St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “First of All Fundamental Rights is the Right of Every Person to Life”

Pope Francis highlighted the right to life, the need to protect the family, and the dangers of “ideological colonialism” in his annual address to the diplomatic corps of the Holy See.
“At a distance of seventy years, it is painful to see how many fundamental rights continue to be violated today. First among all of these is the right of every human person to life, liberty and personal security,” Pope Francis said at the beginning of his address dedicated to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 70th anniversary occurs this year. …

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US Bishops Call for Prayer as Supreme Court Decides to Hear Little Sisters’ Case

Washington, November 09, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will take up all seven pending cases challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) mandate to cover contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients. These cases include dozens of religious schools, universities, and charities, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run nursing homes across the country for the elderly poor.  …

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African Bishops Decry ‘Terrifying Resurgence of a Colonialist Spirit’

Rome, October 16, 2015     

At last month’s UN Sustainable Development Summit, the “Common Declaration of the Bishops of Africa and Madagascar” appealed to political leaders and international organizations to end the promotion of what the document called a “civilization of death” on the continent.

The prelates wrote: “The agents of the civilization of death are using ambivalent language, seducing decision-makers and entire populations, in order to make them partners in the pursuit of their ideological objectives…

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Dignity of Women and The Faith They Need