Priests for Life’s Fr. Imbarrato to speak at Oct. 7 National Rosary Rally

September 27th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 27, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At ElectionPrayer.com, Priests for Life has enlisted the nation’s pro-life believers in a campaign to pray for the nation as we prepare to elect a new president.

“In just a few weeks we will choose a new president, and that person will determine the course of the United States for generations to come,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Praying together as a community of believers is one of the most important things we can do as we prepare for Election Day.”

In a related prayer campaign, Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato will lead the Joyful Mysteries during a National Rosary Rally beginning at noon on Oct. 7 at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool.

The rally is the culmination of the 54 Day Novena for Our Nation that began Aug. 15.

Father Imbarrato has been an organizer of the novena and rally. As a full-time member of the Priests for Life team, he is one of the nation’s most outspoken advocates for the unborn. Prior to joining Priests for Life in 2015, he founded several pro-life organizations in Albuquerque, where he continues to live and which he describes as “the late-term abortion capital of the United States.”

Also known as the “protest priest,” Father Imbarrato knows the importance of prayer. He wrote a special prayer for the event, and during the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, he will pray for intentions that include that mothers and fathers will stop aborting their pre-born children; that our government and fellow citizens will come to recognize the personhood of the child in the womb; that laws will be enacted to protect the unborn, the elderly and the weak, and that government and church leaders will be emboldened to speak out on behalf of the culture of life.

“These prayer efforts — the 54 Day Novena for Our Nation, the National Rosary Rally, and ElectionPrayer.com, come at a critical time of crisis in our country,” Father Imbarrato said. “I cannot think of a more powerful response on the part of Catholics than to pray, fast and come together for the conversion of our nation.”

For more information on the Rosary Rally, go to www.NovenaForOurNation.com. The U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool is at 3rd St. SW, between Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive NW.

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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Candidates and Viewers Need Prayer Prep for Tonight’s Debate

September 26th, 2016

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Today, as the first round of the U. S. general election presidential debates approaches, two parties will be represented on stage tonight. Which party will champion all human life from the womb to the tomb?

As the candidates go through their preparation regiments for tonight’s battle, we need to prepare to listen without having our feelings prevent us from hearing truth.

This cannot be a personality contest or an emotional who owes us an apology exercise. We can’t afford to be distracted by division.

We, the Acts 17:26 “One Blood, One Human Race” family must unite in prayer so that God will heal our nation!

“We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is now time to consider the platforms. Which candidate will promote justice, safety, and human dignity for all Americans, in the womb, after birth and throughout their lives?

Please join and support this urgent prayer appeal by praying with us the Election Prayer for Life.

Also, please agree with me in prayer at https://youtu.be/52KilPf3q3M and sign this Open Letter, YOU NEED TO VOTE.

Also, since the African American community is in the spotlight during this election cycle, you might find this Town Hall Meeting of interest.

Finally, as we prepare to view tonight’s debate, pray for the candidates and continue to support us as we PRAY FOR AMERICA.

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Fr. Pavone to deliver address on the 2016 elections, religious freedom

September 20th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 20, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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PLYMOUTH, MI — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will deliver a keynote address tonight on the elections, religious freedom and the HHS mandate during the annual dinner of the American Freedom Law Center.

Father Pavone also will receive the 2016 Freedom Fighter Award during the event, along with Lilly Johnson, president of Johnson Welded Products, and Greg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Following tonight’s event, Father Pavone’s speech will be available on the Priests for Life website, and on his social media platforms.

“We have just weeks to go to decide the fate of our nation,” Father Pavone said. “I will use every opportunity between now and Election Day to spread the message that sitting out this election is not an option. The stakes are too high.
Unless a candidate who values life and religious liberty is elected to the White House, the United States, in short order, will become unrecognizable. We cannot let that happen.”

The American Freedom Law Center represents Priests for Life in its challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven cases consolidated under Zubik vs. Burwell.

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: Don’t let bogus Catholic group speak for you!

September 19th, 2016

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Date: September 19, 2016

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Comment period for public to weigh in on HHS mandate closes a minute before midnight tomorrow

NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued a new appeal today for people of faith who oppose the unjust contraception/abortifacient mandate in the Affordable Care Act to submit their comments to the Federal Register.

The public comment period ends at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 20, for those who would like to help solve the impasse over the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring employers to provide contraception, abortion-causing drugs and sterilization services to their employees.

After hearing oral arguments March 23 in Priests for Life vs. HHS and six other cases against the mandate, the Supreme Court sent the cases back to the lower courts with the admonition that the Obama administration and the petitioners – 37 in all – should sort it out themselves. On July 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice in the Federal Register asking the public for its ideas.

Thousands of people have already submitted comments. Among them were copies of a form letter circulated by the abortion-loving, fake Catholic group that calls itself Catholics for Choice.

“People who object to contraceptives and abortifacient drugs cannot let this bogus group speak for them,” Father Pavone said. “It is imperative that true Catholics and other people of faith let their voices be heard.”

For instructions on how to participate in this public comment period, go to www.priestsforlife.org/PublicComment.

To listen to a replay of a webcast Priests for Life hosted last week to help people participate in this process, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/Webcast/

And for overall information about Priests for Life vs. HHS and the related cases, see www.IStandWithPFL.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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Stop Planned Parenthood Title X Tax Funding: #DefundPP

September 16th, 2016

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Alveda King, Director of civilrightsfortheunborn.com is concerned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the Title X (pronounced Title Ten) program. The proposed rule is designed to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood.

Leading the charge to sound the alarm is Rep. Diane Black. “We commend Congressman Black for leading the charge to protect mothers and children and defund planned parenthood. She is further sounding the alarm. This is proof positive, new evidence that PP and backers are fleecing US taxpayers to further eugenics and genocidal abortion and corresponding harvesting agenda; we must act now!”

Leading an awareness and action campaign to rescue taxpayers from “supporting genocide unawares,” King is urging people to oppose the rule by contacting members of Congress as well as commenting on the travesty here:

There is a 30 day comment period which started September 7, 2016 when the proposed rule was technically/initially published in the federal register. Instructions for commenting are included in the proposed rule. You can click on the hyperlink and download the POF to follow the options for submitting comments.

Commenting period scheduled to end on October 7, 2016. Act now!

The Title X program is a family planning program run by the Office of Population Affairs at HHS. First authorized in 1970 to reduce population growth by providing family planning to low income women, [which became a cloak for the abortion/genocide agenda] the program has not been reauthorized since 1985. However it has continued to receive funding through the Labor, HHS Appropriations bill. $286 million was appropriated for FY16. Millions a year to PP.

Over the years, some states receiving Title X grants have directed their funding to county health departments, community health centers and other clinics and women and family assistance centers that do not provide deadly abortions.

As a result funds are redirected away from Planned Parenthood and their abortion agenda.

These current proposed rules are designed to ensure funds go to Planned Parenthood, and curtail aid to life saving women and children centers.

Groups may be interested in the press release from Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) who will be leading a Member sign-on letter commenting on the proposed rules.

Ryan Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation, weighs in on the debacle.

Hold President Obama to his word.

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Fr. Pavone challenges ‘‘Catholics for Choice’ to describe what they defend

September 16th, 2016

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Date: September 16, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a nationwide advertising campaign that suggests abortion is sanctioned by the Catholic Church.

“As has been reported, the ‘Abortion in Good Faith’ campaign launched by Catholics for Choice — a D.C. based group that has no affiliation with the Catholic Church – is misrepresenting the Church’s unequivocal opposition to abortion no matter what the circumstances of the pregnancy. For the group to state that taxpayer-funded abortion is a Catholic social good is nothing but a politically motivated attempt to sow confusion.

“Long ago, the U.S. Bishops made it clear publicly that “Catholics for Choice” is not Catholic, and this recent campaign has prompted more clarification from individual bishops.

“This kind of campaign is a devious attempt to mislead Catholics, not only about what the Church teaches, but about what abortion is. If this group wants to defend abortion, let them describe it. I challenge them to say exactly what they mean when they use the word abortion.’ Are they saying taxpayers should fund the decapitation and dismemberment of living children? Let’s ask them, is this what you mean?”

Father Pavone also noted that most Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortion.

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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30th season of Defending Life premieres Sept. 21 on EWTN

September 15th, 2016

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Date: September 15, 2016

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Just in time for a presidential election that will determine the character of the United States for generations to come, the 30th season of Defending Life will premiere Sept. 21 on EWTN.

Created by Priests for Life in 1994 at the direct request of EWTN founder Mother Angelica to Fr. Frank Pavone, Defending Life is the longest-running, farthest-reaching show ever aired about abortion.

Returning as co-hosts this season will be Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Father Stephen Imbarrato, pastoral associate at Priests for Life. Father Frank Pavone, National Director, is the creative director of the series.

The first three episodes will focus on the November elections.

“Voting with a Clear Conscience” will give viewers 10 easy steps to understanding how to apply Church teaching at the ballot box. “Ten Responses to Pro-Abortion Politicians” will teach viewers how best to respond to lawmakers and their lies. “The Vote for Life Campaign” will focus on faithful citizenship that includes taking action to change the political landscape of the nation.

Other topics to be discussed will include: Choosing life despite being homeless; Obamacare and the HHS mandate, and the “Death with Dignity” scandal.

“On Defending Life, we take on the most pressing life issues and we not only educate, but activate as well,” Father Pavone said.

Mrs. Morana, who is also the co-host of EWTN’s The Catholic View for Women, said the series highlights the work of pro-lifers across the country.

“We want viewers to know what might be happening right in their backyard, and we want them to get involved,” she said.

Also known as “The Protest Priest,” Father Imbarrato said he appreciated Pope Francis’s recent comments to young people that “we didn’t come into the world to vegetate … We came for another reason: to leave a mark.”
Father Imbarrato said: “When you watch Defending Life, you’ll have a clear idea of how to leave a mark for the unborn and the vulnerable.”

Defending Life airs Wednesdays at 3 a.m. ET and Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET, and also can be streamed online at EWTN.com by clicking on the “television” tab. Find out more on www.DefendingLife.TV.

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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Another Challenge – This Time Trump Health Care

September 15th, 2016

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There is yet again more controversy, this time about whether or not Mr. Trump should include children of homosexual parents, partners or adopters in the health care plan.

Even in a case like this, Prolife would dictate that an innocent child deserves protection and health care.

While both abortion and homosexual marriage are anti-Bible, all the children are alive and in need of God’s grace, in and out of the womb; as well as do those who birth or adopt them.

At the end of the day, a child is a child no matter what.

This current argument about human sexuality and healthcare for children is yet another tactic designed to cause distraction, angst and confusion.

It’s like putting the children in the middle of a child custody battle. The children are innocents, not to be used as pawns. Grace is needed on behalf of the children.

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” – Galatians 2:21 KJV

My friend CC, a Prolife Prayer Warrior writes:

“When a homosexual woman comes into our facility impregnated via in vitro or by having sexual intercourse with who she considers a sperm donor, we love her and the child in her womb by taking care of the mother and the child together. We’ve seen lives saved and hearts change because of Jesus love.

“We’re known as a Christian ministry. We’ve had to address this in our hearts before the first person crossed the threshold. While we do not agree with homosexuality or abortion, we take to Jesus the human dignity of the mother, father and child. God the One Who gives Life….the Creator Sustainer of all human life.

“Through us honoring and valuing each life and reflecting His Love and Truth…His Word in our hearts…hearts and lives change. We know this to be true. Love.”

I agree! Human dignity and human frailty, that’s what Jesus’ love and blood cure. Oh God, save our sin sick souls. Friends, Stay focused. America, PRAY!

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Public Urged to Comment on HHS Mandate Religious Liberty Cases

September 12th, 2016

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Period of public comment ends Sept. 20

The public comment period ends Sept. 20 for those who would like to help solve the impasse over the Affordable Care Act’s unjust contraception and abortion mandate.

After hearing oral arguments March 23 in Priests for Life vs. HHS and six other cases against the mandate, the Supreme Court sent the cases back to the lower courts with the admonition that the Obama administration and the petitioners – 37 in all – should sort it out themselves. On July 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice in the Federal Register asking the public for its ideas.

“For everyone who understands how important this case is, this is our opportunity to stand together strongly for religious liberty,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a named petitioner in Priests for Life vs. HHS. “You can be sure that those who want to advance abortion and contraception at the expense of religious liberty will let their voices be heard. We must not fail to raise ours.”

Tonight, Monday September 12, Priests for Life will hold a public webcast, from 9 to 10 pm ET, to guide people as to how to participate in this process. People may sign up at www.priestsforlife.org/Webcast.

For information on the Supreme Court cases and for detailed guidance on how to participate in this public comment period, go to www.IStandwithPFL.com.

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Fr. Frank Pavone available for comment on Johnson Amendment during Value Voters Summit

September 8th, 2016

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Date: September 8, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion (Nelson Books, August, 2015) has written extensively about the Johnson Amendment and is available for comment on presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to discuss the repeal of the amendment at this week’s Value Voters Summit.

In Abolishing Abortion, Father Pavone devotes several chapters to the political origins of the law, how it has stifled churches and clergy since 1954, and how Churches themselves often make its effect worse or simply use it as an excuse for cowardice:

“Having won his Senate seat only by a margin of 87 highly disputed votes and now up for re-election, Johnson wanted to silence two secular, nonprofit organizations that were supporting his opponent. Johnson had made inquiries with the IRS commissioner to determine whether these organizations were breaking any law by their political involvement. When told they were not, he introduced the amendment to punish them for what had been legal up till then. At the time, there were no discussions, debates or any considerations of a constitutional foundation for the amendment. Nor was there any discussion of whether this restriction applied to churches.”

Father Pavone also criticizes the interpretation of the amendment offered by the IRS, with its vague “facts and circumstances approach:

“… It has been a maze of confusion and inconsistency that, in practice, has made this provision unintelligible and therefore next to impossible to apply.”

Fr. Pavone’s book offers some practical suggestions to move forward beyond self-censorship. To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, contact Leslie Palma-Simoncek, communications director at Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or media@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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