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A Bright Spot in ObamaCare: Help for Crisis Pregnancies (3591)

Part of the big compromise: An HHS pregnancy assistance fund quietly activates thanks to controversial health-care legislation.

10/15/2010 Comments (3)
2009 CNS photo/courtesy Lacy Dodd

Lacy Dodd, a member of the board of directors of Room at the Inn, is pictured with her daughter in an undated photo. Room at the Inn is a Charlotte, N.C.-based pregnancy resource center with an outreach program for college students. Now, federal funds can be used to help institutions of higher education develop and provide access to programs for pregnant and parenting students.

– 2009 CNS photo/courtesy Lacy Dodd

WASHINGTON — A Heath and Human Services Department grant of $24 million for the support of pregnant and parenting teens and women is a “huge victory,” said Feminists for Life.

The department announced the grants Sept. 28 to 17 states and 13 American Indian tribes.

The money, part of the Pregnancy Assistance Fund created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, can be used for three specific purposes: to help institutions of higher education develop and provide access to programs for pregnant and parenting students; to help high schools and community service centers offer similar support to pregnant and parenting teens, and to make more and better services available to pregnant...READ MORE

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Are Chinese Government’s Strong-Arm Tactics Starting to Backfire? (2826)

The Church still suffers. But read the tea leaves, and there are surprising signs of hope.

10/14/2010 Comments (1)
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Pilgrims pray at the Marian shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, China, in 2008.

– CNS photo/UCAN

HONG KONG — The government of Hong Kong is attempting to prevent a Way of the Cross procession scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16.

Led by Cardinal Joseph Zen, former archbishop of Hong Kong, the event is set to call for religious freedom in China. It appears that the government of the semiautonomous region is fearful of offending Beijing on the matter, with the event set to take place a week after Chinese fury was stoked by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobao. The government of the People’s Republic of China considers Liu a criminal.

China’s growing economic and political weight is well-documented. Earlier this year, the country overtook Japan to...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal joseph zen, china, hong kong, underground church

‘Game Changer’ for Stem-Cell Research? (3416)

10/13/2010 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Tim Boyles, courtesy Catholic Health Association

ANOTHER ADVANCE. Michael Gazzia, biological manufacturing analyst at Stemnion, holds a cryovial Sept. 23 inside the ‘clean room’ at the new facility in Clearwater, Fla. The Pittsburgh-based regenerative medicine company recently opened the Florida lab near a Catholic hospital where placentas are donated for use in adult stem-cell research.

– CNS photo/Tim Boyles, courtesy Catholic Health Association

BOSTON — A new research breakthrough at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute has revived the debate over public funding for embryonic stem-cell research.

The Christian Medical Association hailed the Harvard group’s progress towards turning ordinary skin cells into pluripotent stem cells useable in medical treatments, arguing, “It should stop federal funding of obsolete, embryo-destroying research.”

The CMA, which speaks for 16,000 doctors, is co-sponsoring a lawsuit to stop such funding that recently suffered an apparent legal setback. A federal judge’s temporary injunction blocked federal funding for new embryonic stem-cell research, but it was stayed on appeal.

Stem cells are the...READ MORE

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Global Maternal Deaths Drop by 33% (3370)

But Some Organizations Still Use Figures to Argue Need for Legal Abortion

10/12/2010 Comments (1)
REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan mothers visit a health clinic in Eshkashem district of Badakhshan province, northeast of Kabul, in 2008.

– REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

NEW YORK — Is legalizing abortion a way to reduce the incidence of maternal deaths around the world?

For years, the World Health Organization, Planned Parenthood and the Guttmacher Institute have claimed between 68,000 and 78,000 women die annually as a result of the abortion procedure. They’ve based their figures on a rule of thumb that 13% of illegal and unsafe abortions end in death.

This year, two reports have revised the estimates of maternal deaths radically downward by a third. One of the reports was released just last month by WHO itself.

But so far, no pro-abortion groups have re-estimated abortion deaths to match.

That doesn’t surprise Donna Harrison, president of the American...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, guttmacher institute, maternal deaths, planned parenthood, united nations, vatican, world health organization

Colorado City Defends Anti-Catholic Art (5415)

Truck Driver Destroys Blasphemous Painting

10/11/2010 Comments (26)
REUTERS/Charles Platiau

– REUTERS/Charles Platiau

LOVELAND, Colo. — Kathleen Folden walked into the Loveland Museum/Gallery Oct. 6 with a crowbar hidden under her clothes. She walked up to a now-infamous anti-Catholic painting and used the crowbar to repeatedly strike the plastic casing that was supposed to protect the rare print titled “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals.”

She yelled, “How can you desecrate my Lord?”

Folden, a 56-year-old truck driver from Kalispell, Mont., hit the protective cover so hard that at least one caller reported gunshots to a 911 operator. After breaking the plastic, Folden began hacking away at the painting.

“It was very dramatic and upsetting,” museum art curator Maureen Corey told the Register....READ MORE

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Chapel’s Hidden Treasure on the Hudson (11183)

Catholic Fall Travel

10/10/2010 Comments (11)
Joseph Pronechen

– Joseph Pronechen

On the main route parallel to the Hudson River in Esopus, N.Y., a wrought-iron gate is the only visible indication of the hidden treasure over the hillside, Mount St. Alphonsus.

But seen from a river tour boat, Mount St. Alphonsus stands like a majestic castle 200 feet above the Hudson, just as it has since 1907. Once a major seminary for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as the Redemptorists, today the 440-foot-long granite “castle” with 90-foot towers welcomes visitors to its Romanesque chapel. 

In the fall, the grounds and views along the Hudson surround the “castle” with spectacular autumn colors.

Until 1985, only hundreds of seminarians and those people who...READ MORE

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The Priest Who Knew St. Maximilian Kolbe (7539)

10/09/2010 Comments (7)
Joseph Pronechen

KNEW A SAINT. Father Lucjan Krolikowski, a Conventual Franciscan friar at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus in Chicopee, Mass., was a seminarian at St. Maximilian Kolbe’s seminary.

– Joseph Pronechen

Father Lucjan Krolikowski, a Conventual Franciscan Friar at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus in Chicopee, Mass., (see related story on the upcoming Oct. 24 issue’s travel page) started his journey to priesthood in Poland in the seminary run by St. Maximilian Kolbe. After a detour to a Soviet concentration camp, he eventually was ordained, had to outrun communists once again, then for decades became a key worker for the “Father Justin Rosary Hour,” which is still the oldest Catholic radio program in the Polish language in the world.

Having celebrated his 91st birthday in September, he remains quite active in ministry at the basilica. Shortly after his birthday, this gentle friar spoke...READ MORE

Filed under martyrs, maximilian kolbe, priesthood, radio, saints, virtue

Homosexual Activists Confront Archbishop at College Mass (10705)

10/08/2010 Comments (107)
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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis

– CNS photo

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — When St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt was invited to celebrate Mass at St. John’s University’s Abbey Church on Sept. 26, the last thing he expected was a protest.

A protest is what he got.

In response, the archbishop upheld Church teaching, just as his predecessor Archbishop Harry Flynn did, by denying homosexual activists holy Communion and choosing to bless them instead.

According to St. John’s University spokesman Michael Hemmesch, the archbishop had been invited to celebrate Mass by the university’s president, Father Robert Koopman. Upon his arrival for Mass, said archdiocesan spokesman Dennis McGrath, the archbishop was informed by Koopman...READ MORE

Filed under catholic, catholic church, homosexual "marriage", pope, pope john paul ii, same-sex "marriage", u.s. bishops, vatican

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