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Changes to March for Life Focus on Engaging Culture (2154)

Exciting new features have been aimed at young people and cultural renewal, according to the March for Life's new president, Jeanne Monahan.

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Student participants at the March for Life 2012.

– Catholic News Agency

WASHINGTON — When hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the nation’s capital next week for the March for Life this year, they will be met with exciting changes aimed at young people and cultural renewal, said the event’s leader.

“I think it’s really a spiritual battle,” Jeanne Monahan, March for Life's president, told Catholic News Agency on Jan. 15. “This march does have a huge impact on actually saving lives.”

Forty years after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion throughout America, the March for Life is looking forward to continuing this impact with Monahan, who took over as head of the organization last year.

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‘Religious Freedom Day’ Prompts Renewed Opposition to Mandate (1989)

Advocates for religious liberty criticize President Obama’s failure to acknowledge the religious-liberty threat posed by the federal contraception mandate.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s designation of a national Religious Freedom Day is leading to calls for his administration to show greater respect for the conscience rights of Americans.

“If it is not to be an empty promise,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, “religious freedom must also include acting on one’s deepest religious beliefs when one is feeding the poor, caring for the sick, educating the young or running a business.”

Duncan welcomed the president’s proclamation but expressed regret over its failure to acknowledge the threats to religious freedom posed by the controversial contraception mandate.

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‘Civil Disobedience’ Would Expose HHS Mandate ‘Tyranny’ (8198)

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli advises citizens to risk jail, if necessary, to protest against the contraceptive and abortifacient health insurance mandate.

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Martin Luther King, Jr in a holding cell in Birmingham, Ala., in October 1967.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Citizens should defy the federal government’s contraceptive mandate, even to the point of going to jail, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a recent radio interview.

Cuccinelli, a Catholic who is running this year for governor of Virginia, told conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace that civil disobedience would expose the “tyranny” behind the federal law that would compel religiously affiliated organizations and private businesses to cover contraception, abortifacients and sterilization in their employee health-insurance plans.

“My local bishop said he told a group, ‘Well, you know, I told a group I’m ready to go to jail,’ and I told him, ‘Bishop,...READ MORE

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U.S. Asked to Intervene for Christian Citizen Jailed in Iran (1768)

Pastor Saeed Abedini angered the Iranian government by helping start house churches after converting from Islam to Christianity.

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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — A U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith could face execution if the government is not pressured to release him, warned an international religious-freedom advocacy group.

“As more individuals and governments around the world take notice of Pastor Saeed’s case, the pressure on Iran to release him and stop violating religious liberty will increase,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice.

In a Jan. 14 post on the law center’s website, Sekulow explained that immediate action is essential, “as the Iranian regime is clearly bent on rushing through a sham trial that leaves counsel unprepared and in...READ MORE

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What the BBC Won't Tell You About the Paris Rally in Defense of Marriage and Much More! (4688)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What the B. B. C. Won’t Tell You About Paris Rally in Defense of Marriage. Follow the link by blogger Deacon Nick Donnelly to read more.

What the B. B. C. Won’t Tell You About Paris Rally in Defense of Marriage by blogger Deacon Nick DonnellyBig Pulpit

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Evangelizing Young Adults - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, First Things/On The Square

Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury – Fr. Charles Klamut, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Friendship: What Fellowship can Light have with Darkness? – Katy Holland, Fide Et Literis

Timeless Fashion Advice from St. Francis de Sales – Anabelle Hazard, Ignitum Today

On Downton Abbey and Being Catholic - Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

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More Than 1,000 English Priests Write Letter Defending Marriage (2338)

The U.K.’s same-sex ‘marriage’ plan would ‘severely restrict the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage,’ the letter warns.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron

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LONDON — More than 1,000 priests signed a letter to a British daily newspaper urging local lawmakers “not to be afraid to reject” a proposed measure that would allow for same-sex “marriage” in the country.

“Legislation for same-sex 'marriage,' should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences,” warned the letter, which was published Jan. 12.

The move would “severely restrict” Catholics’ ability to “teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship,” the priests said.

In December, the Conservative government announced plans to introduce legislation allowing for same-sex “marriage” before 2015. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said...READ MORE

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Andrew Cuomo’s Brave New 'Roe' (41700)

New York State’s Catholic governor pushes on-demand abortion legislation that, if enforced, could put Catholic hospitals and many state-funded ministries out of business.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is flexing his political muscle to give abortion advocates their biggest state victory in 40 years since Roe v. Wade: a sweeping expansion of abortion law that, if enforced, could put Catholic hospitals and many state-funded ministries out of business.

Cuomo’s approval ratings have topped 70% for six straight months, and, with just two years in office, he has already pushed through controversial same-sex “marriage” legislation and the most restrictive gun-control law in the nation.

Cuomo, who is Catholic, now is setting his sights on succeeding where governors for the past six years have failed: passing the proposed Reproductive Health Care...READ MORE

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Desire to See God’s Face Fulfilled in Christ, Pope Affirms (1708)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father examined salvation history as the story of man’s relationship with and thirst for God.

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– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI examined salvation history as the story of man’s relationship with and thirst for God at his general audience this week at the Vatican.

“The desire to truly know God, that is, to see the face of God, is inherent in every human being,” he said Jan. 16 in Paul VI Hall.

“Perhaps we also, unconsciously, have this desire to simply see who he is, what he is, who he is for us. But this desire is fulfilled in following Christ, so ... we finally see God as a friend, his face (is) the face of Christ.”

Pope Benedict began his audience by referring to Christ as “the mediator and the fullness of all revelation.” Salvation history begins after the fall of Adam...READ MORE

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