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Blind Activist Appeals to U.S. Over China’s Human-Rights Abuses (2152)

The human-rights lawyer attracted the anger of Chinese authorities when he spoke out against China’s one-child policy.

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House Speaker John Boehner greets Chen Guangcheng.

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WASHINGTON — Blind Chinese human-rights activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng criticized China for its human-rights abuses and asked that the United States holds the foreign country responsible for its actions.

During April 9 testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee, Chen told legislators that “we cannot continue to tolerate the Chinese Communist authorities continuing to go back on their words and deceiving the international community at will.”

Through a translator, the activist described the persecution he suffered at the hands of the Chinese government for litigating against its widespread human-rights abuses.

Blinded by a serious illness when he was young, Chen is a...READ MORE

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Early Returns on Pope Francis’ Pontificate (6322)

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s still too early to gauge what the Holy Father plans in some key areas, but after an impressive start, a clearer picture is coming into focus.

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VATICAN CITY — Now that the world has had a chance to examine Pope Francis in some detail, a clearer picture of the Holy Father is emerging, one that gives some important clues about where this pontificate is heading.

Drawing on his words and actions, testimonies of those who know him, as well as his previous interviews and writings from the time he was a cardinal, it’s clear that his overall concern, like that of every successor of Peter, is to draw others to Christ and the Gospel.

“He will bring out the freshness of the Gospel,” says Father Alfonso Riobó Serván, director of the Spanish Catholic publication Palabra. “That’s his way.”

But his style and emphases differ from his...READ MORE

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Delaware Abortion Business Blasted as ‘Ridiculously Unsafe’ (3492)

Two former employees of the Planned Parenthood of Delaware abortion facility have spoken out against their employer.

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WASHINGTON — Reports of another abortion business operating under drastically unsafe and unsanitary conditions have prompted pro-life leaders to call for more rigorous standards and inspections of Planned Parenthood.

“The abortion industry cannot be relied upon to police themselves,” said Susan B. Anthony List's president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, April 10.

She charged that abortion businesses’ opposition to efforts to strengthen health and safety standards in abortion facilities “does not reflect true concern for women and girls.”

“Planned Parenthood cannot claim to be truly concerned for women’s health while at the same time opposing laws aimed at securing women’s safety inside...READ MORE

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Fortitude: The Courage to Allow Christ to Increase in Us (5584)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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'The Crucifixion of Peter,' by Caravaggio

As we saw last time, the gift of fortitude, while related to the natural virtue of fortitude, also goes beyond mere earthly courage — just as the gift of counsel goes beyond mere earthly prudence.

As we see in the Scriptures, St. Peter had plenty of natural fortitude, but not the supernatural and sanctifying gift of fortitude. He was a man who was brave enough to take a sword to Malchus’ ear in a fit of heroic bravado, but who, hours later, could be found claiming, “I do not know the man” to a scullery maid and two others.

Peter’s denial of Christ filled him with shame, but not enough to keep him from doing it again two other times. His earthly programming for self-preservation was...READ MORE

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Little Sisters Plead for Accommodation From Government (3317)

The Little Sisters of the Poor said the Health and Human Services' mandate ‘threatens the operation’ of their homes for the elderly poor.

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BALTIMORE — The Little Sisters of the Poor have submitted comments to the Health and Human Services Department explaining why proposed changes to the contraception mandate continue to imperil their religious freedom.

“The federal government should not force us to counteract through the health benefits that we arrange for our employees the very same gospel of life that we attempt to live in communion and solidarity with the needy elderly,” the Little Sisters said in an April 8 comment signed by the superiors of three U.S. provinces.

The Little Sisters of the Poor serve the elderly poor nationwide, providing them with shelter, food and care. The sisters take a vow of hospitality,...READ MORE

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Pope Thanks Foundation for Fighting Material, Spiritual Poverty (2274)

A Philadelphia-based charity presents Pope Francis with an $8.6-million donation, which he will be able to use during the coming year for his charitable activities.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told members of The Papal Foundation that their contributions are helping combat “the many forms of material and spiritual poverty” present throughout the world.

“The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great, and your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family and to contribute to the growth of fraternity and peace,” the Pope said April 11 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall.

This year, around 100 members of the Philadelphia-based foundation traveled to Rome during the week after Easter to present Pope Francis with their annual contribution.

They were...READ MORE

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Vatican Official Urges Use of Technology to Proclaim Gospel (3534)

Blessed John Paul II placed great importance on the use of the new technologies in evangelization.

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Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications


SANTIAGO, Chile — The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Celli, encouraged Catholics to make bold use of new technologies in the work of evangelization.

During the second International Seminar on Communications in the Church, taking place in Santiago, Chile, Archbishop Celli used statistics and graphics to show the evolution of the use of the social networks by different generations, underscoring their strong impact on young people.

In his address titled “Communications and the Second Vatican Council: Can a Council Held 50 Years Ago Still Be Current?” Archbishop Celli recalled that the last pontificates have highlighted the challenges...READ MORE

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A Catholic Executive Goes ‘Undercover’ (6634)

An interview with Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO of The Dwyer Group

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Courtesy of The Dwyer Group

Editor’s Note: Randy Hain will be a guest on Register Radio on April 12. Listen on EWTN Radio at 2pm Eastern, with encores at 7pm Eastern on Saturdays and 11am Eastern on Sundays. Or listen online here.

I was introduced to Dina Dwyer-Owens a few months ago via a mutual friend, having never heard of Dina, her popular episode of Undercover Boss, which aired on CBS in January 2012 or The Dwyer Group, which she leads as chairwoman and CEO. 

On Undercover Boss, senior executives disguise themselves and work in entry-level jobs within their companies in order to learn how their businesses operate from an often eye-opening perspective. 

In Dina’s episode, she candidly shared her devotion...READ MORE

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