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‘Amazing!’ Hobby Lobby family met in private audience with Pope Francis

Wonder if there will be competing versions of how this meeting went like occurred with Obama. Probably not.

Lauren Green McAfee, a member of the family that owns Hobby Lobby, revealed on Twitter that this morning, she was part of a private audience with Pope Francis:
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Judge Won't Put Rapist in Jail Because He Might Get Hurt

Ugh.

The next time somebody tries to tell you that the American justice system treats people the same way regardless of income, laugh really hard and then refer the poor, stupid soul to the shenanigans of Jan Jurden, a superior court judge in Delaware. The discovery process in a related civil lawsuit has revealed that Jurden sentenced mega-rich du Pont heir Robert H. Richards IV to mere probation for the crime of raping his own 3-year-old daughter. In her bizarro court order, the lenient judge insisted that Richards “will not fare well” in prison. Thus, instead of a prison sentence, Richards the affluent rapist is happily getting psychological treatment, reports The News Journal.
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Pelosi Calls Pro-Lifers "Dumb"

LifeNews.com reports:

Never mind that science has confirmed for some time that human life begins at conception and the union of sperm and egg creates a unique human being with a DNA code that matches no one else ever conceived. Nancy Pelosi believes pro-life advocates who think human life starts at conception are just “dumb.”
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Catholics Fleeing Crimea

Prayers.

Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region’s annexation. “The situation remains very serious, and we don’t know what will happen — the new government here is portraying us all as nationalists and extremists,” said Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a parish rector and military chaplain from Kerch, Crimea. He said officials from Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, had called him in for questioning about his community and to ask whether he “recognized the new order.”
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Art exhibit at University of Michigan honors abortion as awesome ‘life-sustaining’ act

Horrible.

An art exhibit currently on showcase at the University of Michigan charts the glamorous history of abortion. The “4000 Years for Choice” exhibit celebrates abortion as a “life-sustaining act,” reports The College Fix. Previously, the artist has called the practice “a gift from God.”
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Abp. Chaput Chimes in on German Bishops' Stance on Communion for Remarried

Catholic Culture reports:

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said in an interview that he is “curious” about the German bishops' stance on administering Holy Communion to those who have remarried outside the Church. Asserting that he is “not open to changing the teachings of Christ,” Archbishop Chaput told Catholic News Service that “people who choose a state that's contrary to the teachings of Jesus are required, to be in union with the Church and Jesus, to rectify that situation."
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The 15 Dumbest Anti–Hobby Lobby Signs at the Supreme Court

Funny. In a mind-blowingly stupid way.

Supporters of an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires religious business people to violate their beliefs were out in full force this morning at the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which pits Obamacare against small businesses seeking to preserve personal and religious freedom. Here’s a look at some of the most nonsensical and ridiculous signs and participants at Tuesday’s rally.
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U.S. Media Ignores British Prenatal Incineration Scandal

Silence is sometimes complicity.

On Monday, The UK's Daily Telegraph spotlighted the scoop of another British media outlet, Channel 4, which discovered the beyond abhorrent practice of 10 NHS hospitals incinerating over 15,000 bodies of unborn babies from miscarriages and abortions. The investigation by the Channel 4 program Dispatches found that some of the infants' remains were even used to heat the medical facilities.
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Administration: Yes, We Can Force You To Cooperate in Killing Your Grandchild

Terence Jeffrey has the horrible truth of it:

Question: Does the Obama administration claim the right to force Americans to cooperate in killing their own grandchildren? Answer: Yes. On the face of it, this seems like an outrageous claim. But it is true. The outrage is what the government is demanding Americans do. The Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — includes a "requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage." The main part of this "requirement" says: "An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month."
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Candace Cameron Bure Talks of her Faith, DWTS Crowd Cheers

No skimpy outfits for her.

Even DJ Tanner has her limits! Candace Cameron Bure has continued to make it known that she won't be donning skimpy outfits on Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars. On Monday, March 24, the Full House alum received huge support from the audience when she once again spoke about her values and Christian faith during her pre-taped rehearsal footage. "I'm a Christian. My life revolves around my relationship with Jesus Christ," Bure, 37, said before dancing the rumba with partner Mark Ballas. "So with the overall tone of the dance and the costumes I'm not going to take a backseat. My voice will definitely be heard." When Bure mentioned her faith, "the entire crowd in the ballroom cheered and clapped really loudly," an onlooker told Us Weekly. She also had several family members attending the live show.
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DOJ to Supreme Court: Killing Human Embryo in Womb is Not Abortion

Sick.

The U.S. Justice Department is telling the Supreme Court that killing a human embryo by preventing the embryo from implanting in his or her mother’s uterus is not an "abortion" and, thus, drugs that kill embryos this way are not "abortion-inducing" drugs.
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Cardinal Burke: Obama Trying to "Restrict" Christianity

Accurate:

The Vatican’s Chief Justice, Cardinal Raymond Burke, has leveled a striking charge against President Barack Obama. Burke, who was formerly the St. Louis, MO archbishop, told Polonia Christiana magazine that Obama is trying to “restrict” Christianity.
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UK Catholic priest admits entering into sham gay marriage to keep Pakistani from being deported

Ugh.

A high-profile Catholic priest has been suspended after a Mail on Sunday investigation discovered he was in a sham ‘gay marriage’ to help a Pakistani immigrant stay in Britain. Father Donald Minchew – a former Anglican who converted to Catholicism after attacking the Church of England’s loss of traditional values – admitted entering into a civil partnership as a favour to a family friend desperate to work in Britain.
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Gay Pride Parade Won't Bend Rules for Catholic League's Bill Donohue

Yeah, kinda' knew that was coming.

Bill Donohue comments on his exchange with officials from New York’s Heritage of Pride parade: For the past few days I have been engaged in an e-mail conversation with officials from the Heritage of Pride parade, New York’s annual gay event; the dialogue has been cordial. I asked to join the parade under a banner that would read, “Straight is Great.” The purpose of my request was to see just how far they would go without forcing me to abide by their rules. It didn’t take long before they did. Today, I informed Heritage of Pride officials that I objected to their rule requiring me to attend gay training sessions, or what they call “information” sessions. “I don’t agree with your rule,” I said. They responded by saying that attendance was “mandatory.”
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Charges for Prof Who Claimed ‘MORAL RIGHT’ to Censor, Batter Teen Pro-Lifer

Good.

The district attorney in Santa Barbara, Calif. has formally filed charges against the University of California, Santa Barbara professor accused of stealing a graphic anti-abortion sign from two abortion protesters, then assaulting one of the protesters (a 16-year-old girl) and destroying the sign. The professor, Mireille Miller-Young, faces counts of theft, battery and vandalism, reports the Santa Barbara Independent. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
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Happiest Mass I Ever Attended Was a Funeral

Wow. Another great piece from one of the best Catholic writers out there.

It started with a death on Ash Wednesday. My father had been ill, and on the Monday before Lent, I felt the push to pray that he not be alone. I prayed too—no, I wanted—that my mother, who had spent the last year driving to Orange, Texas, nearly every day to keep him company, would not be robbed of those last few moments of their marriage. I prayed that she would not be alone either. On Tuesday, Dad took a turn for the worse. When my mother called me, I shared my prayer—said it was my "wish" prayer, and she said it was a good wish. He passed on Ash Wednesday, with my mother holding his hand, and there were two people with her. My first thought, upon hearing this was, "God, I didn't mean now!"
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I've Had a Difficult Life and That's OK

Chelsea Zimmerman writes an amazing story:

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24 year old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only two other people in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an internet video that received over a million views and thousands of vile comments.
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Amanda Marcotte: Babies are time-sucking monsters, abortion like removing a cavity

Sometimes pro-aborts forget to lie.

Most abortion advocates are careful to act as if they’re not really fans of abortion. No one likes abortion, they’ll say. It’s a necessary decision that is painful for most women and they always think long and hard about it, and it isn’t a choice that is made cavalierly. No one wants to have an abortion, they’ll say. It’s only about “choice”. Unfortunately, sometimes they let the mask slip and expose their rabid fanaticism for abortion show. The most recent person to do this is pro-abortion femisogynist extremist Amanda Marcotte in a two-part rant on Raw Story.
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God Works on a Need to Know Basis

The Merry Catholic writes:

Have you even noticed that God deals with us on a “need to know” basis? He gives us just enough information, but does not tell us the whole story. God did this even with the famous heroes of the Bible. God spoke to the very first patriarch, Abraham (at the time called Abram), and told him to move to an unknown land. Abraham asked, “Why?” and God said, “I will make you a great nation.” Abraham said, “Cool. How?” God replied, “You’ll find out.” Then Abraham said, “You’re not gonna tell me? That’s not fair!” God said, “If you knew the details, you’d never go.” The same thing happened with St. Peter. Jesus said to him, “Follow me and I will make you a fisher of men.” Peter asked, “Why?” and Jesus replied, “To usher in the Kingdom of God.” Peter said, “Cool. Do I get to wear a crown?” Jesus said, “You’ll find out.” Then Peter said, “You’re not gonna tell me? That’s not fair!” Jesus said, “If you knew the details, you’d never follow me.”
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Andrew Klavan on Object Permanence and Playing Peek-a-Boo with Reality

"Object permanence" is the understanding that something continues to exist even if you can't see it. According to the famous psychologist Jean Piaget, learning object permanence is one of a child's most important accomplishments. Babies teach themselves this essential life lesson by playing Peek-a-boo: covering their eyes in order to discover that when they look again, Mommy is still there. By about 18 to 24 months, a psychologically healthy child should come to understand that just because you cover your eyes and refuse to look at something, doesn't mean it actually ceases to exist. If, God forbid, a child does not learn object permanence, she might become a leftist.
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When There Are No Miracles

Maurisa writes about all the prayers that went out to a family this week:

When I became a Catholic 19 years ago, this coming Triduum, I had no idea what a small, interconnected world I had become a part of. It's a beautiful thing to be included in this tight knit community.
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Gosnell Clinic to be Made Into Christian Charity

Evil to good.

A building in Wilmington, Del., that once housed a clinic where now-infamous abortion practitioner Dr. Kermit Gosnell practiced is being transformed into a food pantry, according to a representative for a local charity group. Dr. Kermit Gosnell is escorted to a waiting police van upon leaving the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Monday, May 13, 2013, after being convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his clinic. Credit: AP Dr. Kermit Gosnell is escorted to a waiting police van upon leaving the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Monday, May 13, 2013. (AP) Lutheran Community Services, a nonprofit serving families in need, announced in a radio interview this week that the organization has purchased the now-shuttered Atlantic Women’s Medical Services building.
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Peace Pipe Smoking Liturgy Calls Down "Spirits"

Oh my. Sounds like hippie foolishness to me.

This is part two of a series of short videos featuring liturgical abuses by a dissident priest, Father Micahel Tegeder and Deacon Joseph Damiani. The Archdiocese is well aware that this takes place every Sunday. The Ojibway outreach, which looks more like a platform for nostalgic hippies to relive their past, has been in action since it was founded by Father Notebaart. It's also a recipient of Catholic Outreach funds. American Indians have been participating at Holy Mass for centuries without the benefit of such showmanship and shamanistic intervention. The pipe ceremony is intended to "call down spirits", but just what spirits are being called down?
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Nobody is Born that Way, Gay Historians Say

Some historians are taking a big risk saying this.

Virtually no serious person disputes that in our society, people generally experience their gay or straight orientations as unchosen and unchangeable. But the LGBT community goes further, portraying itself as a naturally arising subset of every human population, with homosexuality being etched into some people’s DNA. Are gays indeed born that way? The question has immense political, social, and cultural repercussions. For example, some of the debate over applying the Constitution’s equal protection clause to gays and lesbians focuses on whether gayness is an inborn characteristic. And the major argument gays and lesbians have made for religious affirmation has been, “God made me this way.”
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New Look at the Benefits of Contraception

"Benefits" with a side effect of death.

Since the Griswold Supreme Court decision in 1965, contraception has become integrated into almost every facet of American culture. Whole industries have sprung up around it, and governments and schools around the nation spend millions giving contraception out for “free.” And, of course, the federal government is now saying almost every single business and non-profit organization in America must provide it for “free” to employees. Which makes some recent noise in mainstream media sources about the harms of contraception quite interesting, and potentially very effective to spreading the word about the real harms of contraception to women. First it was former Winter Olympics hopeful and former Townhall.com intern Megan Henry — sidelined due to use of the intrauterine device NuVaRing — whose joining of a class-action lawsuit against NuVaRing parent company Merck Pharmaceuticals made news across the country.
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Planned Parenthood Boss to Deliver Commencement at Women's College

Wow.

The controversial decision to select Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, as the commencement speaker at the private, all-women’s Barnard College in New York City has prompted some righteous indignation. “It is truly devastating that Barnard chose a speaker who bears the banner of abortion—one of the most polarizing, impassioned subjects of morality in the history of modern civilization,” Kate Christensen, a Barnard College senior and president of the Columbia University College Republicans, wrote in an op-ed for The Columbia Spectator. “For an event that is supposed to be celebratory, uniting, and joyous, why must the school choose a speaker who is so deeply divisive?”
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An Alarming Lack of CS Lewis in CS Lewis Lecture

But the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church found time to mention "stardust" and "wisdom-teachers."

Most of us were baffled when Westminster College announced that Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, would deliver the C.S. Lewis Lecture on science and religion. IRD colleague Bart Gingerich pointed out that the breadth of differences between the two figures is too expansive to summarize. The New Testament tells us the Rich Man could see Lazarus over the gulf between the Inferno and Paradise. Judging from this lecture, it’s doubtful Schori can see Lewis over the gulf that separates them.
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MSNBC: Happy St. Patrick's Day You Irish Catholic Bigots!

Nice.

On Monday's MSNBC News Nation, host Tamron Hall teed up Michael O'Loughlin from The Advocate to promote his screed against the St. Patrick's Day parade organizers in New York and Boston for not allowing gay demonstrations at the respective events. Hall wondered: "What do you believe is the hold up at this point?...you see polls across the country where people, in their views of same-sex marriage of people who are gay and lesbian, greatly changed over the past ten years or so."
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Times Calls God a "She" for PC History Month

Newsbusters has the story. They're reporting on it mainly because nobody else reads Time Magazine.

All the major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – depict God as a “He.” From the beginning of the the Old Testament, God refers to Himself using masculine pronouns. But what’s 5,000 years of tradition and theological understanding against Women’s History Month, 2014? God, you see, is a she, according to a woman pastor TIME Magazine enlisted to write on religion in honor of the month-long PC hug-fest. The article “God’s Feminine Side” by the clearly theologically confused Pastor Debbie Blue, picks and chooses Bible verses with feminine language and analogies made to female animals to prove the point that God must have a feminine side. Blue calls it, “the divine him/her/it.”
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Russell Crowe, Aronofsky Meet the Pope

Deadline reports:

The trades got into it this week with Variety floating the boat that Noah star Russell Crowe’s attempt to meet Pope Francis was spurned by the Vatican, while THR refuted that was ever real because of the feeling Crowe’s stardom would attract too much attention.
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Two Finalists for Dean at LMU Both Worked for Planned Parenthood

Wow.

Loyola Marymount University has narrowed the search for the new dean of its liberal arts school to two candidates, both of whom have worked for Planned Parenthood, according to RenewLMU, an organization committed to promoting the Jesuit University’s Catholic identity. RenewLMU is calling on the University to re-start the selection process and “ensure the new Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts demonstrates a strong record of furthering Catholic mission and identity so that LMU will be, in the words of Pope Francis, an ‘uncompromising witness…to the Church’s moral teaching.’”
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Air Force Violates Cadets Religious Freedom

The government which is charged with protecting liberty has quite a habit of infringing on it recently.

A religious liberty law firm says the U.S. Air Force Academy has confirmed it would have forced a cadet to remove a Bible verse posted outside his room even if he hadn't agreed to do so voluntarily. As reported Friday, attorneys with Liberty Institute flew to Colorado Springs following the news that an Air Force Academy cadet had removed a Bible verse from his whiteboard outside his dorm room, apparently after anti-Christian zealot Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained about it. But Liberty Institute learned that the unidentified cadet had voluntarily removed the verse and it had nothing to do with Weinstein's complaint.
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Bill Dononue on the Duplicity of Pelosi's Invitation to Pope Francis

The Catholic League states:

Yesterday, Rep. John Boehner extended an invitation to Pope Francis to speak before a joint session of the Congress. Joining with him was Rep. Nancy Pelosi. On March 27, Rep. Pelosi will receive Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, The Margaret Sanger Award. Pelosi supports abortion-on-demand, and Planned Parenthood is responsible for killing more unborn babies than any other institution in the nation. It is also profoundly anti-Catholic.
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The Iron Fist Of Mercy

Rorate has a quote from the President of Radio Maria. This is the world we live in now.

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A deacon’s blog suppressed

Bishop has asked a Deacon blogger to stand down from his blog. I suspect we will see more of this in the future.

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Shock Headline: Catholic Hospital Coerced a Woman to Abort

Badger Catholic has the very well researched story:

Hi Everyone, For those of you who don't know, Dr. Rose was my doctor for my most recent pregnancy. The care was so bad, that we suspected he was an abortionist. Dr. Carl Rose (who works at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and comes to La Crosse to work with OB/GYN patients), seemed very callous toward the life of our child. In late January, in an effort to find out the truth about the doctor, I called Mayo Clinic in Rochester and asked if Dr. Rose would provide an abortion. Surprisingly, the doctor's receptionist said that he would, and he has provided abortions. She said that he provides abortions up to 20 weeks plus 6 days and after some questioning she basically said that he will do it for any reason, according to the woman's wishes. This is the doctor who was supposed to take care of me and my baby during my difficult pregnancy!
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Fairfield Prof Worked at Physician's Assistant at Planned Parenthood

This is who they have teaching at a Catholic college.

A professor at Fairfield University acted as a physician’s assistant at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the early 1990’s, according to a proposal for the creation of a Master’s degree program in public administration appearing on the Jesuit University’s website. Dr. Michael Pagano, an associate professor of communications at Fairfield, lists his experience in 1991 and 1992 as a part-time physician’s assistant with “Planned Parenthood of Eastern Oklahoma & Western Arkansas, Inc., Tulsa, OK.” in his CV for a proposal for a Master’s program at Fairfield.
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The Catholic Position on Abortion is Fully in Line with Science

Thomas Jackson writes:

At the earliest stages of pregnancy the future body that the zygote will acquire has not yet developed. But the complement of genes that will govern and direct that development is fully present from the moment of conception. It is a continuing unified coherence that will last until the person’s death, perhaps many decades in the future, despite the fact that the cells that contain it will change many times. From the first moment the genes are acting as a coherent unity, co-operating and inter-acting and exchanging information with each other, sometimes over vast chromosomal distances, as they direct the bewilderingly complex development of the zygote, surely one of the greatest wonders that nature has to offer.
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Jim Gaffigan: From “Loner” to Father of Five (and Counting?)

Great stuff.

This is a great piece from CBS on comedian Jim Gaffigan about his family life. At the end of the interview Anthony Mason asks Gaffigan if he’s “done” having kids. To which he responds that, because he’s Catholic and his wife is a “shiite” Catholic, “there is no goalie” and he’s, “not opposed to it.” gaffigan2.png“I know the positives that I can get from each of my children,” he said. Adding, jokingly, that he also wants to create his own nationality. A country called “Gaffganistan.”
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The Real Threat Behind The Marriage/Communion Debate

Your brief, matter-of-fact report on this controversy reminds me of the tip of an iceberg. It alludes to, but does not reveal the immensity of, a massive, looming threat that bids fair to pierce, penetrate and rend in twain Peter’s barque – already tossing perilously amid stormy and icy seas.

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Please Pray For Our Friend Sofia

Sofia at AlwaysCatholic.com is a logn time friend of CMR and she is in need of some prayer support.

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Nigerian Bishop: 180 Christians Killed in Less than Two Weeks, Including 60 Children

Horror.

A Catholic bishop says Islamic insurgents have destroyed 20 churches in northeastern Nigeria in recent attacks. Bishop Oliver Dashe Dome says than 500 of his parishioners have been killed since insurgency in the region began in 2009. At least 180 people have been killed in less than two weeks, including 60 children.
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Poll: Catholics Praying More Because of Pope Francis?

Praying is a good thing.

Pope Francis has brought American Catholics to their knees. As the pontiff wraps up his first year in the Vatican, a new poll has found that 40 percent of his U.S. flock says they are praying more often than they did a year ago. It could be one sign of what's being called the "Francis Effect" — the impact of a very popular pope with the common touch who isn't afraid to shake things up.
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Ukrainian Priest Speaks on ‘Birth of Civil Society’ at Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio hosted a Ukrainian priest to speak about his country’s civil struggle for human dignity, according to the University. Fr. Yuriy Sakvuk discussed the troubles in Ukraine and how the country is undergoing a “revolution of dignity.” The University reports:
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Prayers For Sherry and Her Dad

Our condolences and our prayers go out to Sherry and he Dad who just passed away.

Sherry writes about her Dad here. Please read and share your condolences.

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Fulton Sheen miracle approved!

ig news out of Peoria, IL this morning as Bishop Daniel Jenky just received word that the seven-member board of medical experts who advise the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican unanimously approved a reported miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

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Doc Saves Nuns Life After Seeing Her on TV

Pretty remarkable.

SITTING down to watch Sister Act star Whoopi Goldberg and some real-life nuns on a BBC TV show, Professor John Bevan knew straightaway that something was wrong with one of the guests. Professor Bevan, of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, spotted that Sister Aelred, of the Arundel Convent in West Sussex, was speaking as though her tongue was too big for her mouth. The senior consultant endocrinologist believed the nun was suffering from acromegaly, a condition that makes the body produce too much growth hormone, and can shorten life by up to 10 years.
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And Here We Go --CNN:Pope:Church could support civil unions

It is almost like this stuff is predictable or something.

(CNN) - Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions.

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The 8 Types of Ashes You Might Receive on Ash Wednesday

Funny.

One of the most visible aspects of Lent is how it begins: Ash Wednesday. This is the day we all see who is getting ready to enter into the season of Lent by spotting who has ash on their forehead. This guide will help you identify the different types of ashes you may encounter.
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U.S. bishops' president asks for Ash Wednesday prayers for Ukraine

Catholic News has the details:

U.S. Catholics stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as their country struggles with political tensions, said a statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., said in the March 4 statement that the U.S. bishops, "together with tens of millions of U.S. Catholics of Eastern European descent join Pope Francis in solidarity and prayers for the people of Ukraine for an end to the current tensions and troubling events which continue to unfold there."
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Milwaukee Catholic Herald profiles priest who "canonized" MLK

Is this really the incident that should be promoted in a Catholic newspaper?

Milwaukee’s Catholic Herald recently profiled Father George Clements. The following anecdote struck me. How about you? Clashes with the cardinal Then he [Father Clements] said he did something that upset many people. He took down a statue of St. Anthony and replaced it with one of [Martin Luther] King.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Sarah Drew: Portraying a Christian on TV, saving herself for marriage

I didn't even know this show was still on but this seems like a little good news. If you think about it, I think on mainstream television the number of churchgoing Christians is pretty darn low. I mean really low.

When Sarah Drew was asked to join the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy” as the Christian Dr. April Kepner, she wanted to make sure her religious character would be portrayed fairly and not as a “judgy Christian” often seen in television. “I think in the media, Christians are the butt of every joke or they are portrayed running around condemning everyone to hell,” Drew told FOX411. But when she joined the “Grey’s” cast, writer “Shonda [Rhimes] came to me and said you know a lot about this and to tell [April’s] story authentically, we need your input.’”
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Abortion Staffer: We Would Stuff Babies Down the Toilet

Horror. Just horrors.

Staffer reflects on aborted children: “We would put them down a flushing toilet”
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The New Pope Francis T-Shirt

Rod Dreher has the pic:

Archetypes, a gay-positive company, has released a Pope Francis t-shirt, which features an image of the pontiff, plus his quote, “Who am I to judge?”
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Pastoral Doesn’t Mean Watering Down the Faith

Paul Zummo on the troubling Cardinal Kasper speech.

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Purdue Removes God from Plaque

Fox News reports:

Purdue University, which once defended the right of a private speaker to blaspheme Jesus, has banned an alumni donor from using the word “God” on a plaque because it might offend someone. Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife made a $12,500 pledge to the university’s school of mechanical engineering. In return, Purdue, a large public university in Indiana, offered the McCrackens the opportunity to name a small conference room in a lab building. They were also invited to supply language for a plaque that would be installed in the room.
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