Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

A roundup of some of the Apple co-founder's thought-provoking words, collected from various interviews and speeches.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

Oakland A's second baseman Eric Sogard discusses how he manages his finances, so he can make smart future investments.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Robin Chase says that to make positive change on a large scale, social entrepreneurs need to make sure they are first and foremost catering to the needs of their customer.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:30:00 -0500

A new generation of corporate buyers is seeking ways to evaluate enterprise technology in the same way that shoppers tap Yelp for insight about consumer products.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500

Trying to pick the best option as you move through the startup paces? Gain insights from someone who's been through both types of programs.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0500

Adoption of better safeguards in the physical world will drive criminals to electronic theft, argues payments validation entrepreneur.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:18:00 -0500

You’ve probably seen that viral video claiming moms have the toughest job in the world. Now, men are getting their time in the limelight with a parody video by Bud Light.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

With consumers' attention span shrinking by the second, companies need to think quickly. One solution is micro-content.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

Increases in staffing at a growing company can pose a challenge when juggling the wide swings in client workload.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:29:00 -0500

Olle Lundberg, founder of Lundberg Design and the man behind Twitter's birdhouse-themed San Francisco headquarters, shares tips for improving office productivity and morale.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:23:00 -0500

Fast-food chains have been trying to one-up each other with wacky offerings like the Waffle Taco and Chicken Corsage. Here are some of the weirdest items on the menu.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

If you hit it right, antique toys can be a highly valued part of your investment portfolio.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:49:00 -0500

Mothers are some of the most engaged people on Facebook, so make sure your business has a Mother’s Day campaign ready.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:28:00 -0500

If you're not sure where to locate your business, these tips can help you decide whether to start at home or rent commercial space.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0500

Target's online subscription service launched in September with just 150 baby-care items. Now, it's increasing its product offering tenfold, offering everything from K-cups to dog food for regular delivery.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Buckling down to accomplish heaps of tasks seems to have fallen out of fashion lately. But success demands massive amounts of this very stuff.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

Instead of being afraid to share information about your firm, embrace it as a new way to hire (and retain) social media-savvy job seekers.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:25:00 -0500

More Americans report they would rather forgo sex than a mobile phone, and almost 70 percent of Americans say they check their mobile phone even when it hasn't made any indication of a message arriving.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Content marketing and social media expert Jayson DeMers talks about one of the big social trends to watch out for in 2014.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:00 -0500

A security hole allowed data thieves access to some customer card information but not names, addresses or PINs.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Television interviews are a high-stakes game that can pay major dividends. With these strategies, you’ll be able to enhance your ability to get your message across.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Pitching to investors can be a full-time job, but if you prepare yourself for meetings, it can save you precious time.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Nonstop flights are great. Nonstop talking seatmates? Not so much. We turned to some experts for help.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

A snapshot of what works best in the current Facebook landscape and how quickly things can change.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Professional coach and Entrepreneur.com contributor Lindsay Broder on what you need to keep in mind when managing a startup -- and a team -- through a rough patch.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Sonja Rasula was tired of boring business conferences. So, she used her summer camp memories as a launch pad for CAMP, a new kind of networking event for adults.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

After her father's death, Jane Daume was inspired to become a franchisee for an in-home care business for seniors.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:31:00 -0500

In the wake of the recent Heartbleed SSL bug revelation, it's more crucial now than ever to update all of your online passwords. Here's how in one easy, neat and tidy infographic.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0500

A device called the MIDI Sprout, which transforms plant biorhythms into a sort of music, is sowing major seed funding on Kickstarter -- to the tune of over $27,000.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:36:00 -0500

The American food manufacturer has made an unprecedented sneaky, (anti)social media move to keep itself out of court.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0500

A recent court ruling finds companies aren't protected from suits by public figures if corporate ads feature them without prior consent.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:25:00 -0500

Facebook's latest feature allows you to see which of your friends are near your physical location in real time.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:20:00 -0500

Boston Pizza customers can now vote on whether the chain should begin selling a Pizza Cake, a gas-powered pizza cutter or a pizza air freshener.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:40:00 -0500

According to a new Pew study, if you're like a lot of Americans, you'd like to own something that gets you places faster, lets you time-travel or somehow prolongs your life.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

The White House has made April National Financial Capability Month.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:13:00 -0500

Follow these tips for determining a price that makes you a profit without gouging your customers.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:03:00 -0500

If you’re thinking of quitting Facebook, get in line.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

Before Americans start celebrating a drop in the number of uninsured, you first have to look behind the numbers.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:30:00 -0500

For nonprofits, fundraising isn't just about the 'ask.'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:24:00 -0500

The tech giant's latest mobile operating system may boast a song recognition feature in a partnership with Shazam.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:05:00 -0500

The peer-to-peer lending site announced today that, with its acquisition of Springstone Financial, it would be expanding its reach in consumer finance.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:46:00 -0500

No, you're not mean. Just smart. Sometimes it's okay to ignore connection requests on the world's most popular career social networking platform. Here's when you probably should.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:45:00 -0500

Much-coveted shoes are being bartered and sold by high schoolers at sneaker conventions across the country at eye-opening prices, The New York Times reports.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:30:00 -0500

It is a delicate balance to keep your business on track while juggling the responsibility of caring for an aging relative.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:27:00 -0500

The burger chain is eyeing an aggressive expansion plan over the next decade.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:47:00 -0500

Customers expect better communication from brands than ever. Most businesses, though, are not keeping up.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 -0500

For a small startup, often passion can be more valuable than skills, as mindset can’t be taught but capabilities can.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Three traits that social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven organizations need to thrive.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:48:00 -0500

Coolhaus founder Natasha Case went from selling ice cream sandwiches out of an old postal truck to self-made millionaire. Here's how.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Prepare to meet the mammoth mechanical crab of your nerdiest undersea dreams.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

With its business-friendly features and implications for Google search, here's how you can supercharge your page on the network now.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Often entrepreneurs try to cut corners to save costs. But doing so with your legal documents, may end up costing you more down the road.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Business owners should always avoid making excuses, but business coach Lindsay Broder says this one can really annoy your staff.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

There is always a reason for deciding not to do something. Here's some advice on how to say no without feeling guilty about it.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

For small businesses, offering a standout product means understanding what the customer wants -- and delivering it.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

After years of self-employment, this franchisee wanted to get into business for himself but not by himself.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Often entrepreneurs hire people that aren't top-notch, because they need to fill the position quickly. To avoid this problem, they need to plan ahead.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Now is the best time to start creating a local strategy and to start building up your presence on search engine results pages.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:41:00 -0500

Fingers crossed for stylized brunch photos, artsy sunset shots and lots of selfies.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0500

Don't kid yourself. For most new firms launching outside Silicon Valley, developing a startup strategy is essential.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0500

Listening to and truly engaging with customers wherever and however they choose to engage is the new secret to organizational success.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:59:00 -0500

These three browser-based tools will change your life. Or at least streamline it a bit.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:30:00 -0500

Founding or working at a new business can be scary, but each experience can lead to improvements.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

Could student sleuths have finally uncovered the true identity the mystery man behind the world's most enigmatic currency? Or is this just another false alarm?

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:57:00 -0500

Hot on the heels of the drumstick corsage, KFC is bringing back the super-hyped Double Down.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:38:00 -0500

In a blog post, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella discusses the importance of developing a 'data culture,' where information is dynamically aggregated across every level of the company.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:21:00 -0500

Get your business started on the right foot by choosing workers who are a good fit for your cleaning business and training them properly.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

As the debate over net neutrality rages on, here's some basic information about how you might be affected.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Harness the proper tools, do analysis and understand how effectively your organization’s marketing initiatives work together.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

After a grim February, restaurants once again ruled as the largest job creators in the franchise sector.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:40:00 -0500

The president is traveling to a community college in Pennsylvania later today where he will announce new initiatives aiming to bolster the U.S. labor force.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

Founders often reach a point when they need to hand over the reins to a more experienced person. Here are a few pieces of advice on how to make the transition process easier.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:38:00 -0500

Etsy Wholesale, which debuts in August, will enable makers to sell their creations directly to major retailers -- including Nordstrom and West Elm.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:15:00 -0500

Major manufacturers and wireless carriers have agreed to offer a free opt-in 'kill switch' for smartphones made after July 2015.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:50:00 -0500

Mt. Gox isn't rising from the ashes after all and its customers will likely never see the hundreds of thousands of bitcoins the shattered exchange lost.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:45:00 -0500

If your workstation doesn't fit you, you're in trouble. Here's a quick guide to setting up your workspace for optimal health and productivity.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Partnering with the wrong corporation can spell disaster for a growing social enterprise. Here’s what to consider before getting wed to a new initiative.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Faith and belief drive a lot of what we do. Yet, we are asked to leave our beliefs at the doorstep of our offices.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:11:00 -0500

Drones plus selfies equals dronies. Get used to it.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

The small stuff, like answering emails and tweaking your web site design, are important but shouldn't be at the top of your to-do list. Instead, your time would be better spent focusing on the fundamentals.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Professional coach Lindsay Broder on how and why effective business managers need to lead -- and inspire -- by example.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

These simple yet powerful business principles will help you win relationships and earn repeat business.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

After stints as an advisor at big-name companies, the charismatic entrepreneur and investor is getting back into the startup scene.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

With a wealth of experience in corporate management, these Goddard School franchisees knew the right franchisor was key to success.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

For our series Ask the Expert, marketing guru Joanna Lord chats about why she decided to dive into marketing and what newbie entrepreneurs can do to create a memorable brand.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:11:00 -0500

The hot-tempered former NFL wide receiver wonders how 'easy’' the complicated cryptocurrency is. Don’t even get us started.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500

Performance evaluations are critical. They can engage employees deeply to deliver their best effort to a company.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0500

While its hard out there for a female founder, I am not letting it stop me.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:14:00 -0500

The iPhone generation tries to figure out how a Walkman works in this viral video.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:35:00 -0500

The bad-boy founder of the Bitcoin Foundation and BitInstant is back at his mom and dad's place and he's in big trouble for allegedly funneling $1 million into shady Silk Road dealings.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:35:00 -0500

Investors have shown the most interest in dumping their dollars into real-estate deals since the SEC's historic lifting of the general solicitation ban.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:30:00 -0500

Whether you want to start a stand-alone business or add these services to your existing cleaning company, here are eight business ideas you might want to consider in the cleaning industry.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

Pluto Mail lets you 'unsend' messages, edit unopened ones and choose a shelf-life for all your email transactions.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

Focusing on the long term, keeping your feelings in check and rooting out negative influences can lead to success.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:52:00 -0500

Jobs in science and engineering got top marks from CareerCast in a study that looked at stress, income and room for advancement.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:50:00 -0500

A look at where online shopping is expected to grow the fastest in the next five years and which companies are leading the charge.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:44:00 -0500

This flight attendant could probably double as a standup comedian, with her spiced-up safety announcement garnering over 1.5 million views on YouTube.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:35:00 -0500

The tech company has a new patent application to apply Google Glass's camera feature to contact lenses.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:30:00 -0500

At every stage you'll face expectations to conform to different corporate cultures. You must weigh them against your sense of ethics.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:20:00 -0500

Workers in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Hungary face the highest tax burdens, according to the OECD's annual report on individual income taxes.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:32:00 -0500

Just  Software deals netted out 42% of all dollars invested in the first quarter, with biotechnology receiving 11%.  VCs invested $816M in IT Services or 9% of all dollars, making this the third largest investment category.  Interest in IT Services continues to accelerate, with dollars invested in this category increasing 33% compared to the prior quarter.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:25:00 -0500

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices. Every company needs this focus to attract the best minds and loyalty in both categories.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:45:00 -0500

//An earlier version of this story stated that Xbox 360 won the previous round of console wars. That, of course, is incorrect since PS3 finished strong and, eventually, overtook Xbox 360.// For the last decade or so, the Playstation and XBox rivalry has riveted gaming enthusiasts. Together, both devices have powered sales in the gaming industry, accounting for more than sixty percent of the console games market that is worth an estimated $27 billion. In the previous round of this battle, XBox 360 started strong but was eventually overtaken by the PS3. This time around, Sony has already made a strong start:  PS4 sales outpace those of XBox One. Based on figures released by the respective companies, the PS4 has sold more than seven million devices, so far. In comparison, XBox One has sold five million devices. Four Reasons Why Sony Is Winning The Console War When Mark Cerny asked him about Sony’s winning formula at the Computer History Museum on stage last week, Shu Yoshida, Sony veteran and president of it's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, shied away from answering the question. “It would have been impolite,” he told me. During an interview session with me later, however, he outlined four reasons for Sony’s winning strategy against Microsoft. The first reason is price. At $399, the PS4 is a good hundred dollars cheaper than XBox One. The company is playing off the same strategy used by the Seattle-based giant when XBox 360 was priced lower against its rival. According to Yoshida, the second reason for PS4’s popularity is the console’s technical superiority against its competitor. Whether it is processor speed or the performance of its graphics card, the PS4 is either identical or outperforms Xbox One on most fronts. The end result of this is an immersive game experience, one that enables design and development of games for diverse audiences. “It (the Sony PS4) is better for people who care about (console) specifications,” says Yoshida. The Tokyo-based company's push to include more independent game developers on the PS4 platform has also contributed to its success, says Yoshida. Although it featured several blockbuster games, PS3 did not attract significant independent developers. This time around, the company is not taking any chances. Right before the PS4 launch in November, they invited journalists to preview select titles for the console. The titles were arranged in two rooms and featured games from indie developers such as Jonathan Blow, whose last game - Braid - was released on Xbox 360, and seasoned studios, such as Guerilla Games. Of course, this does not mean that the company has abandoned big studios. Indeed, as Yoshida pointed out during his talk with Cerny, “commercial realities” (or, the economics of the gaming market) are in favor of big studios. This is because game development costs are higher for such studios; as a result, Sony ropes in other, internal divisions, such as marketing and business,  to promote the games. “When we spend $50 million, it is a big bet,” he says. The final reason for the PS4’s success is Sony’s legacy as a pioneer in the gaming industry. The company reinvented the console gaming market by launching the original Playstation console.in 1994. It has also driven major developments in the industry, whether it is the introduction of new architectures or development of portable consoles to grapple with industry shift towards mobile. “People like what we are doing from the standpoint of our history,” says Yoshida. “So, they have confidence in our games."

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:03:00 -0500

In the discussion of the vast ongoing paradigm shift in management from the slow-moving stifling hierarchical bureaucracies of the 20th Century to the more agile, collaborative and networked forms of organization emerging today, some of the more counter-productive phrases are “get rid of managers!” or “abolish the hierarchy!”

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:30:00 -0500

The following guest post is by Eric Schiffer, chairman and CEO of Patriarch Private Equity and CEO of Digitalmarketing.com. 

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:05:00 -0500

Yes, it's early. Too early for anyone to pop the champagne corks, declare victory and stand over the other guy with the scowl of a champion. But has a problem with the Xbox One in its war with the PS4 and it had better solve it soon or else it risks having a much smaller installed base, perhaps half the size by the holiday shopping season in 2014. As Paul Tassi wrote here in Forbes, announced the sale of the 7 millionth PS4, which it turns out occurred two weeks ago. That led Microsoft to respond with a report of its own claiming 5 million Xbox Ones shipped to retailers. The careful observer has already caught the difference between sales and shipments, suggesting Microsoft's number is soft.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:16:00 -0500

New Zealand's economy has been hailed as one of world's top safe-haven economies in recent years after it emerged from Global Financial Crisis relatively unscathed. Unfortunately, my research has found that many of today's so-called safe-havens (such as Singapore) are experiencing economic bubbles that are strikingly similar to those that led to the financial crisis in the first place.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Unfortunately, too many college campus tours focus on the student union and amenities instead of visits to financial aid, career services and professors’ offices. However, students and parents can plan their own tours or preferably supplement the pre-planned tours offered by the college.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:01:00 -0500

With the Man of Steel sequel about to start shooting in Detroit, fans have been hoping new information about the movie will drop soon, and desperately awaiting the reveal of the new batsuit and Wonder Woman costume. Well, dear readers, I had a chance to speak at length with the film's director Zack Snyder, and we talked about Batman's 75th Anniversary this year, about how he became a Batman fan, about his past film projects... and yes, about the upcoming Batman-Superman-Wonder Woman film.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:30:00 -0500

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Chaldean Catholic Bishop Asks the West, Are We Making Good Use of Our Freedom?
By Guest Reporter :: Sunday, April 22, 2012 :: 12626 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, Chaldean Churches

The situation in Iran and the challenge issued by this courageous Chaldean Bishop should cause us to pause and think as we enter into these Holy Days. This Bishop is correct; a culture without God has no future. He also asks us the right question, what are we doing with our freedoms? Pope Benedict reminds us that "A missionary Church known for proclaiming her message to all peoples must necessarily work for the freedom of the faith. She desires to transmit the gift of the truth that exists for one and all."

 

 
Chaldean Catholic Bishop Ramzi Garmou
 Chaldean Catholic Bishop
Ramzi Garmou

CHESAPEAKE,VA  (Catholic Online) - I recently read a report from Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic Charity under the guidance of the Holy Father  with a special mission to "help suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide. It was an  interview with the Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Tehran, Ramzi Garmou. He gave the charity a message for  Christians of the West, "Be aware of the value of the freedom that you enjoy."

Here is another excerpt from the report.It can be read in full here.

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"He then challenged Western Christians to "make good use of their freedom," asking, "How do you use it in your countries?" He emphasized that they must not become "the slaves of a culture that seeks to drive God out of people's hearts," but rather that they should use their freedom to "propagate respect for human life." A culture without God leads to "death" and has "no future," he said.

"Christians in Iran only represent a small minority, yet "their vitality does not depend on their numbers but on the quality of their faith and their living witness." In their "day-to-day dialogue" with the Muslims, the Christians in Iran "give authentic witness to the values of the Gospels," he continued.

"The substantial emigration of Christians from Iran for political, economic and religious reasons represents a challenge, but Bishop Garmou emphasized that the Christian community in Iran does not let itself become discouraged. "Although we are our mothers' children, in truth we were sent to this country by God."

"He continued by saying that it is often forgotten today that the suffering endured for the Church is the "source of the life of the Church." He went on to say that such trials lead to the renewal and strengthening of the Church. Up to 99 percent of the population of the Islamic Republic of Iran is Muslim. Conversions from Islam are forbidden and punishable by death."

"Christians represent a minority of some 80,000, three-quarters of whom are Armenian Orthodox. The 20,000 Catholics living in Iran belong to three different Rites. They are permitted to practice their religion within their congregations at their places of worship, but they are not allowed to profess their faith openly, and missionary activity is forbidden."

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Under the heroic leadership of the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, we are standing against the growing encroachments against the fundamental right to Religious Liberty in our own country.

The most recent example is the HHS mandate which seeks to compel our institutions, through the use of the Police Power of the State, to offer contraception, abortion inducing drugs and pay for sterilization.

There is a silver lining in the cloud. This HHS Edict has given rise to a tide of resistance.We have found one another and we are standing together in a movement of solidarity and citizen action. Every single Catholic Bishop in the United States is in opposition to this egregious mandate.

We are also properly using the Courts.The Becket Fund and other good lawyers and law firms have filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of numerous Catholic apostolates. On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the attorneys general from Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Florida and Texas filed lawsuits opposing the unconstitutional mandate and the numbers are increasing almost daily.

There is a legislative response underway. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act was introduced in Congress (H.R. 1179, S. 1467).  It would ensure that all who participate in the health care system "retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions." It has not yet been passed - but the efforts continue.

The situation in Iran and the challenge issued by this courageous Chaldean Bishop should cause us to pause and think as we enter into these Holy Days. This Bishop is correct; a culture without God has no future. He also asks us the right question, what are we doing with our freedoms?

In May of 2011, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences gathered in Rome for its 17th annual plenary session. Its theme was "Universal Rights in a World of Diversity - The Case of Religious Freedom". The gathering reflected the deep concerns the Holy See has over growing threats to the fundamental human right to Religious Freedom. Pope Benedict XVI is a Champion of Religious Liberty.

Pope Benedict XVI told the Pontifical Academy, "Since man enjoys the capacity for a free personal ...

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