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Every Good Thing

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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James 1:17
English Standard Version (©2001)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Fr. Frank’s tweeted photo of a church sign that said “Fetalcide is also homicide, abortion kills” was used by Live Action News columnist Lauren Enriquez as a springboard to write a column on whether pro-lifers should “condemn” or “turn the other cheek.” She cites Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tactic of creating non-violent “tension” in order to wake America to the evil of racism and concludes that “the undeniable truth that abortion is murder that will keep the pro-life movement thriving until one day the nation restores equal rights to the pre-born.”

Read Lauren’s column HERE.

Friends, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been inspired by words of Father Frank Pavone, my Uncle Martin Luther King, Jr. and other men and women of God. As we continue to obey and serve God and allow God’s creative energy to flow through us, lighting the fire and inspiring others to spring forth as we see in this news account, together we press on towards victory. Onward Christian soldiers!

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Open Letter: Thank you Fr. Frank!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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Amidst all the horrors of the Gosnell murder trial, with all the gory details, images of mutilated babies, anger, frustration at a failing oversight of the abortion industry, and death, we, and I believe I speak for a lot of people in the world, would like to thank you Fr. Frank for your courage and leadership in seeing the dignity of these babies who you have named for all the world to recognize as real people with names.

As you stated in your article, Naming the Gosnell Babies,

“People have names. One of the first things we do when coming into the presence of another person — or even learning about their existence when apart from their presence — is to inquire as to their name. The name expresses the person, it invites the presence of the person, it both calls and welcomes the person, it acknowledges that there is something in common between the person and ourselves, and hence in receiving their name we offer our own.”

Also, thank you for requesting the bodies of the babies that were found at Gosnell’s clinic during the raid so that they can be given a proper burial.

May God bless you and keep you strong in the fight to end abortion!

See Pictures of the naming ceremony HERE.

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‘Who Are These Children, and Whose Are These Children’

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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Date: May 9, 2013

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Fr. Pavone presides over service to name babies found in Philadelphia clinic.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today presided over a service to give names to the 45 babies whose bodies were found in the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of accused murderer Kermit Gosnell.

“People have names, people deserve names,” Father Pavone said during the 30-minute service in the chapel of Priests for Life headquarters. “The name expresses the person. The name recognizes that there is a person there.”

But there was no such recognition for the babies whose remains were found in milk jugs, orange juice cartons and litter boxes.

“Who are these children, and whose are these children,” Father Pavone asked. “Are they medical waste or are they our brothers and sisters?”

Father Pavone said the nearly two-month-long trial, regardless of its outcome, goes to the very core of the abortion debate.

“What was not in dispute in that courtroom is that these were living children whose hearts were stopped,” he said. “Hearts were beating, and hearts were stopped.” Four of the babies were 22 weeks’ gestation or beyond, he noted, with heartbeats that could “be heard with a simple stethoscope.”

During the service, Priests for Life staffers and volunteers walked in procession to the chapel’s altar, carrying certificates with a name for each child. The babies whose deaths have been part of the trial record, Baby A through Baby G, were named first: Baby Adam, aborted at seven and a half months; Baby Michael, killed at 28 weeks; Baby Alex, breathed for 20 minutes after delivery; Baby Chris, delivered into a toilet and seen swimming there; Baby Andy, who was heard to whine, and Baby Lou, whose leg moved after being delivered.

To see the full list of names, go to www.PriestsforLife.org/library/4620-naming-the-gosnell-babies

“It is our honor to honor you with your name,” Father Pavone said after each child had been named.

The service also called for prayers and healing for the parents of the aborted children.

“Their parents may have aborted them in an episode of fear and despair… We embrace them, too. We acknowledge their humanity. They, too, are our brothers and sisters.”

These parents, he said, could benefit from a healing program like Rachel’s Vineyard, which specializes in helping post-abortive women and men.

Father Pavone has asked permission of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner to be allowed to give the babies a proper funeral and burial once the trial reaches its conclusion. That request is still pending, and the medical examiner has said it is under consideration.

Audio and video of the baby-naming service will be available at PriestsforLife.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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Fr. Pavone calls for swift action against Md. abortionist

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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Date: February 11, 2013

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GERMANTOWN, MD — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is helping to lead a prayer vigil and press conference this morning at the site of abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s late-term killing center here.

Carhart performed a 33-week abortion this past week on Jennifer Leigh Morbelli, 29, who died after the procedure, along with her daughter, Madison Leigh. Her death is being investigated. A witness says she developed complications, and Carhart could not be contacted to take care of her.

Fr. Frank will call this morning for swift action on the part of the state of Maryland to not only investigate this death but also to stop Carhart from killing children and their mothers. Fr. Frank will also ask every priest across the nation to offer two Masses: one for the repose of the soul of Jennifer and her baby Madison, and another for the conversion of abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

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. Pavone: Pope’s action an “expression of love” for the Church

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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Date: February 11, 2013

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today regarding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:

“We are, of course, all surprised today by the announcement of the Pope that he will resign at the end of the month. Popes have the authority to do this, of course, though it has rarely been exercised.

“We view the Pope’s action here in a positive light, as an expression of his concern and love for the Church. He wants the Church to have a Pope who can fulfill his role with the strength and vigor that the office requires.

“My own interactions with Pope Benedict have been in the arena of his defense of human life, and we at Priests for Life thank him in particular for the ways in which he has continued to announce and implement the Church’s pro-life teachings. Those who wish to send the Holy Father a message of appreciation and promise of prayers can do so on a special form we will post at www.priestsforlife.org.”

To read the full text of the Pope’s announcement, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/4498-pope-benedict-resignation

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 Power of Knowing

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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During his lifetime, Oswald Chambers spoke of “the power of knowing.” It’s funny what things we as humans want to know, what things we take for granted and what we don’t attempt to discover. The power of knowing that God loves us and wants what is best for us is part of the most powerful “knowing” we can achieve.

This year, yours truly will be focusing on the human heart rather than the human intellect. Seeking Divine answers to how to end abortion for example – if the hearts of fathers and mothers are changed, won’t an end to abortion follow?

Every day, I try really hard to seek the “heart of God,” to discover as much as is possible for me to comprehend, God’s thoughts, God’s ways. The best place for this “seeking” of course is the Bible. The next layer of resource comes from personal meditation and reading meditation books by others. Father Frank’s Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day is part of my “spiritual diet.” I read MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST and more recently the HEAVEN CALLING devotionals. Also, books by my friend Anthony DeStefano on subjects like Heaven and Prayer are insightful.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own book titles. By the way, look for a new book this year!

I’m reading the Book of Genesis this month, and understanding that all of the problems we are facing today – abortion, homosexual lifestyles, violence, avarice, sickness and everything else under the sun – all came after Satan’s dark interception with our forbearers, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve tried to hide from God after the tricks from Satan took hold of their souls. Sickness and sin came to us by Adam’s fall. Life and forgiveness came to us by the Second Adam, Jesus. Glory to God!

God is Love. Love calls to us from the Light of Heaven. Love calls through the darkness, into the light! Love brings everything out in the open. Love makes provision for us and for the generations to come so that we will never have to hide from God again. So I say OUT OF THE CLOSET – OUT IN THE OPEN – with everything! Then, let’s be open to Jesus so that abortion can end, so that God’s purpose for natural Life, Marriage and Family will shine through!

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Fr. Pavone Calls New Film “Crescendo” a Powerful Pro-Life Tool

Monday, December 31st, 2012

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Date: December 27, 2012

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“Crescendo,” a short film with a powerful pro-life message, will be released nationwide on Feb. 28, 2013, for a special one-night event to raise money for pregnancy centers around the country.

“We are urging everyone to join together and celebrate the incredible potential of every single human life,” said Jason Jones, founder and president of Movie to Movement, which produced “Crescendo.” Jones hopes to raise $1 million for pregnancy centers, which offer real choices to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

“Crescendo” is based on a true story of an 18th century woman whose life was changed by a series of extraordinary events in the course of a day. It was the winner of the Crystal Heart award at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival and took top honors for short film at the Hollywood Film Festival.

“This is absolutely one of the most powerful pro-life tools our movement has produced,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. His organization was heavily involved in the film project and its promotion.

Movie to Movement produces and promotes films that advance a culture of life, love and beauty. For information, go to www.movietomovement.com.

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. Pavone Calls D.C. Court Ruling on HHS Mandate ‘Most Positive Yet’

Friday, December 21st, 2012

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Date: December 20, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding another positive development in the ongoing legal battle against the HHS mandate.

On Dec. 18, the D.C. District Court ruled that the Obama administration must suggest another alternative to the contraception and abortifacient mandate for two plaintiffs – a Catholic college and a Christian college — and the court said it will check in with the administration every 60 days to see what progress has been made.

“We are pleased that the court is willing to take this stance with the Obama administration,” Father Pavone said. “At the same time, we don’t expect any cooperation from Obama’s team, because they simply oppose religious freedom.”

Priests for Life filed suit against the HHS mandate in February, and has been in open violation of the ruling since Aug. 1. Those covering the various lawsuits and those who are just interested in protecting the U.S. Constitution are invited to visit priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate. A wealth of information, including summaries of every one of the lawsuits, can be found there.

“Every American has a stake in this situation,” Father Pavone said. “It’s important that all of us keep a close eye on what the administration does in regard to this unjust mandate. The only acceptable outcome to us is the total reversal of the HHS mandate, and we will continue pressing for that through our lawsuit.”

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. Pavone is named 2013 “Defender of Life”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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Date: December 11, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Students for Life of America announced today that it will honor Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, with its 2013 Defender of Life award.

The award will be bestowed Jan. 26 during SFLA’s annual National Youth Conference in Bethesda, Md.

“Throughout Father Frank’s ministry he has been a leader, a visionary, and a courageously outspoken voice for the preborn,” the organization said in a statement announcing the award. “His ground-breaking work exposing the true horrors of abortion through images of the aborted child, his countless hours standing and praying outside of abortion facilities offering women in crisis real help, and his great compassion for the women and men left with the heartache of abortion have inspired a generation to enter into the pro-life movement.”

Father Pavone has been the National Director of Priests for Life since 1993. He is also the president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. The New York native was ordained by Cardinal John J. O’Connor in 1988. After serving five years in parish ministry, the Cardinal released him to do pro-life ministry full-time. He has been involved in the pro-life movement since he was a teenager and attended his first March for Life in D.C.

“I am so honored and so happy to be receiving this award,” Father Pavone said. “We know that youth are not only the future of the pro-life movement, they are vital to its work right now. I have met so many of the Students for Life across America, and they inspire me! Priests for Life and our Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper have been working closely with Students for Life and we expect this partnership to grow and flourish.”

To read the full statement from Students for Life, please visit www.studentsforlife.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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Lawsuits Against HHS Mandate Continue With Obama Re-Election

Friday, November 9th, 2012

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Date: November 9, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed news that the first lawsuit filed against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate will be heard by a federal appeals court.

The suit, brought by Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will be heard Dec. 14 by the U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia.

Priests for Life’s lawsuit, filed in February, was the fourth of some 30 actions that challenge the constitutionality of the mandate.

“A different outcome on Election Day, followed by the elimination of this mandate, would have resolved the problems these lawsuits seek to correct. Now, however, they are more important than ever,” said Father Pavone. “This administration is on a collision course with the Catholic Church, and with anyone who treasures the religious liberty guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It’s encouraging that the Court of Appeals has decided to hear the Belmont Abbey suit, and I’m confident Priests for Life’s suit also will have its day in court and that we will prevail.

“Meanwhile, we invite all citizens to express their solidarity with us by signing the “Citizens’ Amicus Brief” at www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/amicus-brief.aspx.”

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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