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Fr. Pavone on Charlie Gard: Hospital, court should get out of the way

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 11, 2017

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the latest developments in the Charlie Gard case.

“On Thursday, Baby Charlie Gard’s parents will have to prove to a court that an experimental medical treatment might help their son. This is outrageous,” Father Pavone said. “The decision on Charlie’s medical future should not be in the hands of a court. This is clearly an instance when parental rights must prevail.”

According to news reports, Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have until tomorrow to provide evidence that an experimental treatment in the U.S. could be beneficial for their son.

Priests for Life has initiated an international prayer campaign, and we ask all to sign up for it at www.PrayerCampaign.org/Charlie.

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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100 Days of Trump – 100 Days of Prayer

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

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Many people who voted for President Trump agree that he is delivering on his promises.   When I voted for President Trump, I lifted up a prayer asking God to guide our President and to heal our nation. I have not regretted my vote or our prayers for his success throughout his 100 days.

Throughout his First 100 Days President Trump has taken dramatic steps to undo burdensome regulations, restore law and order, bolster our military, revive the American dream, change Washington by holding it accountable, put the American worker first and confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, an incredible 96% of us who supported the President in November say we would do it again today.

Added to his proactive agenda, President Trump has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders in the First 100 days than any president in half a century.

Our POTUS has removed more job-killing regulations through legislation than any president in U.S. history.  Consequently he has boosted job creation and economic optimism has been renewed, with consumer confidence reaching its highest level in 16 years.

As a Christian African American woman who is 50+ years of age who is also a concerned mother and grandmother, I am grateful to say that President Trump has allayed many of my concerns, and those of my constituency. Just to name a few of the POTUS improvements:

  • Helping Women/Minorities by Minimizing Affordable Care Act
  • The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative
  • Appointment of Dr. Ben Carson as HUD Secretary
  • Canada-United States Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs
  • Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act
  • Promoting Programs to Engage Women in STEM Fields
  • Challenge to Planned Parenthood to Stop Abortions and help heal Americans not kill them

Once again there is hope for the people of America as our POTUS continues “thinking big about exploration and discovery again; protecting the farmers and ranchers that feed our country, and reasserting American power on the world stage.”

Members of the POTUS Cabinet will continue to reach out beyond the beltway, responding to the concerns of the people and spreading President Trump’s message across the country. There is promise of a 100 Days webpage where the White House will be producing graphics, videos, and other digital content for the President’s online constituents to share.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3 MSG

The prayer network will continue. God bless America.

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Priests for Life’s Alveda King to Serve as a Grand Marshal at NYC Pro-Life March

Friday, March 24th, 2017

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Date: March 23, 2017

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NEW YORK — Evangelist Alveda King, full-time director of Civil Rights for the Unborn (the African-American Outreach of Priests for Life), will speak at a pro-life convention tomorrow on Long Island and will be a grand marshal for the International Gift of Life Walk Saturday in Manhattan.

The convention, called Bringing America Back to Life – New York, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. Ms. King is slated to speak at 4 p.m.

At the International Gift of Life Walk on Saturday, Ms. King will share grand marshal duties with Chris Slattery of Expectant Mother Care in Manhattan, and Timothy Jaccard of the AMT Children of Hope Foundation.

Participants will gather at 8 a.m. in Foley Square at Lafayette and Worth streets in lower Manhattan. At 9 a.m. the march will proceed from Foley Square to Stone Street and Broadway.

“We really do need to bring America back to life and I am especially happy to be able to proclaim that message in New York,” Ms. King said. “In New York City, African-American babies are more likely to be aborted than born and the state government has considered making assisted suicide legal. It’s my hope that everyone in New York who understands that life is sacred from conception to natural death will march with me.”

For information for both events, go to www.bringingamericabacktolifenewyork.org or call 631-487-7578.

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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Media Links and a Word of Encouragement

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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Dear Friends, as we maneuver the waters of these challenging days, let us agree that God is using our collective faith and love to help turn the tide. Let us pray for Agape unity in the community and body of Christ as sanctity for life and loving regard for God’s design for the human personality prevails .

With His Love!
Evangelist Alveda King

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
Matthew 5:44 KJV

Evangelist Alveda King on Varney & Co.

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Evangelist Alveda King on Fox Business

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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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As Prince Departs the Planet, US Currency Plans a Facelift

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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In the news this week, new faces for America’s currency are being highlighted and proposed as possible solutions to the not yet defeated nemesis of racism. Meanwhile, another “purple light” has gone out, with the death of Prince.

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. Often nicknamed “Moses,” Ms. Tubman was a remarkable woman and a Christian female liberator. She guided slaves to freedom, worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the Suffragette Movement, was a confidant of Frederick Douglass and played a role in the Civil War.

Connecting the 19th century freedom struggles to the 20th century battle for racial justice, recommendations have been made to include Martin Luther King, Jr., sometimes known as “The Black Moses,” of his day, on the five dollar bill in the near future as one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifetime, Uncle ML fought for liberty, racial justice, righteousness, and dignity for all human beings, born and unborn.

Many people don’t know that during Liberator Tubman’s remarkable “Underground Railroad” journey, there were often pregnant women and families with little children on the journey to freedom. As a Christian, Tubman did not advocate abortion or infanticide; instead she developed creative methods to calm the children and indeed all of the escaping slaves as they braved the famous, historical Underground Railroad trek.

In continuation, The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a pivotal time in our nation’s history as it addressed the civil rights of so many people in our country and tackled the issues of gaining racial equality and ending segregation.

The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, of which many members of the “King Family Legacy” were a part, is now a historical landmark in the journey to true Jubilee.

Yes, we are making advances, yet we still have a long way to go towards achieving racial harmony and regard for the human personality.

“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham jail.

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Speaking of human personalities, a bright “purple” light has left the planet.

Prince, the famous rock singer has left us. He is remembered for his music, and his legendary romance with “Vanity.” Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as “Vanity” was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model. She was a backup singer and dancer for Prince. Their love affair was legendary. Vanity left her performance career in 1994, after she overdosed on crack cocaine, and survived to become a Christian evangelist. I believe she continued to pray for Prince, even though they no longer had a professional career together.

Always on the cutting edge with his music, most notably “Purple Rain,” before his death, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl” recently covered a Christian song, “What If,” by Nicole Nordeman. The song embraces the closely-knit relationship between doubt and faith. Interestingly, Prince and Vanity had that in common, the struggle between fame and faith. Vanity died in February 2016. Prince died this week.

There are many instances where celebrities battle with fame and faith, some become Christians, some don’t. Ted Baher of www.movieguide.org advocates for promoting Christian values in media and entertainment. Read more here.

With all of the challenges in the world, many of which can be seen with the jumble of current events bombarding our senses, the major goal for seeking solutions to human problems must continue to be the conversion of the hearts of men and women. Only when we truly love our neighbors can we learn to live together as brothers and sisters.

From a spiritual perspective, even now in the 21st century, prayer remains a key in the march towards Freedom. Recently in DC at www.unitedcry2016.com, there were people of every walk of life praying for our nation to come together as one people and to embrace our differences instead of letting those differences divide us. Read more HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

During his lifetime my mentor, Pastor Allan McNair, often said, “America must repent from racism and defeat racism if we truly want God to bless us and make America great.” He also encouraged us to pray for spiritual transformation, rather than try to solve everything through political and money seeking efforts. During this current news and election cycle, prayer should be a major key in seeking solutions for America’s ills.

So, as we say goodbye to Prince, look for the new faces on our currency, and prepare to elect a new president of the United States, may we remain prayerful that God will truly “bless America” as we repent for our sins and pray for mercy and justice for all.

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It’s Friday… But Sunday’s a Coming

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Evangelist Alveda King was at a prayer breakfast in Cedar Rapids, IA and she wants to share a video that they played there.

Be Blessed!

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Has the World Gone Mad? Seek Jesus!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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This week in America Priests for Life joined thirty-six other plaintiffs in a fight for religious freedom before the United States Supreme Court. Our battle includes the struggle for the unborn. The wombs of women are under siege.

While we are battling for religious freedom here in America, around the world terrorist attacks continue to mount. Now we mourn a new terrorist bombing right now in Europe.

The world has indeed gone mad and the savior will not be a human being, a man or woman; whether it’s winning the office of President of the United States or any other rulers or governors around the world, humans will not deliver us from this present evil.

Terrorism in any form will only end when the hand of Almighty God touches the hearts of humanity.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17

Just as terrorists breach the sanctuaries of homes around the world, so too does U. S. government establishment seek to breach the sanctuary of the womb by forcing its HHS mandate on Americans despite objections from many of us with deeply held religious beliefs.

This is a very urgent appeal today as we pray for those who mourn the loss of their own family members and people that they loved in this most recent terrorist attack.

Pray for us as we stand before the United States Supreme Court. Priests for Life and other claimants. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Amen.

Dr. Alveda King
Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life

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Statement to the Press: Zubik vs. Burwell Supreme Court Case Challenging HHS Mandate

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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Date: March 22, 2016

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Oral Arguments in Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Seven consolidated cases, representing 37 distinct petitioners, will be heard this morning in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Zubik vs. Burwell, which challenges the same mandate that Hobby Lobby successfully challenged. The difference is that in this case, the petitioners are not businesses, but rather religious non-profits, and along with objecting to the mandate itself, these petitioners are objecting to the regulatory mechanism, or “accommodation,” which the government claims allows them to “opt-out” of the mandate. Petitioners claim the “accommodation” makes them complicit in the very coverage it claims to release them from, and substantially burdens their exercise of religion in a way that fails to meet the strict text imposed on the government by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The first of the 37 petitioners — and the fourth in the nation — to challenge the mandate in court was Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic ministry focused on ending abortion. Priests for Life vs. HHS is particularly well-suited to challenge this mandate, because the requirement to provide abortion-inducing drugs contradicts not only the religious faith of the petitioners but is a direct, head-on collision with its mission and raison d’ê•tre, which is to end the practice of abortion. Along with the organization, petitioners in the Priests for Life case include Alveda King, niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She heads up the Black outreach ministry for Priests for Life. Likewise included is Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and Fr. Frank Pavone, its National Director.

Fr. Pavone stated today, “I am very grateful to all the petitioners, and all the friends of the court, in these landmark cases, for standing up for the basic question at the heart of this dispute: the government cannot force believers to choose between following their faith and following the law. This accommodation is not an “opt-out;” rather, it is a hijacking of the mechanism of our insurance plans to further the immoral goal of expanding access to abortion-inducing drugs and other objectionable services. To add insult to injury, the government exempts the Churches to which Priests for Life sends its priests to preach, but doesn’t exempt the group that trains and sends them. We share in the same faith as these churches; we share in the same objections to the mandate; we should likewise share in the same exemption.”

Fr. Pavone will speak at the press conference to be held at the steps of the Supreme Court immediately after the oral arguments and will also be available for comment afterwards, as will his legal counsel in this case, Robert Muise, co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center.

Priests for Life will hold a national webcast on Monday night, March 28 from 9 to 10 p.m. to discuss with several observers from within the courtroom how the oral arguments went. To sign up, visit www.PriestsForLife.org/webcast. Priests for Life is leading a prayer campaign against the mandate at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com. For info on the case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.com.

For interviews, contact Leslie Palma at media@priestsforlife.org, 347-286-7277.

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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Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1

Dear readers,

Thank you for following my blog and activities during 2015. Together we explored exciting, tumultuous, often challenging, sometimes hopeful events that rocked our world in 2015.

I especially appreciated your prayers and your comments on the blogs; some encouraging, some critical. You sure keep me on my toes.

There are critical elections coming up in America. Citizens, let’s try to remember that America needs answers and solutions to terrorism, economic peril, sanctity of life and family, education and so much more. There is no time for squabbling and reality show tactics. Let’s be prayerful and serious about electing leaders who truly care about we the people and will hear us and work together with us to rebuild our nation in the days ahead.

Looking forward into 2016, please know that you are in my prayers. Our nation and our world need a brighter future. May we all seek to contribute to making the dream of love, peace and unity a reality in the coming year.

Happy New Years!!

2016 News Years

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