LOOP: Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran

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IRAN President Trump said he will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but he wants to avoid a military conflict. “I’m not somebody that wants to go into war, because war hurts economies, war kills people most importantly — by far most importantly,” said Trump. READ
PRO-LIFE LOUISIANAA bill to ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected is making its way through the Louisiana Legislature. And the state’s Democratic governor has indicated that he will sign the bill. “In eight years in the legislature, I was a pro-life legislator, 100% with the Louisiana Right to Life,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that’s something that’s consistent.”  READ
SHOCK IN AUSTRALIA Working class voters deliver a win to conservatives in Australia, shocking the pundits. The election was considered “unlosable” for the Labor Party, which made the election about climate change and wealth redistribution. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is pro-Trump, will remain in office. READ
EQUALITY ACT Liberal professor Douglas Laycock is a longtime supporter of same-sex “marriage” and supports federal gay-rights non-discrimination legislation. But he opposes the Equality Act because it would “crush” religious dissenters. READ 
AMAZING Commencement speaker (and billionaire) Robert F. Smith paid off the student loans of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College – a gift estimated at $40 million. Smith urged the graduates to return the favor by helping others. READ 
POP CULTURE Saturday Night Live gave comedian Leslie Jones the opportunity to champion abortion on the late-night show. On the show’s ‘news’ segment, she said: “You can’t tell me what to do with my body.” The official Saturday Night Live twitter account sent that quote and a video clip of her rant to their 2.5 million followers.   READ 
MORE HOLLYWEIRD  Comedian Jim Carrey drew a disturbing cartoon depicting Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey being aborted. Pro-life columnist Timothy Meads said that Carrey had “posted a grotesque, but ultimately accurate depiction of abortion.” WARNING: Meads’ column shows the graphic cartoon in question. READ 
HIS REGRET As Hollywood celebrities shared their abortion experiences, TV producer Adam Trahan shared his pain. “Not a day goes by where I do not feel abject shame and guilt for being party to something of which I was given zero choice,” he said. READ 
TV PRIEST Fr. Jonathan Morris has asked to be dismissed from the clerical state. Fr. Morris has been a frequent guest on television and served as a contributor to Fox News. In a statement released Friday, Fr. Morris said: “My decision is not about an existing relationship, but rather about the peace and spiritual freedom I trust will come in the future by following God’s will for my life now.” Fr. Morris was a former member of the Legion of Christ until he left the order in 2009 to become a priest in the Archdiocese of New York.  READ 
CONVERSION An Anglican community finds a home in the Catholic Church. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Bernardine of Siena seems to have been a man with a whole lot of energy. He preached, reconciled cities, fought heresy, and attracted great crowds. Bernardine always traveled by foot, and often preached in more than one city on a given day. He is best known today for his great devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. READ 
DAILY READINGS “Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.” (Ps 115:1)  READ 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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