Pro-Lifers Worldwide Thank Pope for November 27 Vigil for Life

By John-Henry Westen VATICAN, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life activists worldwide are pledging to promote Pope Benedict XVI’s initiative to have all Catholic churches in the world to join him in celebrating a vigil for all nascent human life on November 27th, 2010. Moreover, a campaign to thank the Pope for the initiative is being promoted in seven languages. A new website has been launched“yes-for-benedict.net,” where pro-life people can send a message to the pope in their own language. The message states: “We express our sincere gratitude to you, Holy Father, for your leadership in this gravely needed initiative, […]
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Christine O’Donnell Sex Slander Hit Piece Erupts Days before Election

By Kathleen Gilbert DOVER, Delaware, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Backers and opponents alike have condemned an anonymous tabloid piece claiming to recount a one-night stand with Delaware’s staunchly pro-life Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell three years ago, published by the gossip website Gawker days before the Tuesday election. The explicit piece’s author, later identified by The Smoking Gun as 28-year-old Philadelphia resident Dustin Dominiak, claimed that O’Donnell arrived at his apartment drunk on Halloween night in 2007. Dominiak described how “things got physical” with the Senate candidate but, although the piece was entitled “I had […]
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14-Year-Old Lia Mills at Pro-Life Conference: “I have learned to embrace conflict”

By Patrick B. Craine OTTAWA, Ontario, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Friday sessions at the International Pro-Life Conference in Ottawa, Canada featured a host of powerful and hard-hitting talks from some of the shining lights and rising stars in the US, Canadian and international pro-life movements.  Fourteen-year-old Lia Mills, who became a YouTube sensation after her school speech on abortion got over half a million views, shared how she endured in giving the speech for her school's speaking contest despite her teacher's opposition and a judge who refused to listen.  Lia described the anger she faced after her pro-life […]
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Ceremony Marks 10th Anniversary of Landmark U.S. Anti-Human Trafficking Law

By Peter J. Smith TRENTON, New Jersey, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A landmark U.S. law against human trafficking and sexual exploitation marked its tenth anniversary on Thursday, but lawmakers and individuals said that despite progress, more needs to be done to help victims, many of whom are women and girls. On the steps of New Jersey’s State House, New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, members of the New Jersey Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, spoke alongside women with their own experience in the modern human slave trade about the gains made since the enactment of the […]
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Smeaton to International Conference: Pro-Lifers Must Challenge Vatican to Appoint Pro-Life Bishops

By Patrick B. Craine   OTTAWA, Ontario, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life advocates should call on the Vatican to appoint bishops who will teach and defend the Church's teaching on the transmission of human life, pro-life veteran John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), told the International Pro-Life Conference in Ottawa on Friday.  The “failure of Catholic bishops” to teach on life issues is “directly responsible for great confusion and, consequently, for the failure of the overwhelming majority of Catholics, both clerical and lay, to provide truly effective resistance to the greatest […]
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Poll Shows Christine O’Donnell Surge in Delaware

By Peter J. Smith WILMINGTON, Delaware, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new poll suggests that despite weeks of relentless hammering in the media, pro-life congressional candidate Christine O’Donnell has cut her opponent’s lead in half in two weeks. However, the poll was conducted before the internet gossip site Gawker published an unsubstantiated sex smear on the Republican woman, the effect of which for O’Donnell’s campaign remains to be seen. A Monmouth University Poll shows O’Donnell has narrowed the gap to within 10 points of pro-abortion rival Democrat Chris Coons in Delaware’s U.S. Senate race. She now has the support […]
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Canadian Bishops Plenary Addresses Development and Peace Question

By John-Henry Westen and Steve Jalsevac CORNWALL, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The annual Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) ended today. Some 90 Bishops gathered for a week (25-29 October 2010) at the NavCanada Centre in Cornwall for the event.  There had been hope by many Catholics that the bishops would finally announce major new policies regarding the on-going Development and Peace (CCODP) scandal where numerous groups being funded by the official Catholic aid agency have been found to be pro-abortion and opposed to other Catholic moral principles.  During closed-door sessions this week, the only development announced on the D&P issue is […]
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Colombian Archbishop Condemns Sterilization Law for Promoting “Mutilation of the Body”

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent BOGOTA, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The general secretary of the Colombian Catholic Episcopal Conference is condemning the country’s new sterilization law, which requires the government to provide vasectomies and tubal ligations to the public free of charge. “The Church does not agree with bodily mutilation because both vasectomy and tubal ligation are mutilations of the body and the body has to be respected,” said Archbishop Juan Vicenta Córdoba in an interview with the Associated Press following passage of the law. Córdoba added that many people receive sterilizations because “they don’t want to […]
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Swiss Parish Condom Campaign Not Church Sponsored

By Hilary White LUCERNE, Switzerland, October 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Some Roman Catholic parishes in the central Swiss city of Lucerne caused an uproar by participating in a state-sponsored campaign in which condoms, bearing the slogan “protect thy neighbor as thyself,” were handed out to teenagers. When the group organizing the campaign issued a media release, headlines around the world carried the claim that the Catholic Church in Switzerland is distributing condoms as part of World Mission Sunday events. The packages of condoms were printed with the slogan, “Forgetting can be infectious – Protect yourself and your fellow man.” The […]
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Shut Out: Fathers of Unborn Children have No Legal Say Whether their Children Live or Die

Commentary by Hilary White ROME, October 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – What is the first thing that pops into the minds of ordinary people when they hear the word “abortion”? If you have been lucky, or blessed, enough to have seen through the common rhetoric of our death-cult culture, you may answer something like, “…kills an unborn child.” But, sadly and despite our continuing efforts, the world at large has not yet made that connection. No, what most people think spontaneously when they hear the word is “women’s rights.” The issue of “rights” in abortion rhetoric is the first and last […]
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