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Chief Rabbis of Israel Praise Efforts to Reduce Abortions (3297)

In a letter to a group that helps women carry their babies to term, the rabbis cite ‘the extreme seriousness involved in killing fetuses, which is like actual murder.’

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Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rabbi Yona Metzger, the chief rabbis of Israel

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JERUSALEM — Last week, an Orthodox Jewish publication awarded its top honor, the Jerusalem Prize, to Efrat, an Israeli organization that helps Jewish women considering an abortion to carry their babies to term.  

The prize was awarded by B’Sheva, a Jewish religious magazine, during its annual conference.

The honor came on the heels of the release of a letter by Israel’s two chief rabbis, who credited Efrat for saving the lives of more than 54,000 unborn children.

An estimated 20,000 pregnancies are aborted legally every year in Israel, according to Efrat. 

In their letter, the chief rabbis said they found “great importance” in Efrat’s work “in saving the lives of Jewish children.”...READ MORE

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John Paul II Received Help From Miner in Discerning Vocation (2637)

After young Karol Wojtyla had to work at a quarry to keep from being deported to Germany, a co-worker there told him, ‘I think you would make a great priest.’

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ROME — One of the closest collaborators of Blessed John Paul II, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, recounted in Rome a little-known story about the late Pope’s vocation to the priesthood.

Cardinal Re served as the Vatican's secretary of state and later as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.  

On Jan. 9 at the Conciliaziones Auditorium — during the presentation of the recital The Pope and the Poet, inspired by the life of Karol Wojtyla — he recalled an unpublished episode from the life of the late Holy Father.

The cardinal told reporters that, in 1939, young Karol Wojtyla had to quit college and work at a quarry to support himself and to keep from being deported to Germany.  


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France’s One-Million-Member March for Marriage (1980)

Supporters of safeguarding the definition of marriage throng to the streets of Paris in protest against President Francois Hollande’s ‘marriage for all’ proposal.

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PARIS — Over 1 million people reportedly took to the streets in France on Jan. 13 in opposition to President Francois Hollande’s “marriage for all” proposal.

Figures show between 1.3 and 1.5 million protested against their president’s plans to pass same-sex "marriage," according to Bruno Dary, the former military governor of the city of Paris. Numbers from other media outlets range from an estimated 340,000 to 800,000 attendees.

Set to go before France’s parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.”

“It was a kind of a tsunami,” participant Catherine Vierling said of Sunday’s...READ MORE

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Why 'Time' Magazine 'Pro-Life' Cover Might Be No Big Deal (12519)


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For the conspiratorial mind, it might seem odd that Time magazine ran a cover story on how abortion advocates have been losing ever since their Roe v. Wade victory, legalizing abortion 40 years ago.

Framing the abortion movement as in decline is particularly interesting, since the story was published just days before Planned Parenthood released its annual report marking a record number of abortions: 333,964.

The family-planning organization also received $542 million in government funding, possibly an all-time high, and had $87.4 million in excess revenue, with $1.2 billion in net assets. It seems that, for Planned Parenthood, business is booming.

Certainly, pro-life activists have...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Numbers Rise, Other Services Fall (2824)

The number of abortions the organization performs and its level of government subsidies both reach all-time highs, provoking challenges to its federal funding.

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WASHINGTON — A Planned Parenthood report showing an increase in abortions and decrease in other health services is leading to questions over the federal funding that the organization receives.

“While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all-time high, so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven abortion business,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a Jan. 7 statement.

“Destroying nearly 1 million children in three years is not health care and does not reflect a concern for vulnerable women and girls,” she added. “As Planned Parenthood’s funding goes up, abortions increase and real health services for women go...READ MORE

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U.S. Called on to Lead Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts (1653)

Religious leaders across America ask President Obama to make the attainment of ‘a resilient and just peace’ a priority of his second term in office.

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City of Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON — Religious leaders from across the United States asked the Obama administration to make peace efforts between Israel and Palestine a priority over the next four years.

“American political leadership is needed now more than ever to support both Israelis and Palestinians in creating a resilient and just peace,” said representatives of 35 Christian denominations.

In a Jan. 7 letter to President Barack Obama, they warned that allowing the status quo to continue could prolong the conflict and bring greater violence to the region.

“As you embark upon your second term, there is an unprecedented opportunity for your administration to play a catalytic role in the resolution of...READ MORE

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A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room, Tips for Taking Your Kids to Adoration and Much More! (3372)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room. Follow the link by Stacy Trasancos, Ph. D., of the Accepting Abundance blog to read more.

A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room by Stacy TrasancosBig Pulpit

Gadgets, Books, and Cuddles: Tips For Taking Your Kids To Adoration – Marc Cardaronella

West Coast Walk for Life Schedule of Events – Johanna Dasteel, LifeSiteNews

Braille Resources and Gregorian Chant – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Christendom College Again Sees All Students Attending March for Life – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Wait! Sin Has Consequences? – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Mystically Deficient – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Forgiveness Means Forever – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

Same-Sex "Marriage": The Catholic Church Really is at War with the...READ MORE

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Pope Asks Christians to Rediscover ‘Beauty’ of Baptism (2211)

The Holy Father baptized infants at the Vatican Sunday to mark the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, extending his prayer and blessing ‘to all newborns.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI baptized children at the Vatican Sunday to mark the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, encouraging Christians to remember their own baptisms and the “beauty of being born again.”

“I would like to extend my prayer and my blessing to all newborns,” he said Jan. 13 after baptizing numerous babies aged 3- to 4 months in the Sistine Chapel.

“I especially invite everyone to remember your baptism, that spiritual rebirth that has opened the way to eternal life,” Pope Benedict said during his Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square. “May every Christian rediscover the beauty of being born again from above, from the love of God, and live as a child of God.”


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