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Preemie Teaches Pro-Life Lesson (5978)

Frieda Mangold set a record when she was born: She’s Europe’s most premature baby.

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Klinikum Fulda

– Klinikum Fulda

Here in the United States we didn’t hear much about one of the newest pro-life witnesses: 8-month-old Frieda Mangold.

Baby Frieda set a record. She’s Europe’s most premature baby, and according to reports, she ties the world record for smallest baby with a boy in Ottawa, Canada, who was born in 1987.

When she was born on Nov. 7, 2010, in Germany, Frieda was in the womb just 21 weeks and five days.

She weighed just over a pound (1.01 pounds, or 460 grams) and was 11 inches long. She spent the next few months in the neonatal unit of Klinikum Fulda Children’s Hospital in Fulda, Germany — a town St. Boniface knew well.

When she left the hospital, she weighed 7.71 pounds and stretched out...READ MORE

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China Watching in the Vatican (3268)

07/14/2011 Comments (6)

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Whatever its other accomplishments, Henry Kissinger’s new book, On China, ought to cause serious reconsideration of that now-familiar refrain: “China is the lead country of the future.”

Kissinger’s analysis of Chinese history has been criticized, as has his reticence about evils like the massacres at Tiananmen Square. But his conclusion — that China’s future depends on the resolution of the conflict between those of its leaders who want to maintain totalitarian political control at all costs and those who want to complete the country’s remarkable economic development with a genuine opening toward democratic governance — strikes me as a fair summary of the situation. And it should give no...READ MORE

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New Evidence Finds Jewish Support for Pope Pius XII (3289)

Researcher points to magazine articles from the 1930s and other examples as proof.

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DENVER (CNA) — An expert on Pope Pius XII says new discoveries show that the Jewish community strongly supported the Holy Father for his stand against anti-Semitism and support for Jewish rights during World War II.

Researcher William Doino outlined evidence that he says makes it clear the late Pope “wanted to break down walls of anti-Jewish prejudice, not erect them.”

Doino shared his findings exclusively with CNA, pointing to magazine articles from the 1930s that feature Jewish-American veterans lauding Pius XII for his deep respect for the Jewish community and their customs.

In April of 1939, just one month after Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope, the U.S. Jewish Veteran...READ MORE

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Northern Iraqi Christians Are a Bridge to Islam, Armenian Genocide, Strange Prayers, and much more! (1720)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/14/2011 Comment

Vatican Reveals Unpublished Armenian Genocide Documents - Alessandro Speciale, La Stampa

Those Strange “Alternative Opening Prayers” - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Northern Iraqi Christians Are a Bridge to Islam - ACN-USA News

Orange County And The Crystal Cathedral - Mundabor’s Blog

Catholic Crystal Cathedral? - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Orange Crystal - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

You Are Not Called to Be a “Gender-Neutral, Generic Person” - Doctor Jennifer Roback Morse

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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The Rite of Sprinkling, Don't Dump on Dolan, South Sudan Pride, and much more! (2091)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/13/2011 Comment

Southern Sudan, Pride for Its Independence & the Fears of Catholics - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Galileo Cartoon Portrays Church as an Enemy of Science - Doctor Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

The Rite of Sprinkling - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

It’s a Definite ‘No’ to Tibetan Nose Flutes & Tambourines - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Catholics Throw Cold Water on Fun Party - Bobby Ross Jr., Get Religion

Don’t Dump on Dolan - Kathryn Jean Lopez, Headline Bistro

Tinkering with the Lives of Children - Judie Brown, Catholic Lane

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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Pakistan to Restore Ministry for Religious Minorities (3450)

Government official calms Christians' fears of continued persecution by the Muslim majority.

07/13/2011 Comment

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Amid fears of rising sectarian violence in Pakistan, Christians and other religious minorities expressed alarm about the national government’s decision to abolish a cabinet-level ministry for religious-minority affairs, eliminating the post once held by the murdered Catholic leader Shabhaz Bhatti.

Christian leaders voiced anguish about the relegation of the “ministry for religious minorities” to provincial governments. But a Pakistani Catholic minister defended the action, asserting that “the government will not forsake the religious minorities.”

“This is no downgrading of the concerns of the [religious] minorities. What has been done is mere fulfillment of a legal...READ MORE

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Judge: Illinois Catholic Charities Can Continue Foster Care (2989)

Department of Children and Family Services was wrong for issuing termination letter, ruling stated. Hearing will take place next month.

07/13/2011 Comments (5)
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Bishop Daniel Jenky was pleased with the July 12 ruling.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.(EWTN News/CNA) — An Illinois judge’s July 12 order will allow Catholic Charities to continue its foster care work in three dioceses, despite an attempt by state officials and the governor to end the partnership.

“This is a great win for the 2,000 children under the care of Catholic Charities, protecting these kids from the grave disruption that the state’s reckless decision to terminate would have caused,” said Peter Breen, executive director and legal counsel at the Thomas More Society.

Breen said that Catholic Charities, with the legal assistance of his organization, “will continue this fight” to continue “the high-quality foster and adoption care that the Catholic...READ MORE

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Priceless "Codex Calixtinus" Stolen, Evangelical Atheists vs. Humanity, and much more! (2898)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/13/2011 Comment

Priceless “Codex Calixtinus” Stolen from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Pope Benedict: We Run the Risk of Perverting the Identity of the Church - Father Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Evangelical Atheists vs. Humanity - Gabriel Torretta, First Things/First Thoughts

The Catholic [Accurate] Version of What Galileo Proved - Doctor Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Ideas Have Consequences: Human Nature - Dennis Buonafede, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Vatican Finances Compared to Other Organizations - Brett Adams, Ship of St. Peter

Promoting Life & Family to Solve to Eastern Europe’s Crisis - Grégor Puppinck, Ph.D, Catholic Lane

For the latest...READ MORE

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