Good News, Bad News: Stuff Catholics Care About

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Got just a minute? Here's a quick recap of three news items I spotted today.GOOD NEWS:  California's Assisted Suicide Bill Dies for Lack of SupportSB 128, which would have legalized assisted suicide in the state of California, is off the table. Pro-life groups had rallied against the Death With Dignity bill, in part because of the highly publicized assisted suicide death of 29-year-0ld Brittany Maynard, who suffered from terminal cancer.BAD NEWS:  Pakistan Bans Translation of Islamic … [Read more...]

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New Islamic Mosque–Dedicated to the Virgin Mary

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 A new mosque in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary--the only Islamic place of worship in the Islamic world which bears her name.The "al-Sayyida Maryam" mosque, named after Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ, was inaugurated on Saturday, June 6. According to Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper, The minister of awqaf, or religious charitable endowments, said the mosque’s construction symbolized the openness of Islam, in stark contrast to the “deviation” being see … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on a Possible Assassination Attempt: “I’m a Wimp When It Comes to Pain!”

If terrorists make good on their threat to attack Pope Francis, the pontiff says he hopes it won't hurt too much.  "I have said to the Lord: take care of me," the pope said in an interview with La Carcova News, a Buenos Aires news magazine. "...But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favor:  that they don't hurt me.  Because I'm a real wimp when it comes to physical pain." The story was told in The Tablet, which reiterated the concerns expressed by m … [Read more...]

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