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New Pro-Adoption Ad Campaign Launched (1972)

Previous campaigns by the pro-life media group Heroic Media have connected with hundreds of women.

06/20/2013 Comment

– heroicmedia.org

AUSTIN, Texas — A pro-life media group’s ad campaign encouraging pregnant women to choose adoption has launched its third series of broadcasts after previous campaigns succeeded in reaching hundreds of women.

“We are optimistic that great things will happen over the upcoming weeks and that lives will be saved as women are put into contact with trusted adoption resources,” said Marissa Cope, director of marketing, communication and research at the Austin-based Heroic Media, June 18.

She said the latest campaign has received “the strongest response yet.”

The commercial, titled “The Adoption Option,” features a pregnant woman who tells the viewer why she plans to put her unborn child...READ MORE

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Activist’s NYU Departure Bears ‘Hallmarks’ of Chinese Pressure (2291)

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith questions the university’s decision to ask Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng to leave.

06/20/2013 Comments (5)

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., welcomes Chen Guangcheng to the United States on May 21, 2012.

WASHINGTON — Amid reports that blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng is being asked to leave New York University, some human-rights defenders are worried that the decision may have been influenced by the Chinese government.

“I have worked on other high-profile human-rights cases just like this, and I’ve never known a case to bring such a high-profile, world-class human-rights defender, and say, ‘Your time is up,’” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., told Catholic News Agency, adding that the university’s actions bear “the hallmarks of pressure.”

While New York University officials say that the fellowship offered to Chen was always intended to be temporary, the pro-life activist said that the...READ MORE

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Lay Effort Begins for U.S. Religious Liberty (5605)

Catholics for Freedom of Religion organizes to preserve a fundamental American tradition.

06/20/2013 Comments (17)

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — With the HHS mandate coming into force in a matter of weeks, a group of lay Catholics are gaining strength in their campaign to wake up Catholics in their parishes — and Americans of all faiths — to the dangers posed to U.S. religious liberty.

Little more than a year old, the nonpartisan Catholics for Freedom of Religion has begun educating and activating Catholics in Long Island, N.Y., parishes, building a grassroots effort to promote and defend religious liberty in the United States.

“It is the bishops’ role to teach, but it’s our job, as the laity, to defend religious liberty,” said Barbara Samuells, co-founder of Catholics for Freedom of Religion (CFFR).


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How to Host a Catholic Party, The Vatican Has Approved Second John Paul II Miracle and More! (3740)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/20/2013 Comment

How to Host a Catholic Party. Follow the link by Julie Rodrigues of Catholic Lane website to read more.

How to Host a Catholic Party by Julie Rodrigues of Catholic Lane website - BigPulpit.com

Vatican Theologians Have Approved Second Pope Blessed John Paul II Miracle – Vatican Insider

Pew Isolation – Molly, Ignitum Today

Spiritual Vitamins – Heart Speaks to Heart

The Girl Scouts’ Radical Friends - Sydney Volanski, Catholic Stand

What Is the Purpose of Law? – Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Prayer in Time of Grief – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Most Popular Moral Heresy in the World – Mark P. Shea, The Catholic World Report

Flash Floods Force Closure of the Shrine Our Lady of Lourdes – The Catholic Herald

Man Who Forced Prayer Out of Schools, 50 Years...READ MORE

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Cuomo Splits Legislation as N.Y. Abortion Quest Enters Critical Hour (3853)

Pro-lifers gird against a possible last-ditch push by the pro-abortion-rights governor.

06/19/2013 Comments (10)
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

– Pat Arnow/Wikipedia

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to save the bulk of his women’s equality agenda by creating a separate bill for the most radical expansion of abortion in New York state since the Roe v. Wade decision.

But the governor’s move is not enough for pro-life leaders to declare victory, pointing to previous 11th-hour negotiations that gave the governor his most controversial legislative triumphs.

Cuomo has divided the Women’s Equality Act into 10 bills, after negotiating with leaders from the state Assembly and the Senate. Cuomo backed down from his all-or-nothing position after it was clear the New York Legislature would not resolve an impasse over the WEA’s inclusion of a...READ MORE

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Vatican Theologians Reportedly Approve Second John Paul II Miracle (6983)

If the reports are accurate, it is speculated that Pope Francis might canonize Blessed John Paul II on Oct. 20.

06/19/2013 Comments (15)


VATICAN CITY — Theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints are reported to have approved a second miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, moving him closer to being declared a saint.

“The proclamation of his sainthood needs only the approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops and the final signature of Pope Francis,” Italian news agency ANSA reported June 18.

Britain’s Telegraph newspaper also reported June 19 that a Vatican source had confirmed a miracle. The source did not disclose details of the miracle, but said it involved a Costa Rican woman whose “extraordinary healing” would “amaze the world.”

Before Blessed John Paul II can be...READ MORE

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Reverence; Pio Nono, The Washington Monument and a Purloined Block of Marble, and Much More! (2772)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/19/2013 Comment

Pio Nono, The Washington Monument, and a Purloined Block of Marble. Follow the link by Donald R. McClarey, JD of The American Catholic blog.

Catholics Carry Parish Banner in 'Gay' Pride Parade by Matt Archbold - BigPulpit.com

Why God Is Father, Not Mother – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Reverence - Kaitlin Davis, Ignitum Today

In Defense of Church’s Strong Language on Homosexuality – Daniel Mattson, First Things/On the Square

Pio Nono, The Washington Monument, and a Purloined Block of Marble – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

I’ve Changed My Mind About Womynpreests - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

The Pilgrimage of Faith, Christianity’s Unvanquished Hope - Anthony Lilles, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Difference Between a Pilgrim and a Tourist - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic


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Papal Message Reaffirms Call to Abolish Death Penalty (15433)

Pope Frances echoes the pleas of Benedict XVI and John Paul II to abolish capital punishment.

06/19/2013 Comments (40)

The electric chair once used for executions at New York state’s Sing Sing prison.

– Wikipedia

MADRID — In a message to participants of the Fifth World Congress Against the Death Penalty held in Madrid, Pope Francis reiterated the Holy See’s support for “the abolition of the death penalty.”

Opposition to the death penalty is part of the Church’s defense of the dignity of human life, he said, and it is “a courageous reaffirmation of the conviction that humanity can successfully confront criminality” without resorting to the suppression of life.

In his message, which was signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father recalled that his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II made similar pleas.

He asked that “capital sentences be commuted to a...READ MORE

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