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It’s Official: John Paul II and John XXIII to Be Canonized (10012)

Pope Francis approves decree on the second miracle attributed to John Paul’s intercession, and in an unusual move, he approves a ‘favorable vote’ for John XXIII’s sainthood.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has confirmed that both Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be canonized, and possibly at the same time, although a date has yet to be set for the canonizations.

Reading from a statement, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters today that Pope Francis had approved a decree on a second miracle attributed to John Paul II’s intercession.

He also said the Holy Father had approved a “favorable vote,” taken by a commission of cardinals and bishops, “on the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII.”

The commission has decided to “convoke a consistory” so that both canonizations can take place at the same time, but it’s not clear...READ MORE

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Not Only One Way: Catholics Debate Social Teaching in Immigration Reform (3225)

Some involved Catholics examine the issues in play, as debate in Washington shifts to the House of Representatives after the Senate passes its reform bill.

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Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration.

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WASHINGTON — Immigrants living and working illegally in communities throughout the United States may soon have a path to citizenship, thanks to a new U.S. Senate bill. But the legislation has Catholics debating how best to tackle the problem of illegal immigration with the Church’s social teachings.

The Senate passed the 1,200-page comprehensive immigration-reform bill June 27 in a bipartisan 68-32 vote — a move praised by Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles as a positive step.

“The status quo of our current system causes much suffering among immigrants and their families and must end,” Archbishop Gomez, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, said in a June 28...READ MORE

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Panelists Predict Widespread Impact of Marriage Rulings (3685)

Catholic Information Center panelists voiced doubt that the current administration would provide sufficient religious-freedom protections.

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WASHINGTON — Although the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on marriage were narrowly constructed, legal experts say they will likely have far-reaching consequences for society.

Hadley Arkes, professor of jurisprudence and American institutions at Amherst College, warned that the decisions “will have wide-reaching effects” within states because they make an “underlying moral judgment” that “sets off a dynamic of its own.”

Arkes spoke at a July 1 panel at the Catholic Information Center in downtown Washington on the effects of the Supreme Court’s June decisions on two cases concerning same-sex “marriage.”

Also on the panel were Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy...READ MORE

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Release of Pope Francis’ First Encyclical Stresses Beauty of Faith (3545)

Pope Francis said he is ‘deeply grateful’ to his predecessor for having almost completed the first draft of the encyclical, which he says is ‘meant to supplement what Benedict XVI had written in his encyclical letters on charity and hope.’

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VATICAN CITY — The first encyclical of Pope Francis — which had been started by the former pope, Benedict XVI — has been released today to help strengthen the faith of Catholics worldwide.

“We welcome with great joy and gratitude this integral profession of faith, in the form of catechesis written by four hands of the successors of Peter,” said Cardinal Marc Ouellet at the Vatican Press Office on July 5.

“Together, they show forth the Church’s faith in its beauty, the faith that is confessed within the body of Christ as the concrete communion of believers,” he added.

The encyclical — called Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) — was presented at a Holy See press conference with the...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Despicable Me 2' (6770)

An amiable sequel doesn’t quite match the endearing original, but successfully coasts on the characters’ charm and the reliable appeal of the breakout Minions.

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After a second-tier archvillain has been domesticated and redeemed by the inexorable cuteness of a trio of orphaned moppets, how does a sequel keep things interesting? Despicable Me 2 has some good next-step ideas.

Still adjusting to the vagaries of suburban single fatherhood (backyard birthday parties, etc.), the newly reformed Gru (Steve Carell) is nonplused to learn that his old partner in crime, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), is leaving him to pursue other opportunities. Isn’t that always the way with old friends when a single guy settles down?

Then there are the neighbors trying to set up Gru with their single lady friends. Well, moppets need a mother as well as a father — and it’s...READ MORE

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Catholic Lawsuit Seeks to Uncover Influences on HHS Mandate Policy (2256)

The Diocese of Pittsburgh’s lawsuit contends the federal government created illegal barriers to disclosing information about lobbyist influence.

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President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius meet with health-care stakeholders at the White House on May 11, 2009.

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PITTSBURGH — The Diocese of Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit charging that the federal government created illegal barriers to its request for information about lobbyist influence on the HHS contraception mandate.

“We think there has been a wide variety of groups trying to influence the administration to keep the sterilization, contraception and abortion pill parts of the mandate,” Mickey Pohl, a lawyer for the diocese, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

He added that the diocese is “trying to find out what the communication has been back and forth to HHS and the reason HHS is fighting religious organizations so hard not to change the preventative-care mandate.”

The diocese’s lawsuit,...READ MORE

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Komen Troubles Attributed to Planned Parenthood Controversy (17459)

The breast-cancer charity experiences a decline in participation in its fundraising walks, amid continuing criticism of its contributions to the abortion provider.

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DALLAS — When Dr. Judith Salerno, the new CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, officially steps into her new job on Sept. 9, she will do so with the blessings of Planned Parenthood.

In 2012, the abortion provider waged a successful public-relations campaign to force Komen, which supports initiatives to fight breast cancer, to reverse a controversial decision to discontinue voluntary financial grants to Planned Parenthood. Now, two years later, the abortion group greeted the appointment of Salerno with warm words.

“We wish Dr. Salerno well in this important new role, and we’re proud of our continued partnerships with Komen and others to ensure that all women, regardless of income, have...READ MORE

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Pope: Christ Provides a Freedom and Salvation ‘Identity Card’ (1598)

In his daily homily, the Holy Father reflected on the biblical account of Jesus curing a paralytic.

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Pope Francis (r) celebrates Mass July 4 at the Vatican's St. Martha House.

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VATICAN CITY — During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis explained that Christians are free because of Jesus, who gives them their identity as God’s children.

“We are saved in Jesus Christ, and no one can take from us this identity card,” said the Pope at the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha House. “Civil status: We are free!”

“This is how I identify myself, as a child of God; what a beautiful identity!” he remarked during his homily July 4.

The Pope explained that human beings are free because Jesus “made us sons, with the liberty of sons,” and that because of what he did, people can call God “Father.”

“We, who were slaves of sin, he has made us all free; he has healed us at...READ MORE

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