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Alveda King, Naomi King: De-sanctification of Human Life at Core of America’s Crime Crisis

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
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Mrs. Naomi King, wife of Rev. A.D. King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and mother of Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn with Priests for Life, was recently vandalized at her senior citizens’ residence in Atlanta, GA. Along with Mrs. Naomi King’s, cars of other residents were vandalized, with windows bashed in, and possessions rifled in the car. On October 9, 2015 Mrs. King experienced a similar attack where a teenager approached her car, demanded her keys, and punched her in the face repeatedly when she refused to get out of the car or give up the vehicle.

Mrs. King is a voice for civil rights and justice. She loves Jesus Christ. Today, she and her daughter Alveda are advocates for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. They agree that a disregard for the sanctity of human life is at the core of America’s violent crime crisis.

Quoting Saint Mother Teresa, Alveda explains: “What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

In 1951 Mrs. Naomi was faced with an unexpected pregnancy. She was offered a “choice” by the then “Birth Control League” that would become “Planned Parenthood.” The offer was for a “procedure for a mysterious female ailment,” a D&C which would have eliminated everything in Naomi’s womb.

Naomi went to her future father-in-law, Martin Luther King, Sr., who prophetically described the baby he’d seen in a dream three years prior. Naomi didn’t abort that baby; Alveda. As a result, Evangelist Alveda King is a voice for life today.

Paraphrasing words from her brother-in-law, Mrs. Naomi says: “When we do not value the human personality then our society is in trouble.” She also urges in an open letter: “Our God, who is loving and merciful gave you life and gifts. Are you thankful?”

Naomi’s love of God, grace and beauty, earned for her the title “The Butterfly Queen. “I’m so glad I chose life for my angel daughter Alveda,” she said.

Evangelist Alveda loves her mother and is grateful for her life. She prays for a “cease fire” in America’s abortions, crime and violence; and concludes urging everyone: “Pray for America and vote pro-life.

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Priests for Life Launches Nine-Week Election Novena Today

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced that today begins a nine-week novena that focuses on the 2016 elections.

“For nine weeks before Election Day” Father Pavone said, “Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in an Election Novena. In this prayer campaign, we pray that we will choose wisely and that God’s people may not vote simply according to party loyalty or self interest, but rather, according to principle and the Word of God.”

The novena prayer can be found at www.ElectionPrayer.com. “The prayer is both nonpartisan and nondenominational.”

“When God judges nations,” Father Pavone said, “he does not necessarily send down fire and brimstone. Rather, he simply leaves us to endure the consequences of our own choices.”

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Topical – Controversial – Relevant: The Catholic View for Women’s Sixth Season Kicks Off Sept. 7

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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Date: September 6, 2016

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The Catholic View for Women will tackle sizzling hot topics when its sixth season premieres Sept. 7 on EWTN.

Co-hosts Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo will give the Catholic View treatment to the transgender movement, same-sex attraction, the lingering damage of the sexual revolution and choosing chastity. Guests also will address street evangelization and how to cope after the death of a teenager.

Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Bring Out the Best in Marriage, written by Ms. Tomeo and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore, will be highlighted in one episode and Father John Riccardo of the Archdiocese of Detroit will be on two episodes to discuss what people in the pews are longing to hear from their priests.

“You don’t want to miss the new season,” said Ms. Bennett Gutierrez, executive director of the Vida Initiative and Los Angeles Pregnancy Services. “Our guests will share moving testimonies of how they are living their faith despite pressures from the Culture — like living chastity or discerning a vocation in a secularized world by young Catholic women, or raising a precious baby with special needs. Women of all ages should tune because they’ll be inspired to find the answers to all of life’s challenges in the splendor of our Catholic faith.”

The show began in 2011 as an antidote to secular women’s shows like “The View,” where, Mrs. Morana notes, the conservative women on the panel and guests who are pro-life or against same-sex marriage are regularly shouted down.

“Shows like that say they are about women and women’s issues, but they rarely delve into topics that matter to real women, and they never talk about the things that matter to Catholic women,” said Mrs. Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “That’s what we specialize in at The Catholic View for Women.”

Catholic media personality Ms. Tomeo concurred: “What I love most about this opportunity to speak to women around the world is that we are able to address at length real issues that impact women but are rarely discussed in the secular culture. Once again will be sharing stories and interviews that are sure to make a difference in our viewers’ knowledge of their faith and they way they apply it to their everyday lives.”

The Catholic View airs at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesdays and is rebroadcast at 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

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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American Freedom Law Center Names Fr. Pavone a “Freedom Fighter”

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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Date: September 1, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will receive the 2016 Freedom Fighter Award Sept. 20 in Michigan during the American Freedom Law Center’s annual dinner.

Father Pavone is also the keynote speaker for the dinner at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. He will share a powerful message about the critical moment we face right now in America regarding religious freedom and in our national elections.

Sharing the Freedom Fighter Award with him will be Lilly Johnson, president of Johnson Welded Products, and Greg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (on whose Board of Directors Father Pavone serves).

“Each of these ‘freedom fighters’ has demonstrated exceptional courage in defense of religious freedom and the right to life,” said Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel. “We are honored to not only call them our ‘clients,’ but friends and fellow warriors in our fight for faith and freedom.”

Father Pavone said he is deeply honored by the award.

“Those who defend the unborn soon realize that they get treated like the unborn; their rights are also ignored,” he said. “The American Freedom Law Center stands up for our Constitution, however and wherever it is being challenged, so to have them bestow on me the Freedom Fighter Award is very humbling and deeply appreciated.”

The American Freedom Law Center represents Priests for Life in its ongoing challenge to the HHS mandate. Priests for Life vs. HHS was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23.

In February 2012, Priests for Life was the fourth organization in the nation to file suit against the mandate, which would force employers to be complicit in providing contraceptives, abortifacient drugs and sterilization to their employees. Houses of worship are exempt, but faith-based ministries like Priests for Life were only offered an “accommodation” that is still morally objectionable.

In March, the Supreme Court heard seven consolidated cases in Zubik vs. Burwell, including the Priests for Life case. Rather than issue an opinion, the Court sent the cases back to lower appeals courts with the instruction that the government should try to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the religious groups. That agreement has not yet been reached.

To reserve tickets for the dinner, go to www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org

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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