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Vatican Spokesman Calls Rolling Stone Article ‘Superficial Journalism’

Vatican City,      January 29, 2014

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, had strong words regarding a recent article on Pope Francis that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. The Holy Father made the cover of the magazine yesterday. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/vatican-spokesman-calls-rolling-stone-article-superficial-journalism?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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A Call To Prayer

We need prayer now more than ever with the many attacks the Catholic Church has faced in recent years. It is through the power of prayer that darkness and evil is conquered. The bishops of the United States have challenged us to pray and fast for life, religious liberty and the sanctity of Marriage. They are reintroducing this challenge this year for those same causes. Here is a video the bishops put together and go to their web site to find out more about what we can do. http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-faith/call-to-prayer.cfm

En Espanol: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-faith/llamado-a-la-oracion.cfm

This page may help to keep updated on these issues: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/


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Iconic American Magazine Features Pope Francis on Front Cover

Los Angeles,      January 28, 2014

Pope Francis is pictured on the cover of the latest edition of the famous American magazine, Rolling Stone.

The Holy Father, who has been featured on the front of several famous and not so well known publications over the past few months, is pictured smiling with the caption: “The times, they are a-changin’.” …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/iconic-american-magazine-features-pope-francis-on-front-cover?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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President of US Bishops Welcomes Supreme Court Protection for Nuns

Washington, D.C.,      January 27, 2014    (Zenit.org       | 302 hits

The president of the US episcopal conference welcomed Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, which granted an injunction to the Little Sisters of the Poor as they fight the government mandate requiring employers to provide free sterilization, abortifacients and contraception through employees’ insurance plans.

The Little Sisters of the Poor run retirement homes for the poor elderly.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the move by the U.S. Supreme Court, January 24, to extend an injunction granted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, December 31, exempting the Little Sisters of the Poor and others in their lawsuit from the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate while their appeal is pending. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/president-of-us-bishops-welcomes-supreme-court-protection-for-nuns?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch