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Mexico Grateful for Church Help in Weapons-Surrender Program (1524)

Arms were voluntarily turned in during a program that took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico's federal district thanked the Archdiocese of Mexico City for its help in a weapons-surrender program that took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Speaking to reporters at the beginning of January, Gov. Miguel Angel Mancera said the response to the program was an indication of the desire for peace among Mexicans.

Those who turned in their weapons were given tablets and other tools aimed at helping to foster greater education, he said.  

Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City, who was present at the event, spoke about the violence that has swept across the country in the wake of widespread drug trafficking.

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Children: California’s Diminishing Resource (2876)

A new report suggests the Golden State’s future won’t be golden, unless steps are taken to nurture its children in the context of falling birth and immigration rates.

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LOS ANGELES — A new report has found “fresh impetus” for nurturing California children due to the combination of falling birthrates, retiring baby boomers and reduced immigration in the state.

“Children have always been important and deserving of our most diligent care, but the stakes have never been higher,” read “California’s Diminishing Resource: Children,” released Jan. 8 by the Lucile Packard Foundation and the University of Southern California.

The challenge is that the urgency of these issues is not yet recognized among all policymakers or the public at large,” the analysis noted.

“If California is to prosper in the decades to come, every child must have the necessary support...READ MORE

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Haiti Rebuilding Continues Three Years After Quake (2398)

Efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, reports Haitian Bishop Launay Saturné, but much remains to be done.

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Israeli soldiers rescue a man trapped in a ruined building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

– Israel Defense Forces

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Three years after the island nation of Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake, efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, but there is still much to be done.

“With the earthquake, we have many more problems that are urgent to manage,” said Bishop Launay Saturné of Jacmel, Haiti, in a video posted online by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speaking through a translator, he explained that many buildings were damaged or destroyed, and the country’s economic problems have compounded the situation.

“So now we have to redouble our efforts to reconstruct the country and the Diocese of Jacmel,” he said.

“Progress has been achieved,”...READ MORE

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800,000 French Protest Same-Sex Marriage—Wow! Lessons from France on Defending Marriage and More! (3753)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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800,000 Frenchmen Protest Same-Sex Marriage, Wow! Follow the link by blogger New Catholic of the Rorate Cæli blog.

800,000 Frenchmen Protest Same-Sex Marriage, Wow! by blogger New Catholic of the Rorate Cæli blogBig Pulpit

Lessons from France on Defending Marriage – Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse

Film and Faith: The Bible Program on History Channel – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Academics May Be the Last to Grasp What the Pope is Doing – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report

The Goal of Chastity – Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Shocking Numbers from Planned Parenthood – Rachel Bohannon, Texas Right to Life

Now Would be a Good Time for the U. K. Prime Minister David Cameron to Start Listening – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

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Hobby Lobby Shifts Insurance Plan to Delay Mandate Fines (5068)

The move allows the Christian retailer to avoid massive penalties while it pursues its court case against the federal abortifacient mandate.

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Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund

– Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund

WASHINGTON — Arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has found a way to adjust its employee health-care plan to delay potentially crippling fines for refusing to comply with the federal Health and Human Services' mandate.

The company will now “shift the plan year for its employee health insurance, thus postponing the effective date of the mandate for several months,” announced attorney Peter Dobelbower in a Jan. 10 statement.

“Hobby Lobby does not provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in its health-care plan,” Dobelbower said, adding that the retailer “will continue to vigorously defend its religious liberty and oppose the mandate and any penalties.”

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Chief Rabbis of Israel Praise Efforts to Reduce Abortions (3332)

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 (2660)

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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Pope John Paul II

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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 (2008)

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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– www.lamanifpourtous.fr

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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