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Archbishop Fisichella Discusses the Council for the New Evangelization (2660)

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On the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul last year, Pope Benedict XVI made a surprise announcement: the creation of a new Vatican office dedicated entirely to promoting the New Evangelization.

The focus of the new pontifical council is on those countries, located primarily in the West, where secularism has taken hold. In May, the new department began to take shape with the appointment of a team of consultors and a secretary and under secretary.

The Holy Father has asked Archbishop Rino Fisichella to run the council. He spoke with Rome correspondent Edward Pentin in May about the aims and mission of the new council — the first completely new department a pope has created since Blessed John...READ MORE

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Bishops' 'Made for Life' Video Defends Marriage (2435)

Second film in USCCB series to promote the union of one man and one woman.

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — A new video from the U.S. bishops’ conference gives married couples’ reflections on marriage issues, the place of children and the complementary nature of the union of a man and a woman. Openness to children, it says, has a “major impact” on the Catholic view towards proposals to redefine marriage.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., chair of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, announced the new video, Made for Life, during his report to the U.S. bishops at their June 2011 meeting in Seattle.

“Our culture is one that often forgets the sacred gift of the child, and, in so doing, it also fails to recognize the vital importance of a...READ MORE

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North Carolina Says 'No' to Planned Parenthood (3646)

State Legislature cuts $500,000 in grants to abortion provider.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (EWTN News) — The North Carolina Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue on June 15 to approve a state budget that strips public funds from abortion provider Planned Parenthood. One pro-life advocate praised the move as a sign that Americans don’t want to “subsidize abortionists.”

The budget eliminates about $500,000 in grants for Planned Parenthood contraception and teenage-pregnancy-prevention programs, the Carolina Journal reports.

It also saves $50,000 by eliminating the State Abortion Fund. The fund financed abortions for residents to end a pregnancy which results from rape or incest or which endangers the life of the mother, according to the North...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' (7014)

Broken-family film mangles beloved children’s book.

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As a kid I enjoyed Richard and Florence Atwater’s 1938 children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and I’ve read it aloud to my own kids. It’s an endearing if somewhat lumpy story about a small-town man who dreams of faraway places he will never visit and is delighted when a famous world explorer sends him a penguin, a souvenir of the frozen expanses of the South Pole that he knows only from documentaries.

While the Atwaters’ book is not exactly a classic, it’s beloved by generations of readers — but not by the people who have brought you this big-screen adaptation starring Jim Carrey. The makers of this film do not love Mr. Popper’s Penguins. At all. It’s hard to believe that this junk was...READ MORE

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US Ordinariate News!, Who Were The Knights Templar, Facebook Vatican Wars, and much more! (3572)

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In A.D. 1118, during the reign of Baldwin II of Jerusalem, Hugues de Payens and eight companions bound themselves by a perpetual vow, taken in the presence of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, to defend the Christian kingdom. Baldwin accepted their services and assigned them a portion of his palace, adjoining the temple of the city; hence their title "pauvres chevaliers du temple" (Poor Knights of the Temple). At the Council of Troyes (1128 A.D.) the Knights Templars adopted the Rule of St. Benedict. They also adopted the white habit of the Cistercians, adding to it a red cross.

U.S. Ordinariate Update: Cardinal Wuerl Reports on Progress - Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service

. . .The Catholic Knight: U.S. Anglican Ordinariate emerges. . .

Who Were The Knights Templar? - Nick Squires, The Telegraph

“Who Do You Say I Am?” - Peter Kreeft, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Vatican Wars!  The Latest Lame Facebook Game - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Report Exposes ‘Hook-up’ Culture on Catholic Campuses - Cardinal Newman Society

Can this Desecration, the Vienna “Western Mass”, Be Allowed? - Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

A Problem Larger than Anthony Weiner - Christina King, Catholic Lane

Rick Perry’s Catholic Problem - Joshua Mercer, Catholic...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Revise Abuse Charter (1955)

Updates include new Vatican guidelines to protect children.

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BELLEVUE, Wash. (CNA/EWTN News) — At their spring meeting in Seattle on June 16, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a revision of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” incorporating new Vatican guidelines on abuse cases.

The revisions were approved 187-5, with four abstaining.

Bishop Blase Cupich, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on the Protection for Children and Young People, said that the charter is already “working” to protect children.

But he explained that the document would now align more closely with Vatican directives on the “most grave crimes” that were released last summer.

According to the revisions, child pornography will be...READ MORE

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Pro-life Attitudes to Unplanned Pregnancy, Fr. Corapi Announcement, and much more! (5340)

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06/16/2011 Comment

The rise of Mexico's Catholic Monarchy culminated with Maximilian I becoming Emperor of Mexico.

A Tribute to Falsely Accused Priest, Writer Slams Lawyer - TheMediaReport.com

1863 A.D.: The Rise of Mexico’s Catholic Monarch - The Mad Monarchist

The Pro-Life Attitude Toward Unplanned Pregnancy - Elizabeth Hanna, Crisis Magazine

Father John Corapi Announcement? - Deacon Greg Kandra, The Deacon’s Bench

An Example of Civilization Without God - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Quaeritur: Mass Obligation & Traditional Anglican Communion - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Cardinal Ruini on Medjugorje Commission: Not Close to Done - Dianne M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudamus!

Vatican II: Common Ground - Todd Hartch, The Catholic Thing

. . .Cardinal Kasper:...READ MORE

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Vatican Teams With U.S. Company to Advance Ethical Stem-Cell Research (2742)

NeoStem has pioneered adult stem-cell research the last five years.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)— The Vatican has signed its first-ever commercial agreement with an outside company. The contract with U.S.-based bio-pharmaceutical firm NeoStem will advance ethical research into stem cells.

“We would like to create a hotspot for scientists, benefactors, academics (and) Church leaders that will now join this group and would work together for the benefit of humanity,” Father Tomaz Trafny of the Vatican’s Council for Culture told EWTN News June 16.

The deal was announced before the global media in Rome.

“We are a public company pioneering new medical research with adult stem cells,” explained Dr. Robin Smith, the CEO of NeoStem, which is based in New York....READ MORE

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