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Pope Francis Calls for Courageous Christians to Work in World Missions (5437)

‘The men and women of our time need the secure light ... that only the encounter with Christ can give,’ the Holy Father said.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying that, in today’s troubled world, “it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ.”

“In this complex situation, where the horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds, it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation, communion, a proclamation of God's closeness, his mercy, his salvation, and a proclamation that the power of God’s love is able to overcome the darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness,” the Pope wrote...READ MORE

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Rising Number of Aging Permanent Deacons Poses Challenge for Bishops (5160)

U.S. Catholic bishops buoyed by the statistics express concern over the number of deacons close to retirement.

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WASHINGTON — The number of permanent deacons in the United States continues to rise, even as the number of deacons approaching retirement also increases, reports a new study commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The statistics are encouraging,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, which commissioned the report, “A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate: A Study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011-2012.”

“But they also alert us to the fact many of the deacons will soon reach retirement age,” the St. Louis archbishop added. “This suggests a need for bishops to recruit a greater...READ MORE

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The Queen’s Good Servants — but God’s First (8471)

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It is depressing watching a once-great nation try to destroy itself.

Britain’s government passed a law announcing that two people of the same sex can “marry.”

The Parliament of which St. Thomas More was once speaker, the Parliament that later oversaw a worldwide British presence on the world’s oceans and the drama of empire, the Parliament that echoed with the names of battles in two world wars, the “Mother of Parliaments” that set a pattern of debating and legislating to be copied by others in distant lands … has been reduced to the absurdity of listening to people talking about how “marriage is just all about love” and how, “if two people love each other, whatever sex they are, they...READ MORE

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The Finest Rosaries I Have Ever Seen, Prayer and Psychology, On Povery and Much More! (4075)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Finest Rosaries I Have Ever Seen. Follow the link by Fr. Z to read more.

The Finest Rosaries I Have Ever Seen by Fr. Z – BigPulpit.com

Italian Jesuit Priest May Have Been Kidnapped in Syria – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Prayer & Psychology: Understand Mental Illness & Spiritual Life – Tim Glemkowski, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: Proclaiming Truth Not an Attack on Freedom – Alessandro Speciale, Vatican Insider

5 Illustrious Daughters of St. Clare – Jason Liske, Ascending Mt. Carmel

On a Sermon of St. Basil (on Poverty) – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Is a United American Eastern Catholic Church a Possibility? – Byz Pulpit

What the Pope Said about Homosexual Priests - Fr. Regis Scanlon OFM Cap, Crisis Magazine

99 Years Ago: Lights...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: U.S. Catholics Would Do Well to Honor Missionaries’ Legacy (2881)

The shepherd of Los Angeles addresses bringing the Gospel to the current culture, immigration reform and priestly formation.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez

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Archbishop José Gomez, installed as the archbishop of Los Angeles in 2011, is playing a major role in the U.S. bishops’ effort to advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

He has been a strong supporter of the National Association of Hispanic Priests (ANSH), an organization that seeks to strengthen fraternity among Hispanic priests in the United States. Archbishop Gomez also founded the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), which will hold its eighth annual conference in Los Angeles Aug. 22-25.

He spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond on Aug. 2 about his new book, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation, his hopes...READ MORE

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The Singing Nuns: Dominican Sisters to Release 'Mater Eucharistiae' (6287)

The sisters’ songs of Marian devotion will be released Aug. 13 by De Montfort Music.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A community of Dominican nuns plans to release soon an album of 15 songs centered on Marian devotion that seeks to help listeners encounter God through beautiful sacred music and get a taste of Dominican life at prayer.

“This music is just a little way for us to get into peoples’ homes,” said Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, vicaress general of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

“No matter how much we wish we could go everywhere, obviously you can’t, so this is another outreach to bring God to those who just want him,” Sister Joseph Andrew said. “Sacred music always speaks to the soul and helps us become more reflective and prayerful, and I...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Honor Three Women with ʻPeople of Life’ Award (1995)

This year’s recipients were honored for work ranging from the legal field to health care to post-abortion ministry.

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WASHINGTON — Three Catholic women leaders from diverse fields in the pro-life movement were recognized for their contributions with the 2013 People of Life Award for their lifelong dedication.

Frances Hogan, Sister Jane Marie Klein and Barbara Thorp received the award Aug. 4 at the Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB’s pro-life committee, presented the awards.

Since 2007, the annual People of Life Award is given to persons who demonstrate Blessed John Paul II’s call in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Value...READ MORE

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When You Can't Receive Holy Communion: Go Anyway Or. . .; The Decline of the Family and More! (5747)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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When You Can’t Receive Holy Communion: Go Anyway, Or . . . Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog.

When You Can’t Receive Holy Communion: Go Anyway, Or . . . from Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

The Decline of the Family & the Death of Faith – Christopher White, The Catholic World Report

Want to be a Better Parent? Hang Up the Phone – Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

12 Political Cartoons Featuring Pope Francis – Saint Peter’s List

Byzantine Ecumenism – Byz Pulpit

Pope Francis Denounces Consumerism – The Catholic Herald

On Choosing a Book on the Lives of the Saints - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Christ, Not the Priest and Not Anyone Else, is the Center - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Following Jesus Causes Your Cells to be Healthy – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Is...READ MORE

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