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UK midwives revolt following abortion announcement

Children should be safe in the hands of midwives

The Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is facing calls to resign after announcing that the organisation supported the removal of the 24 week time limit for abortions in the UK.  Cathy Marwick has caused consternation among RCM members, many of whom have signed an online petition seeking to distance themselves from the RCM’s stance.  They have also accused her of failing to consult on the issue. 


Marwick, who is the chair of the UK’s biggest abortion provider BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), has not surprisingly been accused of a conflict of interest given her two roles.

The Shroud of Turin: the true burial cloth of Jesus Christ

 
The Shroud of Turin has once again gone on public display in the Cathedral of John the Baptist in northern Italy.  It is the first public display of the cloth in five years and it is expected to last for a period of 67 days, drawing in millions of pilgrims including Pope Francis, who will visit the city to venerate the Shroud on 21 June.
 
 
The Shroud has been the subject of considerable debate over the years with regard to its authenticity; as many claim it to be the shroud in which Christ was buried.

What’s in a miracle? Does God really reveal Himself to us?

Pope Francis reacts to the miracle
 
Isn’t it intriguing that the world pays little attention to supernatural miracles?  For example, if you were to put a no-hoper with the voice of a sick frog on the ‘The Voice’ and they ended up winning the coveted reality TV show’s top prize, the world would proudly announce it to be a “miracle”.  However, witnessing the sudden liquefying of the blood of a near 2,000 year old man or the sudden transformation of a communion wafer to real flesh is something that is given little attention.

Crucial Vote on Three Parent Embryos - it's our last chance to have a say

 
Please read the following text from John Deighan of the Catholic Parliamentary Office and please click the links to contact a House of Lords peer and also add your name to the petition. 
 
This proposed new legislation, along with abortion and euthanasia, will mean the eradication of disabled people from our society.  Such a process is completely wrong and is inequality at its evil best.
 
 
Here is what John Deighan has to say:
 
The promotion of three-parent embryos has been based on compassion for victims of genetic disorders.

A Family Never Forgets its Children - a real opportunity for post-abortive healing

 
There are some fascinating facts about pregnancy which, if more widely known, could provide help and healing for countless people affected by abortion.
 
Fetal cell microchimerism is not particularly well known yet it is a medically accepted biological process.  Essentially, it means that a mother carries cells from every child she ever conceives.  Therefore, a mother has biological knowledge of every one of her children, even if they are aborted or miscarried.
 

MP's vote to legislate for three parent babies

Westminster has today voted to allow for three parent babies in the UK.  The vote, in the House of Commons, was by a majority of 382 to 182.
 
The matter will now go to the House of Lords where it will be further debated.
 
Keep praying that all life will be protected, including the most vulnerable in society.  It is the most vulnerable who appear to be at greatest risk, and who are being pushed further and further into the margins of society.

Why the artificial creation of three parent babies is so wrong

 
Later today, the UK Parliament will vote on whether to introduce laws to allow the creation of 'three parent babies'.  It is a move that must be resisted for a number of reasons and it is sincerely hoped that MP's will vote overwhelmingly against allowing the procedure.
 
While proponents argue that it will help root out certain conditions, including some disabilities, we should not be fooled into thinking this is a simple exercise in making the human race better.
 

Science and the Catholic Church

Belgian priest Georges Lemaitre proposed the 'Big Bang' theory
 
Did you know that it was a Catholic priest who first proposed the ‘Big Bang’ theory?  Did you know that the man considered to be the ‘father of modern genetics’ is a Catholic priest? 
 
Some people suggest that science and religion don’t mix.  The truth, however, is very different.  As Michael Heller, a Polish cosmologist and winner of the $1.6million Templeton prize in 2008, once said: ‘Science is but a collective effort of the human mind to read the mind of God.

Monkeys highlight the dangers of contraception

A family of stumptail macaque monkeys
 
Following his recent beatification in Rome we explored the prophetic message of Pope Paul VI in his encyclical letter,Humanae Vitae, by publishing excerpts from this great work.  Perhaps no other encyclical letter has been quite so prophetic in its predictions for society.  And in the case ofHumanae Vitae, it was the fallout from the use of contraception which served as Pope Paul VI’s focus and caused the greatest stir. 
 
Consider this paragraph from

Yet more proof that Catholicism and science go hand in hand as Jesuit Brother wins top award

The President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation Guy Consalmagno has won the Carl Sagan Medal in the United States.  The award was presented by the American Astronomical Society.
 
Click here to read more on this at news.va: http://www.news.va/en/news/jesuit-brother-wins-top-science-award
 
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