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Cardinal Rigali joins hundreds of pro-lifers in prayer outside Knoxville Planned Parenthood

January 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY DUSTIN SIGGINS   Tue Jan 14, 2014 17:28 EST     KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, D.C., January 14, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Saturday, one abortion clinic in Knoxville experienced the power of prayer, as hundreds of pro-life activists spent an hour asking God for His intercession.   Led by Cardinal Justin Regali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, protestors gathered for the fourth annual Rosary for Life, which was held in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic for the first time. From 2010 to 2012, participants had prayed in front of Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic. That clinic closed in 2012 after the state passed laws requiring that doctors at abortion clinics have hospital admission privileges.

Okla. gay marriage ban struck down; ruling on hold

January 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — For the second time in a month, a federal judge has set aside a deeply conservative state’s limits on same-sex marriage, this time in Oklahoma. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern on Tuesday struck down Oklahoma’s voter-approved ban, but headed off any rush to the altar by putting the effects of his ruling on hold while state and local officials complete an appeal. Like the federal judge who reversed Utah’s gay marriage ban in December, Kern determined that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment violated the U.S. – See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/okla-gay-marriage-ban-struck-down-ruling-hold#sthash.3k2aDzft.dpuf

Pope Francis Announces Names of New Cardinals

January 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) After the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis announced the names of those who will be created Cardinals at the upcoming situation. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s announcement: As was previously announced, on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 16 new Cardinals, who, coming from 12 countries from every part of the world, represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world. The following day [February 23] I will preside at a solemn concelebration with the new Cardinals, while on February 20 and 21 I will hold a Consistory…Continue Reading

One-quarter of all women seeking an abortion were abused, new study finds

January 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

Wed Jan 08, 2014 13:56 EST LONDON, January 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One out of every four women who seeks an abortion has been a victim of abuse, according to a new meta-analysis. In the study, which was published online yesterday in the peer-reviewed open access journal PLOS Medicine, the researchers found that intimate partner violence (IPV) is associated with higher abortion rates and repeat abortions. The meta-analysis, which examined 74 studies of women around the world, found that between 2.5 and 30 percent of abused women have had an abortion within the last year. That rates soars to between 14 and 40 percent over a lifetime. Physical, mental, psychological or sexual abuse – as well as “coerced decision-making” –…Continue Reading

German bishops will give Communion to those ‘remarried’ outside Church despite Vatican’s opposition

January 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY COLIN KERR Tue Jan 07, 2014 19:26 EST FREIBURG, Germany, January 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The president of the German bishops’ conference says the conference will press forward with their plan to begin distributing Communion to Catholics who have ‘remarried’ outside the Church after a divorce, despite the judgment of Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Müller had excluded the possibility that those entering a second union without having secured a declaration of nullity would be eligible to receive communion. But Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, in an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt on December 29th, denied that the issue was settled in light of Müller’s negative stance. “A Prefect is not…Continue Reading

Coca-Cola launches ads depicting gay ‘marriage’ as antidote to ‘hatred’

January 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY DUSTIN SIGGINS Tue Jan 07, 2014 15:56 EST January 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Coca-Cola has launched a series of TV ads in four countries portraying same-sex relationships as a counterweight to displays of “hatred.” As part of its “Reasons to Believe” campaign, Coca-Cola has run four ads tailored to Irish, Dutch, Norweigan, and British audiences. All but the Irish ad show two men holding hands in what appears to be the end of a same-sex “marriage” ceremony. The ads consist of alternating positive and negative images, culminating in how life is better with Coke. One man is shown playing with a cat, another is shown tripping off a stage, and other people are shown in sporting events, raising money…Continue Reading

More pro-life laws passed in last two years than in the previous decade, pro-abortion study finds

January 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY KIRSTEN ANDERSON Fri Jan 03, 2014 15:00 EST WASHINGTON, D.C., January 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – According to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion think tank with connections to Planned Parenthood, 2013 was a banner year for pro-life legislation, capping a three-year trend that saw more laws passed limiting abortion than in the previous 10 years combined. According to the group’s year-end report, 205 new abortion restrictions became law in the last three years, 70 in 2013 alone, making last year second only to 2011 as the most pro-life year across the state legislatures since Roe v. Wade. In the decade 2001-2010, only 189 similar restrictions were enacted. “This legislative onslaught has dramatically changed the landscape for women needing abortion,” the…Continue Reading

New U.S. Catholic bishops president to Obama: grant us relief from HHS mandate fines

January 2, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY DUSTIN SIGGINS Thu Jan 02, 2014 18:12 EST WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The newly elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has penned a letter asking President Obama exempt religious institutions from having to pay crippling fines for not following the HHS mandate’s requirement that they offer contraception and abortifacient coverage to their employees. The HHS mandate went into effect for religious-affiliated institutions on New Years Day. In a letter to the president, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz pointed to the variety of changes that have been made to the Affordable Care Act in the past three years, saying that exempting religious from the HHS mandate should be added to that list. In a…Continue Reading

Court denies Notre Dame relief: university will comply with HHS mandate

January 2, 2014 World News Comments Off

  by Matthew Archbold January 2, 2014 (CNS) – Fewer than five years after President Barack Obama spoke at a University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony, promising “a sensible conscience clause” in the nation’s health care policies, the University has been denied its bid for a temporary stay on the HHS mandate requiring employee coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization procedures.   Last week, a federal judge denied the University’s request for relief from the Obama administration’s mandate. Then on December 31, a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied Notre Dame’s emergency motion for a stay, pending an appeal.   If the University fails to comply with the HHS mandate, it will face crippling fines of up…Continue Reading