to Discover Richness of Ordinary Life, Mondragon Revisited, With Your Spirit, and more! (1942)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Deuterocanonicals. Click on the link by Devin Rose to learn more.

When will Artists Discover the Drama & Richness of Ordinary Life? - Michael Kirke, MercatorNet

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Deuterocanonicals - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Your Moment in the Mass: “And with your spirit” - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Mondragon Revisited - Dr. Race Mathews, The Distributist Review

Why Be Catholic? - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

Why Facebook Is The Devil - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Fr. Michael Rodriguez: A Priest with Fortitude - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

Meet a Holy Bishop: St. Anthony Mary Claret - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Catholic Hero of Auschwitz Dies - Dc. Greg Kandra, Patheos/The Deacon’s Bench

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Iraqi Christian Leaders View U.S. Troop Departure With Uncertainty and Hope (2891)

In the wake of the American-led invasion, the Christian population has been cut in half.

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ENDANGERED SPECIES? An Iraqi police officer stands guard outside of St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad following a Sunday liturgy on July 24. Forming one of the oldest Christian communities of the Middle East, Iraqi Christians have been targeted for attack since 2003, with numerous abductions, murders and threats for them to leave Iraq. In 1980 Iraqi Christians made up over 7% of the population and have now declined to below 3%. St. Joseph, which was established in 1959 and which once had as many as 1,200 families in its parish, now has only 150 to 200 families left.

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Amid President Obama’s announcement that the United States will bring home the remainder of its troops from Iraq by the end of this year, Church leaders in Iraq said the situation for the country’s Christians remains unchanged. Yet they expressed hope for their future.

“Even with the American presence here, we have had problems — explosions, kidnappings, murders, attacks on Christian churches,” said Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, a flashpoint in the conflict.

Since the American-led invasion in 2003, Archbishop Sako said, violence has claimed the lives of 905 Iraqi Christians, including one bishop, five priests and a number of sub-deacons. Despite the U.S. presence in...READ MORE

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What Will Be the Outcome of Catholic Answers vs. IRS? (4390)

Organization says its First Amendment rights were violated due to government 'improperly taxing its constitutionally protected political speech.' But lawsuit's success is 'highly unlikely,' according to a law professor.

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SAN DIEGO (CNA)—The San Diego-based apologetics group Catholic Answers has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow it to sue the Internal Revenue Service for violating its First Amendment rights for “improperly taxing its constitutionally protected political speech.”

However, the lawsuit’s success is “highly unlikely,” said Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, a University of Notre Dame Law School professor.

“Except under relatively rare circumstances, none of which exist here, successfully obtaining Supreme Court review is unlikely because the court denies most requests for review,” Mayer told CNA on Oct. 24. “It is even more unlikely in this case because both the trial court and the appellate court,...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Christians in the Military to Be 'Soldiers for Love' (2104)

Benedict XVI also encouraged military bishops and chaplains to announce the Gospel with courage and promote peace at recent gathering.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News)—Christian military life must be seen in light of “love for God and for neighbor,” Pope Benedict XVI told an audience of bishops and priests serving in military ordinaries on Oct. 22.

Christians in the military are called to be “soldiers for love,” the Pope added.

Soldiers who save victims of earthquakes and floods or help refugees place their courage and skills “at the service of the weakness.” Those who clear mines in former theaters of war or soldiers on peace missions who patrol cities and territories to prevent killing all practice charity, he said.

“There are many men and women in uniform, full of faith in Jesus, who love truth and wish to foster peace and,...READ MORE

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