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'Clarity And Charity' – The Keys To Defending Marriage In Australia

As Australians return their ballots for a poll that could aid the recognition of same-sex unions as marriages, the Archbishop of Sydney called for Christian charity in clearly explaining the importance of marriage as the union of man and woman. “However the marriage debate pans out, I pray people...

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How Parishes Can Help Address The Epidemic Of Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is a hidden epidemic that many clergy and laypersons need additional training to address, says one priest who runs the country’s largest parish-based ministry to counter the problem. “When you start talking about it, that’s when people will start coming forward,” Fr. Chuck Dahm,...

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Anxiety, Fulton Sheen And My Six-Pound Soldier

A mighty fist sprung from a freshly birthed wonder and wrapped tightly around my finger. After years of therapy, anti-anxiolytics, and every other hapless attempt, the roaring beast of my anxiety met its match in the unassuming power of these six pounds. With the birth of Molly, time and me were...

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Expert 'shocked' At Lack Of Awareness About Online Abuse

At the close of a Rome conference on child protection online, a leading expert in the field said that while the statistics are well-known, he was surprised by the lack of awareness about the problem. He added that all sectors of society need to take a more pro-active approach to the difficulty....

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For Global 'peripheries,' Poverty Can Lead To Online Exploitation

While the challenge of protecting children online is one faced throughout the world, Church leaders from Asia and Africa said that the developing world faces the compounding problem of poverty. “Online sexual income is one of the many faces and one of the many consequences of poverty,” Cardinal...

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Religious, Secular Experts Unite In Call To Protect Child Safety Online

In a joint declaration on the need to protect youth on the internet, leaders and experts from various fields stressed the need Friday to raise awareness of digital dangers and to collaborate on child protection. “Every child’s life is unique, meaningful and precious and every child has a right...

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Microsoft Rep Calls Catholic Church A Key Ally In Protecting Kids Online

The head of Microsoft's office for online safety has said the Catholic Church is a key ally in the ongoing effort to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation online. When asked why a major tech company would partner with the Catholic Church on such an important issue, Jacqueline...

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Men Are Craving Authentic Friendships – And It's Ok To Admit It

When Timothy Piazza pledged a fraternity at Pennsylvania State University in February 2017, he had hoped to find a brotherhood.   To join the fraternity, he endured severe hazing rituals, one of which ended with Piazza collapsing down a set of basement stairs, where he was left alone without...

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Internet Porn Is The 'neon Colosseum' Of The Digital Age, Expert Says

It's well-known that in ancient Rome hundreds of thousands of people would to pile into the stacked layers of stone seating in the Colosseum to watch gladiators fight to their death, cheering on as the warriors met a bloody and often drawn-out end. However, while being a “gladiator” in modern...

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Cardinal Parolin: When Protecting Kids In The Digital World, Don't Forget The Peripheries

In the keynote speech at a conference on protecting children in the digital world, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said child safety is one of the most urgent issues of modern times, and stressed that children on the global “peripheries” shouldn't be forgotten. In his Oct. 3...

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Pope Francis' Retooling Of The JPII Institute Shows His Modus Operandi

The September 19 re-establishment of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Science on the Family and Marriage is a good object lesson in the modus operandi of Pope Francis. It offers observers some helpful lessons about the Roman Pontiff’s leadership style. The John Paul II...

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Most Children In Orphanages Aren't Actually Orphans. This Group Wants To Help Them.

Shannon Senefeld always assumed that children in orphanages are mostly orphans. Most people make that assumption. When Senefeld found out this was not the case, she was shocked. In fact, the vast majority of children in orphanages around the world – between 80 and 90 percent – have at least...

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Pope Francis Retools John Paul II Institute For Marriage And Family

On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective. The motu proprio, titled “Summa Familiae Cura,” meaning...

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Faith Helped Couple Choose Baby Over Chemotherapy Treatment

A Michigan mother with a lethal form of brain cancer who declined treatment in order to save her unborn child has died, a few days after her sixth child was born. Carrie DeKlyen, 37, was a mother of five in April when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive, malignant cancer that...

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Australian Bishops Call For Month Of Prayer Ahead Of Same-Sex Marriage Vote

At the start of a voter survey being conducted on same-sex marriage in Australia, the country’s bishops have called for a month of prayer and fasting for the strengthening of marriage and the family. In a video message for the Catholic Marriage and Family Council, Bishop Michael Kennedy of the...