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Chen Guangcheng Tells Congressional Hearing He Fears for Lives of Family (1949)

Chinese campaigner against one-child policy wants asylum in America, creating a crisis for U.S.-China relations.

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Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Chinese dissident and president of ChinaAid Bob Fu listen to Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng on the phone during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China May 3.

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WASHINGTON — Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese human-rights activist, whose plight has grabbed the attention of the world, can now apply to study outside of China, says the country’s foreign ministry.

The New York Times reported this morning that the development may provide a breakthrough in the crisis, which led to an emergency hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Chen himself called in to that hearing, which was led by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who leads the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China, a congressionally mandated, bipartisan panel.

In his phone call from a hospital in Beijing, Chen repeated his request for asylum.

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Young Adult Discernment Groups, Iconography Flourishing, CatholicJobs.com Relaunches, and more! (450)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/04/2012 Comment

Young Adult Discernment Groups are an Excellent Idea. Click on the link by Madeleine Teahan to read more.

Young Adult Discernment Groups are an Excellent Idea - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Iconography Flourishing at Faithful Catholic College - Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

CatholicJobs.com Relaunches! - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Ethics in the NFL - Mark Misulia, First Things/First Thoughts

Chen: US Abandoned Him after Threats to Family Forced Him Out of Embassy - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews

Euthanasia, Define Your Terms - Jose Trasancos, Ignitum Today

Love, Shakespeare & Everything In Between - Kevin O'Brien, St. Austin Review/Ink Desk

Has the US Govt Betrayed Chen Guangcheng? - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic


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2012 Holds Multiple Anniversaries for Opus Dei (6802)

Organization marks third decade as a personal prelature and 10th anniversary of St. Josemaria Escriva’s canonization.

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St. Josemaria Escriva in 1966.

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The beginning of each of the past three decades has brought about a significant event for Opus Dei, whose mission is to promote holiness among laypeople as they go about their daily work.

In 1982, Pope John Paul II approved changing the organization’s status from a secular institute to a personal prelature. In 1992, Opus Dei’s founder, Msgr. Josemaria Escriva, was beatified, and, in 2002, he was canonized. As the prelature celebrates the anniversaries of each of these major events, it continues to enjoy steady growth and have far-reaching influence as it goes about its mission.

Pope Benedict XVI has long supported the unique apostolate of Opus Dei. Upon St. Josemaria’s canonization,...READ MORE

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Pope Reminds Doctors, Medical Students and Scientists to Incorporate Faith Into Science (2549)

The Holy Father on May 3 warned of the spread of relativism in research.

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Pope Benedict XVI used a May 3 address to doctors and medical students to warn that the spread of relativism is resulting in scientific advances having “unpredictable consequences.”

The Pope told the faculty and students of Rome’s Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital in an outdoor speech that “ours is a time when the experimental sciences have transformed the worldview and understanding of man.”

While he granted that scientific discoveries are a “reason for pride,” the Pontiff warned that they are often “not without troubling implications,” such that “behind the widespread optimism of scientific knowledge, the shadow of a crisis of thought is spreading.”

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God is the Bigger Elvis, Jesus had Laser Beams, Vatican and Just War, Singing the Mass, and more! (2762)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/03/2012 Comment

“God Is The Bigger Elvis”. Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read and view this story.

“God Is The Bigger Elvis” - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Jesus Had Laser Beams (Sharks Not Included) - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Mexico, 1931: The Vatican and the “Just War” - Paolo Valvo, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Singing the Mass: Liturgical Music as Participation in Christ - Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Catholic Sun

Are There Parts of the Mass that Women Are Not Permitted to Sing? - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

Catholic Groups Provide Legal Aid to Those in Need - Scott Alessi, OSV Newsweekly

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, First Native North American Saint - Tribunus, Roman Christendom

What Mercy Looks Like - Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

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United Nations Pushes for Abortion Expansion (4913)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for universal access for girls.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media April 19 in New York City.

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UNITED NATIONS — Seeking to influence the Commission on Population and Development, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a 47-member group last week that millions of girls — teenagers and younger — need access to abortion and contraceptives. His comments, including an assertion that the nations of the world must provide “reproductive health care,” came April 23 as the U.N. Commission on Population and Development gathered for its 45th meeting. During the week, the commission was dominated by controversy, as members debated the contents of their outcome document focused on adolescents and youth.

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Blind Chinese Human-Rights Activist Already a Focus of Concern in Washington Faces Uncertain Fate (3466)

Chen leaves U.S. Embassy after receiving assurances that he will be allowed to live safely in China, but later asks for political asylum, in a day of unexpected developments for the man who has defied China’s 1-child policy.

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In January 2011, when Chinese President Hu Jintao participated in a joint press conference with President Obama during a state visit to Washington, a reporter asked about the status of human rights in China, and Obama stepped in to deflect the embarrassing question, suggesting that such concerns were less relevant in China.

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WASHINGTON — UPDATED MAY 3 8 AM, MAY 2 5:04 PM and at 8:45 AM. (EST) Chen Guangcheng has been on Rep. Chris Smith’s radar for years, though the New Jersey Republican said he never met the blind, self-taught Chinese human-rights lawyer.

Thus, on May 2, after the activist suddenly signaled his desire for asylum in the U.S., Smith echoed the demands of a chorus of voices calling for the Obama Administration to help "ensure that Chen Guangcheng, his family members and all those who have helped him are removed from harm's way and do not suffer any further abuse or retaliation for Chen's bold and courageous efforts to save his family and improve human rights for all in China."


Filed under china's one-child policy, forced abortions, forced sterilizations, hilary clinton, human rights in china, president obama, rep.chris smith r-nj

What Does This Year's National Day of Prayer Proclamation Mean? (1981)

Since 1952, every U.S. president has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation calling on Americans to give thanks for their blessings and seek divine guidance for the future. May 3, 2012, is the 61st annual observance.

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A legal expert in religious freedom believes that President Barack Obama’s recent prayer proclamation reflects a wider problem of viewing constitutional protections for religious liberty as being limited to “mere belief.”

“I don’t know that the president intentionally wrote it in this fashion,” said Robert Tyler, general counsel for the nonprofit legal group Advocates for Faith and Freedom.

However, he explained to EWTN News on May 2 that the wording of the proclamation “reflects a real problem” in the understanding of religious freedom.

On May 1, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring May 3 as National Day of Prayer in the United States.

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