Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord – Hilary White

By Hilary White No one wanted to know shepherds in first century Palestine; they were outcasts, almost as low as a criminal subclass. So it has always struck me as significant that the heavenly host, those highest of all the high, should have come to them for the great announcement. While the great of the world were looking the other way, the angels of God most high manifested to these lowest of the low a glimpse of celestial glory. The multitude of the heavenly host praising God and giving a message of assurance, one that could not be mistaken or […]
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The Legacy of Mother Angelica

IRONDALE, Alabama, December 23, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – EWTN, the Eternal World Television Network founded by Mother Angelica, has been an outstanding success. The network offers 24-hour programming to 104 million homes in 110 countries. 80 percent of the material offered to viewers is produced on site at the network’s studios in Irondale, Alabama. There are countless conversions attributed to the networks’ influence, by people from an endless variety of backgrounds and situations. “Cancer patients, Playboy bunnies, secret Christians in Muslim countries who watch online—stacks of their stories come in to EWTN each day,” says Hoopes. Life has not been easy […]
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Australian PM Howard Says Gay Unions Out of Question

By Terry Vanderheyden CANBERRA, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Australia would not be following Britain’s lead by introducing a class of marriage for same-sex couples. “I believe very strongly that marriage is exclusively a union for life of a man and a woman to the exclusion of others,” Howard said, as reported by the Australian Associated Press. “That’s the common understanding of marriage in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and I would be opposed to the recognition of civil unions.” Australian lawmakers voted to amend the Marriage Act last year that enshrined the traditional definition of […]
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Canadian Prime Minister Says He Would “Absolutely” Attend Gay ‘Wedding’

By John-Henry Westen OTTAWA, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Prime Minister Paul Martin, a self-styled “very strong Roman Catholic”, said in an interview with Don Martin of The Calgary Herald that he would attend a homosexual ‘marriage’ ceremony. Asked if he would attend a same-sex wedding if invited, the Prime Minister responded, “oh sure I’d go, absolutely. Yes, I would go if I was invited.” Martin has campaigned on the homosexual ‘marriage’ issue, berating his primary opponent – Conservative Leader Stephen Harper – for his party’s willingness to allow a free vote in parliament on the issue. (see coverage: https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2005/dec/05121908.html […]
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Pro-Life Priest’s Society Finally Approved

By Terry Vanderheyden AMARILLO, Texas, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Priests for Life’s new Society of Apostolic Life, the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, has received official approval from its bishop. On December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn, Bishop John Yanta of Amarillo, Texas, signed the approval for the Society that will train priests, deacons, and lay missionaries to devote their lives to the unborn. Priests of the Society make special promises related to the defense of human life, and are at the disposal of the Society to travel throughout the United […]
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Homosexual Activists Cheer Appointment of New San Francisco Archbishop

By Hilary White SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer, soon to be installed as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, has told a local news outlet that he is opposed to the Vatican’s prohibition of homosexuals in seminaries. “Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests,” Niederauer said Monday in an interview with the Intermountain Catholic News. Niederauer referred to the “sexual orientation” of homosexual men, what the Vatican document on ordaining homosexual men called “deep seated homosexual tendencies” […]
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UK School Sticking to Ban on Wearing Crucifix Despite Protest from Muslims and Sikhs

By John-Henry Westen DERBY, UK, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – England’s Sinfin Community School is not backing down from its decision to suspend a 16-year-old for her refusal to take off a crucifix she wore around her neck on a gold chain for three years.ÂÂThe student, Sam Morris, was allowed back to school after a day’s suspension only after she removed the crucifix. Sikh religious bracelets, and Muslim sacred daggers are permitted at the school but the crucifix worn on a chain is not. LifeSiteNews.com contacted the local school council and was informed that the “jewellery ban” is still in […]
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We Have a Huge Stake in Christianityhttps://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=11029 The Power of Christmashttps://www.nationalreview.com/jgraham/graham200512221014.asp Raymond Arroyo on an unlikely woman who built an unlikely empire.https://www.nationalreview.com/interrogatory/arroyo200512210812.asp National Post applauds Supreme Court of Canada decision in favour of swingers clubs https://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=e28cab1b-41b7-49ab-bcd2-645654a7888a Menorahs Light Path for Nativity Displayshttps://www.forward.com/articles/7053 Taking the Christmas Out of Christhttps://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-xmas21dec21,1,1681994.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=1&cset=true A last Christmas in Palestine?https://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/hagan122105.htm Public Schools Declare War on Christmashttps://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=11065 Chinese priests defiant in pre-Christmas standoffhttps://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2005-12-22T071320Z_01_KRA217178_RTRUKOC_0_UK-CHINA-PRIESTS.xml&archived=False Report Warns of Chinese Military Machinehttps://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/12/18/130057.shtml Next Narnia film, Prince Caspian, gets the thumbs-uphttps://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/news/blog-051219.html Exercise your way to better mental healthhttps://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-12-22T164554Z_01_MOR258934_RTRUKOC_0_US-EXERCISE-MENTAL-HEALTH.xml Creating the world’s first synthetic life formhttps://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20051219/LIFE19/TPScience/?query=synthetic+life+form Calgary Herald Attacks Supreme Court on Swingers’ […]
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Malta Will Not Legalize Divorce Despite EU Pressure

VALETTA, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Maltese government has dismissed the campaign of a maverick secularist, Emmanuel Bezzina, to legalize divorce. Malta, the EU’s smallest nation and one of the world’s last holdouts in defending marriage, family and the unborn, has retained in law protections for married couples and families. Divorce and abortion are outlawed in Malta, and are likely to remain so, according to a government minister. “He doesn’t have his finger on the pulse. People are very afraid” by divorce, said Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, junior minister for justice and home affairs. Bezzina, who says he wants to […]
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True Conservatives Running as Independents against Anti-Family, Anti-Life ‘Conservative’ Candidates

By Terry Vanderheyden OTTAWA, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At least two conservative pro-family independents have decided to face-off with Conservatives who support same-sex “marriage” and abortion in the federal election. Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, BC, Conservative MP James Moore riled a host of conservatives after he won his seat in 2000 while claiming that he was pro-family and pro-life, then later voted in favour of the Liberal Party’s gay “marriage” legislation. Now a former member of his riding executive, Greg Watrich, is running against Moore as an independent. “There is a strong Conservative base here who feels they’ve been betrayed […]
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