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By Adam Chandler

Ahead of Historic Sainthood Mass, Pope Francis Speaks Out Against AbortionThe big story this weekend was Pope Francis’ elevation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood. The “four-pope mass” was noteworthy not only because two popes (John XXIII and John Paul II) had never been canonized at the same time, but also because two living popes (Francis and the papal emeritus Benedict XVI) had never been present for a canonization. They were joined by nearly a million other people in Vatican City.

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Two Very Different Saints Come Marching In The Wall Street Journal Francis presides over historic day of 4 popes Associated Press 10 things you need to know today: April 27, 2014 The Week (RSS) Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints Reuters Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints AFP In his homily, Pope Francis praised both 20th-century pontiffs effusively. The Holy See also sought to dispel the public curiosity about the canonization of two men who were considered to be dogmatically very different; the “liberal” Pope John XXIII and the “conservative” John Paul II.

“They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century. They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful.”

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Father James Martin offered that the biographical differences between major figures in the history of the church are part of what made their spiritual quests compelling.

Consider how the personalities of some of the most notable men and women in the church led them to live out their calls. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, gave up a military career to follow God; St. Joan of Arc began one. Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, started a newspaper, while St. Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes, shrank in horror from the idea of her story ever being published. St. Thomas Aquinas spent his life surrounded by books, while St. Francis of Assisi instructed his friars not to own even one lest they become too proud.”

Ahead of the weekend’s event, Pope Francis showed glimpses of that complexity on Friday, when he made a seemingly rare statement to a group of African bishops in which he strongly condemned abortion.

Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the unborn.”

Pope Francis has made a habit of focusing on poverty and social inequality rather than abortion, which remains a divisive issue both within and beyond the Catholic church. Two weeks before, he had called abortion “an unspeakable crime” during a speech to an Italian anti-abortion group.

This article was originally published at http://www.thewire.com/global/2014/04/ahead-of-historic-sainthood-mass-pope-francis-speaks-out-against-abortion/361277/

NOTE: For many of you seeking an abortion I ask that you check out my search on my home page and type in “alternatives for abortion”. It should list sights for help in pregnancy crisis. There is help. Dont be alone in your decision. I respect your eventual decision but in the mean time I hope I can try to persuade you to do otherwise. Love in Christ brothers and sisters. This goes out to all male and female.

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Published on Apr 26, 2014

Canonization edition of the World Over from Rome. Perspectives on Saint John Paul II and Saint John the XXIII with the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Ambassador Ray Flynn, Mary Matalin, National Review’s Kathryn Lopez, and Kate O’Beirne; reflections from papal biographer George Weigel, Robert Royal, the editor of the CatholicThing.com, Father Gerald Murray of the Archdiocese of New York, and Father Robert Barron founder of Word On Fire Ministries and rector of Mundelein Seminary.

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Published on Oct 31, 2013

Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Father Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture. For more visit http://www.wordonfire.org

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Published on Mar 7, 2014

Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Father Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture. For more visit http://www.wordonfire.org

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Published on Apr 17, 2014

Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Father Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture. For more visit http://www.wordonfire.org.

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http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/21/activists-threaten-to-create-abortion-travel-agency-in-response-to-pro-life-bill-in-spain/

The question is who is the person in question in the womb? Does
this person have rights? Are we a society that understands life
issues? Have we fully comprehended what we are doing to the world
when it comes to survival of a life?

The answer is we must always comprehend these questions and we
must also comprehend what a life truly is. We must also think
about the fact that each of us who are alive today have been given
this chance to live and contribute to society. We have not given
this right to countless others in the world. People who would
make a difference to our changing world.

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See: http://www.st.ignatius.net/Maccabees-11-11-01.htm

See: http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/praying-to-dead-folks

Published on Apr 22, 2014

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