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Vice President Mike Pence tells pro-life campaigners that 'life is winning' in America


Mike Pence at March for Life

TodayVice President Mike Pencespoke to hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered for the annual March for Life on the National Mall. He is the first Vice President to address the March in person. Counselor to the PresidentKellyanne Conwayalso spoke at today’s March.

Vice President Pence’sremarks reflected his deep roots in the pro-life movement and the Trump-Pence Administration’s commitments to the right to life cause:

“Today, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America.

Pope Francis gives Donald Trump a lesson in unity


Some people may well believe that there is some sort of war of words brewing between Pope Francis and the outspoken Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.  Trump hasn’t shied away from criticising the pope’s recent visit to Mexico, suggesting that the pope doesn’t appreciate the problems of an open border between the United States and Mexico.  He has also claimed that the pontiff is becoming a “political person”.


What Trump doesn’t appreciate is that, while the pope may not appreciate the perceived difficulties Trump has with the lack of a concrete wall between Mexico and the US, he does appreciate the need for unity over division, even when this means we may lose a little as a result.

Another Eucharistic Miracle?

The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires
 
The National Catholic Register has reported a possible Eucharistic miracle in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, USA. 
 
 
It is reported that a host started to bleed at St Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, Utah during November.
 
 
As is standard in such situations, the substance will be subjected to a simple blood test to establish whether the blood is human.  The Church, which adopts a cautious reverence in the case of possible miracles, will then proceed to instruct further tests to ensure that there are no other explanations.

Pope Francis Urges the World to Follow Christ’s Commandment to Love

The pope received several standing ovations in Congress
 
Pope Francis, in his historic address to US Congress, has urged the world to follow Christ’s Commandment of love.  The pope used the opportunity to tackle critical issues such as the dignity of human life, the death penalty and the refugee crisis.  He also addressed recent attacks on marriage and family life, and his concerns that the very basis of the family and marriage is being called into question. 
 
Here are the main quotes from the pope’s address to USC ongress this afternoon:

President Obama shouldn't be fooled by Pope Francis' humble facade

 
The first few days of Pope Francis' visit to the United States have been fascinating, not least because of his clever tactics in putting US President Barack Obama firmly, yet politely, in his place.
 
 
The depth of Obama's hypocrisy on religious freedom simply cannot be underestimated following his welcome speech to the pope on the south lawn of the White House. Obama, ever the impressive statesman, spoke of how "here in the United States, we cherish religious liberty" and promised the pope that "we stand with you in defence of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and intimidation.

Tales of lions, leopards and dogs but to hell with the humans

 
I have become quite intrigued by the significant increase in news stories about animals in recent times, particularly in mainstream media outlets.  I might be forgiven for thinking it stems from the furore over Cecil the Lion but I’m fairly certain it was all happening before the story of the now famous Cecil broke.
 
 
And although it would be fair to say that these stories are indeed of some interest it is quite disturbing that they seem to rank ahead of the wellbeing of human beings in the headline pecking order.

Mother posts stunning pictures of her two little babies, miscarried at 7 and 8.5 weeks

 
Mindy Raelynne Danison just loves her two beautiful children.  But, unlike most mothers, Mindy is unable to cuddle and hold little Riley and Annabelle as both were sadly taken from her at a very early age following miscarriage.  This, however, hasn’t dampened Mindy’s desire to share her precious children with the world.
 
 
Their humanity and their value are clear for all to see, even at the tender age of just a few weeks old.
 
 
Click here to read the full story at Lifesitenews:

US conference urges Catholic youth to live their faith openly and warns against cherry-picking

Cardinal TImothy Dolan
 
A number of distinguished speakers including Cardinal Timothy Dolan descended on the Steubenville youth conference in New York earlier this month to speak to 2,000 young people about the Catholic faith.
 
 
The youth were encouraged to live their faith openly and to be prepared to make more difficult decisions as they get older, including whether or not to have a relationship with God. They were also warned against cherry-picking their faith in order to try and justify their behaviour.

Planned Parenthood videos may prove to be a 'game changer' for some pro-choice advocates

The CMD videos are causing quite a stir, and rightly so
 
American journalist Ruben Navarrette Jr has been a supporter of abortion rights for the last 30 years. 
 
 
But even he admits that his pro-choice values are being severely tested by the release of undercover videos showing the reality of the abortion process within the four walls of Planned Parenthood.
 
 
The videos, recorded and released by the Center for Medical Progress, has caused a storm across the United States and Navarrette Jr admits he has some thinking to do.

Five American Bishops respond to Planned Parenthood videos

Bishop James Conley
 
Five American Bishops have responded to the recent Planned Parenthood videos which show the company dealing in the body parts of aborted babies.
 
 
Cardinal O'Malley and Bishops Paprocki, Vasa, Tobin and Conley all express their own personal view on the tragedy.
 
 
Perhaps my favourite quote is from Bishop Conley.  He said: "Anyone who can casually discuss tearing children to shreds while having lunch and a good cabernet is a victim of the father of lies.
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