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Why the Papacy Endures, Conversion of a Lustful Satanist Magician, and much more! (5138)

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09/27/2011 Comment

The Conversion of a Lustful Satanist Magician. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to learn more about two amazing saints.

Why the Papacy Endures - William Doino Jr., First Things/On the Square

The Conversion of a Lustful Satanist Magician - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Papal German Visit Will Remain Important for Many Years to Come - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Practical Distributism: Subsidiarity & Social Security - David W. Cooney, Distributist Review

1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married - Julie Robison, VirtuousPla.net

Black Market Babies and the Church - Mary Jo Anderson, Crisis Magazine

Loving the Whole Person: Integration and Affirmation - Brendan Dudley, HLI America

Media say Pope may Resign in April: Not True - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Don’t be Deceived by...READ MORE

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New Project Defends Those Who Defend Marriage (2576)

The National Organization for Marriage has launched the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance to support the freedom to express one’s belief that marriage should be the union of a man and woman without fear of harassment or punishment.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The National Organization for Marriage announced Sept. 23 that it is launching the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance, a new project to defend the freedom to express one’s belief that marriage should be the union of a man and woman without fear of harassment or punishment.

“My sense is that there are too many of us who believe that marriage is the union of husband and wife to stigmatize or marginalize if we come together,” said Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of National Organization for Marriage.

Gallagher told EWTN News Sept. 26 that the alliance was created in response to “increased reports, both public and private, of people whose livelihoods are being...READ MORE

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A Plea for China From Capitol Hill (6734)

Marking 31 years of a lethal ‘one-child’ mandate.

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WASHINGTON — Marking the 31st anniversary of China’s one-child policy, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first hearing since 2009 on the coercive population-control mandate.

“The one-child-per-couple policy is the most egregious systematic attack on mothers ever,” said Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Human Rights Subcommittee, who hosted the hearing.

“Women bare the major brunt of the one-child policy — not only as mothers,” Smith said at the hearing. “Due to the male preference in China’s society and the limitation of the family size to one child, the policy has directly contributed to what is accurately described as...READ MORE

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Church High Fashion, Female Deacons, Why in Latin, Monogamy, and much more! (3619)

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High Fashion in the Church? Click on the link by Fr. Christopher Smith to learn more.

High Fashion in the Church?- Fr. Christopher Smith, The Chant Café

Whispering with Rocco Palmo - Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Get Religion

Can the Catholic Church Ordain Female Deacons? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Conscious and Morality - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

Positivism, Ethics, & Law - John Henry, The American Catholic

Is Morality Gone? - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

Why in Latin? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

A Modest Proposal: Reverently Receiving the Eucharist - Leroy Huizenga, First Things

Has the Cost of Raising Children Really Risen 40% in Ten Years? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

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Benedict Reminds Germans to Be Light of Christ in the World (1843)

Roundup of Pope’s Visit to Germany

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PAPAL WAVE. Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims outside the Dom cathedral on Sept. 23 in Erfurt, Germany. The Pope was in Erfurt on the second of a four-day visit to Germany.

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FREIBURG IM BREISGAU — On a Lufthansa jet named Regensburg, Pope Benedict flew back to Rome yesterday evening, bringing to an end a very intense four-day official visit to Germany.

It wasn’t quite the triumph to match the Holy Father’s state visit to Britain last year, when his presence silenced many of his critics, but among Church officials and many of the faithful, this visit greatly exceeded expectations.

From the rousing welcomes he received from a total of 300,000 faithful who traveled to see him to the spontaneous standing ovation given him in the German parliament, his reception was significantly better than many had predicted.

But the Pope made it clear from the outset that his...READ MORE

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Bosnian Nuns Beatified (2278)

The five sisters were kidnapped and martyred in 1941.

09/26/2011 Comment

ROME (EWTN News/CNA)—The prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, presided at the beatification of five Bosnian nuns who were kidnapped and later killed in December 1941.

Maria Jula Ivanišević, Maria Berchmana Leidenix, Maria Krizina Bojanc, Maria Antonija Fabjan and Maria Bernadeta Banja were all members of the Daughters of Divine Charity.

In 1911, the nuns lived in a convent near Sarajevo in the town of Pale. They ran an elementary school until it was closed in 1919.  In 1927 they began teaching catechism at the region’s schools. “Their selfless commitment to the people in need was known by all the inhabitants of the region,” earning them the...READ MORE

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The Pope in Germany: A Register Recap (2467)

Benedict XVI concluded his four-day state visit to Germany yesterday, Sunday, Sept. 25. Here are the highlights.

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Pope Benedict XVI concluded his four-day state visit to Germany yesterday, Sunday, Sept. 25.

In his homily for the final Mass, the Pope concluded, “Let us ask God for the courage and the humility to walk the path of faith, to draw from the riches of his mercy, and to fix our gaze on Christ, the Word, who makes all things new and is for us ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’ (John 14:6): He is our future.”

During the vigil for youth, the Holy Father reminded young people to share Christ’s light with the world as they held thousands of lit candles. Beautiful sight!

See all of the coverage from our Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, here, including all of the Pope’s addresses and homilies in...READ MORE

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Ohio Pro-Lifers Rally to Support 'Heartbeat Bill' That Would Save Babies From Abortion (2010)

H.B. 125 says that no abortion can be performed if the unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (EWTN News)—A bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected drew hundreds of backers to a rally at the Ohio Statehouse on Sept. 20.

“People have seen bumper stickers saying ‘Abortion stops a beating heart,’” said Faith2Action president Folger Porter, The Washington Times reported. “What I want to tell you, though, is when the heartbeat bill becomes law, we’re going to reverse this: And it’s going to mean that ‘a beating heart stops abortion.’”

H.B. 125 says that no abortion can be performed if the unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat, except to prevent the death of the mother or irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. The legislation passed...READ MORE

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