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Pro-Life Power Station (3670)

40 Days for Life Launches Fall Campaign

10/02/2010 Comments (1)
Thomas L. McDonald

Bishop Joseph Galante of Camden, N.J., joins laity praying outside the Cherry Hill Women's Center in Cherry Hill, N.J., for 40 Days for Life.

– Thomas L. McDonald

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — One year ago, abortion procurer and Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson stood opposite participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas. This year she’s on the side of the culture of life, giving speeches to encourage those praying outside abortion businesses across the country.

“We need to believe that more people will come out of the abortion industry because our God is a God of miracles,” she told those gathered in Fayetteville, Ark., for the kickoff of 40 Days for Life’s fall campaign.

It only took days for Johnson’s prayer to be realized.

On Sept. 25, an abortion nurse in El Paso, Texas, left work and handed a slip of paper with her...READ MORE

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The Little Flower’s Basilica (3547)

Travel Feature for St. Thérèse’s Feast Day

10/01/2010 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

I always look forward to October: The feast days of many of my favorite saints seems to be grouped together this month, including St. Thérèse of Lisieux on Oct. 1.

St. Thérèse was born Thérèse Martin. The French Carmelite nun was more commonly known as the “Little Flower of Jesus.”

Her spirituality was known as the “Little Way,” and she always had a preference for hidden sacrifice, which she believed could convert souls. She described this in her popular autobiography,Story of a Soul: “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.”

In her spiritual treatise, she explains that it was unnecessary to accomplish heroic acts in...READ MORE

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Military Physicians Oppose Abortion Mandate (4505)

09/30/2010 Comments (8)
2009 CNS photo/Paul Haring

Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association, is among those voicing opposition to the Obama administration's proposal to allow abortions at military facilities.

– 2009 CNS photo/Paul Haring

WASHINGTON — Christian physicians in the U.S. military are concerned that Congress may soon vote to require them and their colleagues to participate in elective abortions at U.S. military bases domestically and overseas.

The highly controversial provision is included in the annual bill that directs spending for the Department of Defense.

The bill, which was rejected by all 41 Republican senators in September due to concerns over the military abortion provision and other controversial items it included, will be brought up for another vote after the midterm elections.

So Christian physicians and their pro-life allies are gearing up for another fight.

Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the...READ MORE

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New Jersey Defunds Planned Parenthood (6483)

09/29/2010 Comments (8)
CNS photo/Jeff Zelevansky, Reuters

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

– CNS photo/Jeff Zelevansky, Reuters

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that included funding for Planned Parenthood has withstood a challenge from Democrats in the state senate.

The veto deprived the state’s leading abortion provider of money that is essential to its continued operation.

The $7.5-million cut in funding is part of Christie’s wide-ranging austerity program for cash-strapped New Jersey. Although the governor is pro-life, both his aides and senate Republicans were quick to emphasize that this was primarily a fiscal decision. The funding bill, S2139, was part of a trio of spending bills vetoed simultaneously because there was no money to pay for them.

The bill in question was a...READ MORE

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Deprivatizing Religion in America (7470)

09/28/2010 Comments (9)
2007 CNS photo

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

– 2007 CNS photo

“Faith is part of the fabric of our country. It always has been and it always will be. As you, Your Holiness, have said, faith is not a problem for legislators to solve but rather a vital part of our national conversation. And we are proud of that.”

That was how Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his recent visit there, in which he spoke unapologetically against the culture of relativism and secularism. “You have really challenged the whole country to sit up and think,” said Cameron, “and that can only be a good thing.”

Cameron paid homage to that which once was a given in so much of Europe, speaking above a political noise that is not always open...READ MORE

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New U.N. Women’s Agency Gets Pro-Abortion Chile’s Ex-President as Leader (3861)

09/27/2010 Comments (2)
REUTERS/Michael Fiala

DANGER? Chile's President Michele Bachelet, shown speaking in Singapore last November, will now head the United Nations’ new superagency for women. Many pro-life activists are concerned.

– REUTERS/Michael Fiala

NEW YORK — Feminist groups are exultant while pro-life groups lament the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as head of a new United Nations superagency for women.

Bachelet had been the Socialist president of Chile from 2006 until earlier this year.

“Bachelet is a leftist and feminist,” said Joseph Meaney of Human Life International, a pro-life group that watches the United Nations closely. “As president of Chile, she tried very hard to undermine the pro-life laws and constitution of her country. … Now that she will be free to do what she wants at the U.N., I think she will lobby energetically within the U.N. system to support the anti-life agendas at UNFPA [the U.N. Population Fund] and...READ MORE

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‘The Calling of Saint Matthew’: A Personal Encounter With Christ (6461)

Weekend Arts & Letters Feature

09/25/2010 Comments (5)

– Wikipedia

Life can change at the most unexpected moment in the most unexpected way. It is not uncommon for God to enter life with a spiritual 2 x 4 to wake you up and redirect you towards himself.  Nowadays, it is rare for him to do so by literally walking into your life, but that is what he did with St. Matthew.

Caravaggio’s masterpiece captures the birth of a vocation and an encounter between God and man. It reveals a dramatic moment in which two persons meet and two separate worlds converge.  With his characteristic realism, he visualizes a spiritual event and portrays the dynamism of a personal epiphany.

Matthew, absorbed in his world of money and friends, is caught off guard. A ray of light...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews "Waiting for ‘Superman’" (6041)

Powerful Documentary Takes Aim at Failing Public Education System

09/24/2010 Comments (13)
Paramount Pictures

– Paramount Pictures

American public school students have fallen far behind other developed countries in basic skills: reading, math and science. In one respect, though, we’re still No. 1: American students have the most confidence in their scholastic abilities. Johnny can’t read or add, but he has boundless self-esteem. Is the glass one-third full or three-quarters empty? Would Johnny know the difference?

Davis Guggenheim’s celebrated, controversial documentary Waiting for “Superman” takes a searching look at the hard realities of American public education today. The picture is grim. There are statistics, illustrated by smart animation: 70% to 80% of students can’t function at their grade level, and while...READ MORE

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