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July 2014

African Women Rejecting Contraception and Turning to Natural Family Planning

A recent family planning conference sponsored by the US Agency for International Development and the World Health Organisation's Department of Reproductive Health and Research threw up a real surprise when it was discovered that natural family planning is playing a significant part in the lives of people across Africa.
 
 
 

New Abortion Recovery and Care Service Launched

A new service for those affected by the pain of abortion has launched in Glasgow.
 
To find out more please visit the website by clicking here: http://www.archtrust.org.uk/
 
 
 

What does "You shall not have strange gods before me mean?" and are new age beliefs acceptable?

What does “You shall not have strange gods before me” mean?
 
This commandment forbids us: to adore other gods and pagan deities or to worship an earthly idol or to devote oneself entirely to some earthly good (money, influence, success, beauty, youth, and so on) to be superstitious, which means to adhere to esoteric, magic or occult or New Age practices or to get involved with fortune telling or spiritualism, instead of believing in God’s power, providence and blessings to provoke God by word of deed to commit a sacrilege to acquire spiritual power through corruption and to desecrate what is holy through trafficking (simony).

Court Allows Cross to Remain at Ground Zero Despite Atheist Lawsuit

 
The US Federal Appeals Court has rejected arguments from an atheist group claiming that the iconic cross at the Ground Zero site in New York offended and marginalised atheists.
 
The Court rejected the argument stating that “displaying the cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine, and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular.”
 
To find out more about this story, click this link (Catholic News Agency article):

What is the Meaning of the Commandment: 'I am the Lord your God'?

Because the Almighty has revealed himself to us as our God and Lord, we must not place anything above him or consider anything more important or give any other thing or person priority over him.  To know God and to serve and worship him has absolute priority in our life.
 
God expects us to give him our full faith; we should place all our hope in him and direct all the strength of our love toward him.  The commandment to love God is the most important of all commandments and the key to all the others.

Encouraging Reverence in the Presence of Christ

This article from Integrated Catholic Life considers the need to show reverence in the presence of the 'King of Kings'! 
 
 
 

How to Achieve the Martha/Mary Balance

Ellyn von Huben, a regular contributor to Father Robert Barron's Word on Fire blog, considers the balance that can be struck between the 'on-the-go' Martha and the more 'passive' Mary.
 
 

'Anti-Life' United Nations wants Ireland to make Abortion more Widely Available

The United Nations is at it again.  An organisation that bathes itself in the glory of supposedly upholding each and every human being's right to life yet it continues to reject the most vulnerable.  Be it at committee level or through their UNICEF arm, this organisation continues to support the killing of countless human beings on a daily basis.
 
Now they are seeking to force Ireland into making abortion widely available, something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Pro-Life Campaign Appeals to the EU Court after EU Commission’s ‘Undemocratic’ Veto

 
The One of Us campaign has appealed to the EU Court after its petition - backed by a record 2 million EU citizens – was vetoed by the European Commission in May.
 
The petition, calling for an end to European funding of research that destroys human embryos, became the largest petition in European history and easily met the minimum EU criteria of 1 million signatures to allow it to be considered by the Commission.  However, the Commission rejected the petition by utilising its veto, something it had never before done with a petition of such magnitude.

The Ten Commandments – Applicable to the End of Time

 
Aren’t the Ten Commandments outmoded?
 
No, the Ten Commandments (listed below) are by no means the product of a particular time.  They express man’s fundamental obligations towards God and neighbour, which are always and everywhere valid.
 
The Ten Commandments are commandments of reason just as they are also part of the binding revelation of God.  They are so fundamentally binding that no one can be dispensed from keeping these commandments. 
 
(taken from the Catholic Youth Catechism)
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