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Doctors Urge Court to Consider Fetal Pain in Ariz. Abortion Law (1640)

'Hormonal, behavioral and physiologic evidence supports the legislature’s conclusion that a fetus at 20 weeks gestation feels pain,' read the amicus brief, filed with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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A group of doctors called on an appeals court to consider the ability of a fetus to feel pain in examining an Arizona law preventing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“Hormonal, behavioral and physiologic evidence supports the legislature’s conclusion that a fetus at 20 weeks gestation feels pain,” read the amicus brief, filed with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

It argued that the state has an established interest in eliminating or reducing “activities that provoke pain.”

The brief was filed on Oct. 10 on behalf of Doctors on Fetal Pain, a physician and medical researcher association that seeks to raise awareness about evidence showing the ability of unborn children...READ MORE

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Catholic Buzzwords I Would Ban, Voting by Catholic Principles, Prudence: the Lost Virtue, and More! (2598)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic Buzzwords and Phrases I Would Ban. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog to read more.

Catholic Buzzwords and Phrases I Would Ban by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog – Big ulpit

Voting According to Catholic Principles, Not Partisan Politics - Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Prudence: The Lost Virtue – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

How to Jump-Start Social Media in Your Diocese – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Baptism and Presidential Leadership – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Miami Archbishop Instructs Catholic Voters – Carlos Espinosa, Living The Faith On A High Wire

The Catholic Church and Social Programs – James Kalb, Catholic World Report

Answering Protestants on Sola Scriptura, Priestly Celibacy. . . – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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Catholic Convert Carries Her Faith Into N.Y. Senate Race (5139)

In an uphill battle against a liberal Democratic incumbent, Wendy Long stays true to Church teachings on life and family issues.

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NEW YORK — Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will square off tomorrow against her Democratic opponent, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in their first and only debate before the November election.

The two well-credentialed candidates are polar opposites on abortion, religious freedom and marriage. Long, a Catholic convert and veteran activist on social and judicial issues, will do everything possible to make her platform the more compelling choice for New York voters.

“There could not be a more clear contrast between longtime pro-life leader Wendy Long and Emily’s List poster child Senator [Kirsten] Gillibrand,” stated Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan...READ MORE

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A Triumph for Ethical Stem-Cell Research (6295)

The Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to Shinya Yamanaka, a pioneer in ethical stem-cell research, who said in 2007, ‘We can’t keep destroying embryos for our research. There must be another way.’

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The field of ethically legitimate stem-cell research got a boost on Oct. 8, when the Nobel Assembly in Sweden announced that its coveted prize in physiology or medicine would go to Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka.

Yamanaka transformed the field of stem-cell research and regenerative medicine in 2006-2007, when he published a series of groundbreaking papers demonstrating that mature differentiated (mammalian) cells, such as skin cells, could be “reprogrammed” to become pluripotent stem cells. He first demonstrated the process using mouse cells and later using human cells.



“Pluripotency” refers to the capacity of an immature cell to develop into specialized cell...READ MORE

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Spirituality and Devotion to Angels, Is It From God or Satan, Ever Heard of Distributism, and More! (1832)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Spirituality and Devotion to the Angels. Click on the link by Fr. Basil Cole OP to read more.

Spirituality and Devotion to the Angels – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

Is It from God or is It from Satan? – Esther G., A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Distributism; Ever Heard Of It? – Tim Shaughnessy, Catholic Vote

Catholic Schools Told They Can’t Teach Abortion is Wrong by Jim Hughes of the Life News website – Big ulpit

The Importance of Depth and Proximity in Life – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Who Cares? It’s Only a Hymn, After All – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

The Crisis of Faith – Fr. John Hardon SJ, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The New Hesychasm: An Introduction – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

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As Targeted Girl Arrives in U.K., Religious Leaders in Pakistan Pray (1100)

Fourteen-year-old Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai is praised as 'a light among the shadows.'

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Shooting victim Malala Yousafzai arrives in the U.K. for specialist treatment

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LAHORE, Pakistan — Christians across Pakistan are praying for 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose recent attempted murder by the Taliban has sparked widespread rebuke of the country's government for failing to prevent the attack.

“Malala is a light among the shadows of illiteracy, poverty and terrorism,” said a group of more than 75 religious leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh religions. “Her work is in the spirit of Islam and all other religions of the world.”

The national Council for Interreligious Dialogue organized a prayer meeting in Lahore under the leadership of its coordinator, Capuchin Franciscan Father Francis Nadeem, and Dominican Father James Channan, head...READ MORE

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Play Tells Story of Death-Row Inmate's Marian Visions and Catholic Conversion (4796)

Catholic theater company is putting on the show this month.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The story of a Mississippi death row inmate who admitted his guilt and converted to the Catholic faith after seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary has come to the stage in a play that premiered in California last month.

Cathal Gallagher’s play, Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row, dramatizes the last days of Claude Newman, a convicted murder executed in Vicksburg, Miss., in 1944 for killing his grandmother’s abusive lover.

Gallagher explained to Catholic News Agency on Oct. 15 that Newman’s alleged death-row visions of the Virgin Mary changed him.

“On the night he was supposed to die, there was a reprieve from the governor, a two-week stay of execution....READ MORE

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The States of Religious Freedom (3481)

Nine state-level religious-freedom caucuses gear up for new challenges to First Amendment rights.

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WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill has been the focus of legislative efforts to overturn the federal contraception mandate and strengthen conscience rights, but state legislators are also moving quickly to address emerging threats to the “first freedom.”

Now, a bipartisan group of 120 state legislators is banding together to form religious-freedom caucuses in nine states. This development has been fostered by the American Religious Freedom Program, a project of the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Tim Schultz, the state legislative policy director for the American Religious Freedom Program, confirmed during an Oct. 10 interview that judicial and legislative efforts to...READ MORE

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