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Catholic Online: In a stunning move, the lower house has approved a measure that will fully reimburse women who seek abortions. In addition, the house has also approved a measure to provide free contraception to teenagers aged between 15 and 18 years old. The bill will now go to France’s Upper House. More on this here.
Fifty-four years ago three sisters called Mary, Pauline, and Teresa spent an hour of joy in each other’s company. The youngest sister, Teresa, told tales of her childhood with such charm that the other two were captivated.
Inscribed on the Pioneer Roll of Fame at Missouri’s Jefferson Memorial Building in St. Louis, are the words: “Some names must not wither.” First among those etched on the bronze tablet is “Philippine Duchesne.” Worthy tribute. But she was much more than a pioneer.
In December, 1916, the United States was not yet a belligerent, but World War I had been raging by then for more than two years in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands of combatants and innocent civilians, if not millions, had already been killed or otherwise had died on account of the conflict.
On 21 September 1912, Father de Foucauld wrote to Madam de Bondy: «Pray also for all the Moslems of our north-west African empire now so vast. The present hour is extremely grave for their souls as it is for France.
A few weeks ago I was browsing in the biography section of our monastery library, when a book with an attractive blue cover caught my eye. On the cover was a color photograph of a beach in the Pacific islands with coconut trees and grass shacks.
François Marie Arouet, known to literature and history as Voltaire, a name he assumed while serving time in prison, was an enemy of the Faith who did much to generate the intellectual atmosphere in which the French Revolution, once it exploded politically in 1789, was almost bound to succeed. Ecrasons l’infame, he famously ranted. “Let us crush the Infamous One.”