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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

Swiss Nuncio: Communion Is for Catholics

January 3, 2016 World News Comments Off on Swiss Nuncio: Communion Is for Catholics

Abp. Gullickson nixes Communion for divorced adulterers, active gays and Lutherans BERN, Switzerland (ChurchMilitant.com) – Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, nuncio to Switzerland, is closing the door on Communion to civilly remarried divorcees, unrepentant homosexuals and non-Catholics such as Lutherans. Gullickson, appointed to his post in Switzerland in September, spoke frankly on these topics in a recent interview to the Swiss paper Tages Anzeiger. The 66-year-old archbishop, originally from Sioux Falls

Death Panels Are No Joking Matter Now

December 31, 2015 World News Comments Off on Death Panels Are No Joking Matter Now

Remember when those who worried about “death panels” were mocked? Well, it’s no joking matter now. Imagine you’re the mom or dad of a 46-year-old former sheriff’s deputy who’s been in the hospital for two months after a non-cancerous mass was found on his pancreas. Imagine further that your son is on a ventilator but can still interact with you and make his wishes known via movements of his hands or head. Imagine that in these interactions your son has clearly said he wants to live. Then consider your son had no health insurance when he went to the hospital, and now, a hospital “ethics committee” has decided it’s time to pull the plug, because further treatment is not “in…Continue Reading

Christian Bakers Say the Government Cleaned Out Their Bank Accounts

December 31, 2015 World News Comments Off on Christian Bakers Say the Government Cleaned Out Their Bank Accounts

Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone—every single penny. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein’s checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe. Yes, friends—the state of Oregon stole money meant for our Lord. Mrs. Klein and her husband, Aaron, are devout evangelical Christians who own a mom-and-pop bakery—Sweet Cakes By Melissa.