1. Biden Uses First 2024 Campaign Rally to Promote Abortion Rights, Democrats see the issue as their most potent ahead of an expected tough race against Trump in November, By Catherine Lucey, The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2024, Pg. A3 President Biden campaigned on abortion rights at his first political rally of 2024, blasting former President Donald Trump over the Supreme Court decision that eliminated the right to the procedure and calling on women to deliver him another term to protect access. “Donald Trump is betting you won’t vote on this issue,” Biden said at a rally in northern Virginia, looking to harness an issue that has energized Democrats since the 2022 ruling. “He’s betting that you’re going to stop caring, by the way, that you’ll get distracted, discouraged, stay home.” Biden raised his voice as he added: “Well guess what? I’m betting he’s wrong.”  https://www.wsj.com/politics/elections/bidens-first-2024-campaign-rally-to-promote-abortion-rights-c89e1fa7__________________________________________________________ 2. Biden campaigns on abortion advocacy but won’t say what that specifically means, By Jeff Mordock, The Washington Times, January 24, 2024, Pg. A1 President Biden is campaigning for reelection as the nation’s most powerful protector of abortion rights, but he has stopped short of a full-throated call for abortion on demand as White House officials duck questions about his support of restrictions such as those common in other Western nations. On Tuesday, Mr. Biden held his first campaign event with Vice President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. He underscored the importance that Democrats are placing on abortion this year.  Mr. Biden and his surrogates have stopped short of calling for abortion on demand despite support for no limits on abortions by some on the political left. The president also tries to occupy a nebulous gray area where his administration will not say what limits he would support.  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/jan/23/joe-biden-campaigns-on-abortion-advocacy-but-wont-/__________________________________________________________ 3. Pope says Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds world that war can never be justified, By Associated Press, Associated Press, January 24, 2024, 6:58 AM Pope Francis recalled the extermination of millions of Jews in calling Wednesday for the upcoming Holocaust Day of Remembrance to reaffirm that war can never be justified and only benefits weapons makers. At the end of his weekly general audience, Francis referred to Saturday’s commemoration, which has become fraught this year given Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and a rise in antisemitism in Europe and around the world. “The remembrance and condemnation of that horrific extermination of millions of Jews and of other faiths, which occurred in the first half of the last century, help us all not to forget that the logic of hatred and violence can never be justified, because they deny our very humanity,” Francis said.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/01/24/pope-holocaust-war-gaza-israel-palestinians-ukraine/d3054078-baaf-11ee-b176-fe5fd794e716_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. Vatican-affiliated Catholic charity makes urgent appeal to stop ‘barbarous’ Alabama execution, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, January 23, 2024, 9:05 AM A Vatican-affiliated Catholic charity made an urgent appeal Tuesday to the U.S. state of Alabama to halt a planned execution this week using nitrogen gas, saying the method is “barbarous” and “uncivilized” and would bring “indelible shame” to the state. The Rome-based Sant’Egidio Community has lobbied for decades to abolish the death penalty around the world. It has turned its attention to Thursday’s scheduled execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith in what would be the first U.S. execution using nitrogen hypoxia. Unless stopped by courts, Smith will be put to death for the 1988 murder-for-hire of a preacher’s wife. In legal filings, Alabama has said Smith will wear a gas mask and that breathable air will be replaced with nitrogen, depriving him of oxygen needed to stay alive.  The Alabama attorney general’s office told federal appeals court judges last week that nitrogen hypoxia is “the most painless and humane method of execution known to man.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/01/23/alabama-execution-vatican-santegidio-death-penalty/17a5636a-b9f3-11ee-b176-fe5fd794e716_story.html__________________________________________________________ 5. Churches, temples and monasteries regularly hit by airstrikes in Myanmar, activists say, By Grant Peck, Associated Press, January 23, 2024, 4:27 AM A study issued Tuesday by researchers collecting evidence of war crimes in Myanmar supported reports that air strikes by the military government damaged churches in the Buddhist-dominated country’s sole Christian-majority state. The 10 reported attacks on churches in the western state of Chin examined by the researchers are part of a broader assault on religious communities across the war-torn nation, other religious and human rights workers said. Myanmar sank into civil war after the army seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021. Since then, resistance fighters from the Buddhist Burman ethnic majority have joined forces with long-oppressed ethnic minorities, some with substantial Christian populations.  At least 107 religious buildings — including 67 churches and five Buddhist monasteries — have been destroyed by the military since the 2021 takeover in Chin state alone, the Chin Human Rights Organization said. A 2023 report by the International Commission of Jurists, covering the period through April, counted 94 major Buddhist religious sites and 87 Christian ones destroyed or damaged nationwide.  The military regime is intolerant of non-Burman ethnic and non-Buddhist religious minorities, he said. in 2017, the military carried out a brutal counterinsurgency campaign in the western state of Rakhine that drove about 740,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/01/23/myanmar-churches-airstrikes-human-rights-chin-state/b2dccde0-b9d1-11ee-b176-fe5fd794e716_story.html__________________________________________________________ 6. North Dakota judge won’t block part of abortion law doctors say puts them at risk of prosecution, By Jack Dura, Associated Press, January 23, 2024, 3:45 PM A North Dakota judge ruled Tuesday that he won’t block a part of a state law that doctors say puts them at risk of prosecution if they perform an abortion to save a patient’s life or health. State District Judge Bruce Romanick said the request for a preliminary injunction “is not appropriate and the Plaintiffs have presented no authority for the Court to grant the specific relief requested.” The lawsuit will continue to play out in court, with a jury trial set for August. The request asked the judge to bar the state from enforcing the law against physicians who use their “good-faith medical judgment” to perform an abortion because of complications that could pose “a risk of infection, hemorrhage, high blood pressure, or which otherwise makes continuing a pregnancy unsafe.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2024/01/23/north-dakota-abortion/91e1b7e2-ba24-11ee-b176-fe5fd794e716_story.html__________________________________________________________ 7. Arkansas abortion ban may be scaled back, if group can collect enough signatures, By Andrew Demillo, Associated Press, January 23, 2024, 8:08 PM Arkansas’ attorney general on Tuesday approved the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would scale back the state’s abortion ban, clearing the way for supporters to begin gathering enough signatures to qualify for the November election. Republican Attorney General Tim Griffin certified the proposal, which would prohibit the state from banning abortion within the first 18 weeks of pregnancy. The proposal includes exemptions for rape, incest, fatal fetal anomalies and to protect the mother’s life. It would also exempt abortions performed to protect the mother from a physical disorder, physical illness or physical injury. Arkansas banned nearly all abortions under a law that took effect when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. That ban only exempts abortions to protect the mother’s life in a medical emergency.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2024/01/23/abortion-ballot-measure-arkansas/1ded0b4c-ba52-11ee-b176-fe5fd794e716_story.html__________________________________________________________ 8. Atheist group demands GOP congressman remove Christian flag displayed outside office, By Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times, January 23, 2024 An atheist group is demanding that a Republican House lawmaker remove a Christian-themed flag that stands outside his Capitol Hill office. The Freedom From Religion Foundation said it is “rebuking” Rep. Greg Steube of Florida for displaying the 126-year-old banner — a white field with a blue square and red cross in the upper left corner — outside his Rayburn House Office Building quarters. The group says the flag makes non-Christians feel “unwelcome.”  https://www.wsj.com/articles/illinois-catholic-schools-closing-invest-in-kids-program-j-b-pritzker-c2dacdd5__________________________________________________________ 9. Capitol Latin Mass: ‘Traditional Catholics are not terrorists’, By The Pillar, January 23, 2024, 5:54 PM Catholics gathered in room H-137 of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, for a celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, believed to be the first time the extraordinary form of the liturgy has been celebrated at the seat of the federal legislature.  According to organizers, the Mass was not approved by the Archdiocese of Washington, despite restrictions on liturgies celebrated with the preconciliar liturgical texts.  The congregation for the Mass numbered nearly 50 people, and ranged in age from a 1-year-old baby to Massgoers in their middle 60s. The attendees, which included both visitors to the Capitol as well as Congressional staffers, gathered to mark the one year anniversary of the FBI’s “Richmond memo.” That memo, written Jan. 23, 2023, identified the supposed domestic security threat posed by “radical-traditionalist Catholics” and outlined a rationale for Federal law enforcement to develop sources and informants within Latin Mass communities. https://www.pillarcatholic.com/p/capitol-latin-mass-traditional-catholics__________________________________________________________ 10. Vatican court convicts former altar boy who served the pope, By Anthony Faiola and Stefano Pitrelli, The Washington Post, January 23, 2024, 1:42 PM A Vatican appeals court on Tuesday convicted a priest of corrupting a minor when he served as an altar boy for the pope within the walls of the Holy See, handing down a 2½-year prison sentence in a case that brought allegations of sexual abuse — and the church’s resistance to rooting it out — into the geographic heart and spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church. The appeals court on Tuesday partially reversed the 2021 acquittal of Gabriele Martinelli, 31, in the Vatican’s first criminal trial on sexual abuse. The court concurred that there was no evidence Martinelli had used coercion when he engaged in sexual relations with a slightly younger peer, between 2006 and 2012, while living in a Vatican youth seminary with other boys who served in papal Masses. But it determined that he could be found guilty of corruption of a minor for the last period of the misconduct, when he was an adult and the victim still underage.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/01/23/vatican-abuse-conviction-martinelli/__________________________________________________________

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