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Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart (30358)

The Holy Father’s prayer will be part of a two-day Marian celebration in October, the month of the Rosary.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the iconic statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world, and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” wrote Cardinal Rino Fisichella.

Cardinal Fisichella, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, made his remarks in a letter to Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima.

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If Only Charles Darwin Could See His Descendant Now (50866)

Catholic apologist Laura Keynes, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the Father of Evolution, says the faith of her baptism was reanimated through intellectual pursuit.

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LONDON — According to the commonly held view about her great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Darwin, Laura Keynes has apparently broken all the rules in developing a passionate Catholic faith.

Apart from her family lineage, which includes her great-great-uncle, economist John Maynard Keynes, Laura also holds a doctorate from Oxford University in philosophy.

But in mid-June, the Catholic Herald reported the startling news that this highly educated Darwinian descendant had evolved into a Catholic apologist, joining Britain’s Catholic Voices.

When asked how she found her way to the Catholic Church, Keynes reveals that she was actually baptized Catholic after her mother converted...READ MORE

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Remembering Nellie Gray on the One-Year Anniversary of Her Death (2801)

The foundation built by the orchestrator of the March for Life is still very solid, says the organization’s current president, Jeanne Monahan.

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From left, March for Life board member Dee Becker, March for Life founder Nellie Gray, Georgette Forney of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Janet Morana of Priests for Life.

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WASHINGTON — A year after the death of Nellie Gray, the “Joan of Arc of the pro-life movement” is still having a profound impact on the annual March for Life that she started nearly 40 years ago.

“Nellie will always have a strong presence,” said Jeannie Monahan, president of the March for Life.

She told Catholic News Agency on Aug. 12 that, while the organization is currently “in a time of transition,” it is not “doing away with the foundation built by Nellie,” but, instead, “standing on her shoulders” in order to look to the future.

Gray started the national March for Life in Washington after the Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton made abortion legal throughout...READ MORE

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Did the Virgin Mary Die? The Answer May Surprise You; Óscar Romero, A WYD Story and Much More! (6925)

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Did the Virgin Mary Die? The Answer May Surprise You. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Did the Virgin Mary Die? The Answer May Surprise You by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - BigPulpit.com

Bishop Óscar Romero, A World Youth Day Story - Carlos X, Super Martyerio

I. R. S. Scandal: Harassment of Pro-Lifers Continues - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Win the Pro-Life Fight - Infinite Grace, Postabortion Journey Walk With Me

Why Didn’t Someone Share the Truth with Us? - Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Can Albert Einstein Inspire Us to Believe in God? - Merrily Diop, Tuscany Press

Being a Baptist Prepared Me to be a Good Catholic - Paul McCusker, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Parable of the Game – Marcus Grodi, The...READ MORE

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Marriage Redefined: ‘Monogamish,’ ‘Throuple’ and ‘Wedlease’ (10362)


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WASHINGTON — The latest proposal for redefining marriage just surfaced in The Washington Post, with an op-ed suggesting that 21st-century couples sign up for short-term “wedleases” rather than take vows that affirm a lifelong commitment “until death.”

“We all know that far too many marriages end in divorce,” and “most Americans today want to expand conventional marriage to include same-sex couples,” wrote Paul Rampell, who is identified as a Palm Beach lawyer specializing in estate planning.

“So why is there no effort to improve the legal structure of marriage, when it shows itself to be deficient?” said Rampell.

He then noted that some individuals buy property, reflecting a...READ MORE

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Assumption Feast Recalls Hope and Sorrow to Catholics in Japan (4730)

For Catholics, Thursday marks the day Christianity came to Japan, and a day of mourning for Japan’s war dead, especially from the atomic bombs.

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Mikokoro Center, Nagoya, Japan.

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NAGOYA, Japan – The Feast of the Assumption is an important celebration for Catholics in Japan, because of its link to both death and eternal life, according to an Australian missionary priest in Nagoya.

“The Catholic communities spend this day in paying tribute and attending Mass, and the names of all the deceased in the family are read aloud, causing the ceremony to sometimes go on for hours,” said Father Keith Humphries, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, who operates the Mikokoro Center in Nagoya.

The solemnity of the Assumption, a holy day of obligation, falls on Aug. 15. The date coincides with the Japanese commemoration of the nation’s announcement of surrender...READ MORE

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War-Torn Colombia to Host 2014 World Congress on Divine Mercy (2713)

The South-American country’s bishops announce the conference as government and FARC rebel leaders finally sit down and talk peace.

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The Colombia bishops announce Bogota as host for the Divine Mercy Congress.

– Colombia Episcopal Conference

BOGOTA, Colombia – As Colombia’s government and communist rebels sit down for peace talks to resolve decades of brutal war, the bishops of the South-American country have revealed that the capital city of Bogota will host the next World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy in August 2014.

Bishop Julio Hernando Garcia of Istima Tado, who heads the committee charged with organizing the event, made the announcement during a press conference on Aug. 8.

He said the 2014 congress will be held Aug. 15-19, and it will serve as “a platform for healing the wounds of the conflict that has shaken the country for more than 60 years.”

“All of the problems that we are living through and experiencing...READ MORE

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ʻMarch on the Media’ Criticizes Abortion Bias in Reporting (4482)

Pro-life advocates call on major media outlets to stop self-censorship in reporting on abortion and to end ʻthe lionizing of abortion advocates.’

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Lila Rose of Live Action speaks during the March on the Media.

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WASHINGTON — Pro-life leaders from around the United States are challenging major media outlets to do a better job of informing society about the reality of abortion and not to hide the facts in their coverage choices.

“The media has flinched from the reality of abortion for decades,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action, which has worked through undercover videos to expose abuses within the abortion industry.

“We call on the press to end the censorship of what abortion actually does to our smallest children and women and end the lionizing of abortion advocates,” she said.

The Aug. 8 protest accused major media sources of bias in favor of abortion, particularly in underreporting...READ MORE

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