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Focus Prayer Breakfast Remembers Boston Bombing Victims (2024)

Fellowship of Catholic University Students gathers Catholics for faith and fellowship.

05/02/2013 Comment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ breakfast in the Boston area offered prayers for the victims of the marathon bombings, as speakers encouraged students to evangelize within their communities.

“In times like these, when we are reminded of the broken world we live in, we are given the opportunity to let Christ shine through all the clearer,” said Justin Petrisek, Focus team director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is located in Cambridge, Mass.

Bomb explosions at the April 15 marathon in Boston killed three people and wounded more than 250 others. Within days, authorities began a manhunt in pursuit of suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar...READ MORE

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A True Story, Local Franciscan Recalls Friendship of Padre Pio and Much More! (3272)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/02/2013 Comments (1)

A True Story. Follow the link by Leila Miller of the Catholic Stand website to read more.

A True Story – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Local Franciscan Recalls Friendship of Padre Pio – Jim Graves, Catholic San Francisco

What’s Killing American Catholicism by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Big Pulpit

Southern Baptist Seminarian Turns to Rome, One Year Later – Anthony, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Heartwarming Story from Texas Roadhouse – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Building Bridges Between The Orthodox & Catholics – Christopher B. Warner, The Catholic World Report

Who is the Terrorist? - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Woe to Those Who Call Trash Treasure, Treasure Trash - Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Crisis Magazine

What Gosnell Did is Not Rare – Stacy...READ MORE

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April Legislation Promotes Life in Kansas (3796)

Gov. Sam Brownback, a Catholic convert, signed three pieces of pro-life legislation into law last month.

05/01/2013 Comments (14)

Gov. Sam Brownback

TOPEKA, Kan. — Three pieces of legislation signed last month by Gov. Sam Brownback have affirmed the hard work of pro-lifers in Kansas.

Brownback signed S.B. 142, “Civil Rights for the Unborn,” into law April 10. It concerns “wrongful life” and “wrongful death” suits. The measure prevents “wrongful life suits,” which are filed under the claim that damages are owed parents because they were not given information that would have led them to abort their baby. When these cases arise, it is generally because the baby has some significant disability.

S.B. 142, on the other hand, allows civil causes of action for the wrongful death of an unborn child throughout the entire nine months of...READ MORE

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Army Values, Is Chant Like Folk Music? Auto-Tuned Life, Boston Boys Choir of Cambridge and More! (2899)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/01/2013 Comment

Army Values. Follow the link by Donald R. McClarey of The American Catholic blog.

Army Values – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is Chant Like Folk Music? - Jeffrey Tucker, Crisis Magazine

Auto-Tuned Life – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Boston Boys Choir, St. Paul’s Cambridge - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Unlocking the Secrets to Places Catholics Call Home by Kat. P. Warner, ICL™ website - Big Pulpit

New Oratory-in-Formation coming for Brisbane, Australia – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

What Gosnell Did is Not Rare - Stacy Trasancos PhD

Church Before Sex - Wesley Hill, First Things/First Thoughts

Feminists Attack, The Meek Will Conquer - Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

B. B. C. Ignorance on Tudor History – Webmaster Gareth,...READ MORE

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Vatican Monastery Prepares for Benedict XVI’s Return Tomorrow (3377)

Since he resigned from the papacy on Feb. 28, the former pope has been living at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

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Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, where Benedict XVI will retire to a life of prayer.

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VATICAN CITY — Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on May 2 by helicopter, coming back the same way he left just two months ago when he resigned as pope.

The return of a former pope is something that has no historical precedent, making everything new for the Vatican’s staff.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican’s Press Office, told Catholic News Agency April 30 that “there will be someone there to welcome Benedict XVI” but he is not yet sure who that will be.

The former pope will arrive by helicopter around 4:30 or 5pm and, after a brief greeting, will head to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, where he will live a life of prayer and meditation.

Since he resigned...READ MORE

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Critics Say Calif. Infertility Bill Violates Children’s Rights (3100)

The president of Catholics for the Common Good says the practice of creating children from sperm and egg donors has consequences and is an injustice to the child.

05/01/2013 Comments (9)
Wayne Hsieh via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

California State Capitol

– Wayne Hsieh via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California bill ensuring that health-care coverage for infertility treatments would be provided to same-sex couples is a violation of the basic human right for a mother and a father, critics charge.

“What we’re concerned about is sperm and egg donation in general, for the purpose of creating children,” Bill May, president of Catholics for the Common Good, told Catholic News Agency April 30.

He said the practice deprives these children of “knowing and being cared for by their mother or father or both. It’s a violation of a fundamental human right, and it needs to be stopped.”

The bill, AB-460, amends California statute to say that “coverage for the treatment of...READ MORE

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Morning-After Pill to Be Made Available Over the Counter (2633)

Pharmacies and retailers with on-site pharmacies will have the drug on shelves, and those wishing to purchase it will have to provide proof of age.

05/01/2013 Comments (3)

WASHINGTON — On April 30, the Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step to all women aged 15 and older.

Plan B One-Step is the name of the drug, made exclusively by Teva Women’s Health, Inc., which acts as an emergency contraceptive that reduces the possibility of pregnancy when taken up to three days after sexual intercourse. It is taken as a single-dose 1.5 mg tablet of levonorgestrel.

Pharmacies and retailers with on-site pharmacies will have the drug on shelves, and those wishing to purchase it will have to provide proof of age. Teva has agreed to have a security tag placed on all Plan B One-Step cartons to prevent...READ MORE

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Iraqi Chaldean Catholic Family’s Anguished Exile (3613)

The displaced and persecuted Najib family’s travels have taken them from their ancestral home in Iraq to Syria and now Lebanon.

05/01/2013 Comments (5)
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Chaldean Catholic refugees Nohoud Najib (r) and her daughter Nour talk in their apartment in Beirut, Lebanon.

– Simon Roughneen

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A small and spartan apartment above the Mar Elias Church in East Beirut is Iraqi refugee Nohoud Najib’s latest temporary home, a place she hopes will be no more than a way station to resettlement in a Western country.

“We don’t mind where we go, so long as it is safe. Some want to be close to the diaspora, but, for us, that is second,” she says, speaking a decade after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the subsequent toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime.

The optimism that accompanied the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, soon was drowned in the bloodletting and sectarian mass murders that ensued.

Though Iraq’s Shia Muslims felt the brunt of Sunni militant wrath to a...READ MORE

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