St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Having Faith Should Not Be Held Against Us

By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.

Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.

This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.

There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …

http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/column?id=875


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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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Abortion Activist Trying Again to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions

The Little Sisters of the Poor took their fight to not have to pay for abortions in their health care plan all the way to the Supreme Court and won. So that should be the end of the battle right? Not so much. …

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/10/11/abortion-activist-trying-again-to-force-little-sisters-of-the-poor-to-fund-abortions/


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Desperate Parents Plea With Judge Not to Turn Off Their Son’s Life Support and Kill Him

It would be difficult to imagine a more heart-wrenching scenario, eerily reminiscent of the now famous case of Charlie Gard.

As we posted back in December, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, has asked the court to allow the hospital to disconnect the life support systems of 20-month-old Alfie Evans.

His young parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, are fighting to convince…

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/02/06/desperate-parents-plea-with-judge-not-to-turn-off-their-sons-life-support-and-kill-him/


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Illegal Immigrant at Center of Legal Battle Lied About Her Age

ne of the pregnant teens at the center of a new legal battle between the ACLU and the Trump administration has been released from federal custody after authorities said she lied about her age.
The illegal immigrant teen had requested an abortion while staying at a government shelter for minors. Last week, the ACLU sued to force the government to help facilitate her abortion. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/12/20/illegal-immigrant-at-center-of-legal-battle-lied-about-her-age-now-will-abort-her-22-wee-old-baby/


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Catholic Cardinal and Evangelical Pastor: Quit Forcing Americans to Pay for or Participate in Abortions

An op-ed that ran this week in USA Today was an example of ecumenism at its best.
Appearing under the headline, “To be really pro-choice, you must protect each doctor’s choice to not perform abortions,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, eloquently made the case for passage of the “Conscience Protection Act of 2017.” Current federal law does not sufficiently protect the conscience rights of health care professionals and others. …

Catholic Cardinal and Evangelical Pastor: Quit Forcing Americans to Pay for or Participate in Abortions


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Human Life Action

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. The Conscience Protection Act, (CPA), is much-needed, common-sense legislation which will clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children. Please take a moment to…

https://www.humanlifeaction.org/take-action?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f49865%2fRespond