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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
EDITOR’S NOTE:  There will be no Loop on Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday. We will see you again Monday morning. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
PRO-LIFE LAW OVERTURNED  A federal judge struck down Mississippi’s ban on abortion at 15 weeks. “If overturning Roe is the State’s desired result, the State will have to seek that relief from a higher court,” U.S. District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves wrote. Reeves was nominated by President Obama and joined the federal bench in 2010. READ
JUDGE STOPS TRUMP ORDER   A federal judge has halted President Trump’s order denying asylum for all foreign nationals who entered the country illegally. “Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” said U.S. District Court Jon Tigar, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Obama in 2012. READ
HARASSING PRO-LIFE WOMEN  Some radical abortion supporters are sending “rape porn” to pro-life activists and rape survivors.  READ
2020  San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer has unveiled a platform and a six-figure ad buy in what looks like the beginnings of a 2020 presidential bid. Steyer spent $120 million in organizing in the midterm elections, and collected millions of signatures on a petition site calling on President Trump to be impeached.  READ
KASICH VS OHIO GOP  Gov. John Kasich, R-OH, has just a few weeks left as Governor of Ohio. But he’s clashing with the Republican-led Legislature, threatening to veto a heartbeat bill which would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected. Kasich also threatened a veto of “stand your ground” legislation which would shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases to the prosecution.  READ
VULGAR PLAY CANCELLED  Eastern Michigan University’s Women’s Resource Center has decided to stop hosting The Vagina Monologues because, in their words,
“Not all women have vaginas.”  
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JIM CARREY BLASTS CHRISTIANS  Actor Jim Carrey called President Trump a cancer, but saved his harshest criticism for Christian voters who elected him. “I think they’re going to find out once and for all that the Christian right has never been about morality, it’s been about holding on to power and using morality to do so.” READ
POLISH BISHOPS ASK FOR FORGIVENESS  The bishops of Poland issued a statement asking for forgiveness and calling for prayer and penance: “The disillusionment and the outrage are all the more painful because children, instead of receiving caring love and accompaniment as they seek the closeness of Jesus, experience violence and the brutal detachment from their dignity as children.” READ
DIOCESE TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY  The Diocese of Winona-Rochester has filed for bankruptcy amid lawsuits over sexual abuse. This move is the “most just and equitable way to hold ourselves accountable, to bring healing and justice to the survivors, and to find a path forward for our diocesan community,” said Bishop John Quinn. READ
EUCHARIST  The word “Eucharist” isn’t of English origin. So what does it mean? READ
ST. JOHN VIANNEY’S HEART  The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney is going on a nationwide relic tour sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  This feast celebrates Mary’s presentation in the Temple by her parents Anne and Joachim. While it is not mentioned in Scripture, there is early evidence that this event was celebrated in both the Eastern and Western Churches. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!” (Ps 150:1)  READ
MARTYRDOM  Landmarks from Paris to Barcelona to London were lit red to symbolize the blood of martyrs to bring attention to the persecution of Christians around the world. Below is a picture of Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy. Several dioceses in the United States, from New York to Florida, will participate in similar tributes after Thanksgiving.  READ
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