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Abortion Changes You

Abortion Changes You is a refuge for those who wish to tell their story and begin the process of healing.

Abstinence Clearinghouse

The Abstinence Clearinghouse serves as an association for the abstinence community. The Clearinghouse is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the appreciation for and practice of sexual abstinence through distribution of age-appropriate, factual and medically-accurate materials. The Clearinghouse was founded to provide a central location where character, relationship and abstinence programs, curricula, speakers, and materials could be accessed. The Clearinghouse serves agencies and individuals on national, state and local level, as well as internationally. We are a clearinghouse for abstinence information and a network of abstinence advocates. We invite you to join us!

Africa Peace and Justice Networks (AFJN)

The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) is a community of advocates for responsible U.S. relations with Africa. AFJN stresses issues of peace building, human rights and social justice that tie directly into Catholic social teaching. AFJN works closely with Catholic missionary congregations and numerous Africa-focused coalitions of all persuasions to advocate for U.S. economic and political policies that will benefit Africa's poor majority, facilitate an end to armed conflict, establish equitable trade and investment with Africa and promote sustainable development. AFJN works primarily with the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government to advance our message of social justice, though we are also registered as a UN-DPI organization at the United Nations. AFJN's support base is primarily built on the Catholic missionary community in the USA and in Africa. AFJN is an extension of missionary witness in the difficult yet important arena of USA political decisions that affect African people.

African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS)

Our mission is to provide an environment of spiritual and social support for African priests and Religious working in the United States; organize seminars and workshops to promote and preserve the integrity of their ministry within the cross-cultural and multicultural dynamics of the American Society; liaise with African Bishops and Major Superiors and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on issues affecting African Clergy and Religious on mission, or studies, in the US; provide logistics for the orientation of incoming African missionaries; and promote the ongoing dialogue on solidarity between the Church in Africa and the Church in the United States.

African Americans/Culture of Life from the Secretariat on Pro-Life Activities

We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.

U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, November 2001

The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, under the guidance and direction of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death, and organize for its protection.

Alpha Omega Clinic and Consultation Services

Alpha Omega Clinic and Consultation Services cosponsored Healthy Minds, Healthy Souls. The program was sponsored by the Center for Family Development and the Alpha Omega Clinic. The program broadcasted interviews with noted Catholic speakers and writers, to help people integrate the Catholic principles of psychology and morality into their daily lives.

American Catholic, home of the online editions of St. Anthony Messenger, Catholic Update and other Catholic features, is a service of St. Anthony Messenger Press and Franciscan Communications, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. took its place on the Internet in June 1996. On this site you will find reliable information on the Catholic and Christian faith. Much of this comes through the online edition of our family magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, and through our catalog of books, videos, audiocassettes and subscription products. Our sister site,, offers free samples of St. Anthony Messenger Press products. A variety of features, like Saint of the Day and Minute Meditations, appear exclusively on, offers attractive Catholic e-cards for all occasions.

World's largest online family history resource. 6+billion records. We've spent more than a decade building the world's largest online family history resource - including historical records, photos, stories, family trees and a collaborative community of millions.

Apostolate for Family Consecration

The Apostolate for Family Consecration is an international association seeking to simultaneously sanctify family and parish life in the spirit of Pope John Paul II. Its mission is to nourish families through the Catholic Faith in the Eucharistic and Marian spirit of Pope John Paul II. The Family Apostolate provides continuous tri-media evangelization and catechetical programs to transform neighborhoods into God-centered communities through Lay Ecclesial Teams open to individuals of diverse Church-approved associations.

The Apostolate's motto is "All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus; all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary; all in union with St. Joseph."

Arusi Network, Inc

The work of Lyke To Lyke Consultants and our not-for-profit arm, Arusi Network, Inc., is to awaken us, married couples and the stakeholding communities in which we live and move and have our being, to this truth about marriage, that none of us are strong enough or wise enough to do this alone. We need the wisdom and strength of the village to sustain marriage. And the village needs marriage to be the credible witness of God's covenantal love in our midst.

The programs and services we offer lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of an African worldview (defining the "I" in the "we") as it pertains to marriage. Indeed, it takes a village to sustain a lifelong marriage. The more a married couple embraces this truth the broader their base becomes. And their marriage strengthens.

Aurem Cordis

Aurem Cordis is a Christian evangelization and apologetics organization dedicated to disseminating and promoting Catholic values, principles, and teaching in complete faithfulness and total submission to Holy Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium. The goal of this apostolate is to bring as many people as possible to a deeper love of Christ and the Gospel by sharing the truth of the Catholic faith in love.

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Baltimore Basilica

The historic Baltimore Basilica, built from 1806-1821, was the first great metropolitan cathedral constructed in the United States after the adoption of the Constitution. America's First Cathedral, officially known as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, quickly became a symbol of the country's newfound religious freedom.

The Bethesda Healing Ministry

Bethesda Healing Ministry is a Catholic Christian ministry of hospitality and healing. Through a community of love and acceptance all men and women wounded by abortion are invited and supported. Together they share a rich healing journey through fellowship, prayer, the Sacraments, a structured scriptural/experiential manual, retreats and days of recollection. In unity with the Sisters of Life, N.Y., experienced leadership, trained companions and compassionate clergy, all who come receive and celebrate the forgiveness, mercy and hope of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who "left the ninety nine to go after the one who was lost". Bethesda Healing Ministry is an experience of hope. It is dedicated to love, welcome and assist all who have been wounded by abortion, and can be appropriately described by the following words of our late beloved Pope John Paul II: "With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own experience" you will find healing. is your place for Bible study online. Part of a family of services from Logos Bible Software, it offers free access to a collection of Bibles and Bible reference works, with an easy user interface and powerful search engine.

Black and Indian Mission Office

Evangelization and 125 years of service among the Black, Indian, Eskimo and Aleute communities has been the singular purpose of the Black and Indian Mission Collection.

Established in 1884, the Black and Indian Mission Office supervises the Collection - the only annual appeal mandated by the Third Plenary Council - and distributes these funds as diocesan grants.

Through the years, the funds from the annual appeal have been responsible for continuing the Church's faithful in supporting the evangelization needs of the Black and Native American communities in the United States. Each year, Ordinaries appeal to the Black and Indian Mission Office for help in the tasks of parish support and evangelization. It is only through the constant generosity of Church members toward the Collection that such efforts are realized.

Black Catholic Theological Symposium

The Black Catholic Theological Symposium is a national interdisciplinary theological society of the Roman Catholic Tradition. Full membership is open to Roman Catholics of Black African descent holding doctoral degrees or their equivalent within the field of theology or related disciplines (philosophy, religious education, psychology, literature, history, sociology,etc.).

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

A popular manual of instruction in Christian doctrine. In the early Church, catechetical instruction was standardized in preparation for baptism as in the writings of St. Augustine (354-430) and St. Gregory of Nyssa (330-95). After the invention of printing, books of catechetical instruction multiplied. The best known catechisms in the Catholic Church are St. Peter Canisius' Summa of Christian Doctrine (1555) and the Catechism of the Council of Trent or Roman Catechism (1566). Numerous catechisms were published in various countries authorized by their respective hierarchies, e.g., the so-called Penny Catechism in Great Britain and the series of Baltimore Catechisms in the United States. Since the Second Vatican council, all catechisms published by ecclesiastical authority must also be "submitted to the Apostolic See for review and approval" (General Catechetical Directory, 119). ["Universal Catechism"]

International, National and Diocesan Catholic News.

Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA is the national office for local Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates nationwide. Catholic Charities USA provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities. Catholic Charities USA's members provide help and create hope for more than 9 million people of all faiths each year.

Catholic Church Extension

"The Catholic Church Extension Society strengthens the Church's presence and mission in under-resourced and isolated communities across the United States." This defines our purpose and gives meaning to what we do. This mission statement succinctly outlines what we do and who we serve. At the same time it remains consistent with the intentions of Catholic Extension and its founders at our origin in 1905. This mission, this purpose, is grounded in the work of Mission America, in the end the reason for our work.

Catholic Culture

The website exists to provide Internet users with reliable Catholic editorial oversight, commentary, and direction. is one of the first, largest, and most well-known faithful Catholic websites on the Internet.

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Catholic News Agency

CNA strives to provide free, up-to-the-minute news affecting the Universal Church, giving particular emphasis to the words of the Holy Father and happenings of the Holy See, to any person with access to the internet. CNA takes particular pride in offering free access to its news items to Catholic Dioceses, parishes, and websites in order to increase awareness of the activities of the universal Church and further create a Catholic culture in the life of each of the faithful. Though its focus is spread throughout the world, CNA also keeps a close eye on the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and on news related to the creation of a culture of life.

Catholic News Service

The mission of Catholic News Service is the mission of the Church itself -- to spread the Gospel through contemporary means of communication. Our mission is to perform this task by reporting the news which affects Catholics in their everyday lives. Some of that news is good and some is bad, but it is what readers need to know in order to work for salvation. They need to know that there are saints in the making in the Church today and they need to know that there are sinners too. Our mission is to report fully, fairly and freely about the involvement of the Church in the world today. For more information visit:

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to: Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and, serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

Catholic Word

CATHOLICISM taught us what the Church believes and why. CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization shows us how to put our Faith into ACTION in today's increasingly secular world. The Catholic Faith is not about myths or legends, symbols or literary devices. It's about an encounter so overwhelming that you want to tell the whole world. It is an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Church's mission and the challenges of contemporary culture. With the original CATHOLICISM series, Fr. Barron took us on a journey around the world deep into the Faith. Now, experience this Faith in action in CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization.

Catholics Come Home

Catholics Come Home, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate that creates effective and compassionate media messages and broadcasts them nationally and internationally, in order to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others, and invite them to live a deeper faith in Jesus Christ, in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary.

Who is CatholicTV®?

CatholicTV® is the first diocesan television station in the world. Under the auspices of then Archbishop Richard Cushing, the station was founded in the 1950s. We offer faith-filled, family-friendly programming 24 hours daily. Here at Your Catholic Broadband Network®, you can see all CatholicTV original programming and so much more. Check it out - it's all for you! CatholicTV is a 24/7 television network that broadcasts local and national religious programming and live events for the Catholic Church in America. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media to reach Christians, the network features CatholicTV, their Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate online mass; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the bible, Jesus, who is God and the Catholic church on America's Catholic Television Network.

Catholics Come Home

Catholics Come Home, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate that creates effective and compassionate media messages and broadcasts them nationally and internationally, in order to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others, and invite them to live a deeper faith in Jesus Christ, in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholic Therapists

Our Mission is to bring the healing love of Jesus Christ to those seeking psychological help and support. We provide psychological information and a nationwide list of therapists that are faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

To provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.Heart disease and stroke are, respectively, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. They are the principal causes of cardiovascular disease death and are also major causes of disability.

Chastity FORCE

Chastity Force is a Catholic apostolate dedicated to proclaiming the pleasure of living for Christ in heart, mind and body. They promote purity as a daily commitment, and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to share this mission with everyone they meet.

Code of Canon Law

The authentic compilation of the laws of the Catholic Church. Two major compilations have been made in the Church's history, Gratian's Decree, assembled about A.D. 1140 by the Italian Camaldolese monk Gratian, and the Code of Canon Law, promulgated by Pope Benedict XV in 1917, and effective on Pentecost, May 19, 1918. Since the Second Vatican Council, a new compilation has been undertaken of existing Church laws.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), also known as pregnancy resource centers[1] are non-profit organizations established by pro-life supporters that work to persuade pregnant women to give birth rather than have abortions.[1] Most CPCs are in the United States. CPCs are usually affiliated with pro-life Christian organizations; two such organizations are Care Net and Heartbeat International.[2] CPCs are distinct from centers providing pregnancy options counseling, a non-directive form of counseling where secular, medically-based information about all available choices, including abortion, is provided.[3 Find Help in Your Area:

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Disciples Now

Disciples Now is a web-based ministry for youth focused on the traditions, life, and mission of the Catholic faith community. As a informational resource, Disciples Now provides opportunities to learn, to discuss, and to celebrate the challenges of discipleship in the context of daily life.

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Eat the Scroll Ministry

In 1990, Michael P. Howard founded Eat the Scroll Ministry (ETS). He received the inspiration for ETS Ministry from studying the calling of the prophet Ezekiel. God told the prophet, "Eat the Scroll" and Ezekiel's response was, "...I ate it and it was sweet as honey" (Ez. 3:1). ETS Ministry is a Washington, DC based Christian group. It's mission is, "to educate, evangelize and to encourage and develop leadership among God's people, by sharing our history, culture and spirituality as African American Christians" (From ETS Mission Statement).

Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, is a nationwide information and referral service that connects older adults and their caregivers to the array of home and community-based aging resources in their community. These services help older persons live independently and safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible, and offer support and respite to caregivers. Contact the Eldercare Locator Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., EST at 1-800-677-1116, or 24 hours a day at

Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership

Six national ministerial organizations are collaborating on sustaining the pastoral excellence of the emerging models of pastoral leadership in the Catholic Church. We believe that, at this time, the life of the Catholic Church depends on ongoing and sustained collaboration at all levels. These organizations have researched five MARKS OF EXCELLENCE - and identifying two additional marks -for vibrant parishes and are committed to providing research and dialogue with pastoral leadership in pursuing this excellence.

Eternal Word Television Network

When Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was launched on August 15, 1981, many felt there would be little demand for a Catholic network. Now, in its 28th year, EWTN has become the largest religious media network in the world, transmitting programming 24 hours a day to more than 148 million homes in 144 countries and territories on more than 4,800 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV and individual satellite users. EWTN Global Catholic Network airs family and religious programming from a Catholic point of view in English and Spanish. Providing more than 80% original programming, EWTN offers inspiring talk shows, entertaining children's animation, exclusive teaching series, live coverage of Church events, and thought-provoking documentaries.


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