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Defending the Rights of Religious Expression for Everyone — From Anglicans to Zoroastrians (7079)

The Becket Fund’s new president, William Mumma, discusses key threats to religious liberty.

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The Becket Fund

William Mumma

– The Becket Fund

They boast of working to protect the free expression of all faiths, “from Anglicans to Zoroastrians.”

Established in 1994, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a nonprofit, public-interest legal and educational institute whose lawyers have defended dozens of cases in which the government has infringed upon the religious rights of Americans.

Recently, the Becket Fund took up the case of Belmont Abbey v. Sebelius, in which Belmont Abbey College is challenging the interim final rule of the Health and Human Services Department requiring all insurers to cover contraceptives and sterilizations.

Earlier this year, William Mumma took over as president of the fund when founder Kevin...READ MORE

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10 European Movers and Shakers, Bringing Tebow to Catholicism, Lessons from Exodus, and much more! (4885)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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10 European Catholic Movers and Shakers. Click on the link by Julie Rodrigues to learn whom they are.

10 European Catholic Movers and Shakers - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Bringing Tim Tebow To The Fullness of Truth - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

The End of Canterbury - Joseph Bottum, Weekly Standard

Lessons from the Book of Exodus: Centrality of the Liturgy & Orthopraxis - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Greatest Yes (Luke 1:26-38) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Advocating Same-Sex Marriage: Consistency Is Another Victim - Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse

Incredible Shrinking Protestant Churches - New Oxford Review

Gifts of the Spirit: What’s the Return Policy? - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

10 Tips to a Happy and Holy Christmas - Youth...READ MORE

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Congressmen Urge President Obama to Discuss Religious Freedom in Iraq (2148)

Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Chris Smith, R-N.J., were among the bipartisan signatories of the letter urging the president 'to raise the plight of Iraq’s besieged ethno-religious communities.'

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WASHINGTON (CNA)—Several dozen members of Congress sent letters to President Barack Obama urging him to raise the issue of religious freedom in Iraq during his Dec. 12 meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

A White House spokesperson told CNA on Dec. 14 that the president has not yet received the letters and declined to comment on whether religious freedom was discussed in the meetings between Obama and al-Maliki.

Leonard Leo, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, warned that the Iraqi government “does not provide effective protection” against the violent attacks and intimidation directed towards religious minorities in the country.

Speaking on behalf...READ MORE

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Papal Preacher's Advent Sermons Focus on Evangelization (2226)

He has been sharing the Gospel with the Pope and other Vatican officials for 31 years.

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VATICAN CITY (CNA)—Although he is the only person in the world to have the job of preaching to the Pope, Father Raniero Cantalamessa sees his work as simply delivering the message of the Gospel.

“It is actually a very simple ministry, because the Pope at that moment is just a listener among other listeners,” the Italian Capuchin Franciscan priest told CNA.

“In fact, it’s really the Pope who gives the sermon to the rest of the Church by listening to the meditation of a very simple priest of the Catholic Church.”

Father Cantalamessa, 77, has been the official preacher to the Papal Household since 1980. His job consists of giving a meditation every Friday of Lent and Advent to the senior...READ MORE

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B16 to Bankers: Promote Life, Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and the Common Good, and much more! (2123)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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B16 to Bankers: Promote Life, Subsidiarity & the Common Good. Click on the link by Deacon Keith Fournier to learn more.

B16 to Bankers: Promote Life, Subsidiarity & the Common Good - Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online

The Great Catholic Science Textbook Debate - Murray S. Daw, New Oxford Review

Believing in Santa - Calah Alexander, Ignitum Today

From the City of Kings: Baroque Architecture in Peru - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Five Myths about Pro-Lifers, and How to Refute Them - Kristen Walker, LifeSiteNews.com

South Carolina Diocese Abuse Policy Deals with Social Media - Bruce Smith, The State

Tim Tebow and Catholics: The Emerging Love Hate Relationship - David L. Gray

I Blame the Catholics! - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Morbid Beauty - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity...READ MORE

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Vatican Approves Miracle No. 2 for Blessed Marianne Cope (6454)

Canonization is the next step. It would make the Franciscan sister who served at Hawaiian leper colony the ninth U.S. saint.

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Blessed Marianne Cope.

– Wikipedia

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In 1883, Mother Marianne Cope, the superior general of the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse, opened her mail and read a plea for nurses that could minister to leprosy patients in Hawaii. Forty-nine religious orders had set the request aside, but she chose to accept the challenge.

“I am not afraid of any disease,” announced Mother Marianne, an early advocate of routine hand washing in the order’s hospitals.

She soon departed for Hawaii with six sisters, with plans to stay just long enough to get them settled. But the patients’ great needs led her to remain in Hawaii for four decades — she died there in 1918.

Almost a century later, Blessed Marianne is expected to be...READ MORE

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Creating a Culture of Vocations (2381)

Archbishop Robert Carlson, the head of the U.S. bishops’ committee on vocations, says there are signs of hope for the Church in America.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Archbishop Robert Carlson, the head of the U.S. bishops’ committee on vocations, believes Catholics should be encouraged by great signs of hope for the future of the priesthood in America.

Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis told EWTN News on Dec. 12 that although there is a “great need for more seminarians” in the United States, several recent “positive trends” in seminary enrollment should “give us hope as a people of faith.”

The archbishop said that apostolic visitations in 2005 revealed that the vast majority of diocesan seminaries throughout the country are “healthy houses of discernment and formation,” filled with seminarians of a “very high caliber” who bring...READ MORE

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Egypt's Christians Wary as Voting Continues (3049)

Some are willing to give Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists a chance to show they are willing to treat Christians equally.

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A man votes, and another studies his choices at a polling station in the Shubra district on the second day of voting on Nov. 29 in Cairo, Egypt. Eleven months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak 45 million Egyptians are electing members parliament. The complicated process will take four months to conclude. Presidential elections are expected to be held in 2012.

– Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Egypt’s Christian leaders urged their faithful to vote in the second phase of their country’s national elections, held this week, after two Islamic parties won nearly 70% of the contested seats in the first round of voting. 

“Most of the Church authorities have been encouraging the Christians to vote because it is their duty and their privilege,” Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the apostolic nuncio, said in a phone interview from his office in Cairo. “The results of the first round were not always encouraging; [and] there is the feeling that every vote counts.”

The Muslim Brotherhood won 47% of the contested seats, while the party of ultra conservative Salafist Muslims scored 21%.

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