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Poll: U.S. still considers abortion a complicated issue

Lebanese cardinal warns against ‘new drums of war’ in Syria

A Syrian firefighter used a fire hose inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center April 14 in Damascus. The United States, France and Britain launched airstrikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again.

BEIRUT — Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai appealed to world leaders to stop the war in Syria and to work for comprehensive peace through diplomatic means.

"As the great powers are beating the drums of a new war against Syria, we regret the absence of a language of peace from the mouths of senior officials in our world today," said Cardinal Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, in an address April 12 directed to the international community.

Answer call to discipleship by addressing Church’s needs

Deacon Martin Garcia participated in a breakout session April 14 at the Region X encuentro in San Antonio. The regional encuentros taking place across the country are preparation for the national encuentro in September in Grapevine, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO — Answer the call to missionary discipleship by addressing the needs of your Church. Meet young people where they are and just listen. Improve catechetical resources and prepare future leaders.

These were some of the strategies discussed by more than 800 delegates representing 18 Catholic dioceses in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, as they participated in a bilingual three-day Region X encuentro in San Antonio April 13-15.

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At convention, Catholic educators reminded of missionary roles

Fifty years after release, ‘Humanae Vitae’ praised as prophetic encyclical

WASHINGTON — Surrounding the 1968 release of "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") was the cultural context of the sexual revolution and a widespread fear about overpopulation following World War II, said Donald Critchlow, a professor of history at Arizona State University.

At the time, there were movements in support of eugenics, abortion rights, and sterilizations in an attempt to curb population growth, Critchlow told an audience at The Catholic University of America April 5.

Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after attack in Syria

A wounded Syrian woman received aid April 7 at a hospital in Damascus after a suspected chemical-weapon attack in Douma. Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after the attack killed dozens of men, women and children.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after an attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria.

"There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against defenseless people and populations," the pope said April 8 before concluding Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.

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