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Pro-Lifers Protest Boston College Commencement Honoree (4201)

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s introduction of a new abortion law made him a target of campus criticism.

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Republic of Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Some 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees from Boston College on a balmy Monday, while a group of pro-lifers peacefully protested the Catholic university’s choice of Irish Prime Minster Enda Kenny as commencement speaker.

The protesters, who numbered about 60, gathered just off campus with prayers, signs, banners, bag pipes, drums and words to voice their opinion prior to May 20 commencement exercises in Alumni Stadium.

“Ireland is literally at the threshold of something terrible if Enda Kenny and his government do not rescind [the government’s plan to allow abortion] — if this law is enacted, we’re going down the wrong road,” said John...READ MORE

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Pope Praying for Children, Others Struck by Oklahoma Tornado (3056)

There are children among the dead, but officials said the death toll is expected to increase, in wake of tornado that hit the southern Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on May 20.

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Carlos and Kim Caudillo stand in the debris of their home after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20 in Moore, Okla.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sent special condolences to those parents who lost their children in a tornado in Oklahoma.

“I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children,” the Pope said on his Twitter account on May 21.

“Join me in praying for them,” he added.

Pope Francis also tweeted the same message in Spanish.

Earlier in the day, during his morning Mass in the Vatican, the Pope personally added a prayer intention for the tornado victims and those who are missing, especially the children.

The death toll keeps changing, as more are recovered following the tornado that hit the southern Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on...READ MORE

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Catholic, Pro-Life and Pro-Marriage Groups Also Targeted by IRS (8528)

The federal tax agency has already apologized for singling out groups that had ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their name, and one Catholic writer tells of her run-in with the taxman.

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WASHINGTON — Catholic writer and professor Anne Hendershott wanted the public to know that Obamacare funds abortions.

So she wrote a series of articles critical of the Affordable Care Act in March of 2010.

In May of that year, the IRS called.

Hendershott finds herself among an emerging class of taxpayers who believe they were targets of special scrutiny and intimidation by the Internal Revenue Service for political reasons.

The federal government’s tax-collection agency apologized on May 10 for targeting groups with “tea party” and/or “patriot” in their names, but growing numbers of Catholics claim they were also singled out for pro-life activities.

The IRS didn’t tell...READ MORE

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Atheist Identifies Problem with Same-Sex 'Marriage'; Videos to Warm the Soul and More! (3641)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Atheist Identifies Problem with Same-Sex ‘Marriage’. Follow the link by C. E. Olson to read more.

Atheist Identifies Problem with Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ by C. E. Olson - BigPulpit.com

9 Videos that Warm the Catholic Soul - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Why I Love M*A*S*H - Burke Ingraffia, Ignitum Today

Oh, Chastity Is Too Hard? Man Up! - Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Marriage Prep Classes Don’t Teach You How to Fight - Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

Help! My Children Aren’t Catholic Anymore! – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Why a Kid Can Demolish Materialism - Stacy Trasancos PhD

My Retirement From Blogging, New Chapter for NLM – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

I. R. S. Targets Catholic Critics of Obama Regime – Stephen M. Krason, Cris Magazine


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Congressman Moves to Halt Late-Term Abortions Nationwide (5670)

After the Kermit Gosnell case, even pro-abortion-rights leaders admit that a limit to late-term abortion is worth discussing.

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Rep. Trent Franks, R - Ariz.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Trent Franks, R- Ariz., has vowed to expand the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act to the whole country, outlawing the abortion of unborn infants that can feel pain, or unborn children more than 20 weeks old.

“Knowingly subjecting our innocent unborn children to dismemberment in the womb, particularly when they have developed to the point that they can feel excruciating pain every terrible moment leading up to their undeserved deaths, belies everything America was called to be,” Franks said in a statement. “This is not who we are.”

The bill was reintroduced on May 17, following its initial introduction in 2012. The original version of the legislation only...READ MORE

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Cloning Shows Science Must Dialogue With Philosophy (2951)

While the aim of the research was good (to produce stem cells for therapies), it required an objective evil (the destruction of human beings).

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Nissim Benvenisty (CC by 2.5).

Embryonic stem cells

– Nissim Benvenisty (CC by 2.5).

PORTLAND, Ore. — The recent production of stem cells from cloned human embryos has prompted a researcher to consider the need for scientists to take other disciplines into account before engaging their work.

“Scientists ... do not consider bioethical issues to be issues at all; they don’t see the bioethical argument or any philosophical argument,” Massimo Bionaz, assistant professor of animal sciences at Oregon State University, told Catholic News Agency May 17.

The May issue of the journal Cell included a paper from scientists at Oregon Health and Science University announcing they have produced embryonic stem cells by transferring the DNA of a human skin cell into a human egg to...READ MORE

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Rome University Launches Course on Liturgical Music (3881)

The two-year program will be divided into three main topics: liturgy, music and theology.

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Father Jordi Piqué, dean of the Pontifical University of Saint Anselmo's liturgical institute

VATICAN CITY — A pontifical university in Rome has launched a master’s program in Gregorian chant and the use of the organ at Mass so as to build unity among Catholics worldwide.

“The most important thing is that music, when it is truly liturgical, creates community,” Father Jordi Piqué, dean of the Pontifical University of Saint Anselmo’s liturgical institute, said May 20.

“When one hears a Mass that is sung or the organ interpreting a beautiful melody, it’s never individualistic; it’s always as a group,” he added, speaking at the Benedictine abbey where the university is located.

Father Piqué, who plays the organ, is from the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat, Spain, and was named...READ MORE

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Global Rosary Relay to Encourage Prayer for Priests (2869)

Participants in the relay will say a Rosary at a scheduled time for one half hour to thank God for priests

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Msgr. Ralph Heskett leads the Rosary with the Blessed Sacrament exposed on June 15, 2012.

NEW YORK — The Global Rosary Relay for Priests’ fourth annual event will take place June 7, providing an opportunity for worldwide prayer to support priests in their ministry.

“It’s unifying the whole world. It really is a very beautiful way for the laity to offer this spiritual bouquet of thanksgiving for our priests,” Marion Mulhall, founder and CEO of the event organizer WorldPriest, told EWTN News May 20.

“Our Lady has hugely blessed us. It was her inspiration. It is her Rosary,” Mulhall said. “It is her priests that we’re praying for on this Rosary.”

Participants in the relay will say a Rosary at a scheduled time for one half hour to thank God for priests and to ask the Virgin...READ MORE

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