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    The Christian symbolism of the Christmas Tree

    The story of the Christmas tree begins in England, where the very young Winfrid decided to enter a Benedictine monastery over the objections of his parents. Winfrid grew in holiness and piety but yearned to leave the monastery and bring the light of Christ to the pagan Germans just as the monks had brought the […] More

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    Quotes by St. Therese of Lisieux

    1. “Charity gave me the key to my vocation.” 2. “I want to be scourged and crucified like You, my Spouse; flayed alive like St. Bartholomew; thrown into boiling oil like St. John; and ground by the teeth of wild beasts like St. Ignatius of Antioch, so that I might become bread worthy of God.” […] More

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    The Baby I Would Never See

    I turned 16 just two months before I became pregnant in 1976. Getting pregnant was not in the cards and I was scared and embarrassed to tell anyone. Especially since I had a boyfriend, and he was not the father of my baby. I kept it a secret from everyone but two people for nearly […] More

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    Changing understandings of marriage (Anthony Fisher)

    2.1 The classical view of marriageWell, as the American pop-punk band Blink-182 once sang, “I’ve been here before a few times”. Thirteen years ago, then a newish bishop, I had the privilege of giving this annual lecture. I noted that marriage had traditionally been understood as “the union of a man and a woman to […] More

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    ‘Fatal Flaws’ is a must-see film on euthanasia

    With the American Medical Association considering changing its’ long-standing opposition to physician-assisted suicide despite the recommendations of its’ ethics committee and the California assisted suicide law declared unconstitutional now reinstated pending appeal, assisted suicide/euthanasia groups like Compassion and Choices (the well-funded former Hemlock Society) are ramping up efforts nationwide to legalize assisted suicide. Along with major media outlets overwhelmingly supporting […] More

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    Coerced Abortion Is Domestic Abuse

    Katie Whiddon was 18 years old and in an ‘abusive and unfaithful’ relationship when she became pregnant with her son, Camden, who during an anatomy scan, was found to be missing his arms and legs. Speaking to Love What Matters Magazine, Ms Whiddon said: “Thanks to my intense pregnancy symptoms, I knew I was pregnant. Then fear […] More

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    How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study

    HERE: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0049089X12000610 The New Family Structures Study (NFSS) is a social-science data-collection project that fielded a survey to a large, random sample of American young adults (ages 18–39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements. In this debut article of the NFSS, I compare how the young-adult children of a parent who has […] More

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    The Truth of Marriage (Mark Coleridge)

    Australian-born Margaret Somerville is Professor of Law at McGill University in Canada and a world-renowned ethicist. In Sydney recently she said that “euthanasia is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values”. Her words could be adapted to same-sex marriage, which is […] More

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    Sadly, some activists dismiss mothers as unnecessary

    It may rank as one of the most unintentionally sad headlines I’ve ever read, and it showed up in The Telegraph last week: “Baby born to transgender man could become the first person without a legal mother.” A transgender man — a biological woman — is in court insisting that to refer to a legal […] More

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    The gift of the indulgence

    General Remarks On Indulgences 1. This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471): “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who […] More

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    Nigerian Native Languages and Nigerian Pidgin

    About 400 different languages are spoken in the West African country of Nigeria. They belong to three African language families, namely the :Niger-Cordofanian, the Nilo-Saharan and the Afro-Asiatic family. The three largest language groups in Nigeria are Hausa in the North (23.2 million speakers), Yoruba in the Southwest (22.6 million speakers) and Igbo in the […] More

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    My spiritual testament (Benedict XVI)

    29 August 2006 My spiritual testament When, at this late hour of my life, I look back on the decades I have wandered through, I see first of all how much reason I have to give thanks. Above all, I thank God Himself, the giver of all good gifts, who has given me life and […] More

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    The Best Age for Pregnancy and Undue Pressures

    In western countries we assist at the paradox that fertility is socially discouraged by a mindset that depicts fertility as a resource to exploit as late as possible. So, couples have high expectative about the advantages of delayed parenthood, but they are scarcely informed about its risks. Scientific data suggests to anticipate the first pregnancy, […] More

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    The apostles, witnesses of Christ (Benedict XVI)

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Letter to the Ephesians presents the Church to us as a structure built “upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph 2: 20). In the Book of Revelation the role of the Apostles, and more specifically, of the Twelve, is explained in the eschatological […] More

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    Female Genital Mutilations (FGM) – What are they?

    The phrase Female Genital Mutilations (FGM) refers to all forms of partial or complete removal of female external genitals, or other modifications of the female genital organs, performed for cultural or other non-medical purposes. FGMs are an extremely serious violation of women’s and girls’ human rights. They consist in the partial removal of a healthy […] More

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    A new text from Benedict XVI (Easter 2017)

    Ever since I first read the Letters of Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the 1950s, one passage from his Letter to the Ephesians has particularly affected me: “It is better to keep silence and be [a Christian] than to talk and not to be. Teaching is an excellent thing, provided the speaker practices what he […] More

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    Trafficking in Moldova (TIP2018)

    The Government of Moldova does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Moldova was upgraded to Tier 2. The government demonstrated increasing efforts by investigating and prosecuting more suspected traffickers, […] More

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    We will stand up (John Paul II)

    And so, we will stand up every time that human life is threatened. When the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, we will stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life.When a child is described as a burden or is looked upon only as a means to […] More

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