Her Baby Was Saved From Abortion When She Went Next Door Instead

When “Jenny” saw her son, “Michael”, for the first time via ultrasound in 2014, the “crisis” of her unplanned pregnancy took an immediate back seat. She had fallen in love, and there was no going back. Working a full-time job and planning to start college the next semester, Jenny would have been an easy target for the abortion industry and its Duluth outpost—kitty-corner from Women’s Care Center. Instead, she’s now the mother of a 3-year-old and pursuing her newfound goal of working with babies in the medical field. “The ultrasound made it so real,”…

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Philippines Bishops’ Conference elects new President

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao has been elected as the new president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Valles, current CBCP vice president, will succeed Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, who finished his second and final term. At 66, Valles will be the 20th head of the 72-year old collegial body of bishops. The archbishop will lead the 83 active, 5 diocesan administrators and 43 honorary members of the CBCP from 86 ecclesiastical jurisdictions. Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalooan was also elected CBCP vice president in an…

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Bangladesh Church prepares for Vatican synod on youth

The Commission for Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) has held a preparatory and orientation programme for youth coordinators and ministers from the country’s eight dioceses for the worldwide Synod of Bishops on young people to be held next year at the Vatican. The daylong programme on July 14 at the CBCP center in Dhaka focused on exchanging information, views and a plan of action leading up to the 2018 synod, organizers said. Pope Francis has convoked the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops…

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Two Catholic priests kidnapped in eastern Congo

Gunmen in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo kidnapped two Catholic priests in an area at the center of over two years of massacres by unknown assailants, the country’s conference of bishops said on Monday. The two priests — Charles Kipasa and Jean-Pierre Akilimali — were taken from Our Lady of the Angels parish in Bunyuka, located between the towns of Butembo and Beni, by a group of around 10 assailants just before 10 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Sunday. “Priests are men of God who devote their lives to the…

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Reading for Wednesday, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Liturgical Colour: green First Reading : (Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 103: 1b-2, 3-4, 6-7) Gospel: (Matthew 11: 25-27)

First Reading : (Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 103: 1b-2, 3-4, 6-7) Gospel: (Matthew 11: 25-27)   First Reading : (Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12) Now Moses fed the sheep of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Madian: and he drove the flock to the inner parts of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. And the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he saw that the bush was on fire and was not burnt. And…

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Central African bishops appeal for peace and reconciliation

Church leaders from the central African region have concluded a meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with an urgent appeal for peace and reconciliation in the war-torn region. In a concluding document for their XI plenary assembly, the bishops of the Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Congo-Brazzavilleexpressed solidarity and prayers for all those most affected by violence in the region. They also appealed to “all who sow terror and death to stop the bloodshed and work for peace, dialogue and reconciliation”. During the July 8th to 16th meeting, the Church…

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Pope’s message to Christian Workers Movement

Pope Francis has sent a Message to the International Meeting of the World Movement of Christian Workers which has been taking place in Ávila, Spain, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. 120 delegates representing the Movement, present today in 79 countries are attending the event. The theme of the meeting is, “Land, Home and Work for a Worthy Life”. The message, signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, stresses that “the dignity of the person is closely united to these three realities” that remind us…

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