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Fr. Pavone Thanks Donald Trump for Key Message to Christians

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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Date: June 13, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, thanked Donald Trump today for the speech he gave on Friday, June 10 at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. In the speech, he hit on themes of key concerns to Christians. Mr. Trump acknowledged, at the outset of his remarks, the presence of Fr. Frank and other key religious leaders in the audience.

Fr. Frank stated, “Mr. Trump was crystal clear about the need to defend and promote the sanctity of life, to preserve the institution of marriage, to appoint pro-life judges, and to protect religious liberty. In fact, he mentioned explicitly the efforts of some to “restrict religious liberty with government mandates.” Priests for Life was among the first group to challenge the HHS mandate in court, and our case went all the way to the Supreme Court and is still unresolved.

“I also appreciate Mr. Trump’s assertion, “We will protect the right of Churches to speak their minds on political matters, free from intimidation.” This is the key message of my book Abolishing Abortion, in which I call on the Church to abandon the self-censorship that is so prevalent and so unnecessary, even within the current structure of the law.”

After his speech, Fr. Frank, along with other key religious leaders who were present, greeted Mr. Trump and thanked him for his stand on these issues of critical importance.

For a transcript of Mr. Trump’s speech, click here.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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The World’s “Greatest Boxer” is Gone But Not Forgotten

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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One week ago today, on June 3, many Americans and people around the world mourned the loss of Muhammad Ali. Dead at the age of 74, Ali, perhaps the greatest boxer ever, died after a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. May we pray for the peace of his family, his many admirers and his critics. We pray that Muhammad Ali be remembered not only as a man who won in a boxing ring, but who tirelessly waged war on the battlefield for justice.

Ali was born with the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. That’s who I met in the mid 1960′s at a “Fair Housing Rally” led by my daddy Rev. A. D. King, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church, in Louisville, KY. Daddy and his brother, Martin Luther King, Jr., (Uncle M. L.) were Baptist preachers and Civil Rights Leaders. I was a “youth organizer” in the Civil Rights Movement in those days.

Ali, a native of Louisville was a headliner in the Kentucky “Open Housing Movement.” As a contemporary of such civil rights icons as Uncle ML, Daddy AD, and yes, the prominent and dominant Malcolm X, Mr. Ali was making a lasting mark for himself inside and outside the boxing ring. Even though he was a contentious objector of the Vietnam War, he always loved America.

Perhaps even as Malcolm X recanted from his radical Islamic teachings of hatred of the Caucasian race, changing his name to Malik Shabazz after a visit to Mecca and adapting a message of universal peace and compassion, Mr. Ali also embraced that understanding as well as a love for “The Beloved Community” that my Uncle and Dad proclaimed during their lifetimes.

While Cassius Clay was raised in a Christian home, he later converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali; in part, because he objected to the western characterization of Jesus Christ. Yet, I believe in my heart that the Christian message that he learned from my uncle, Martin Luther King, and Daddy A. D. was impacting him, too.

Ali was not only a great boxer, but also a great man; a man of character, integrity and faith. He loved his God, his family and the world. Yet, he was a very complex personality; and like everyone, was subject to human failings.

Some may question my prayer that I’ll see Mr. Ali in Heaven. Yet God is ever merciful and judges the human heart. Mr. Ali is subject to the same grace and mercy that all humans seek.

Ali was devoted to his craft and was a fierce fighter who fought many battles, both in the ring and in his personal life. Although dealing with a debilitating disease in his latter years, he always carried himself with dignity. Perhaps best remembered for being a great boxing champion, Ali will be remembered for coining the phrase, “Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee.”

The world has lost a great fighter and champion for justice.

Rest in peace Mr. Ali.

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Priests for Life calls for prayer for victory in Texas abortion case

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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Date: June 9, 2016

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NEW YORK — Sometime within the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion on the most important abortion-related case in decades. To pave the way for victory in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is calling on churches, pro-life groups, families and individuals to pray a special prayer he wrote about the case and its importance to mothers and unborn children across the country.

The prayer asks God for His protection for unborn children and their parents and wisdom for the Supreme Court justices who are weighing their decision, and looks forward to the day “when all children and their families enjoy the full protection of the law.”

To find the prayer, as well as documents related to the case, go to www.SupremeCourtVictory.com

“Prayer is at the core of the pro-life effort, and this case is no exception. This case, moreover, has the potential of protecting countless women and children from abortionists who are so unqualified as not to be able to get hospital admitting privileges, and from clinics whose standards cannot measure up to those of ambulatory surgical facilities,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life stands with NYS Assemblyman Castorina as he works to protect unborn babies and their mothers

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Date: June 8, 2016

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life is standing in solidarity with Staten Island State Assemblyman Ron Castorina, who spoke the truth about abortion and the impact it is having on the African-American community as the Assembly prepared on Tuesday to vote on a bill that would expand abortion in New York State.

The bill ultimately passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly by a vote of 88-44 but Assemblyman Castorina spent his allotted 15 minutes passionately defending life, even as Democratic members tried repeatedly to get him to yield the floor. Unable to silence him, the Democrats stormed out.

“I urge my friends in the African-American community to be very careful about supporting this legislation,” Castorina said during his remarks. “We’re talking about African-American genocide.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, as well as Executive Director Janet Morana and Evangelist Alveda King, head of Civil Rights for the Unborn – Priests for Life’s African-American Outreach – applauded the assemblyman, who won the seat during a special election in April.

Evangelist King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., defended Castorina from charges that his comments about black genocide were racist.

“The truth is not racist,” she said. “African-American communities are targeted by the abortion industry and too many of our babies die in abortion. These are facts that cannot be disputed. Mr. Castorina showed great courage in speaking this truth to members of the Assembly who clearly could not bear to hear it. Elected officials in all levels of government have begun to speak this truth, like Rep. Trent Franks, Katrina Jackson, a Democrat in the Louisiana Legislature, and Rep. Sean Duffy. They have likewise been criticized. Priests for Life and the National Black Pro-Life Coalition applaud these efforts and ask for prayer for these life advocates.”

Fr. Frank Pavone added, “Today I am especially proud to be a Staten Island resident, New York State is one of the most dangerous places in the country for unborn children, and Mr. Castorina clearly recognizes that things will only get worse under the bill. Four in ten pregnancies in the state end in abortion. Six in ten African-American babies die in the womb. Clearly New York does not need more abortion. What we need are more people like Mr. Castorina willing to go out on a limb to protect the unborn.”

Mrs. Morana, who is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, said expanding abortion through the third trimester – which the bill accomplishes through a broad health exception to the current 24-week limit – will put New York women at risk.

“In 2013, Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from Westchester, traveled to Maryland to abort her daughter at 33 weeks because doctors believed the baby had a seizure disorder. Days later, Jennifer and her baby girl Madison Leigh were buried together in the same casket. Late-term abortion is dangerous for women. If this bill becomes law, we will be mourning more Jennifer Morbellis right here at home.”

Although the bill passed the Assembly, it is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Frank Pavone Praises Oklahoma’s New Measure to Promote an Abortion-Free Society

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Date: June 7, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law legislation that will provide pregnant women, students, and the general public with information “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.”

“States promote life by discouraging smoking, illicit drug use, and drunk driving,” said Fr. Pavone. “Promoting an abortion-free society is entirely consistent with this ethic. Oklahoma’s Governor and legislature have performed a great public service by establishing these new life-affirming public information sources.”

The law, known as the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, authorizes the state health department to make available online scientifically verifiable information on the unborn child’s development, described at two-week intervals. The government website will also list public and private agencies and services available to help pregnant mothers and those with newborns.

In addition, the measure establishes a student curriculum to be made available to local school districts on a voluntary basis that’s “consistent with the provisions of the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act.” Public service announcements that “consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being” will also be produced.

“Oklahoma – and all states – have a compelling interest in promoting public health,” added Fr. Pavone. “I can think of no greater way to do that than to create an abortion-free society. I strongly urge the legislature to appropriate the funds necessary to put these programs into action.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life welcomes new Pontifical Council for Laity, Family, and Life

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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Date: June 4, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has welcomed the news this morning from Pope Francis that he is establishing a new Pontifical Council for Laity, Family, and Life.

“Pontifical Councils” are a particular type of Vatican office that assists the work of the Holy Father and the Catholic Church around the world on particular themes of importance to the Church’s ministry.

Already in existence are the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The new Pontifical Council combines these two. It also indicates that there will be a special connection between the new Pontifical Council and the already existing Pontifical Academy for Life, which addresses life issues from an academic perspective.

Fr. Frank Pavone was an official in the late 1990′s at the Pontifical Council for the Family, which fosters initiatives in the defense and pastoral care of the family and of the sanctity of human life. He was also appointed to be a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2010.

“I believe this new step of the Holy Father, in accordance with the advice he has received from his Cardinals, will strengthen the Church’s efforts to defend life and family at a time when these are more important than ever,” Fr. Pavone stated. “In particular, this step elevates and emphasizes the importance of defending life from evils like abortion. Whereas the Pontifical Council for the Family, where I served, was entrusted with fostering initiatives to protect human life from abortion, that role, in this new Pontifical Council, is now explicitly referenced in its title and is given its own “Section,” that is, an official division of the office, headed by an “Under-Secretary.” I know both from my own experience in working at the Pontifical Council for the Family and from my experience heading a worldwide pro-life ministry that has regular interaction with the Vatican that this structural change will make it possible for pro-life groups to have even more effective interaction with the Church on the global level, and for there to be even more mutual encouragement in the urgent task of defending what Pope Saint John Paul II called “the first of the fundamental rights, the right to life” (Evangelium Vitae, 20). We look forward to working with this new Vatican office.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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