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US Bishops Respond to Planned Parenthood Videos

Washington, D.C., July 30, 2015     

The Center for Medical Progress released today its fourth video exposing Planned Parenthood’s use of fetal tissue, with the results of its investigation attracting growing national and international attention.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee…

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3 Recognized by US Bishops as ‘People of Life’

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015     

A nurse, a chastity educator, and the retired director of the bishops’ national grassroots organization received the 2015 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement, July 27, during the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Kansas.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented the awards to Nancy Valko, Molly Kelly, and Michael Taylor. Over 120 diocesan, state and national Catholic pro-life leaders and guests from across the country attended…

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Jesuit Refugee Service Aims to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Rome, July 28, 2015     

Women refugees from Asian and African countries such as Pakistan or Somalia, reach Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Having  experienced situations of war, sexual abuse and systematic oppression, they are forced to flee, forced to pay smugglers, and very often, robbed of their few belongings are abandoned.

These are the women who receive help at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) centre in…

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Exhibit on John Paul II’s Relationship With the Jewish People Opens in Vatican

Rome, July 28, 2015     

“A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” is the title of an exhibition opening in the Vatican Charlemagne Wing on July 29 and running through Sept. 17. 

The exhibition was previously displayed in a number of state capitals in the U.S.A., where it received more than a million visitors. …

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3rd Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood Vice President Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

After two shocking videos caught Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies, a third video has been released today catching a Planned Parenthood vice president negotiating the sale of aborted babies and attempting to get as much money as possible from the deal. …

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Nigerian Cardinal Reaffirms Church Teaching on Marriage

Rome, July 27, 2015     

A Nigerian Cardinal affirmed the Church’s position on homosexuality, saying that it was “irrevocable.”

According to Nigeria’s PM News, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, reiterated his stance during a visit to the neighboring Diocese of Makurdi.

The Nigerian prelate said that the Church will maintain its stance against gay “marriage”, saying that while it is being more and more …

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Same Sex “Marriage” Governing Our Minds

Just a few weeks ago, Alliance Defending Freedom defended Jack Philips at the Colorado Supreme Court.  I attended the appeal to support Nicolle and Mr. Phillips.  

Nicolle was interviewed by The Register and many of you have asked me about the outcome which will take weeks or likely months to come.  Many of you are praying for him and for Nicolle which is deeply appreciated. 

If you read this it is good to keep in mind that Colorado Civil Rights Commission member, Diann Rice compared the baker to a Nazi and said people like him were responsible for the holocaust.  She “served” on the Commission that ordered Jack Phillips to reeducation camp. 

Punished, but Still Open

In Colorado, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, was ordered last year by the state’s Civil Rights Commission to educate himself and his staff on Colorado’s anti-discrimination law and to file quarterly compliance reports for two years. Phillips, a nondenominational Christian, is challenging the commission’s ruling in court. For now, he has stopped baking wedding cakes altogether.

“The government that is supposed to be protecting my rights has become the greatest threat to them,” Phillips said. “Right now, they’re coming after my ability to make a living according to my conscience, my religious views and my Christian faith.”

The question of whether Christian business owners can legally refuse to offer services to same-sex weddings could be the next conflict regarding homosexual rights, anti-discrimination statutes and religious liberty that the U.S. Supreme Court may decide. Read more:

“I think the Supreme Court will have to weigh in on this national embarrassment: that various state and local governments are forcing small business owners to act against and speak against their deepest convictions,” said Nicolle Martin, an attorney representing Phillips.

Martin, who is working with Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Register she believes the high court will side with merchants like Phillips because the court will see that “government can’t force citizens to surrender free speech and freedom of religion just to run a family business.” She said Phillips in his 22 years of business has never discriminated against anyone.

“Simply, like any artist, he chooses which art, which messages he will create,” Martin said. “A wedding cake is fundamentally and qualitatively different than a box of cookies. It’s an iconic symbol of marriage; and because it’s a symbol of marriage, the government can’t force someone to create it.”

Martin, who added that Phillips doesn’t make cakes with bigoted or anti-American expressions, also said, “At his core, he’s an artist, and that buttercream is his canvas.”

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