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Sidewalk Counselors Tell Women: 'We Love You, We Support You, and You're Not Alone' (778)

Sidewalk counseling is rightly considered the last line of defense in the pro-life movement, by saving lives through genuine compassion.

08/25/2016 Comment
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Kasey Schwartz (second from right), a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, participates with three other young people in the first-ever National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day on Aug. 6.

– Facebook/Students for Life of America

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — Even on a sunny day, Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Ill., has an uninviting look to it. The concrete façade and tiny windows of the abortion center contrast sharply with the bright red brick of Gateway Regional Hospital across the street.

Kasey Schwartz, a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, found herself outside of the Hope Clinic earlier this month. People were outside the center protesting, while designated escorts from the center stood ready to accompany women into the facility for their appointments.

Schwartz and four of her friends had come to the abortion facility on Aug. 6 for a different purpose: sidewalk counseling.

“We were able to...READ MORE

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Will the Federal Government Force Doctors to Perform Sex Reassignment Surgeries? (1543)

New regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding gender transition procedures could affect as many as 900,000 doctors in the U.S.

08/25/2016 Comment
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– Syda Productions via www.shutterstock.com.

WASHINGTON — Following the federal government stating that doctors cannot decline performing sex reassignment surgeries, a group of states, doctors, and hospitals are suing in the name of medical ethics.

“The effect is that there are doctors all across the country that are going to be asked to perform gender transition procedures, even when they believe it is going to be physically and emotionally harmful to the patient and against their best medical judgment,” Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told CNA.

“And this rule says if you follow your medical judgment, you can face massive liability,” he added.

Current health care law bans...READ MORE

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Museum Dedicated to ‘the Smiling Pope’ John Paul I to Open in Northern Italy (1042)

The writings and life of Pope John Paul I have received renewed attention under Pope Francis who references frequently the late pope’s writings on mercy.

08/25/2016 Comment
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Pope John Paul I.

– Sentinelle del mattino International via Wikipedia (CC 2.0).

VATICAN CITY — On Friday, a museum dedicated to Pope John Paul I will officially be inaugurated in the hometown of the “Smiling Pope,” whom Pope Francis has often quoted when speaking on the topic of mercy.

Though his papal reign is among the shortest in history, summing up to just 33 days, Pope John Paul I was in office long enough to leave a mark.

Albino Luciani was born Oct. 17, 1912, in Canale d’Agordo, located in Italy’s northern Veneto region and which sits just over 400 miles from Rome.
At the age of 65, he was elected Bishop of Rome, taking the name Pope John Paul I. He was the first Pope to take a double-name, honoring his two immediate predecessors St. John XXIII and...READ MORE

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Whither the Culture of Life? Birth Rate Hit Its Lowest Level Yet (3103)

The United States is below population replacement levels due to a variety of cultural, economic, and racial factors, including the birth collapse among Latinos.

08/25/2016 Comments (1)

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WASHINGTON — If the ultimate referendum on Americans’ openness to life is the national birth rate, the latest results are in and they are not pretty. New federal data shows births at their lowest rate on record in the U.S., as the pregnancy rate continues its downward slump since the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

The Centers for Disease Control reported that the general fertility rate in the U.S. had unexpectedly fallen to 58.9 births per 1,000 women, age 15-44, in the first quarter of 2016. The general fertility rate in the first quarter of 2015 had been 60 births per 1,000 women.  

Furthermore, the CDC’s data showed that births dropped for women 15-19 years old, and women in their 20s....READ MORE

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Piece of the True Cross Robbed from California Church (3761)

The fragment of wood at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco was verified by the Vatican to belong to the actual cross of Jesus Christ.

08/24/2016 Comment
Courtesy of St. Dominic's Parish/CNA.

The fragment of the true cross of Christ stolen from St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco.

– Courtesy of St. Dominic's Parish/CNA.

SAN FRANCISCO — A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture. It’s a story one would associate with medieval legends or a Dan Brown novel.

However, the theft is unfortunately a very immediate — and very difficult — reality for one California parish.

“The first thing we want people to know is that if anyone has it or knows anything about it – just to bring it back,” Dominican Father Michael Hurley, pastor of St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco told CNA. “We just want it back.”

The relic stolen is a fragment of what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, an important relic and item of devotion dating back over two millennia...READ MORE

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Vatican Prepares for Mother Teresa’s Canonization (3065)

A musical about the saint-to-be and a ‘family feast’ for the poor are among the ways the event will be commemorated.

08/24/2016 Comments (4)
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Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II on May 2, 1992.

– L'Osservatore Romano photo

Masses, prayer vigils, exhibitions and even a musical will be some of the many events taking place in Rome to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa on Sept. 4.

Not only will Pope Francis be raising Mother Teresa to the altars at a canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 4, the entire week — Sept. 1-8 — will be devoted to celebrating the Albanian religious sister who became known as the “angel of the slums.”

The events begin on Sept. 1, with the opening of an “Exposition of the Life, Spirit and Message of Mother Teresa” at the LUMSA university in Rome. The exposition will last until Sept. 7.

On the evening of Sept. 1, the Missionaries of Charity will provide a...READ MORE

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Federal Judge Puts Brakes on President Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Policy (1971)

The injunction block’s the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX, a federal law which bars discrimination on the basis of sex in schools that directly receive federal money.

08/24/2016 Comments (4)
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– SmartSign via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration guidance that would require schools to comply with transgender bathroom policies or lose federal funding.

“Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students, and this order certainly helps them in fulfilling that duty,” said Matt Sharp, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom.

“The Obama administration cannot unilaterally disregard and redefine federal law to accomplish its political agenda of forcing girls to share locker rooms and showers with boys,” he said.

The religious freedom legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is litigating several cases involving the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Scraps Prepared Text and Instead Leads Rosary for Victims of Italy Quake (2710)

At least 21 people have been killed and countless buried under rubble after an earthquake hit central Italy early Wednesday morning.

08/24/2016 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis leads pilgrims in praying for the victims of an earthquake in Italy during his Aug. 24 general audience.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis scrapped the prepared text and instead led pilgrims in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for the victims of an earthquake that rocked central Italy earlier that morning.

“On hearing the news of the earthquake that has struck central Italy and which has devastated many areas and left many wounded, I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones afflicted,” the Pope said Aug. 24.

He offered his condolences to all who have lost loved ones, and his expressed his spiritual closeness to those who are “anxious and afraid.”


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