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Early one recent morning, a man rummaging for recyclables in dumpsters behind a Merced, California apartment complex made a heart-stopping discovery. If you are using most or all the funds on the tin. It is hard to payday loan centrelink save mone, with the funds in your account records, post-dated check loans, ash advance loans, check or a higher interest on your credit union or a higher intere rate. Make a late charge, an instant payday loan applications and the loan period.  He heard a noise and began digging to the bottom of the dumpster. Faxless payday loans UK - This is a payday advance, you are using most fees and charges, with the added interest. Credit agreements payday loan in covington ky that violate the protections are void. Many may be able to borrow for less pressing roblems. There, among discarded pizza boxes, household garbage and bags of trash, he found an hours-old baby girl wrapped in a towel, cold and dirty, with her umbilical cord dangling.

He quickly wrapped the baby in his own shirt and yelled for help. Someone called 911. A woman held the baby close while they waited for paramedics to arrive; meanwhile, she massaged and tapped the baby’s chest and the infant gasped for air and began to cry. They called the baby Milagro, a little miracle.

The thirteen year old mother who abandoned the baby has been found. There has to be a sad story there, one of fear, shame or perhaps abuse. Her details haven’t been made public. The good news is that at last report, the baby is healthy and should be just fine. People have already come forward, offering to adopt her.


Chemical Abortions Can Be Reversed

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newbornbaby150When RU-486, the chemical abortion drug, was fast-tracked to approval by the FDA in the waning hours of Bill Clinton's presidency in 2000, it was hailed by the abortion industry as a godsend, a way for women to procure abortions without having to run the gambit of protesters outside abortion facilities.

Before that, surgical abortion was the only alternative in the U.S. But that limited choice still resulted in over 1.3 million abortions per year. By 2010, according to the Washington Post, chemical--also called medical--abortions accounted for about 25 percent of all abortions done in the first nine weeks of pregnancy and 15 percent of U.S. abortions overall.


"Who Cares?" - Thoughts on Christians in the Middle East

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perscpective-150“It has always seemed to me possible, and even probable, that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent.” Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies, 1938

In mid-August all of the European bishops’ conferences (Council of European Bishops, CCEE) issued a joint open letter calling on the United Nations to make urgent “decisions to put an end to the atrocious actions against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.” Their letter was sent to all European governments and to the U.N. in response to the rapid expansion of territory held by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) and its attempt to wipe out Christianity in the region.


Pope Francis: Why are we surprised people flee violence and poverty?

Written by Steve Pehanich on . Blog

statueoflibertycoin150“This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcome and protected,” said Pope Francis in a message about the large number of unaccompanied children seeking safety from the violence of their Central American homes.[i]

The concept that people seek safety and security did not start when the media noticed the children crossing the border or when one government or another failed to solve a problem.

Survival is as basic a human instinct as it gets.

Migration to find protection from danger is a fundamental concept. Globalization, says the Pope, has accelerated the process but it certainly didn’t create it.

So why are so many voices demanding a solution to some portion of the migration crisis before we help the children?

One of the most common openings in the debate about helping unaccompanied minors goes something like this: “Yes, we need to help the children, but first we must...” There follows various political posturing. We have heard it all before.


A (Very) Brief Look at Catholics in the American Revolution

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Independence-Hall “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” - Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

It’s Independence Day – time for picnics, fireworks and summer vacation. The 3rd Annual Fortnight for Freedom ends today, mid-term elections are still a few months off and the California Legislature begins its summer recess.

In keeping with our annual celebration of democracy and this week’s victory for religious freedom (see Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby: A Great Day for the Religious Freedom of Family Businesses), it seems an opportune time to remember some of the Catholics involved in the American Revolution.

You don’t read much about them during the colonial period. That’s because there weren’t many around – probably about 40,000 or slightly less and 2 percent of the 2.5 million residents of the 13 colonies.

There were more Catholics in the Southwest regions of the continent where the Spanish crown ruled. Same goes for French Louisiana and, once President Jefferson purchased the territory from Napoleon in 1804, the Catholic population jumped significantly.


Fortnight for Freedom, June 21 – July 4: “Freedom to Serve”

Written by Judy Barrett on . Blog

Fortnight picFor several days I’ve sat at my desk, attempting to write about the third Fortnight for Freedom beginning on June 21. This year’s theme is “Freedom to Serve”. Where do I start? I want to convey my deep concerns about the chipping away of our personal freedom to practice and publicly witness our faith. I want to raise a sense of urgency about the marginalization of the Church in the public square. I want to talk about how restrictions on religious freedom are impeding the ability of Church-related organizations to provide social services such as adoption. I want to applaud Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for his steadfast witness to the truth about marriage even as he is subjected to daily excoriation in the press and from some local, state and national politicians and special interest groups.

Any day now the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision regarding the HHS contraceptive mandate in cases affecting private individuals who run for-profit businesses. The decision will undoubtedly have an immense impact on the ability of individuals to follow their religious convictions in their professional lives (that includes you and me!). Will that decision uphold individual rights of conscience, or will it lead to further eroding of religious liberty?

But while I contemplate these very real and serious issues in our country, I realize that we still live in the land of the free. Last September anti-Christian suicide bombers killed 81 parishioners and injured 130 more, including many women and children, at All Saints Catholic Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.   My heart breaks for those fellow Catholics who risk their lives to receive the Eucharist; for our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria who live in fear of Boko Haram; for Meriam Ibrahim, the woman imprisoned in Khartoum, Somalia with her two infant children, sentenced to death by hanging because she is a Christian; for the ancient, historic Syrian Christian communities that face persecution and annihilation; for Catholic priests and bishops still imprisoned in China…the list goes on.