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NFL star who refused to meet Obama over abortion gives powerful talk at March for Life

January 23, 2016 World News Comments Off on NFL star who refused to meet Obama over abortion gives powerful talk at March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – All the speakers at the 2016 March for Life play a pivotal role – but only one was regularly called an MVP. Matt Birk, the former center for the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, proclaimed his support for women and unborn children this afternoon from the frosty dais of the March for Life. Birk explained the reasons his family attended the 43rd annual right-to-life event in a brief, straightforward, heartfelt speech. “I’m a football player,” he said. “I’ll keep it simple.”

2016 March for Life heats up blizzard-stricken Washington (PHOTOS)

January 23, 2016 World News Comments Off on 2016 March for Life heats up blizzard-stricken Washington (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The blizzard snows are falling on the nation’s capital, layering the city in a blanket of frost that could be two to three feet thick by tomorrow morning. But for awhile this afternoon, the 43rd annual March for Light brought an inner warmth to the city. Numerous speakers made reference to the snow storm, which may dump up to two inches of snow an hour on Washington this evening. “It’s inspiring to see you all out here even with Snowmageddon barreling down on us,” said keynote speaker Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard

SPECIAL REPORT: Planned Parenthood Offices Located Near Half of Catholic Colleges, Alarming Pro-Life Leaders

January 20, 2016 World News Comments Off on SPECIAL REPORT: Planned Parenthood Offices Located Near Half of Catholic Colleges, Alarming Pro-Life Leaders

Half of all four-year, residential Catholic colleges in the U.S. are within five miles of Planned Parenthood facilities, a study by The Cardinal Newman Society has found. Catholic pro-life leaders warn that the close proximity of these Planned Parenthood centers threatens the well-being of students and the culture of Catholic campuses. Planned Parenthood is, by its mission, directly opposed to Catholic values on sexuality, artificial contraception and abortion. Many of its centers perform abortions and distribute contraceptives. – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4628/SPECIAL-REPORT-Planned-Parenthood-Offices-Located-Near-Half-of-Catholic-Colleges-Alarming-Pro-Life-Leaders.aspx#sthash.Ylnsampb.dpuf

81 percent of Americans support dramatically stronger pro-life reforms: Poll

January 20, 2016 World News Comments Off on 81 percent of Americans support dramatically stronger pro-life reforms: Poll

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An overwhelmingly majority – including two-thirds of self-described “pro-choice” Americans – would support greatly strengthening laws that protect the unborn, according to a new poll released this morning. In all, 81 percent of Americans say abortion should be restricted to the first trimester of pregnancy at the latest, according to a new Marist Poll. The poll found that women (82 percent) were more likely to support such a law than the national average. Surprisingly, 66 percent of voters who call themselves “pro-choice” also support such a legal change. The poll found that 60 percent of Americans would curtail late-term abortions that occur after 20

New initiative aims to make Catholic men ‘watchmen’

January 17, 2016 World News Comments Off on New initiative aims to make Catholic men ‘watchmen’

For years, Chad Crow has attended the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ annual conference for men. And the father of four, who is a parishioner at Transfiguration in Oakdale, said that he and other men who attend the conference typically get a lot out of it. The difficulty, he said, is that they didn’t find a lot of support for men’s spirituality once they left the conference center and returned to their homes, jobs and parishes. “It’s like we were all dressed up but had nowhere to go,” he said, noting that while there were many programs that effectively catered to women’s spiritual needs, it was difficult to find suitable equivalents for men. But Crow and other Catholic men…Continue Reading

Vatican Parishes Are Now Welcoming Refugees

January 15, 2016 World News Comments Off on Vatican Parishes Are Now Welcoming Refugees

Diocese of Rome Responds to Holy Father’s September Invitation for Parishes to Host a Family of Refugees January 15, 2016  By ZENIT Staff Responding to Pope Francis’ appeal this September, Vatican parishes have begun welcoming refugee families. In his Sept. 6 Angelus address, the Holy Father called on all European parishes and religious communities to take in one refugee family, as the United Nation recognizes the record number of people trying to enter Europe, mostly from Syria, Eritrea, and Afghanistan. “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family,” Francis requested, after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. As we witness the “tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood sues group that exposed its trafficking of babies’ body parts

January 15, 2016 World News Comments Off on Planned Parenthood sues group that exposed its trafficking of babies’ body parts

Ben Johnson IRVINE, CA, January 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the organization that exposed their practice of receiving financial remuneration for collecting the body parts and tissues of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood sued the Center for Medical Progress today, accusing the group of violating numerous state and federal laws, including the Federal Racketeering and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act – a law intended to prosecute the Mafia. Its legal brief describes CMP as a “complex criminal enterprise conceived and executed by anti-abortion extremists” that engaged in “large-scale illegal taping” intended “to demonize Planned Parenthood, harass and intimidate its dedicated staff, and interrupt its operations, all with the ultimate goal of interfering with women’s access to…Continue Reading

Archbishop Fisichella Says Pope Francis Desired Saint’s Presence in Vatican Basilica for Ash Wednesday of Jubilee Year

January 11, 2016 World News Comments Off on Archbishop Fisichella Says Pope Francis Desired Saint’s Presence in Vatican Basilica for Ash Wednesday of Jubilee Year
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Zenit.org The remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, often known as Padre Pio, will be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s Basilica next month. According to Vatican Radio, the Vatican announced this Monday, noting the remains will be exposed Feb. 8 -14. It was Pope Francis who desired that Padre Pio’s reliquary be present in the Vatican for Ash Wednesday of the Jubilee of Mercy, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, communicated in a letter he had written to the Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo. “The Holy Father,” the prelate wrote, “has expressed his strong desire that the remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina be exposed in St. Peter’s Basilica for Ash…Continue Reading

Cardinal Roger Mahony . . . Catholic clergy set to lead Coachella Mass to pray for refugees

January 8, 2016 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Roger Mahony . . . Catholic clergy set to lead Coachella Mass to pray for refugees

As the national debate continues on whether to allow Syrian refugees into the United States, Catholic organizers expect thousands of people to come together in Coachella Sunday to pray for people fleeing hardship in their homelands. The 10th annual Migration Mass, a service that’s part of National Migration Week celebrated by the Catholic Church each year, aims to show unity and support for the estimated 60 million refugees across the world. For the first time, Our Lady of Soledad Church will host the service presided by Bishop Gerald Barnes of the Diocese of Sa

The Cardinal Newman Society . . . Major Issues We’re Following in Catholic Education in 2016

January 5, 2016 World News Comments Off on The Cardinal Newman Society . . . Major Issues We’re Following in Catholic Education in 2016

The Cardinal Newman Society’s reporting in 2015 highlighted numerous issues — positive and negative — impacting faithful Catholic education in the U.S., and we expect many of these issues to continue trending into 2016. In the past year, Newman Society reporters covered cultural and institutional threats to faithful Catholic education, including the U.S. Supreme Court marriage ruling, problems with Common Core, Planned Parenthood’s close ties to Catholic colleges, ongoing HHS mandate lawsuits threatening religious freedom and scandalous commencement speakers at Catholic colleges. Yet, many faithful Catholic colleges and schools have responded with vigor to the current challenges and de – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4595/Opinion-Major-Issues-We%E2%80%99re-Following-in-Catholic-Education-in-2016.aspx#sthash.O3ZB0dhq.dpuf