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National Catholic Register
March 10, 2014
BY JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — John Kennedy, a Michigan-based CEO of Autocam, a closely held automotive company, pinpoints his own spiritual turning point to an impromptu debate at a party on an unusual subject: Was the Eucharist really the body and blood of Jesus Christ?
“During the debate, I said, ‘Well, I don’t have a hard time believing it could be real, but why is that so relevant?” Kennedy recalled.
“The next day, at Sunday Mass, there was a great homily on the Real Presence. I don’t think that was an accident,” Kennedy told the Register.
That homily inspired the father of four to embark on a pilgrimage of faith that would guide his decision to file suit in October 2012, as one of the first of 47 for-profit plaintiffs to challenge the Health and Human Services contraception mandate in court.
On March 1, Kennedy celebrated the 26th anniversary of Autocam, and says his Catholic faith has shaped the corporate culture of Autocam and a second company, Autocam Medical, from the generous pay and benefits for employees to a health insurance plan that excluded coverage of contraception and sterilization.
The Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2014
Heavy Clashes Broke Out Recently Around Area Where Captives Were Held
By SAM DAGHER
JDEIDET YABOUS, Syria—Thirteen Syrian nuns and three other women held captive by al Qaeda-linked rebels for nearly three months have been released.
A pro-regime businessman living in Damascus said he was in negotiations with the Nusra Front rebel group up until a week ago and their main demand was the release of 138 detainees in regime prisons, including foreign fighters. However, Syrian officials wouldn't discuss what, if anything, the rebels had received in return for the women.The 16 women were transferred from Syria to Lebanon early Sunday evening as a first step to freedom. They had been expected to return to Syria immediately and a crowd waited most of the day to welcome them on the Syrian side of the border crossing.
However, their release was delayed for hours by a snag when the rebels tried to renege on the deal, according to Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon's General Security agency who helped facilitate the release.
Syrian media broadcast images live as the women arrived back in Syria at about 1 a.m. local time Monday.
"This morning at the National Prayer Breakfast the President affirmed the dignity and right to religious liberty of all human beings, meanwhile here at home his administration faces the largest religious liberty lawsuit in American history. This administration insists on forcing people of faith to violate their consciences by providing abortion pills in their health plans - including the Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns who care for the needy and dying."
Maureen Ferguson, Senior Policy Advisor with The Catholic Association