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Nuns, guns and the Wild West – the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 1, 2015
Santa Fe, NM, Aug 1, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale. According to legend, and to Sr. Blandina's journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid's gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo. refused to treat him. Sister decided to take him in and cared for him for three months, nursing him back to health. But Billy the Kid (William Leroy) was still unhappy. Word got out that the outlaw was coming to town to scalp the four doctors of Trinidad in revenge. When he arrived, Sr. Blandina intervened, and convinced him to call off his mission on behalf of his man she had saved.   After that incident, Sr. Blandina and Billy the Kid became friends. She once visited him in jail, and he once called off a stage-coach robbery as soon as he realized Sister was one of the passengers.

Promote the common good and give workers a raise, Catholic leaders tell Congress

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 31, 2015
Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2015 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders are calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, for the good of low-wage workers and their families. “An economy thrives only when it is centered on the dignity and well-being of the workers and families in it,” stated a letter to members of Congress from Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and Sister Donna Markham, OP, president of Catholic Charities USA. Archbishop Wenski chairs the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. The current federal minimum wage is not enough for a father working full-time to raise a child out of poverty, the letter said. Furthermore, the wage is static and only increases when Congress raises it – it is not tied to inflation, meaning that in real terms, its falls every year. “This leads to increased demand for Charities’ services and reliance on the social safety net to make ends meet,” the letter added.

How knowing your fertility can catch diseases early

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 31, 2015
Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Maggie was in high school, she stayed after class to talk to ask a teacher what to do about a very personal concern she felt her physician was not taking seriously. What she learned led to the discovery of a brain tumor, and treatment for the growth which had been affecting the teen for years. The tools she needed to find and treat this growth came from an awareness of her fertility and natural cycles. “It wasn’t so much that I was trying to avoid pregnancy or get pregnant – it’s that there was something legitimately wrong with my body,” Maggie told CNA. By the time she was in her late teens, Maggie had noticed that her cycles had never regulated, and had no idea what that meant except that it wasn't normal. While for the first years after a young woman begins to menstruate her cycles are of varying length and heaviness, they typically regulate within a few years. But several years a

Cardinal O'Malley denounces Planned Parenthood for disrespecting human dignity

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 31, 2015
Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Boston on Wednesday lamented the harvesting of fetal organs, which is at the center of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the practice, as a failure to respect human dignity. “The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society,” Cardinal Sean O'Malley said July 29. “The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion.” “Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.” His comments come as a new undercover video shows a senior Planned Parenthood physician talking about the harvesting of organs from babies deliver

Make friends with your congressman – and you just might get to see the Pope

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 30, 2015
Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2015 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The final plans are set for the public’s chance to watch Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to Congress live at the U.S. Capitol. Tickets will be extremely hard to come by, though. Only about 50 tickets will be distributed through each House of Representatives office for the public to watch a live broadcast of Francis’ address via jumbotrons outside the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. “While a clear line-of-sight cannot be guaranteed for all attending the West Front broadcast, the space provides an opportunity for your constituents to be part of the event,” stated a July 29 letter to members of Congress from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Fifty lawn tickets and one terrace ticket will be available through each office. One additional ticket per office will be for a broadcast of the address in the Cannon House Office Building. There is no word

Bishop advises cautious optimism for a Catholic future in Boy Scouts

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 30, 2015
Charleston, S.C., Jul 30, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading bishop in Catholic scouting says Catholics should continue to be involved in the Boy Scouts and work to ensure good youth outreach and consistency with Church teaching in response to a national policy change that allows gay leaders. “We’re willing to see how this policy can work and how we can remain consistent with our Catholic teaching and continue to charter troops with the Boy Scouts of America. We think we can do that,” Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston told CNA July 28. Bishop Guglielmone is a former chaplain for Catholic scouts worldwide, and an executive board member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The committee advises the Boy Scouts of America and works to strengthen the relationship between the Church and the scouting organization. “Perhaps our approach as a Church should be one [of] cautious optimism, hoping that we will be able to use the programs of

Cardinal Dolan slams Trump's 'virulent' immigration remarks

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 29, 2015
New York City, N.Y., Jul 29, 2015 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Cardinal Dolan, the “virulent strain” of American nativism is not a thing of the past – it's alive, well and seeded in presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent remarks on the topic of immigration. “Nativists believed the immigrant to be dangerous, and that America was better off without them,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said in a July 29 guest column for New York Daily News. “All these poor degenerates did, according to the nativists, was to dilute the clean, virtuous, upright citizenry of God-fearing true Americans.” Cardinal Dolan's column is in response to several offensive comments made on multiple occasions by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants. The cardinal recalled how before becoming a bishop he taught American religious history to university students, dedicating a portion of the class to “the

'Women Betrayed' by Planned Parenthood speak out against abortion giant

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 29, 2015
Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2015 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of women – along with scores of men – gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to protest what they see as betrayal of the nation’s women at the hands of Planned Parenthood. “I have a lot of young women friends, and I’m very concerned about how Planned Parenthood might exploit them, how Planned Parenthood might exploit me if I had an unplanned pregnancy,” Christina Yao, a student at UMBC in Maryland, told CNA. “There are women being betrayed and profited off of when they’re in crisis situations, when we should be giving them help,” added Lisa Twigg, social media coordinator for Life Matters Journal, an anti-violence and consistent ethic-of-life magazine.   “I think this is offensive, to me as a feminist,” she told CNA. Yao and Twigg were among hundreds of participants at the “Women Betrayed” rally in front of the U.S.

LGBT grant-maker wants to win religious liberty fight within three years

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 29, 2015
Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2015 / 12:31 am (CNA).- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years. And these words are not empty rhetoric. A CNA investigation has found that millions of dollars have been poured into efforts to combat religious freedom exemptions in the United States. “We are at a crossroads where the choices we make will mean we will fight religious exemptions for two to three years or have a protracted twenty year struggle on our hands,” Tim Sweeney told leading business executives and others attending the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates executive forum, held in San Francisco in late March 2015. Sweeney is a former program director of the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and a former president and CEO of the Gill Foundation, which he left in 2013. Both non-profit foundations are involved in funding LGBT advocacy, including

Why this former rock journalist authored a book about chastity

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: July 28, 2015
Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2015 / 12:46 pm (CNA).- One day, when Dawn Eden was 31 years-old, she ventured into the section of a bookstore that she had never visited before.    This journey into the store was somewhat out of character for Eden, who preferred listening to rock music instead of delving into books. Even more rare was the part of the bookstore she found herself in, because she had never been interested in what it had to offer – until her recent conversion to Christianity.   It was a shelf of how-to books on living with sexual purity.   Eden, who was an agnostic Jew for most of her life, used to spend her days as a rock journalist interviewing Harry Nilsson and hanging out with Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, living her nights bouncing from one New York nightclub to the next.    It was surprising then that she, with her well-seasoned experiences, would find herself flipping through page after page of books searching for the