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ESPN Blasts Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter; NFP Saved My Life and Marriage and More! (3451)

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07/28/2014 Comment

Follow the ESPN Blasts Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter via Creative Minority Report link to read more.

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Intelligence Failure: Nostra Aetate on Islam – William Kirkpatrick, Crisis Magazine

NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Can Pope Francis be Protector of Persecuted Christians? – Luke Coppen, The Catholic Herald

Knock: What the Apparitions Point To by Beverly De Soto of Regina Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Parsing J. R. R. Tolkien’s Letter on Love and Romance – Kevin O'Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

10 Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

When People Become Things, God Becomes a Thing – Kevin...READ MORE

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The Arabic Writing on the Wall, False Teachers Are Like Brute Beasts, Discovering Joy and Much More! (1128)

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07/27/2014 Comment

Follow the The Arabic Writing on the Wall by Joseph Pearce of Crisis Magazine link to read more.

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False Teachers Are Like Brute Beasts – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Discovering Joy Inspite of Myself - Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Archbishop Cordileone: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn't Receive Communion – John Westen, LifeSiteNews

Anglicans: Don’t Give Up On Us; After Woman 'Bishop' Vote by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

Cranmer Redivivus – Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment

On Thomas, Doubt and Being an Outsider – Olivia Spears, Ignitum Today

It’s a Setup: The Note that Saved a Marriage from Adultery at 30,000 ft – Marisa Pereira, Aleteia

Sexual Immorality,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and Economic Justice (15976)

This address was delivered at the Napa Institute conference July 26.

07/26/2014 Comments (70)

NAPA, Calif. — I’m a Capuchin Franciscan, and I’ve often found that people think of Francis of Assisi as a kind of 13th-century flower child. St. Francis was certainly “countercultural,” but only in his radical obedience to the Church and his radical insistence on living the Gospel fully — including poverty and all of its other uncomfortable demands. Jesus, speaking to him from the cross of San Damiano, said, “Repair my house.”  I think Pope Francis believes God has called him to do that as pope, as God calls every pope.  And he plans to do it in the way St. Francis did it.

Pope Francis took the name of the saint of Christian simplicity and poverty. As he has said, he wants “a Church that...READ MORE

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The Complaint That Mass Is Boring, Study Offers Strategies for Increasing Vocations and Much More! (3282)

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07/26/2014 Comments (1)

Follow the Common Complaint: Mass Is Boring by Father Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

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Study Offers Strategies for Increasing Vocations – Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

Salvation: Waiting in the Aqua Room - Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

Teaching by Word and Example: St. Norbert of Xanten – Brian Fitzgerald, The Standard Bearers

The Little Ones, The Hidden Ones, The Saints – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Passing Along All that Is Noble and Worthwhile – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Married Clergy, Monastic Celibacy: The Eastern Balance – Benjamin Mann, Catholic Exchange

Winning at Supreme Court, Losing in Court of Public Opinion – Pete Spiliakos, First Things

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Mishaps Carrying Out Executions Spur Renewal of Death-Penalty Debate (1875)

Catholic opponents of capital punishment say the problems are an added reason to halt executions in the United States.

07/25/2014 Comments (16)

PHOENIX — In the wake of the July 23 execution of convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III — who took nearly two hours to die after the start of his lethal injection procedure — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the state’s execution process.

Wood gasped more than 600 times before he died in a state prison in Florence, Ariz., according to some accounts by witnesses, and he lived so long after receiving the lethal injection that his lawyers were able to launch an emergency legal appeal to halt the execution. According to The Guardian newspaper, a Catholic priest was present throughout the protracted execution, praying the Rosary.

But while the incident has focused national...READ MORE

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U.S. Papal Visit Not Confirmed, but Archbishop Chaput Is Confident (1677)

Although the Vatican is not expected to confirm Pope Francis will attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia until next year, he has already signaled his willingness to participate.

07/25/2014 Comments (4)
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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office on March 25.

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PHILADELPHIA — Reports that Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 remain unconfirmed by the Vatican; however, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is confident of the Pope’s attendance.

On July 25, reports began to circulate that Archbishop Chaput had confirmed Pope Francis’ presence at the meeting in his cathedral city next year.

And according to Catholic News Service, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said July 25 that the Holy Father had expressed “his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families” and also had received invitations to visit other cities in the United States next year, including an invitation that New...READ MORE

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From Rome to Santiago de Compostela With Love (1098)

Augustin Peña Gago calls his pilgrimage Il Mio Camino.

07/25/2014 Comments (1)
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What distinguishes Augustin Peña Gago from many others making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, sanctuary of St. James the Apostle in northwest Spain, is not only the means he will use and distance he will travel, but his motive for going.

Gago, concluding his third year as a civil guard to the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, will be practicing his other profession this summer, professional cycling, to ride from Rome to Santiago. Pedaling a total of 3,605 kilometers, Gago will travel three historic pilgrim routes, passing through five countries.

Though his motivations are multiple, Gago’s principal inspiration is his grandparents, both born in Santiago and close to St....READ MORE

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Immigration: A Principled Catholic Approach Avoids Emotionalism (4101)

COMMENTARY: Church teaching on immigration articulates a framework for thinking — rather than merely emoting — through the immigration issue in a manner consistent with Catholic concerns for liberty, justice, human flourishing and the common good.

07/25/2014 Comments (52)

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For weeks now, Americans’ eyes have been fixated upon the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, as some of the least among us seek to enter the United States without permission from what is, after all, a sovereign nation.

We’ve also witnessed outpourings of raw fury as Americans, including many Catholics, vent their frustration with the federal government and Congress, due to the economic and political dysfunctionality bred by the failure of our immigration laws.

As tempting as it is, however, to express anger, Catholics cannot be in the business of allowing public policy to be driven by feelings. That’s at least partly because Catholicism has always taken reason deadly...READ MORE

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