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Full text of Pope emeritus Benedict’s letter released

March 18, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Full text of Pope emeritus Benedict’s letter released

The decision to withhold parts of a letter by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was motivated by concerns for discretion, according to a new statement from the Secretariat for Communications. By Vatican News A statement from the Secretariat for Communication, released by the Press Office of the Holy See, takes note of polemical statements in the press suggesting censorship of a letter by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. The controversy arose over the digital alteration of a photograph distributed as part of a pres

Vatican prepares to issue two documents on ‘gender theory’

March 16, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Vatican prepares to issue two documents on ‘gender theory’

ROME, March 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Congregation for Catholic Education are each preparing to release documents on “gender theory,” the radical ideology behind transgenderism. The Congregation for Catholic Education’s document, expected to be released in the next two months, won’t “enter the heart of the debate,” the dicastery’s secretary Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani said. Instead, it will repeat “important educational principles.” The CDF’s document will go “deeper” on the issue, Zani said. It’s unclear when that document will be released. Gender ideology holds that a per

Judge bans pro-lifers from going near abortion centers in unprecedented ruling

March 14, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Judge bans pro-lifers from going near abortion centers in unprecedented ruling

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Michigan, March 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge sentenced five pro-life activists today to one year of reporting probation, eight days of community service, more than $1,000 in fines each, and forbade them from going within 500 feet of any abortion facility in the United States. Several of them will likely serve jail time for refusing to pay the fines or perform community service. Some of them could end up being in jail for 120 days. Their “crime”? Entering an abo

Over 10,000 sign petition urging Disney not to make Frozen’s Elsa a lesbian

March 14, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Over 10,000 sign petition urging Disney not to make Frozen’s Elsa a lesbian

March 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – More than 10,000 people have signed a petition asking Disney to not depict Elsa as a lesbian in Frozen 2. “From every corner of society, young girls already face confusing and troubling messages about sexuality,” the petition, hosted on LifeSiteNews’ petition platform LifePetitions, says. The petition platform also gives signers the option to send Disney a postcard expressing their concerns. So far, over 200 postcards h

Don’t let gender ideology confuse students, English cardinal urges

March 14, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Don’t let gender ideology confuse students, English cardinal urges

London, England, Mar 13, 2018 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Criticizing ideological trends regarding gender identity, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said that accepting that one’s biological sex is built-in to humanity helps escape destructive individualism through participation in the human family. “At a time of great confusion about the rules of sexual behavior, about exploitation and abuse in every part of society, some firm points of reference, that are already built into our humanity at its best,

Controversial LGBT event drops ‘Catholic’ label after bishop’s statement

March 13, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Controversial LGBT event drops ‘Catholic’ label after bishop’s statement

Cincinnati, Ohio, Mar 12, 2018 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An event hosted by the University of Cincinnati on faith and the LGBT community has dropped ‘Catholicism’ from its label after the local bishop sent an email to all diocesan priests and deacons, reiterating that the event did not have diocesan approval. The event was originally titled: “Building Bridges: A Dialogue on Faith, Catholicism, and the LGBTQ Community.”

Cardinal Zen torches the Vatican and his critics over China deal

March 10, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Zen torches the Vatican and his critics over China deal

WASHINGTON D.C., March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Zen was on fire Thursday night as he spoke with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’s The World Over. “We now know that one of President Xi’s goals is to inculcate communist thought and blend it with theology,” said Arroyo. “Are you concerned that the Vatican is playing into his hands? His stated goal is to blen

U.S. taxpayers gave abortion groups $1.6 billion in three years: gov’t report

March 9, 2018 breaking Comments Off on U.S. taxpayers gave abortion groups $1.6 billion in three years: gov’t report

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Abortion organizations received approximately $1.6 billion of U.S. taxpayer money from 2013 to 2015, according to a new government report. This report comes from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examined federal funding for providers of “preventive, reproductive, and diagnostic health care services in the United States or abroad.” According to the report, during the fiscal years 2013 to 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) gave away a total of roughly $27 billion in

What happened to Italy’s Catholic vote?

March 8, 2018 breaking Comments Off on What happened to Italy’s Catholic vote?

It is a strange thing, to see papers in Italy wondering what happened to the “Catholic vote” in this month’s general elections. In a country where basically everyone is Catholic, yet very few people go to church, the question ought to be: is there a Catholic vote to speak of? As journalist Danilo Paolini explained in the pages of Avvenire, the Italian bishops’ official newspaper, “Catholics involved in politics can be found in most of the political forces that took part in the el

Mississippi Senate votes to ban abortions after 15 weeks

March 7, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Mississippi Senate votes to ban abortions after 15 weeks

JACKSON, Mississippi, March 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Mississippi Senate voted 35 to 14 today to ban abortions on babies older than 15 weeks. The bill passed the Mississippi House 79-31 last month. The bill will go back to the House for concurrence because senators removed a portion of the bill making it a felony for doctors to abort babies older than 15 weeks. However, it still retains strong protections that hold rogue doctors accountable for irresponsibly risking women’s health. If Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill into law, Mississippi will become the state with the most protective pro-life laws i