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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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Catholic Pastor Challenges Delaware City’s Decision to Bar Nativity From Town Display

Joan Frawley Desmond
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — “When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,” reads the Gospel for the feast of the Epiphany, “Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews?’”
This month, in the popular Delaware coastal city of Rehoboth Beach, a crusading Catholic pastor has brought the Magi’s question to the forefront of the latest Yuletide debate over the constitutionality of a Nativity scene on public property.
“There’s a Christmas tree” on town property, “with no…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/catholic-pastor-challenges-delaware-citys-decision-to-bar-nativity-from-tow


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EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 district-court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice reached Oct. 5.
Under the terms of the settlement, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization or abortifacients through its employee health-care plan.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” said EWTN Chairman and…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ewtn-wins-lawsuit-over-hhs-contraception-mandate


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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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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. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/01/15/pope-francis-condemns-abortion-first-of-all-fundamental-rights-is-the-right-of-every-person-to-life/