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The Bishops Farrell: An Answer to an Irish Mother’s Prayers (4772)

Bishop Brian Farrell calls the Vatican home, while younger brother Kevin shepherds the Diocese of Dallas.

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Bishop Kevin Farrell (l) and Bishop Brian Farrell concelebrate Mass in Dublin, in June 2012, while attending an international Eucharistic council.

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WASHINGTON — Bishop Kevin Farrell remembers what his Irish mother would do when her four boys got especially rambunctious at home in 1950s Dublin: “She’d bow her head before the Sacred Heart, and say, ‘All for you, O sweet Jesus and holy mother the Church.’”

And by the Church’s measure, Mrs. Farrell’s prayers were fulfilled: Her two oldest sons, Brian and Kevin, were ordained as priests, in 1969 and 1978 respectively.

Today, they are literally brother bishops, serving the Church in very different ways, in different parts of the world: Bishop Brian Farrell, 71, is the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity based in Rome, while Bishop Kevin Farrell, 67, has served...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Visit White House Sept. 23 (4493)

The announcement of the Pope’s visit to the White House comes at a time of mixed relations between President Obama and U.S. Church leaders.

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President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis for a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. officials has confirmed that Pope Francis will make a stop at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama on Sept. 23, during his trip to the United States for the World Meeting of Families.

“The president and the first lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 23,” said a March 26 statement from the White House press secretary.

“During the visit, the president and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the president’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity...READ MORE

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A Grave Problem: NJ Ban on Religious Headstone Sales Could Violate Constitution (3667)

The bill, signed into law March 23 by Gov. Chris Christie, bars any 'religious corporation, association, organization or society' that owns, controls or manages a cemetery from selling memorials, vaults or mausoleums.

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TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional-law specialist.

Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles out religious organizations for disfavored treatment.”

Franck directs the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Princeton, N.J.-based Witherspoon Institute. He characterized the law as “a direct assault on the freedom of churches to offer services to the bereaved in their own congregations.”

In a March 16 article at the news site NJ.com, Mark...READ MORE

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‘Led by God’s Hand’: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Communion With Christ (4890)

Sister M. Regina van den Berg’s book opens a new chapter in the life of a philosopher saint.

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ROME — Edith Stein — St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross — is well known for her heroic journey from Judaism to atheism to Catholicism and, ultimately, her martyrdom in the Auschwitz extermination camp in 1942.

But in a new book, Communion With Christ: According to Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, U.S. Sister M. Regina van den Berg, of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George (FSGM), goes deeper into St. Teresa’s life and writings in the context of the “spirituality of communion.” She explains how, as a philosopher, St. Teresa was directed towards attaining communion with the Truth and how she discovered that Truth was a Person, Jesus Christ.

In these March 14 comments to the...READ MORE

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President Mahmoud Abbas Invited to Vatican to Attend Palestinians’ Canonization Mass (2062)

Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas and Blessed Mariam Baouardy, Palestinians born in the 19th century, will be canonized May 17.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the World Economic Forum.

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JERUSALEM — Nearly a year since taking part in a prayer for Middle East peace in the Vatican Gardens, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been invited to the Vatican a second time, for the canonization Mass of two Palestinians.

Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas and Blessed Mariam Baouardy were both Palestinians born in the 19th century and foundresses of religious orders. They are to be canonized at a Mass celebrated at the Vatican May 17.

The news site Abouna.org, run by a priest of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, announced March 22 that Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem invited Abbas to the Mass while visiting his headquarters in Ramallah, in the West Bank of Palestine.

Patriarch Twal...READ MORE

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Six Saints that Just Would Not Die, Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance and Much More! (6744)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics Join International Outcry Over Afghan Woman’s Savage Killing (2477)

The 28-year-old victim was lynched March 19 by a mob after an accusation, later refuted by police officials, that she burned a Quran.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide.

A U.S. bishops’ conference representative told CNA on Tuesday that “the bishops have concerns” about “blasphemy laws that contribute to incidents of this nature.”

The 28-year-old victim, Farkhunda, was lynched March 19 by a mob after an accusation that she burned a Quran.

A policeman told the Associated Press the incident began when Farkhunda argued with a mullah at a shrine over being encouraged to buy amulets that she thought were superstitious. Bystanders overheard an accusation that she burned a Quran...READ MORE

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New Yorkers Score Major Pro-Life Victory Over Cuomo’s Abortion Agenda (16947)

An effective and unified pro-life resistance — and several twists of fate — delivered a major blow to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign to expand abortion rights.

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N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a campaign appearance in Westchester County, N.Y., on Oct. 28, 2014.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A pro-life coalition in New York has achieved a major victory in its two-year-long battle with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to expand legal abortion, now that the state assembly has agreed to split the governor’s “women’s equality agenda” into 10 separate bills.

And as a direct result, the abortion component of the agenda is expected to die, as it lacks the political support to succeed legislatively.

“We were able to hold off unrestricted, late-term abortion in New York state, and that is a pretty major victory in a state like New York,” said Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference.

On March 16, the New York State Assembly...READ MORE

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