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Pope Francis: Fix Your Heart Firmly on the Holy Spirit (4044)

In his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis reflected on the faithful resolution St. Paul displayed in facing the various challenges he encountered in his ministry

05/19/2014 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis delivers his homily at the May 19 daily Mass he celebrated at the St. Martha's guesthouse at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass homily May 19, Pope Francis reflected on the various challenges St. Paul faced in his ministry, explaining that it was only possible for him to go forward because his heart was fixed on God.

“What kind of heart do we have? Is it a fickle heart which, like a dancer, like a butterfly flits from one to another?” Or “is it a heart fixed on the Holy Spirit?” the Pope asked during his homily.

Speaking to those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Holy Father turned to the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, noting that this passage display’s Paul’s “firm heart in continuous motion,” as well as his commitment to evangelization.

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Archbishop to U.N.: Family Must Be Renewed, Not Broken Down (2430)

The head of the Pontifical Council for the Family spoke at the headquarters of the United Nations on the International Day of Families.

05/19/2014 Comments (9)
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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

– Diocese of Terni, Italy

NEW YORK — The family has a “unique character” that makes it a “patrimony for all humanity,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told the United Nations.

Despite a hostile culture, the archbishop said, “a clear majority of persons want a family at the center of their life, and it would be mistake to think the family can be done away with.”

“We have to be much more cautious than we have been about weakening this fundamental unity that is not only the bearing wall of social life, but that can also help us avoid the inhuman consequences of a society that has become hyper-individualistic and hyper-technological.”

He called for a “renewal of family...READ MORE

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A Priests Journey to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory; Pope Francis: Ask God Advice in Silence and More! (3777)

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05/19/2014 Comment

Follow A Priests Journey to Heaven, Hell, Purgatory by James Graves of OSV Newsweekly to read more.

A Priests Journey to Heaven, Hell, Purgatory by James Graves of OSV Newsweekly - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: Ask God for Advice, Even in Silence – Iacopo Scaramuzzi, Vatican Insider

Pope Francis: A Christian Who Doesn't Witness to the Faith becomes Sterile – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

New Study Shows Man of the Shroud had Dislocated Arms – Andrea Tornielli, Vatican Insider

Help to Avoid Committing Adultery Through Social Media – Susan Anne, Catholic Stand

The Peggy Gibson Conversion Story, From Anglican to Catholic - Coming Home Network International

Thoughts On Being Alone – Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Veterans Find Faith, Hope, Healing in Holy Land – Judith...READ MORE

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Pope St. John Paul II on Campus (2722)

How a Texas college ministry is honoring the legacy of the new saint.

05/18/2014 Comments (1)
Jacqueline Burkepile

The living area at St. John Paul II University Parish in Denton, Texas, features a portrait of its namesake.

– Jacqueline Burkepile

This past academic year was very special for St. John Paul II University Parish in Denton, Texas.

We offered many spiritual opportunities for our students and parishioners, including this Lent/Easter, when we had 16 people enter into full communion with the Church. And, on Divine Mercy Sunday, we witnessed Pope Francis canonize Pope John Paul II.

St. John Paul II University Parish serves Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and the University of North Texas (UNT). As the campus minister for TWU, my job is to ensure that college students are spiritually and intellectually enriched in their faith each semester.

As I do so, I am inspired by our namesake, one of the Church’s newest saints, St....READ MORE

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Woman's Guide to Understanding Men, Priest Founds Hospital to Help Mexico's Poor and More! (3164)

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05/18/2014 Comment

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A Woman's Guide to Understanding Men by Chris Ricketts - BigPulpit.com

Priest Founds Hospital to Help Mexico’s Poor – Maryann G. Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Science, Saints and the Shroud of Turin - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Befriending Those with Same-Sex Attraction: Celibate Man’s View – Richard G. Evans, Aleteia

Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

Fr. Robert Barron’s Reflections on the New Evangelization – John Breen, Mirror of Justice

Humane Vitae vs. Contraception – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

How Can Protestants Be Saved? - Howard Kainz PhD, The Catholic Thing

12 Tweeps Every Catholic Should Follow on Twitter – Fr....READ MORE

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The Devil Beware Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Fruitfulness of Vocations in Home and Church and Much More! (2721)

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05/17/2014 Comment

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The Devil Beware Fr. Gabriele Amorth by Anthony Faiola - BigPulpit.com

Fruitfulness (Vocations) in Home & Church – Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis, The Shipwrack-Harvest

Catholic College Tuition Bubble Showing Signs of Bursting - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

A Modern Pope Gets Old School on the Devil – Anthony Faiola

Not Happy?: The Catholic Maslow Hierarchy of Needs – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Becoming Catholic at Oxford - Christine Niles, The Catholic Thing

The Corporate Nature of Sin & Forgiveness – Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand

Is Frozen a Christian Movie? – Felix James Miller, Aleteia

Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return – Matthew Archbold, Catholic...READ MORE

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Pornography Seen as a Root of Human Trafficking (6661)

Human trafficking generates more than $32 billion in crime each year and includes some 10-30 million people held in some form of 'slavery.'

05/16/2014 Comments (18)

WASHINGTON — An expert in combating human trafficking urged congressmen last week to focus their efforts against the scourge by reducing the demand for commercialized sex, including pornography.

Laila Mickelwait, manager of policy and public affairs for Exodus Cry, an international anti-human trafficking organization, told CNA May 9 that, while it is important to “rescue and rehabilitate” victims of human trafficking, “work of prevention is the most important thing we can do in the fight against the global injustice of sexual slavery.”

She added that preventing people “from ever ending up in those exploited positions” would be “the greater victory.”

The “most critical component of...READ MORE

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Christians and Muslims United in Nigeria, Says Bishop (2169)

Prayers for the safe return of the kidnapped schoolgirls abound in the country.

05/16/2014 Comment
CNA/Weenson Oo for Aid to the Church in Need

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos is president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria

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JOS, Nigeria — Boko Haram’s April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls has brought Nigerians, as well as people across the world, into solidarity with each other across religious divides, one of the country’s bishops has said.

The girls, most of them between 16 and 18 years old, were kidnapped April 14 from their boarding school in Borno, Nigeria's northeastern-most state. Members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. All but 53 of the girls, who escaped, are still in the hands of their captors.

“They are just innocent girls, and every human being feels bad about this. Life is sacred,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos told the...READ MORE

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