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19 Most Refreshingly Commonsensical G.K. Chesterton Quotes, Depression, Despair, and Hope and More! (1591)

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08/23/2014 Comment

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19 Most Refreshingly Commonsensical G. K. Chesterton Quotes via ChurchPOP – BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: I Would Visit to Iraq to Help Stop Violence – Francis X. Rocca, The Catholic Herald

Depression, Despair, and Hope – J. C., Ignitum Today

Priest’s Eye-Witness Account of Fleeing the Islamic State – Gelsomino del Guerico, Aleteia∝

Not the Ultimate Sacrifice, But Sacrifice None the Less – Greg Yoko, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Has Created an Incredible Opening for Catholicism in Asia – The Catholic Herald

Let There Be Ice Cream In Cones: Determinism & Miracles – Stacy Trasancos PhD

When the Game Stands Tall a Great Family Film – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

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Bishops, Religious Groups Concerned Over Latest HHS Mandate Rule Change (552)

USCCB president says new regulations “still requires provisions of objectionable coverage” of contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs by religious employers.

08/22/2014 Comment

WASHINGTON — Religious groups have voiced concern over the latest set of suggested changes to the federal contraception mandate, while saying they will examine the proposals fully in order to give an in-depth response.

“The Administration is once again revising its regulations on the HHS mandate,” noted Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We will study the regulations carefully and will provide more detailed comments at a later date.”

The archbishop said in an Aug. 22 statement that the conference’s “initial review of the government’s summary of the regulations” yielded disappointment “that the regulations would not broaden...READ MORE

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Has Pope Francis Endorsed U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq? (2265)

NEWS ANALYSIS: It appears that neither dialogue, negotiations nor even economic sanctions can stop the Islamic State.

08/22/2014 Comments (3)
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WASHINGTON — Amid rising global alarm at the targeting of religious minorities by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), Pope Francis has ratcheted up the Holy See’s demands for “action” — including limited military intervention — by the international community.

“In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” Pope Francis stated, when asked if he supported U.S. airstrikes in Iraq during an Aug. 18 press conference on his return flight from Korea.

“I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I don’t say ‘to bomb’ or ‘make war,’ [but] ‘stop it,’” the Pope added.

His statement offered fresh evidence that the Holy See no longer...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Donates $1 Million to Iraqi Refugees (1494)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq as the Pope’s personal envoy, says the money was given to help Christians and other religious minorities.

08/22/2014 Comments (3)
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Refugee children from Iraq who have take shelter at the Syro-Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil, Iraq.

– Aid to the Church in Need

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis’ envoy from Aug. 12-20.

Erbil, where more than 70,000 Christians have fled from the Islamic State, is the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and is within 50 miles of territory held by the Islamic State.

Cardinal Filoni met in private with Pope Francis the day after he returned to Rome and spoke to CNA Aug. 22.

Cardinal Filoni said he carried with him one-tenth...READ MORE

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Despite Setback, Jindal Continues Opposition to Common Core (856)

Although a Louisiana judge overturned Bobby Jindal’s suspension of the Common Core standards Tuesday, the Pelican State governor’s chief of staff said Jindal will appeal.

08/22/2014 Comments (4)
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

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NEW ORLEANS — Although Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s battle against Common Core education state standards lost ground with Tuesday’s court ruling lifting his suspension on the standards, Anna Arthurs, a founder of Louisiana Catholics for Excellence in Education, thinks the Republican governor’s recent actions blocking the norms will help Catholic parents who oppose them.

“We needed that support,” said Arthurs, a Thibodaux, La., physician and mother of four. “We needed someone to stand up and state what we have said all along about Common Core. Gov. Jindal validated us and re-ignited our movement.”

She hopes diocesan officials are paying attention to what the governor is doing.

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Obama Administration Announces New HHS Mandate Rules (1179)

The new rules create a new way for nonprofit groups to object to the required coverage, prompting their insurance companies to offer the coverage free of charge.

08/22/2014 Comments (6)
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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell

– HHS Department

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, which address both nonprofits and closely held for-profit entities.

The new rules create a new way for non-profit groups to voice their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance companies to offer the coverage free of charge. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas on how to extend the same accommodation offered to nonprofits.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Aug. 22 that the new rules will ensure access to free contraception, “while respecting religious considerations raised by...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ (2882)

Jim Caviezel stars in a faith-friendly sports film that’s more interested in extolling character than in developing characters.

08/22/2014 Comments (2)

Sports movies love underdogs scrapping their way to the top. When the Game Stands Tall is about what happens when a ridiculously successful team finally stumbles.

Not many people openly embrace the famous remark, widely if erroneously ascribed to Vince Lombardi, that “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” — but when your team goes over a decade without losing a single game, racking up more than 150 consecutive victories and 12 state championships, winning can become something more pernicious than “the only thing”: It can be taken for granted.

Thomas Carter, who directed the 2005 basketball movie Coach Carter, brings his game to the story of Bob Ladouceur, who coached football at...READ MORE

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It Is Time to Revoke the Catholic Status of the LCWR, Did Jesus Really Die and Rise and Much More! (2928)

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08/22/2014 Comment

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It Is Time to Revoke the Catholic Status of the LCWR by Dr. Jeff Mirus – BigPulpit.com

Jim Caviezel Talks Hollywood – Trisha Hoffman, Aleteia∝

Did Jesus Really Die and Rise? – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Did Pope Francis Really Endorse Airstrikes? – Fr. Z’s Blog

What’s Never Mentioned in the Sex Scandal Cases by Kevin O’Brien – BigPulpit.com

The Flowers in Cell 21: Saint Maximilian Kolbe – Christopher T. Haley, The Standard Bearers

What’s Never Mentioned in the Sex Scandal Cases by Kevin O’Brien – BigPulpit.com

Editorial: Help Iraq in Six Steps – OSV Newsweekly

A Just War, We Must Act to Help Iraq’s Minorities – The Catholic Herald

Dialogue With Hamas and ISIS Is Pointless and...READ MORE

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