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Nellie Gray, ‘Rock-Like’ Presence at the March for Life, Dead at 88 (2568)

Led an event that has drawn hundreds of thousands to Washington, D.C., each January and spawned similar marches worldwide.

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Nellie Gray at the 2012 March for Life

– Jeff Bruno

WASHINGTON — As the pro-life movement mourns the death of Nellie Gray, whose name became synonymous with the March for Life, some veteran pro-lifers are remembering where it all began: in Gray’s Capitol Hill dining room.

Gray heard that a small group of New York friends planned to come to town to mark the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in 1973. Appalled by the ruling, Gray, a government lawyer and convert to Catholicism, who had been told that her friends needed a local address to obtain the necessary permits to march, graciously opened her house to them.

“You need to be careful who you invite into your dining room,” Gray...READ MORE

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The Collapse of Europe, Child Abandonment and the Hope of the Church (7054)


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Julian the Apostate was the first emperor to be impressed by Christian charity.

– Wikipedia

As the economy in Europe worsens, babies are being abandoned at an increasing rate, so much so that charitable institutions have reintroduced a very old device, “the baby hatch.” Desperate mothers and fathers place their infants in the hatch at an agency, orphanage or church, an electric sensor goes off, and caregivers come to the rescue.

Something much like this was used in the Middle Ages, and for a significant time after — a secret door at a monastery, convent, hospital or church, where children whose parents could not care for them would be left (anonymously) and be cared for.

Child abandonment is nothing new. A little history lesson will go a long way in understanding today’s...READ MORE

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Modest Swimwear, Five Latin Hyms You Should Know, Hammer Falls on Xavier University, and Much More! (2504)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Modest Swimwear, Dipping into a Contentious Subject. Click on the link provided by Etheldreda’s Place blog.

Modest Swimwear, Dipping into a Contentious Subject – Etheldreda’s Place

5 Latin Hymns You Should Know- C. L. Davis, Saint Peter’s List

Hammer Comes Down on Xavier University of Cincinnati – Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

Caution on Excluding All Future Electronic Devices from Liturgy - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

So You Still Think Homosexuality Is Sinful? Debunking a Facebook Graphic by Marc Barnes of Patheos' Bad Catholic blog – Big ulpit

Pope Leo XIII: Out-of-Control Welfare State Leads to Out-of-Control Spending – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Archbishop Lori: Catholics Shouldn’t Vote for Those Who Supports Evil – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews


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Youth Complete Pro-Life Walk Across America (3161)

Crossroads' 18th annual cross-country trek ended over the weekend.

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More than 40 young people who walked across the U.S. for pro-life service, advocacy and witness held a rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to mark the end of the 18th annual cross-country trek run by the group Crossroads.

“Even though the walks are over, we still need to continue on and let the Lord work, to continue that mission of transforming the culture of death into a culture of life,” Jim Nolan, Crossroads' national director, told EWTN News Aug. 13.

Walk participants began on the West Coast on May 19. They passed through 40 states, visiting hundreds of churches and standing outside of dozens of abortion businesses, where they prayed and offered pro-life counseling.


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No to Attachment to Pleasures, What is Really Happening in Syria, Dignity of Work, and Much More! (2246)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Not to become Attached to Pleasures by St. Benedict. Click on the link by Kate Edwards to read more.

Not to become Attached to Pleasures by St. Benedict – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

A Melkite Catholic Nun on What is Really Happening in Syria – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

The Dignity of Work – Cheryl Dickow, Catholic Lane

Olympic TV Announcers Baffled by the Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Fr. Tim Finigan of the Hermeneutic of Continuity blog – Big ulpit

Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned, I Used NFP – Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

Paul Ryan, St. Thomas Aquinas, & Ayn Rand – Big ulpit

Priest’s New Film Says Physics Help Prove Existence of God – Makena Clawson, Catholic News Agency

The “Gay Gene” & the New Eugenics – Wesley J. Smith, First Things/Secondhand Smoke


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Claims that Pius XII Was Framed Gaining Support (14327)

Former Romanian spy chief discusses how the myth of 'Hitler's Pope' started with Stalin.

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– Wikipedia

Last month, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem revised a controversial text on Pope Pius XII used in its exhibition, changing it from an unfairly negative assessment of the wartime Pope and his record in saving the Jews, to one that includes a few arguments in his defense.

But the new text omitted sensational claims, originating from a former Romanian intelligence chief, that efforts to muddy Pius’s reputation began in Moscow very soon after World War II, and that the Soviets later led a campaign of disinformation — called “Operation Seat 12” — against the wartime Pope.

The claims were made in 2007 by General Ion Mihai Pacepa who once headed the Romanian intelligence service...READ MORE

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American Catholic Silver Medalist Thanks God for His Olympic Win (2879)

Leonel 'Leo' Manzano won in the 1,500-meter race, after 44 years since the last victory by an American.

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– Wikipedia

Leonel “Leo” Manzano won an Olympic silver medal for the U.S. in the 1,500-meter race, after 44 years since the last victory by an American, to the delight of his fellow parishioners at St. Ignatius the Martyr in Austin, Texas.

Born in Mexico and raised in the U.S., at 5-feet tall, Manzano caught the attention of the media first for his height and also for his habit of blessing himself and praying before competing.

During the race on Aug. 7 at London's Olympic Stadium, he stayed in second-to-last place for the majority of the event. But in the last 200 meters, Manzano sprinted past the entire group to claim the silver in the race's fastest time ever for an American athlete.

Manzano...READ MORE

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Pope's Butler Has Been Charged With Theft and Will Stand Trial (2537)

In a 35-page report released Monday, the judge said Paolo Gabriele acknowledged providing confidential papers to an Italian journalist. Gabriele purportedly saw a 'media shock' as a way to put the Church 'back onto the right track.'

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Paolo Gabriele (bottom left), arrives with Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Square. The butler, who serves in the apartments of the Holy Father, was arrested May 25 in connection with an investigation into leaks of confidential documents. Now he will stand trial.

– Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Benedict XVI's personal assistant, Paolo Gabriele, has been charged with theft amid suspicion that he leaked confidential papal documents to the press with the help of an accomplice.

Examining Judge Piero Bonnet announced Aug. 13 that the papal aid would be tried in a Vatican city state court on charges of “aggravated theft,” Vatican Radio reported. If found guilty, he could face six years in jail.

Claudio Sciarpelleti, a computer technician at the Vatican Secretariat of State, faces a lesser charge of “aiding and abetting” Gabriele.

In a 35-page report released Monday, Judge Bonnet said Gabriele initially denied involvement in the “Vatileaks” scandal, in which secret documents...READ MORE

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