Judge Deems Pouillon Murder Suspect Incompetent to Stand Trial

By Kathleen Gilbert OWOSSO, Michigan, October 5, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 33-year-old Harlan Drake of Owosso, who has been accused of murdering pro-lifer Jim Pouillon, has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and will be remanded to the State Department of Mental Health for psychological treatment. Drake was taken into custody on Sept. 11, a few hours after the fatal shooting of Pouillon, 63, and a local gravel pit owner, Mike Fuoss.  Police say Drake admitted that he shot Pouillon because his pro-life witness in front of local schools annoyed him.  In his frequent witness around the small town of Owosso, […]
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Homily of Daniel Cardinal DiNardo: 56th Red Mass

I want to extend my deepest thanks to Archbishop Wuerl and to the Members of the John Carroll Society for their invitation to preach at this Year's Red Mass in Washington, DC. It is an honor. In this federal city where the role of lawyer and judge is so important and where the legal profession is so prominent, even ubiquitous, the invocation of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the judicial year is appropriate and necessary. The Liturgy of the Word is simultaneously proclamation as an action and proclamation as teaching a message or content. For the Christian community, […]
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Three More Days to Make a Commitment to Life and Family

Dear Readers, Can you believe that it was only a week and a half ago that we launched our fall fundraising campaign, with a totally empty progress bar on the top of the LSN homepage? The start of this campaign seems miles away as our readers have donated $34,000 in 11 days, putting us within striking distance of our $40,000 goal.  This includes those who donate monthly, and were unable to respond specifically to this campaign – your September donation has been included in the donation progress bar. But now, with this weekend left, we are still $6,000 short. To […]
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Reducing Abortions: The Untold Story of America’s Pregnancy Resource Centers

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A groundbreaking report detailing the impact of thousands of pregnancy resource centers across America has been released by the Family Research Council. (Click here to download the .PDF report.)  The report, entitled “A Passion to Serve: A Vision for Life” lays out in detail the manifold contributions of the nation's pregnancy resource centers to their communities, particularly to women, children, and families.  The nature and scope of the pregnancy centers' mission is outlined in statistical summaries, case studies and personal testimonies.  The report includes the accolades of several public leaders of […]
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183 Congressional Reps Tell Speaker Pelosi: No Abortion Coverage, or No Health-Care Bill

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 183 Congressional representatives have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that Congress be allowed a free vote on bipartisan pro-life measures that would truly prohibit government funding of abortion in health care. The House representatives warn that if they do not have their way, they will do everything in their power to make sure that H.R. 3200 “America's Affordable Health Choices Act” does not even reach the House floor for a vote. The letter, signed by 25 Democrats and 158 Republicans, requests Speaker Pelosi and Rep. […]
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Tony Blair Shoo-In for President of Europe if Irish Vote Yes on Lisbon

By Hilary White LONDON, October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For some time, Euro-watchers have believed that, should the Irish voters say Yes to the Lisbon Treaty on Friday, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will take the job as first President of the newly constituted state of Europe. Now the Daily Mail newspaper reports today that Blair's appointment “will be rushed through as quickly as possible,” according to government sources. The office of EU president, under the rules of the Lisbon Treaty, will be chosen not by Europe's voters but by the heads of the EU's 27 member states. The […]
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Quebec Family Files Appeal Motion for Exemption from Mandatory Relativism Course

By Patrick B. Craine DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec, September 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Quebec family whose petition was denied by a Drummondville judge in August to exempt their children from Quebec's mandatory program in religious and ethical relativism, 'Ethics and Religious Culture' (ERC), has filed a motion for leave to appeal that decision. Judge Jean-Guy Dubois of the Quebec Superior Court issued his decision on August 31st.  The parents had maintained that the school program violated their freedom of conscience and religion, saying in a statement before the case that “the course imposes on the student a polytheistic vision of the religious […]
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South Africa Makes Tentative Steps towards Outlawing Child Pornography

By Hilary White JOHANNESBURG, October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Earlier this month, the Department of Home Affairs of the government of South Africa announced its intention to develop an “inter-departmental protocol” on preventing child pornography. “The increase of access to technology and mobile internet, with all its benefits, poses risks such as creation and distribution of child pornography. We need to be proactive in protecting children against this heinous crime,” said Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba. The generally unregulated nature of the internet makes compiling reliable statistics difficult, but it is estimated that China, South Korea, Japan and […]
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