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Cardinal Dolan blesses pregnant mothers, unborn babies

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 18, 2014
New York City, N.Y., Apr 18, 2014 / 01:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York blessed 30 expectant mothers and their unborn children in an April 6 Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, offering a message of hope and love. “I came to more fully recognize that my faith is not just for me, but also for my unborn son and for all other women struggling with faith and grace in a difficult time,” Kimberly Page told the New York-based Chiaroscuro Foundation. “This Mass and this blessing have added so much to my life as a Catholic and how I will raise my son.” Page said it was “redemptive” to see the Church recognize life from conception “even if conceived in circumstances that are not God's intention for the family.” The 30 pregnant women included first-time mothers as well as women with other children. Guests at the Mass included patients from the Gianna Center for Women’s Health, residents of Goo

Nevada Republicans drop pro-life, pro-marriage stand

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 18, 2014
Las Vegas, Nev., Apr 18, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform Saturday that lacks a pro-life plank and drops support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Nevada State Party Chairman Michael McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.” “This is where the party is going.” Fewer than half of the original 520 party delegates were present to vote to approve the platform the evening of April 12 at the party’s annual convention, held at South Point Casino-Hotel in Las Vegas. The platform vote took place long after the convention’s scheduled 9 a.m. start time, and the modified platform had been proposed by a committee, according to the Review-Journal. The members of the platform committee said they had decided not to deal with the removed issues in 2014 because the U.S.

Archbishop thanks Colo. faithful for witness against abortion bill

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 17, 2014
Denver, Colo., Apr 17, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has voiced his gratitude to all those who spoke out against proposed Colorado legislation that could have put an end to life-affirming laws in the state. “Congratulations to the people of good will throughout Colorado who listened to God's call to be active in politics and to defend life at every stage,” he said in a statement on the evening of April 16. “You are the ones who made a difference!” “Our hope lies not in the powers of government, nor the laws of man, but in the Resurrected God-Man who conquers the grave and never ceases to be present among us, His followers,” the archbishop stated. He told the faithful that rather than “the end of a political battle,” this is “the beginning of a journey together in the Archdiocese of Denver.” “Let us continue to be people of hope,” he urged. “Let us cont

Radical abortion bill dies in Colo. Senate after call to prayer, action

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 17, 2014
Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 09:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid growing protests led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state. “Lift up your hearts in gratitude to God,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in a post on Twitter. “Blessings on everyone who prayed and contacted legislators! Stay involved!” The legislation had passed committee on a party line vote. While the floor debate and vote were initially scheduled for April 15, they were delayed until the following day after Democratic State Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins went home sick. The Democrats control the Senate in the state by a single vote. On April 16, however, Denver NBC affiliate 9 News reported that Kefalas – after voting in favor of the bill in committee – was saying that he was undecided about whether he would vote for it in the full Senate vote. The leade

Colo. parish looks to John Paul II in family-focused initiative

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 16, 2014
Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Blessed John Paul II’s life and teachings on family and marriage are still bearing fruit, say members of one Colorado parish that has launched a family-friendly initiative inspired by the late Pope's example. Pope John Paul II taught that “the Christian family is a ‘locus theologicus,’ a place where we can understand the mystery of God,” Father Luis Granados of Saint Mary Parish in Littleton, Colo., explained in a recent interview with CNA. “As a priest, I look at spouses loving each other and loving their children and I understand a lot about God’s mercy, God’s faithfulness, God’s sacrifice,” he said. “The families are better than many books of philosophy and theology.” Saint Mary’s is in the middle of a 12-month initiative titled “Toward a Family-Friendly Parish,” which launched in October 2013. The program is divided into

Denver archbishop rallies Coloradans against 'extreme' abortion bill

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 16, 2014
Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is “both extreme and dangerously ambiguous” in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws. “Coloradans are not against common sense regulations on abortions, and they should have the opportunity to be able to debate and pass those regulations,” Archbishop Aquila Samuel J. Aquila said to a crowd of hundreds at an assembly and prayer vigil at the Colorado State Capitol. The large crowd was a sign of the rapid buildup of opposition to the bill, which had been introduced late in the legislative session. “Some of the senators have said they have shut off their phones. Some of them have said they have never been contacted by so many,” the archbishop told the crowd. “You can make a difference.” The vote on the bill was originally scheduled for April 15, but a Democratic senator f

Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 15, 2014
Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. “I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. “I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved by Pope Francis,” he said, explaining that this is partly because of the pontiff’s words, which offer “a message of justice and inclusion, especially for the poor and the outcast. He implores us to see the inherent dignity in each human being.” “But it’s also his deeds, simple yet profound – hugging the homeless man, and washing the feet of somebody who normal

Amid backlash after resignation, Mozilla says it respects diverse views

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 15, 2014
Mountain View, Calif., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:57 am (CNA).- The controversial resignation of Mozilla Corporation CEO Brendan Eich prompted thousands of negative comments at the Web browser company’s website, though the company now says it accepts those who do not support a redefinition of marriage. Since Eich’s April 3 resignation from Mozilla, the producer of the popular Firefox Web browser, tens of thousands of people have left negative comments on the Firefox feedback page. Many have said they will no longer use the Firefox browser because of Eich’s resignation. Mozilla said that Eich voluntarily resigned and was not asked by the board of directors to do so. The board responded to his resignation by asking him to take another position at the company, but Eich declined the offer, Mozilla said on its blog April 5. “The board respects his decision,” the company stated. Mozilla rejected claims that the resignation of three members of the board of dir

Colo. Senate considers 'extraordinarily broad' abortion bill

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 15, 2014
Denver, Colo., Apr 14, 2014 / 09:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado Senate committee has advanced legislation that could bar any new pro-life laws in the state, prompting criticism that the bill is extreme and would prevent reasonable health and safety-based regulations.   Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, said the bill would “set back the pro-life cause in Colorado greatly.” “Not only would it undo good prolife laws that we already have enacted, but it would hinder the ability for any good measured policies in the pro-life arena to even be enacted,” she told CNA April 10. The bill’s “extraordinarily broad” definition of reproductive health care would create a “fundamental right” to anything defined as such, including abortion. The Catholic conference said the bill could affect many laws including parental notification or involvement laws, conscience protection laws, and requireme

Legion of Christ names new North American head

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: April 14, 2014
New York City, N.Y., Apr 14, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maryland-born priest Father John Connor, L.C., has been named the head of the Legion of Christ’s territory of North America. “I’m humbled by this assignment and ask for the prayers of everyone in the North American Territory,” Fr. Connor said April 14. Fr. Eduardo Robles Gill, the Legion of Christ’s general director, announced the appointment April 12. Fr. Connor will replace the territory’s outgoing director Fr. Luis Garza as of May 1. Fr. Connor said he especially wanted to thank Fr. Garza “for his leadership and example of faith and perseverance over the past several years.” Fr. Connor was born on Feb. 15, 1968, in Severna Park, Md, the Legion of Christ website says. He entered the Legion of Christ’s novitiate in September 1991 in Roetgen, Germany. He was ordained a priest in January 2001 in Rome. He has a degree in business administration from Maryland&rs