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UPDATED: Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Law Outlawing Most Abortions (2104)

The bill, signed into law on May 25, is named the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

05/25/2016 Comments (6)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina has moved to stronger legal restrictions against abortion, with a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks, due to evidence that unborn children can feel pain at that point.

Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill into law on May 25.

Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston said the passage of South Carolina’s latest pro-life bill marks “a truly great day… especially for the many children that will be saved by this important life-affirming legislation,” the Charleston diocese’s newspaper, The Catholic Miscellany, reported.

“This act will support not only the moral law, but also (the) proven scientific fact that unborn children feel pain by at least 20 weeks of...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Voids Two More HHS Mandate Cases (2819)

Cases return to the circuit courts concerning the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Diocese of Nashville in one case and the Archdiocese of New York in another case.

05/25/2016 Comments (6)

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WASHINGTON — After sending the Little Sisters’ HHS mandate case back to the circuit courts on May 16, the Supreme Court voided two more mandate cases with Catholic plaintiffs on Monday: those of the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Diocese of Nashville in one case and the Archdiocese of New York in another.

The court was expected to rule this summer on the constitutionality of the “opt-out” process for nonprofits with the HHS contraception mandate.

The Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for the poor elderly in homes across the country, have argued that the process — where they would notify the government of their religious objection to providing the coverage for contraceptives,...READ MORE

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Sorry, Adele, Surrogacy Doesn’t Guarantee a Happy Ending (5861)

The pop icon recently offered to be a ‘surrogate’ for a same-sex couple, but poor women, not celebrities, generally perform a service rife with exploitation.

05/25/2016 Comments (8)
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Pop singer Adele, shown attending the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

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LOS ANGELES — During a recent concert tour through Scandinavia, pop icon Adele invited a male couple up to the stage, where one of the men spontaneously proposed marriage to his partner.

The singer and her audience applauded their approval.

“Should I be your surrogate if you have children? I’d love to have a baby with someone Swedish,” Adele told the couple.

The megastar’s remarks zoomed through social media. And just as quickly, it prompted a cautionary note from Jennifer Lahl, an outspoken critic of surrogacy and the president of the the California-based Center for Bioethics and Culture, which produced the film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

“While we feel all warm and fuzzy about...READ MORE

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First Communion for Iraqi Refugees Represents Hope for a Persecuted People (2995)

'What God is giving us in faith and strength is helping us to give more, and that by itself will bring us closer to God,” said Sister Waffa Yousif, who helped train the 30 first communicants.

05/24/2016 Comments (2)
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Iraqi Christian children, uprooted from their homes in the Nineveh Plain by the Islamic State in the summer of 2014, make their First Solemn Communion with Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Beirut, Lebanon.

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BEIRUT — Outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Beirut, Lebanon, the children could hardly contain their excitement.

All the suffering of their lives in forced exile seemed to vanish as they anticipated the holy sacrament for which they had so diligently prepared. Two girls joined hands and gleefully spun each other around.

Dressed in white robes adorned with wooden rosaries on the eve of Pentecost, the 30 Iraqi refugee children quickly composed themselves when Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan arrived from the nearby patriarchate. They assembled reverently for the processional, folding their hands in prayer. 

“This is the day we were waiting for. … O...READ MORE

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Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Dies After Being Shot in South Sudan (3348)

A Slovak nun and medical doctor died Friday from wounds she suffered in an attack last week.

05/24/2016 Comments (4)
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JUBA, South Sudan — A Slovak nun and medical doctor died Friday from gunshot wounds she suffered in an attack in Yei, South Sudan, last week.

Sister Veronika Terézia Racková was shot and wounded by three soldiers on May 16, and she died from her injuries on May 20, said Martin Kramara, spokesman of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference (KBS), according to Slovak news sources.

The sister had been driving a patient to a nearby hospital when she was attacked, shot in the stomach and suffered multiple other injuries, including fractures to her pelvis, according to several reports. She underwent surgery at a local hospital before being flown to Nairobi, Kenya, for further treatment.

A member of the...READ MORE

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Dominicans Ordain Largest Number of Friars in 45 Years (9970)

Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, a priest of the Order of Preachers, presided over the Mass that ordained 11 men to the Catholic priesthood.

05/24/2016 Comments (8)
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Ordination of class of 2016 for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph (http://vocations.opeast.org/) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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WASHINGTON — “Our Lord commanded us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest, and we have done so — and these are his answer to our prayer,” Archbishop Augustine Di Noia said Saturday, as he prepared to serve as ordaining prelate for the largest class of Dominican friars ordained for the eastern Province of St. Joseph in 45 years.

This year marks the 800th jubilee for the Order of Preachers, and Archbishop Di Noia, ordained a Dominican priest in 1970, emphasized that this class was “blessed to be the 800th-anniversary ordination class” of the province. The 11 new priests, mostly men in their 20s, were ordained at a May 21 Mass — aired live on EWTN — that filled...READ MORE

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Will Australia Vote to Roll Back Abortion With Infant Viability Bill? (2166)

Member of Parliament Rachel Carling-Jenkins takes fight to change one of the world’s laxest abortion laws.

05/24/2016 Comments (4)
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Rachel Carling-Jenkins is a member for Western Metropolitan in the Victorian State Parliament in Australia, representing the Democratic Labour Party.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian state is the site of an uphill legislative battle to roll back one of the most permissive abortion regimes in the world, less than a decade after its legal introduction.

Victoria’s upper house of parliament will vote May 25 on a bill that would ban abortions after 24 weeks, when a fetus can be delivered with good survival prospects, and mandate holistic care for women facing crisis pregnancies.

The current law allows for abortion up until birth, with almost no practical restrictions, mirroring only a handful of U.S. states without time limits. While individual politicians have previously floated plans to tighten access to abortion, the Infant Viability...READ MORE

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Pope to Grand Imam: ‘Our Meeting Is the Message’ (1901)

Francis embraced the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad el-Tayyib during a meeting at the Vatican on Monday.

05/23/2016 Comments (7)
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The Pope and grand imam meet on May 23 at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad el-Tayyib during a meeting at the Vatican, a move which is being seen as a step toward reopening dialogue between Christians and Sunni Muslims.

“Our meeting is the message,” the Pope was heard to have said to the imam during the meeting.

The pontiff and el-Tayyib, who is the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque, observed the significance of the meeting “within the framework of dialogue between the Catholic Church and Islam,” said Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi.

They addressed the commitment on the part of authorities and the faithful of major religions alike toward bringing world...READ MORE

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