In Pennsylvania's

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall name Him Emmanuel."




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    • Ohio Gov. John Kasich Vetoes ‘Heartbeat’ Bill, Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban: The heartbeat bill would have prohibited abortion as early as six weeks (Associated Press, 12/13/16)

    • Catholic Medical Ethics: Blueprint for proclaiming the sanctity of life in health care - why conscience protection is invaluable! (11/29/16)

    • High Priority: Public Comments Needed on American Nurses Association’s New Draft Position Paper on Denying Food and Water (NRL News Today, 11/23/16)


    • "Please send a message to the AMA today asking them to support the dignity of every person and the need for supportive and comprehensive end of life care" (Pa Catholic Conference).

    • Action Alert to the Department of Homeland Security: Ensure the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew (USCCB)



    • "75 percent of immigrant children live in married-couple families, compared to 61 percent of children of U.S.-born parents" (MercatorNet, 12/12/16)


    • "In order for celibacy to be a truly free choice, seminarians must be led to understand, by the light of faith, the evangelical power of such a gift.176  At the same time they should be able to esteem correctly the values of the married state: 'Marriage and celibacy are two states of authentic Christian life.  Both are specific expressions of the Christian vocation'177" (Congregation for the Clergy, The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, 12/7/16, p. 48).

    • re: "Why are we not protecting married couples from the violence of contraception — the divorce of unitive and procreative aspects of the beautiful gift of sexuality? Why are we afraid of helping our brothers and sisters to live in truth, according to their dignity?" (12/3/16)


    • Mum, Dad and Kids Initiative Still Collecting Signatures (Zenit, 11/30/16)





    • " At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our 'deepest dignity', and make active nonviolence our way of life....In 2017, may we dedicate ourselves prayerfully and actively to banishing violence from our hearts, words and deeds, and to becoming nonviolent people and to build nonviolent communities that care for our common home." (Pope Francis, Message for 50th World Day of Peace [i.e., 1/1/17], 12/8/16)

    • "Every day I am close, above all in prayer, to the people of Aleppo. We should not forget that Aleppo is a city. That there are people there: families, children, elderly, sick people … Lamentably, we have already grown accustomed to the war, to the destruction, but we should not forget that Syria is a country full of history, of culture, of faith. We cannot accept that all of this be negated by war, which is a knot of the abuse of power and of falsehood. I make a call to everyone to commit, so that there might be a choice for civilization: no to destruction, yes to peace, yes to the people of Aleppo and of Syria" (Pope Francis, 12/11/16)
    • "The crib placed in Saint Peter’s Square, work of artist Manwel Grech of Gozo, reproduces the Maltese landscape and is completed by the traditional cross of Malta and of the 'luzzu,' typical Maltese boat, which also recalls the sad and tragic reality of migrants on barges directed to Italy. In the painful experience of these brothers and sisters, we see again that of the Baby Jesus, who at the moment of birth did not find lodging and was born in a cave of Bethlehem; and then He was taken to Egypt to flee from Herod’s threat" (Pope Francis, 12/9/16).
    • Lawsuit Seeks to Decriminalize Prostitution in California; Anti-Porn Group Warns of Sex Trafficking Link (The Christian Post, 12/9/16)
    • We Can’t Contracept Our Way to Maternal and Child Health (C-Fam, 12/8/16)

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    • Call to Prayer (USCCB, 12/16/16)

    • NOT a "Dark Knight" (12/14/16)
    • NOT "in the sky with diamonds" (12/13/16)

    • "December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of America, one continent north and south....a young woman of the rough Galilean hills, pregnant, with a seemingly implausible story before her marriage to Joseph, who gave birth to her child in the cold in a stable far from home and then, hunted by Herod, was forced to flee to Egypt. Mary – our mother; the mother of the Church – had an intimate understanding of suffering, flight, homelessness and uncertainty. At Guadalupe, Mary appeared not to the rich or powerful, or even to the local bishop, but to the poor peasant Juan Diego....the Holy Family too was once a family of immigrants and refugees. And we need to treat the undocumented among us with the mercy and justice we expect for ourselves" (Archbishop Chaput, 12/12/14).
    • St Francis Xavier and "Silence" (12/3/16


    • Protest Paramount’s Blasphemous Film “Office Christmas Party”(Return to Order)




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