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Aborting unborn children with Down syndrome diagnosis called genocide

Aborting unborn children with Down syndrome diagnosis called genocide

| March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Aborting a child with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome is a gross violation of human rights and anti-discriminatory commitments, and can be considered genocide, according to speakers at a March 20 panel at the United Nations.

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Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers

Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers

| March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly display information about abortions to their clients that the centers say violates their right to free speech.

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Russian Catholic leaders pledge to work with Putin after election win

Russian Catholic leaders pledge to work with Putin after election win

| March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Russia’s minority Catholic Church has pledged to help build a civil society after the nation’s March 18 election and called on President Vladimir Putin to “justify voters’ confidence” after his victory.

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Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil ‘mother of all vigils’ for a reason

Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil ‘mother of all vigils’ for a reason

| Carol Zimmermann | March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday.

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Pope accepts resignation of communications prefect

Pope accepts resignation of communications prefect

| Cindy Wooden | March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

After a very public controversy involving the use of a letter by retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Vigano as prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication.

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Pope: Present in the Eucharist, Jesus transforms those who receive him

Pope: Present in the Eucharist, Jesus transforms those who receive him

| Carol Glatz | March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.

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Texas bishops urge prayers, vigilance in wake of bombings

Texas bishops urge prayers, vigilance in wake of bombings

| James Ramos | March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

As police investigated a series of package explosions in central Texas that killed two people and injured four others, two of the state’s bishops said their thoughts and prayers were with the victims and families and friends of those victimized by the explosions.

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Mississippi governor signs 15-week abortion ban; clinic files suit

Mississippi governor signs 15-week abortion ban; clinic files suit

| Maureen Smith | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law March 19 the most restrictive state abortion bill in the nation because it bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

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A comic book look at ‘The People’s Pope’ (L)

A comic book look at ‘The People’s Pope’ (L)

| Mark Judge | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Francis: The People’s Pope,” a graphic biography by journalist and cartoonist Ted Rall, is, in its way, a celebration of the current successor of St. Peter.

Written from a far-left political perspective, the book calls Pope Francis a refreshing new leader but argues that he isn’t liberal enough.

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Pope ordains three new nuncios, including Canadian

Pope ordains three new nuncios, including Canadian

| Cindy Wooden | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Celebrating the feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis ordained three new bishops who will serve as papal nuncios, or ambassadors.

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Argentina’s bishops release baptism records of war’s missing children

Argentina’s bishops release baptism records of war’s missing children

| Wyatt Noble | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Argentina’s bishops announced they would release 127 baptism certificates archived in a chapel at a naval facility was used as a place of torture during the country’s military dictatorship.

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