The Miracle that is the Catholic Church

by Doug Lawrence

It was the year 1531. In Europe, the Protestant Reformation had begun, and the ranks of the Catholic Church would soon be reduced by hundreds of thousands … perhaps even millions … of fallen away souls.

Half a world away, at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City, a poor farmer experienced a strange apparition, leading to a remarkable, supernatural turn of events that would result in the conversion of millions of native people to Catholicism, put an end to the local practice of human sacrifice, and more than make up for the losses suffered by the Church, on the continent of Europe.

Read more about the amazing events in Mexico, here.

The pope’s current visit to Africa reminds us, despite continuing, major losses in the developed world, that the Catholic faith is still remarkably vibrant, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still hugely relevant, especially on the African continent, where over the last hundred years, Catholic Church membership has grown from 2 million, to over 160 million souls.

Read more about the Catholic Church in Africa, here.

Isn’t it nice to know that God has a way of doing things that … despite our many failings and shortcomings … and despite the many and continuing challenges in the world … always brings about what he ultimately intends … for our good … and for the good of his holy church?

To paraphrase our site’s motto:
God loves us. God will provide. Believe it. It’s true!

Catholic convert who was world’s oldest student passes away

Nairobi, Kenya, Aug 16, 2009 / 07:08 am (CNA).- The Kenyan man named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest pupil, who enrolled in classes to learn to read the Bible and converted to Catholicism in the final years of his life, died in Nairobi on Friday morning at the age of 81.

Read the article

POPE INGITES CONDOM DEBATE

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POPE INGITES CONDOM DEBATE

On his flight to Cameroon yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI was asked about the Catholic Church’s position on fighting AIDS. He said, in part, “One cannot overcome the problem with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, they increase the problem.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue had this to say:

“Last year, Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, wrote that ‘In every African country in which HIV infections declined, this decline has been associated with a decrease in the proportion of men and women reporting more than one sex partner over the course of a year-which is exactly what fidelity programs promote.’ As for condom use, Green said, ‘Many countries that have not seen declines in HIV have seen increases in condom use, but in every country worldwide in which HIV has declined there have been increases in levels of faithfulness and usually abstinence as well.’ The Catholic Church, it is well known, has been at the forefront of such programs. It also operates more hospitals and related medical centers for AIDS patients than any other private institution in the world.

“If condoms were the answer, then why is it that New York City, which under Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given away tens of millions of free condoms, has an HIV rate three times the national average? Furthermore, the promiscuous distribution of condoms in New York has coincided with a spike in sexually transmitted diseases of all sorts. Isn’t it time we learned that condom worship is irrational?

“Anyone who thinks that condom distribution, education and/or research is going to solve a problem which is mostly a function of behavioral recklessness is positively clueless. Not only that, such persons unwittingly contribute to the problem by distracting attention and resources away from that which works.”

Nuclear Reaction to HLI Ad in Africa!

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Spirit & Life®
“The words I spoke to you are spirit and life.” (Jn 6:63)
Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 03, Number 13 | Friday, March 28, 2008

Nuclear Reaction to HLI Ad in Africa!
My Dear Friends,

I want to tell you about a most amazing project that HLI has initiated … and then I need your immediate help so HLI can spread this truly life-saving program all over Africa!

First, let me tell you about the project. Last week we got the attention of those who promote “King Condom” in Tanzania (East Africa) … big time! We did so when our HLI affiliate erected three billboards that featured a skeleton on a bright red background as the attention-grabber (image courtesy of American Life League) and used this title – written in Swahili so that the local population could read it – to drive home the truth about condom failure: “Faithful Condom User”
[click here to see a picture of the billboard].

One large billboard was placed near a main road in the capital city of Dar es Salaam while two smaller versions were put up elsewhere in the city.

While we presumed that this message and graphic would be controversial, we didn’t expect the international condom lobby to go utterly ballistic over it!

On Tuesday, the main newspaper in Tanzania, The Citizen, ran a story on our billboards. The article described people at “high-profile” anti-life organizations like United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, Family Health International, Population Services International and others as “up in arms” … and government officials as “jolted.” It said that the chairperson of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS was “furious” at HLI’s billboards and told of meetings that were held with members of the Prime Minister’s office to discuss an “urgent intervention” to suppress and censor our message!

When the power structure of an entire country is rallied against us, that’s a sure sign that we’re right!

Our billboards are telling the people the TRUTH about condoms … and the heralds of the culture of death can’t stand it!

Now that you see the impact our billboards are having, I need you to send HLI the largest gift you can so we can spread this program to every one of the 55 nations on the continent of Africa!

The cost to do so is prohibitive … $6,000 per country (that’s how much we sent Emil Hagamu, our man in Tanzania, to erect the three billboards) … times 55 countries … equals $330,000! That money will enable HLI to erect three billboards in each country.

Although I’d dearly love to raise all $330,000 today, I’m not counting on that. So my short-term goal is to raise $24,000 so we can put up billboards in Kenya and Cameroon (the next two countries on our list) … and get billboards in the works for two more countries. Our affiliates are already working on the logistics.

I’m also frantically working to recruit 25,000 PRAYER WARRIORS who will help get the ball rolling by hitting their knees and praying for the success of this project.

To succeed, I need your help today … RIGHT NOW in fact! Specifically:

  1. Send HLI the largest donation you can out of the generosity of your heart!
  2. Pray the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel for the protection of our HLI affiliate in Tanzania from any retaliation … one of the billboards has been vandalized and legal action has been threatened … including jail time!

Both your money and your prayers are needed NOW … and both are deeply appreciated!

Spreading HLI’s counter-cultural message of abstinence and fidelity will literally de-fang the AIDS monster, de-throne “King Condom”, and give the people of Africa a fighting chance to take back their society and their pro-life culture from the powerful international anti-life lobby that seeks to impose its failed method of stopping the spread of AIDS.

Just click here and follow the instructions to send your contribution.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

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