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Fujimori Re-Imprisonment and Peru’s Forgotten Forced-Sterilization Program

In an age when the #MeToo movement has increased the sensitivity toward the rights of women, many would be shocked to realize that a U.S. government agency and the U.N. Population Fund encouraged and financed a program of forced sterilizations in Peru during the 1990s. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/fujimori-re-imprisonment-and-perus-forgotten-forced-sterilization-program


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Building Bridges: the Principles of Just Immigration Policy

This is the latest column from Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, reprinted from the Southern Nebraska Register.

A modern pope wanted to make a point about immigration to the people of our country.  He said that he had been worried—preoccupied—with “those who have been forced by revolutions in their own countries, or by unemployment or hunger to leave their homes and live in foreign lands.”

“Devotion to humanity,” the Pope said, “urges that ways of migration be opened to these people.” …

https://zenit.org/articles/building-bridges-the-principles-of-just-immigration-policy/?utm_source=ZENIT+English&utm_campaign=cae7344910-English_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9d61d53235-cae7344910-42039977


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Pope’s Address at Meeting With Families

This is really an awesome talk Pope Francis gave.

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am grateful to be here, on Chiapaneca soil. It feels good to be here on this soil, on this land; it is good to be here in this place which, with you here, has a family flavour, a home flavour. I give thanks to God for your faces and your presence; I give thanks to God because of the heart-beat of his presence in your families.

Pope’s Address at Meeting With Families


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Living the Moral Life 37

The ninth Commandment states, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife” (Ex 20:17). This coveting is a mortal sin and merits eternal damnation. But what is coveting? Continue reading


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Pope Didn’t Bless ‘Gender Theory’ Children’s Books

Italy, August 28, 2015     

Once again Pope Francis is being “used” by those in favor of promoting the same-sex lifestyle.

The latest case arose this morning following news of a letter sent by an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State to the author of children’s books that promote “different family types.” …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-didn-t-bless-gender-theory-children-s-books?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Pope: Though 2nd Union for Divorced Goes Against Sacrament, Church Welcomes as Loving Mother

Vatican City, August 05, 2015     

“The Church knows well that the situation of the divorced who have entered a second union contradicts the Christian sacrament of Marriage. However, her gaze always draws from a mother’s heart, which, animated by the Holy Spirit, always looks for the good and the salvation of people.” …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-though-2nd-union-for-divorced-goes-against-sacrament-church-welcomes-as-loving-mother?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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The Shady World of Surrogacy Exposed in Italy

Vienna, January 30, 2015


This report is contributed by Robert Clarke of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Recently, the European Court of Human Rights issued a judgment in Paradiso and Campanelli v. Italy, which reveals a lot about the shady world of surrogacy. The court ruled that Italy was able to deny registering a child to an Italian couple because the child was born by a surrogate mother in Russia and had no biological genetic link to the couple. 

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/the-shady-world-of-surrogacy-exposed-in-italy?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch