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Congress Takes on 'Gendercide' (2612)

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., leads call to combat China's one-child policy that jeopardizes baby girls. India is also of concern.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS) — A bipartisan group of congressmen joined several human-rights groups on June 1 to lament the major absence of girls in the youngest generations of China. They blamed the imbalance on “gendercide” and sex-selective abortion.

“In China, the brutal reality is that no unborn girl is safe as long as forced abortion remains an integral part of the government’s vicious population control agenda,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. “Government population-control cadres kidnap pregnant women and forcibly destroy their babies, impervious to the anguished pleas and sobs of the mother.”

He said that gendercide has “exploded” since 1979, when the United Nations Population Fund and...READ MORE

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Prayers for Croatia (1965)

Pope Benedict makes his apostolic journey June 4-5.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS) — Pope Benedict XVI has called on Catholics around the world to pray for the success of his June 4-5 apostolic journey to the country of Croatia.

Speaking in Croatian, the Pope said on June 1: “This Saturday and Sunday I will travel to Zagreb in Croatia to celebrate the Day for Catholic Croatian Families with you.”

“As I await this encounter with joy, I invite you to pray that my trip to that beloved land will produce much spiritual fruit and that Christian families will be the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” he added.

His two-day visit will begin on Saturday, June 4, when he arrives at Zagreb Airport. There he will be received by Croatian...READ MORE

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Bring Back Kneelers & Confessionals, St. Optatus, Catholic Radio/TV Draws Seniors, and more! (3430)

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A prayer kneeler is always nice to have at home.

My Wish List for US: Bring Back Kneelers & Confessionals! - Lorraine Murray, The Integrated Catholic Life™

The Roman Missal: Three Misconceptions - Louie Verrecchio, Catholic Lane

Saint Optatus on Schism & the Bishop of Rome - Bryan Cross, Called to Communion

. . .Communist China: another illicit ordination planned. . .

Catholic Radio, TV Draw Large Senior Audience - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, Our Sunday Visitor

. . .OSV: older Catholics find romance & companionship online. . .

No, Son, the F-Word Actually Won’t Make Your Life Better - Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Gay “Rights” Lobby Continue their Irrational Hatred of Catholics - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

. . .Mark P....READ MORE

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‘If We Don’t Care, Gay Marriage Will Pass’ (8561)

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island warns civil unions are a ‘gateway’ to a greater social evil.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples by a vote of 62-11 on May 26. The measure is viewed by many as a compromise by legislators unable to secure the votes needed to legalize same-sex “marriage.” The bill moves on to the Rhode Island Senate for consideration.

The state’s governor, Lincoln Chafee, supports same-sex “marriage” and is likely to sign the bill if passed by the Senate.

Four of six New England states allow same-sex “marriage,” with the exception of Rhode Island and Maine. (Maine briefly legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2009, but it was overturned by voter referendum.) Same-sex “marriage” bills have been introduced...READ MORE

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Will Belgian Abuse Victims Sue Vatican? (1756)

Lawyers state intentions, despite the bishops of Belgium agreeing to compensate abuse survivors.

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA) — Lawyers acting on behalf of Belgian clerical abuse victims say they intend to sue the Vatican, despite the bishops of Belgium agreeing to compensate abuse survivors only two days ago.

The legal team — working on behalf of about 70 victims — claims that the Vatican did not intervene, even when it learned of the sexual scandals in the Belgian Church.

“There were instructions from the Pope that said those things had to be kept secret and silent,” claimed lawyer Christine Mussche at a news conference in the Belgian city of Ghent June 1.

The Bishops’ Conference of Belgium said on Monday, May 30, that it would set up a commission to compensate victims molested so long...READ MORE

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'Today' Show Goes to the Vatican (3444)

June 2 episode gave viewers 'a rare look at the Pope behind the scenes as he prepares to address the crowd at St. Peter’s Square.'

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NBC's <i>Today</i> show

Screenshot of Pope Benedict XVI greeting Matt Lauer from the Today show and Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

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VATICAN CITY (CNA) — At the end of the June 1 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI greeted NBC anchors Matt Lauer and Al Roker, as they prepared to air the Today show from the Vatican.

During their brief encounter, Lauer presented the Pope with a crystal cat.

“We had heard that this Pope has a real love for cats,” Lauer said in an interview with ABC. “He seemed to accept it and like it and, anyway, we just wanted to offer him some gift to show our appreciation for the time and generosity he showed us.”

Today show producer Jim Bell told TVNewser that the Vatican was “a particular passion” for late NBC Washington Bureau chief Tim Russert.
Russert had his own audience with Pope Benedict XVI...READ MORE

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General MacCarthur Encouraged Japanese to Convert, Verastegui Opens Pro-Life Center, and much more! (2239)

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06/02/2011 Comment

New Book details General Douglas MacArthur's efforts to fill Japanese 'spiritual vacuum' after World War II by encouraging conversion to Catholicism.

General MacArthur Encouraged Catholic Church to Convert Japanese en masse - ENI News

Verastegui Opens L.A. Pro-Life Medical Center - Jim Graves, Our Sunday Visitor

Please Let Us Celebrate Ascension on Thursday Again - Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Evangelization, Catholic Identity and Ascension Thursday - Eric Sammons, The Divine Life

Coronation of the Pope on Ascension Thursday - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Where is Jesus’ Body After the Ascension? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

The Essential Public Purpose of Marriage - Jennifer Roback Morse, MercatorNet

When Do I Get My Month? - LarryD, The American Catholic

Low-Gluten Hosts Available for Those...READ MORE

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Wisconsin Catholics vs. Abortion (1851)

Catholic Conference backs legislation to prohibit state-funded insurance from covering elective abortions. Catholic official: 'Abortion is not health care.'

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MADISON, Wis. (EWTN NEWS) — The Wisconsin Catholic Conference is backing legislation to prohibit insurance providers who participate in a state health-insurance exchange from covering elective abortion.

Conference associate director Barbara Sella, in a May 25 hearing before the Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services and Revenue, voiced support for Senate Bill 92. She noted that the
Church has long advocated public funding for health care and health insurance for the needy.

“Abortion, however, is not health care,” Sella stated. “No other medical procedure deliberately terminates a human life. Women and children deserve health care, not abortion.”

States must create...READ MORE

Filed under abortion pro-life, catholics, health insurance, health-care funding, wisconsin

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