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Church in Syria suffers ‘bleeding wound’ of emigration

The number of Christians in Aleppo, Syria, fell dramatically during the civil war, from 180,000 before the war to 32,000 today. Maronite Archbishop Joseph Tobji of Aleppo is the shepherd of a small community of about 400 families. He recently spoke with Aid to the Church in Need. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Adopting Inclusion for Families of Faith

Religious Freedom isn’t a “fringe” issue — but try convincing NBC. The outlet’s latest puff piece on LGBT parents is a typical one-sided angle on adoption — but maybe that’s the scary part. Because for all the attention they seem to give it, there’s always one theme that seems to be missing: the children. ☩ Tony Perkins at The Stream

Knights CEO says Iran-backed militias threaten Iraq’s religious minorities

In an April 12 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, the CEO of the Knights of Columbus said that “Christian towns in Iraq increasingly look neither Christian nor Iraqi — but Iranian.” ☩ Catholic News Service

Doug Bock Clark writes beautifully on a sorrowful topic in North Korean life

Doug Bock Clark has written an amazing report for those who care about North Korea refugees & how Christianity has driven one man to help them. ☩ Douglas LeBlanc at Get Religion

The Contradictions of Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Moving from political obscurity as the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to the media’s flavor-of-the-month Democratic presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced last week that his campaign has raised over $7 million since launching his exploratory committee in January. . . ☩ Anne Hendershott at Crisis Magazine

8 Saints Whose Feasts Fall During Holy Week

☩ Brian O'Neal at National Catholic Register

Easter in Jail: The Travesty of the Pell Case

☩ George Weigel at The Catholic World Report

Notre-Dame Survives!

☩ Big Pulpit

Why One-Third Of Biologists Now Question Darwinism

Dedicated Neo-Darwinists often say ‘no serious scientists disagree’ with Darwinism, or ‘only creationists have problems.’ These contentions are increasingly disproven. ☩ Benjamin R. Dierker at The Federalist

How Rod Dreher’s ‘Benedict Option’ misunderstands Christian liberalism

Rod Dreher is once again exasperated. He is frustrated by a rumor that George Weigel hasn’t bought the tireless promotion of his ‘Benedict Option’ ☩ Dan Hugger at Acton Institute Powerblog

Australian Rugby Star Gets Sacked, Multi-Million Dollar Contract Canceled, After Posting a Christian Message on Instagram

Australian star rugby player Israel “Izzy” Folau has done it again. . . ☩ Nancy Flory at The Stream

How the Pill Could Affect Your Choice of Mate, & the Health of Your Future Children, Too

It may be affecting more than you think. ☩ Grace Emily Stark at Verily

Martin Luther’s Exceptionally “Catholic” Devotion to Mary

Luther’s Mariology is (ironically) closer to that of the Catholic Church today than to the modern-day Lutheranism. ☩ Dave Armstrong at National Catholic Register

Religious liberty setback at court may not be final

Religious liberty's latest setback at the U.S. Supreme Court in its ongoing face-off with sexual liberty is disappointing but may not prove conclusive, Southern Baptist religious freedom advo ☩ Tom Strode at Baptist Press

Our Culture Celebrates What Angels Weep Over, But This Takes the Cake

“Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).” (CCC 239 ☩ Brianna Heldt at National Catholic Register

A Smokeless Cathedral Burn

☩ Rod Dreher at The American Conservative

Honor, Endurance, & Lent

☩ Christian Deru at Catholic Stand

Fr. Raymond Thomas de Saint-Laurent, Confidence, & How to Fundraise

☩ Brice Sokolowski at CatholicFundraiser.net

Coffee Evangelization

☩ Tasman & Jean Westbury at Ignitum Today

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