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Louis and Zélie Martin and Marital Holiness (587)

The vice postulator of St. Thérèse’s parents’ canonization cause discusses the couple’s sanctity and Oct. 18 canonization.

07/07/2015 Comment

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Louis and Zélie Martin will formally join their daughter, doctor of the Church St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in the communion of saints on Oct. 18 at the Vatican. Pope Francis, on March 18, officially recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of the husband and wife, and on June 27, he approved the decrees for their canonization at a consistory of bishops.

Carmelite Father Antonio Sangalli, the vice postulator of the cause for the canonization of the Martins, opened the investigation into their lives of sanctity immediately after hearing of the miracle in early 2008. The Martins were beatified on Oct. 19 of that year.

Father Sangalli recently spoke to the Register about the miracle,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Visits an Old Friend in Ecuador (471)

Jesuit Father Francisco Cortés, better known as 'Paquito,' renewed his 30-year friendship with the Holy Father at a meeting on July 6.

07/07/2015 Comment
AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

A woman is wheeled past a banner with image of Pope Francis at the Samanes Park where Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

– AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — “Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Jesuit Father Francisco Cortés, when asked how he would receive Pope Francis when he visits him in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The priest who, in a few days will be 91, was very excited about his get together with his old friend. The occasion was set up for July 6 at the Javier School, where Pope Francis was to have lunch with his Jesuit brothers.

Father Cortés, better known as “Paquito,” was born in Malaga, Spain, July 10, 1924 and came to Ecuador in 1963, serving since then at the Javier School in Guayaquil.

According to the Spanish-language El Universal newspaper, the priest met then-Father Jorge Bergoglio in...READ MORE

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Pakistani Police Save Christian Couple From ‘Anti-Blasphemy’ Mob Attack (507)

The illiterate couple used as a sleeping mat an advertisement awning that bore college slogans that allegedly included Arabic inscriptions from the Quran. A local barber and two clerics accused the couple of committing blasphemy, and a mob gathered in an attempt to lynch them.

07/07/2015 Comment
CNA/Magdalena Wolnik

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

– CNA/Magdalena Wolnik

LAHORE, Pakistan — Last week, police saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country.

“Muslims of the town gathered there and dragged the poor couple, who didn’t know what they had done. They were being beaten to death,” local police chief Sohail Zafar Chattha said, according to Agence France Presse.

The attack took place in the village of Makki in Punjab province on June 30.

The couple, who are both illiterate, used as a sleeping mat an advertisement awning that bore college slogans. These slogans allegedly included Arabic inscriptions from the Quran. A local barber and two...READ MORE

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Glamorize Death and Copycat Suicides Follow (1574)

COMMENTARY: St. John Paul II once said, ‘A culture that honors and exalts those who deliberately reject life is a culture that eventually will come to worship death.’

07/06/2015 Comments (1)
Wikipedia (Donners, top, fair use, and Denniss)

Mount Mihara in Japan, where the government had to erect a fence to discourage suicide jumpers like Kiyoko Matsumoto. Below, a sign on the Golden Gate Bridge, and Brittany Maynard, who ended her own life.

– Wikipedia (Donners, top, fair use, and Denniss)

Kiyoko Matsumoto is well represented on the Internet. She died on Feb. 12, 1933, at the tender age of 21, and apparently had lived a rather uneventful life. Her single claim to fame rests on one desperate action. This young student jumped into the volcano of Mount Mihara from an observation point overlooking the molten lava.

She left behind a note to her closest friend that read, “Dearest, I am bewildered to distraction by the perplexities of maturing womanhood. I can stand the strain no longer. What shall I do? I should like to jump into a volcano.”

The location of her leap, on the island of Izu Oshima, 70 miles south of Tokyo, has been called “The World’s Most Romantic Death Spot.”


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Blaine’s Anti-Catholicism Strikes Again — This Time in Colorado (1663)

COMMENTARY: Decisions like the one in Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District are not only legally unsound, but they are at odds with the sentiments of most Americans.

07/06/2015 Comments (4)

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The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a school program helping hundreds of families attend schools of their choosing based on a law passed at the 19th-century height of anti-Catholic bigotry.

In 2011, the Douglas County School District adopted a “Choice Scholarship Pilot Program.” Under the program, students who were accepted to a private school were eligible to receive a scholarship to help with the private school’s tuition. The money, however, does not go to the school, but is sent directly to the student’s family. Most but not all of the scholarship students were attending a wide variety of religious schools of varying denominations.

The Colorado Supreme Court would have none of this...READ MORE

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Pope in Ecuador: Mary Teaches Us That Service Is ‘the Sign of True Love’ (873)

In telling the servants, “Do whatever he tells you,” Mary is giving “an invitation to us to open our hearts to Jesus, who came to serve and not to be served,” the Holy Father told 1 million people in his July 6 homily. The Holy Father also asked for prayers for the upcoming synod.

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– Wikipedia

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — During a Mass said on Monday, the first full day of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis called for prayers that the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family might discern the needs of the family, an institution irreplaceable to society.  

“The Church will celebrate the ordinary synod devoted to the family, deepen her spiritual discernment and consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time,” the Pope said during his July 6 homily.

“I ask you to pray fervently for this intention, so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening and turn it — by making it part of his...READ MORE

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Mega-Church Convert: ‘See the Great Gift the Lord Has Given Us in the Church’ (3881)

Ulf Ekman loves the Catechism, the Mass and the saints, especially John Paul II

07/06/2015 Comments (8)

– https://twitter.com/ulfekman

On March 9, 2014, Ulf Ekman, founder and pastor of Word of Life church in Uppsala, Sweden, shocked his congregation with the announcement that he and his wife, Birgitta, were leaving Word of Life to join the Catholic Church. The Ekmans’ decision created a commotion, not only among the Protestant faithful, but even throughout decidedly secular Sweden.

The Ekmans will present their story at the “Defending the Faith Conference” July 24-26 at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.


What were your thoughts while walking out of Word of Life church after announcing your decision to join the Catholic Church?

This is hard to describe in a few words. We started, built...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Off-the-Cuff in Latin America (2441)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Holy Father often can’t help setting aside prepared remarks and saying what comes to mind.

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2014 CNA/Bohumil Petrik

– 2014 CNA/Bohumil Petrik

QUITO, Ecuador — The world is about to see a new side of Pope Francis; and, interestingly, it could be the most intimate look yet at who he really is. For the first time since he was elected as the Successor of Peter, he’s visiting his native Latin America — and the difference will be on the tip of his tongue.

Already in his first speech at Quito’s Mariscal-Sucre airport for the welcoming ceremony, he was adding color to his speech in powerful lines like saying that the most vulnerable minorities “are the debt that Latin America still has.”

He also appeared to have a laugh about Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s extensive and highly political opening speech, in which he cited the Pope...READ MORE

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