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Marriage’s Indissolubility Is a Dogma, Cardinal Müller Clarifies (3931)

In The Hope of the Family, a book-length interview conducted in June, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addresses several key issues.

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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VATICAN CITY — In a book-length interview, Cardinal Gerhard Müller underscored that the indissolubility of marriage is no mere doctrine, but a dogma of the Church, and he stressed the need to recover the sacramental understanding of marriage and family.

Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, granted the interview in June to the Spanish journalist Carlos Granados, director of the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos in Madrid.

The book is titled The Hope of the Family, and it will be released in English, Italian and Spanish. It will be published shortly by Ignatius Press and is priced at $10.95.

In the book, Cardinal Müller corrects misunderstandings about...READ MORE

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Bishop: Child-Migrant Surge Begins in Smugglers’ Lies (2383)

A Central-American bishop says organized criminals create ‘false illusions and mirages’ to get parents to send their children to the U.S.

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An unaccompanied child migrant

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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — A Central-American bishop has said the recent wave of migrants to the U.S., which has included many unaccompanied minors, has been shaped in large part by “false illusions” created by organized criminals and smugglers.

“It is unfortunate that the illusion and mirage that the U.S. is the best place for all of the children from Honduras [is being promoted], when it is a false and empty promise to say that arriving there they will have free education, health care, food and clothing,” Bishop Romulo Emiliani Sanchez told the Honduran newspaper La Tribuna.

Bishop Emiliani is an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Pedro Sula, located in the north of Honduras near...READ MORE

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Ministering to the Gangs of Los Angeles (4770)

The Church is making strides to reduce gang violence, but more effort is needed to make parishes an effective presence and voice for peace on the streets.

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A handcuffed MS-13 gang member

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LOS ANGELES — The scourge of gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has driven tens of thousands of migrants into the U.S. and other Central-American countries.

But the two major gangs that control whole swaths of these countries, MS-13 and the 18th Street gang, are not native to the region: They are a U.S. export straight out of Los Angeles.

“MS-13 started in the Pico Union area,” said Father Stan Bosch, a psychologist with years of experience as a pastor in gang-ridden Compton, Calif. “They were young fellows, 14 or 15 years old, who had watched their parents literally beaten and decapitated in front of them.”

The Catholic Church in Los Angeles is actively engaged in...READ MORE

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Campaign Seeks to Help Educate Escaped Nigerian Schoolgirls (1205)

A non-profit group wants to give 60 girls who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists 'a fresh start' through education in a safe environment.

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– YouCaring.com

WASHINGTON — As more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing after being kidnapped this spring by Islamist terrorists, one human-rights group has started a campaign to help educate those who were able to escape.

“Right now, as these courageous girls remain in Nigeria, they are confronted daily with the paralyzing fear of recapture and potential village attacks,” legal intern Sarah Jane Norris of Jubilee Campaign told CNA.

“These are our sisters in Christ, and they need our help.”

In April, the radical Islamic group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. About 60 girls have escaped, according to reports, but the majority remain missing,...READ MORE

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Five Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis, Jesse Romero: Fighting for Souls and Much More! (3257)

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Jesse Romero: Fighting for Souls – Carlos Espinosa, Living The On A High Wire

Dear Homeschooling Parents, Public & Private School Teachers. . . – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Preparing Ourselves For Our Eternal Destiny – Fr. Joseph Esper, Catholic Journal US

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Solomon’s Wisdom: The Necessity of Reading the Old Testament – Fr. Tucker Cordani, Catholic Lane

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Secretary John Kerry Renews Calls for Pastor’s Release From Iranian Prison (1923)

Since September 2012, pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-born U.S. citizen, has been imprisoned because of his Christian faith.

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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family

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WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after a U.S. citizen was imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith, calls for his release continue.

“In Iran, U.S. Iranian citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned. The Iranian authorities sentenced him to eight years behind bars simply because of his religious beliefs,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a July 28 report on international religious freedom.

Kerry said that the U.S. “will continue to call for his release, and we will continue to work for it,” uniting with efforts from other government officials, including President Barack Obama.

Born and raised Muslim in Iran, Abedini converted to Christianity in 2000, becoming a U.S. citizen...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: ‘Put the Needs of the Poor Ahead of Our Own’ (6147)

Holy Father says the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes is all about compassion, sharing and the Eucharist.

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VATICAN — At Sunday's Angelus address at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on those receiving his message to care first for the poor before concerning themselves with their own wants and needs.

“Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own,” he said Aug. 3 in St. Peter’s Square. “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”

He reflected on the day’s Gospel, the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, from which he drew three messages: compassion, sharing and the Eucharist.

Beginning with compassion, he said that Christ “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him and would not, so to...READ MORE

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Gram Josephine: Witness to the Truth About Marriage (1782)


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In October 2014, at the behest of Pope Francis, an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will convene in Rome on the “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

One issue to be considered is the painful circumstances of divorced Catholics who remarry. I offer the story of my late grandmother, Josephine — beloved “Gram.”

Gram and my then-7-year-old dad were abandoned by my railroader-grandfather in 1931. Granddad’s only exculpation: “No one could live with Josephine.”

At St. Joseph Parish and School, a traditional German-American community, this was doubtless a scandal. Additionally problematic was that, since 1940, Gram lived with Bob (Dad’s...READ MORE

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