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Report Sees New Hostility to Religion in U.S. Military Policy (5075)

The Family Research Council's report notes that pressure to impose ’a secular, anti-religious culture’ has intensified over the last six years.

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WASHINGTON — The Family Research Council has said that there is a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to scrub the military of religious expression.”

“The climate of intimidation that began in the Air Force is bleeding over into every branch — leading even military chaplains to wonder about their security in referencing the Bible,” said Family Research Council's president, Tony Perkins, July 9.

The D.C.-based Christian-advocacy organization’s report, “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military,” documents what Perkins called a “wave of hostility toward religious expression in the military.”

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Cardinal Văn Thuận: Vietnam’s Witness to Hope (6338)

Overshadowed by the news of the upcoming canonization of two popular popes was the advancement of the cause of a heroic Vietnamese bishop.

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VATICAN CITY — Last week’s major news stories announcing the canonizations of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII, and the release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, eclipsed another important news item that day: the completion of the diocesan phase of the beatification cause of Vietnamese Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận.

Although not beatified, the heroic life story of the cardinal, who died in 2002 at the age of 76, merits wide attention.

On April 24, 1975, six days before the city fell to the North Vietnamese army, Father Van Thuận was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Saigon. It led to his subsequent arrest by the new communist regime, which sent him to...READ MORE

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Can Children Make First Communion Before First Confession, Cheaper to Kill Them and Much More! (3849)

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Retired Priests and Religious Struggle to Cope Financially (9990)

When they leave the Catholic ‘workforce,’ there aren’t enough funds to support them, the head of the National Religious Retirement Office says.

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PHILADELPHIA — They gave their lives to teach in Catholic schools, nurse in Catholic hospitals and care for members of parishes, but now they face an uncertain future, one in which they must look to those they served for help.

Without 401Ks, and sometimes even pensions and Social Security, to support them, the nation’s priests and religious brothers and sisters are living their retirement years with limited resources to pay for the basic needs many laypeople take for granted upon leaving the workforce.

Although several efforts begun in the 1980s to care for members of religious communities are bearing fruit, it is unlikely any will raise all the money required. The actual need reaches...READ MORE

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Italian Opera Company Preparing Show on Life of John Paul II (3729)

The Italian opera will debut in Rome on Dec. 8, with a special pre-debut at the Vatican during the month of October.

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MADRID — Amid the announcement of Pope John Paul II’s canonization, an Italian production company is preparing a new opera about the life of the late pope.

Cicuta Produzioni is working on an opera entitled Karol Wojtyla: The Real Story, which will recount the life of the beloved Polish Pope from childhood until death.

The opera’s co-author, Patrizia Barsotti, told EWTN News on July 2 that the life of Pope John Paul II was chosen as the subject of the opera because “he was a man who experienced moments of great difficulty, great suffering.”

“He always told people to ‘be not afraid,’ to have the strength to begin and to continue forward,” said Barsotti. “This is something very...READ MORE

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Pope Offers ‘Deep Sympathy’ to Quebec Train Victims, Families (1833)

A Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train carrying 72 cars of crude oil derailed and exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic on July 6.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he is uniting himself in prayer with the victims of the unusual train explosion that killed at least 15 people and destroyed a section of a Quebec town’s center July 6.

“His Holiness Pope Francis unites himself through prayer in the anguish of the grieving families, and he entrusts the victims to the mercy of God, asking him to welcome them into his light,” he said in a message released July 9 by the Vatican.

“He expresses his deep sympathy to the injured persons and their families, to the emergency workers and to all the people around them, asking the Lord to support and comfort them in their hardship,” it said.

Pope Francis’ message was sent to the...READ MORE

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Pope Grants Indulgences for World Youth Day (3066)

Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence to World Youth Day attendants and to people who cannot attend but can participate remotely.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence — a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin — to World Youth Day Catholic participants, the Vatican announced July 9.

The head of the Church’s Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, and its secretary, Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, released a decree on July 9 that says the Pope will grant it during the July 22-28 event in Rio de Janeiro.

“The young people and the faithful who are adequately prepared will obtain the plenary indulgence, once a day and under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer, in accordance with the intentions of the Holy Father), applicable also...READ MORE

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Pursue and Proclaim True Wisdom, Says Archbishop Chaput (3154)

Philadelphia’s archbishop delivered a Year of Faith-themed talk July 8 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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WASHINGTON — While the search for knowledge is universal, spanning all times and places, true wisdom is found in the Church and points us towards salvation in Christ, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

“Wisdom is the pursuit of the true, the right and the lasting,” which find their source “in God, and nowhere else but God,” the archbishop said in a July 8 talk.

“Power, sex, knowledge, money, possessions — none of these things, finally, lasts,” he explained. “Wisdom consists in turning our hearts to the search for what does satisfy that hunger, and then pursuing it with all our strength.”

Archbishop Chaput gave his talk, entitled “Wisdom, Christian Life and the Year of...READ MORE

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