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  • Pope Benedict XVI Tweets His Support for 40th Annual March for Life in Washington DC Today

    01/25/2013 7:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The 40th March for Life is being held today in Washington DC. Here’s the Facebook page. Lifesite News has a schedule of today’s events. Organizers say today’s rally in the nation’s capital may bring more anti-abortion activists to the streets than last year’s estimated 400,000. Pope Benedict XVI tweeted out his support for the march early this morning...
  • Catholic Hospital's argument in Colorado court that fetuses aren't people captivates the Internet

    01/25/2013 5:39:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies ^ | 01/25/2013 | Phil Tenser
    DENVER - In contrast to typical Church doctrine, lawyers for a Catholic hospital in Canon City are arguing fetuses aren't people, in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that is now being appealed to the state Supreme Court. Although the court case has stalled, a recent article gave it a burst of national attention.Lori Stodghill died of pulmonary emboli on Jan. 1, 2006 at St. Thomas More Hospital, according to a district court judge's summary judgment on the case in 2010. At the time of her death, Stodghill was pregnant with twins who did not survive.Stodghill's husband, Jeremy, filed a...
  • An appropriate response to Gov. Cuomo’s latest abortion push

    01/25/2013 3:04:30 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    canonlawblog ^ | January 25, 2013 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Two years ago I engaged in an extensive public discussion about whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, could, in light of his living arrangements, participate in holy Communion. I argued that he could not. As far as I know, those living arrangements remain unchanged, but, it appears that Cuomo has, since that discussion, respectfully refrained from approaching for holy Communion. In this regard, at least, the governor is not aggravating his conflicts with Catholic belief and discipline. But I also warned then that the ecclesiastical consequences of Cuomo’s pro-abortion activism must eventually be faced. That day seems...
  • Thoughts on the Miracle of Life, As We March

    01/25/2013 2:40:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 25, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The magnificence of life is really too wonderful too describe. But I found this description some years ago which summons reverence by its very ability to baffle the mind:MIRACLE OF LIFE- Consider the miracle of the human body. Its chemistry is just as extraordinarily well tuned as is the physics of the cosmos. Our world on bothsides of the divide that separates life from lifelessness is filled with wonder. Each human cell has a double helix library of three billion base pairs providing fifty thousand genes. These three billion base pairs and fifty thousand genes somehow engineer 100 trillion neural...
  • Cardinal Stafford: 40 Years After Roe, 'I Weep for the United States'

    01/25/2013 1:43:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/24/13 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Forty years of legalized abortion have profoundly demoralized American society, not only weakening respect for human life but undermining marriage, parenthood and individuals' sense of duty to others, said U.S. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford. The cardinal, a former archbishop of Denver and former head of two Vatican offices, said that the legalization of abortion was itself a result of flawed ideas about freedom deeply rooted in American history. Cardinal Stafford, 80, spoke with Catholic News Service shortly before the Jan. 25 March for Life marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme...
  • Vatican Defends Pope’s Twitter Account Despite Attacks

    01/25/2013 1:36:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/24/13 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Jan. 24) defended the pope’s choice to open a Twitter account even if it exposes him to insults and online abuse. “Twitter is a secular reality ... but we prefer to be present rather than stay away from something just to avoid a risk,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Vatican’s department for social communications, during the launch of the annual papal message for World Communications Day. Pope Benedict XVI opened his Twitter handle @Pontifex on Dec. 3. It has since gathered more than 2.5 million followers in nine languages, including...

    01/25/2013 1:02:16 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 25 replies
    Jonathan Cahn, author of ‘The Harbinger’ and pastor/rabbi of Beth Israel Messianic Congregation of Wayne, NJ, gives the key note address at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. 01/21/13
  • The Most Bible-Minded City Is Knoxville, Tenn., Says American Bible Society

    01/25/2013 9:52:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/25/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Knoxville, Tenn., known for being the home of Dolly Parton and the Tennessee Valley Authority, was named number one on the American Bible Society's "Most Bible-Minded Cities" list. With research conducted by the Barna Group, the ABS' recently released findings were based off of seven years' worth of telephone and online interviews with a random sample space of 42,855 adults. After Knoxville, the other nine cities on the top ten list in descending order are: Shreveport, La.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Springfield, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va. sharing the number 8 spot; Huntsville, Ala.; and Charleston,...
  • Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for...

    01/25/2013 9:18:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    mailonline ^ | James Rush
    FULL TITLE: Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for 'health and safety reasons' A furious dad has slammed a school after his six-year-old son was banned from wearing a Christian band in class on health and safety grounds. Peter Thompson's son Eddie had been wearing the band, decorated with the Christian symbol of a fish, out of sight for six months. But when a teacher spotted Eddie scratching his ankle she noticed the band, covered by his sock, and ordered him to hand it over. Now he is being kept at home after he was...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOCRYPHA, 01-25-13

    01/25/2013 8:35:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 01-25-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APOCRYPHA Originally writings that claimed a sacred origin and were supposed to have been hidden for generations; later, a well-define class of literature with scriptural or quasi-scriptural pretensions, but lacking genuineness and canonicity, composed during the two centuries before Christ and the early centuries of our era. Protestants apply the term improperly to denote also Old Testament books not contained in the Jewish canon but received by Catholics under the name of deuterocanonical. The following is a list of the Apocrypha: Apocrypha of Jewish Origin: Jewish Apocalypses; Book of Henoch; Assumption of Moses: Fourth Book of...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/25/2013)

    01/25/2013 8:15:32 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 19 replies
    January 25, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation "Liberated Dachau camp prisoners cheer U.S. troops." (reference: 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed. and gives food...
  • Top Vatican official praises U.S. Marches for Life as witness for ‘the whole world’

    01/25/2013 7:57:14 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 24, 2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Bishop Ignacio Carasco de Paula ROME, January 24, 2013 ( - The head of the Pontifical Academy for Life described the pro-life marches and events being held across the US this week as an historic witness to the sanctity of human life and an important example to the world. “These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula told the Catholic News Agency (CNA) yesterday. “These events which favor human life without limits, from conception until the end, have...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/25/13)[Prayer]

    01/25/2013 4:57:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YAHPsalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 25, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/25/2013 4:49:03 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/25/13 | Joel Osteen
    He Wants to Surprise You Today's Scripture “If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you...all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you...” (Deuteronomy 28:1–2, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A surprise is simply something good that you weren’t really expecting. It’s something that makes you feel special and lets you know that someone is thinking about you. Surprises bring us joy and lift our hearts. Your heavenly Father wants to surprise you and overtake you with His goodness. He...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 25, 2013]

    01/25/2013 4:48:09 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Leave Room for God "When it pleased God . . ." —Galatians 1:15 As servants of God, we must learn to make room for Him-to give God “elbow room.” We plan and figure and predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never expected Him to come? Do not look for God to come in a particular way, but do look for Him. The way to make...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-25-13, F, Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

    01/24/2013 9:15:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 01-25-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2013   Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle   Reading 1 Acts 22:3-16 Paul addressed the people in these words:“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,but brought up in this city.At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral lawand was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.I persecuted this Way to death,binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.Even the high priest and the whole council of elderscan testify on my behalf.For from them I even received letters to the brothersand set out for...
  • Going over the Moral Cliff

    01/24/2013 7:54:58 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-23-13 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    In my book, When the Crosses are Gone, I warn that when a culture abandons thinking and logic in favor of feelings and emotions, it is doomed to destruction. Although emotions are a very important part of the human psyche, when they control every aspect of life, morality becomes a victim. Today, there is widespread agreement that morality in America is deteriorating with breathtaking speed. On one hand, we face a belligerent and intimidating lobby that desires the breakdown of biblical morality. On the other hand, a docile public-as well as church leadership-is terrified to stand up for truth lest...
  • We March by Faith: God calls each of us to stand up for life

    01/24/2013 6:51:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | January 2013 | Laura Mirchell
    We March by Faith God calls each of us to stand up for life. By: Laura Mitchell January 25, 2013, will bring hundreds of thousands of people to Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. Tens of thousands more will attend companion events in other parts of the US. Some will carry signs, some will pray the rosary, and others will chant pro-life slogans. In Washington, the site of the oldest and largest rally, participants will walk through the streets, en route to the Supreme Court building. Despite the challenges of a midwinter outdoor event, the March is...
  • The latest excommunication call (A canon lawyer weighs in)

    01/24/2013 2:19:00 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    canonlawblog ^ | January 23, 2013 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Alexis de Tocqueville once observed that “Every generation is a new people.” Demographers reckon a generation at 20-25 years, so that means that every 20-25 years, a lot of folks need a lot of things explained to them that their parents and grandparents take for granted. No big deal, we just do it. But on the internet, it seems that every month is a new generation, so that means that about once a month, questions arise that many of us have treated numerous times in the past. Problem is, these allegedly novel questions shoot through cyberspace with amazing speed,...
  • Sisters were [Religious] Sisters, inseparable to the end

    01/24/2013 1:22:22 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Times Union ^ | January 23, 2013 | Paul Grondahl
    Copied photo from 1992 of the five Wheeler sister nuns on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Louise House in Menands, N.Y. From left are sisters Elaine, Mary Cecelia, Zoe, Jean Marie and Madeline. Elaine and Jean Marie just recently died within 24 hours of each other. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union) MENANDS — They were Sister sisters who possessed contrasting personalities and were protective of their personal space, but in the end they proved inseparable.Sisterhood defined Sister Jean Marie Wheeler and Sister Elaine Wheeler — biological sisters, Daughters of Charity nuns and career educators — who were in their 90s...