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Russian Patriarch calls for abortion ban in first-ever address to Duma

The Patriarch’s speech was the first ever delivered to the Duma by a leader of the Orthodox Church. Continue Reading more>January 26, 2015 - (Catholic World News) - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill suggested a nationwide campaign against legal abortion, as he addressed Russia’s legislative body, the Duma.

Vatican trdition ended: balloons released in place of doves

Doves being attached January of 2014

January 26, 2015 - (Catholic World News) - The Vatican has altered a traditional gesture the release of doves in St. Peter’s Square after complaints from animal-rights groups.

For years, on the last Sunday of January, the Pope has been joined by two young members of Italian Catholic Action in releasing a pair of white doves during his regular Angelus audience. But last year the gesture of peace provoked a violent response: the doves were attacked by two larger birds, prompting gasps from the crowd in St. Peter’s Square. Read more on this tradition change>

Catholic Martyrs of the Holocaust

St Maximillian Kolbe

January 26, 2015 - (Catholic Answers) - Catholics are constantly confronted with the claims that Pope Pius XII was complicit in the Holocaust, that vast numbers of Catholics collaborated with Hitler’s diabolical regime, and that Catholic priests, nuns, and bishops were ardent members of the Nazi Party and supporters of its policies. It is true that many Catholics turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, and others remained silent out of fear for their lives and the safety of their families. There were certainly many ex-Catholic members of the ruling Nazi circles, just as there were Catholics in some numbers who supported the Nazis out of a twisted sense of nationalism, anti-Semitic beliefs, or for pure personal advancement in a corrupt and evil state.  Read more on the Catholic martyrs in the Holocaust>

Bishops welcome passage of bill preventing taxes funding abortions

March for Life

January 26, 2015 - (Catholic World News) - Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and chairman of the US bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said. Read more on this monumental Bill>

Death-penalth opponents excluded from jury in "Marathon bombing" Trial

Boston Marathon Bombing

January 26, 2015 - (Catholic World News) - Jury selection for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the “Marathon Bombings” that shook Boston in 2013, has prompted a controversy over the exclusion of those who object to the death penalty.

Potential jurors who state that they have moral objections to the use of the death penalty are being excused from the trial. Since the Catechism says that circumstances justifying capital punishment are “very rare, if not practically non-existent,” the court’s policy in this case would seem to exclude Catholics. However, polls show that a substantial majority of Catholics favor the death penalty at least in some circumstances. Read more on the jury selection>

China Planning illicit ordination of more bishops for 'official' Church

Map of China

January 26, 2015 - (Catholic World News) - The Chinese government’s bureau of religious affairs plans to organize the ordination of more Catholic bishops without Vatican approval in 2015, the AsiaNews service reports.

The move would deepen the conflict between Beijing and Rome, and set back prospects for unity in the Chinese Church, which is torn between the 'official' Church recognized by the government and the 'underground' Church loyal to the Holy See. The ordination of a bishop without approval from the Holy See is illicit and brings the penalty of excommunicationFind more on China's illicit ordinations>

Pope to canon lawyers: Annulment process must be secure, prompt

Pope Francis

January 26, 2015 - (CNA) - In a speech delivered on Saturday to participants in a conference on how to handle causes of nullity, Pope Francis encouraged a marriage process that is both sure of its judgements and prompt.

The three-day conference is sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University, and marks the 10th anniversary of Dignitas connubii, an instruction of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to tribunals on handling causes of the nullity of marriageRead more on the Pope's Comments to the Canon Lawyers>

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