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Woman Recalls Deep Pain and Joy of Immigrating to America (2385)

Sofía González, 20, recounts hardest thing in her journey was having to leave her family and return to Mexico for two years, which she had not seen since her eighth birthday and had no ties for her.

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Sofia Gonzalez near the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico.

– Felipe Romero

ST. LOUIS — A young woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Guadalajara, Mexico, remembers the 11 years of paperwork granting them legal status in the country as a “huge, painful [and] interesting process.”

In February, 20-year-old Sofía González was able to return to St. Louis, after U.S. immigration laws sent her away from her family and back to Mexico for nearly two years.

González told Catholic News Agency that she is happy now to be living the life she had hoped for while growing up in the United States.

“I finally have that after so many years,” she said. "Itʼs a blessing, and I have to remind myself what a blessing it is and how many other folks who are so...READ MORE

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Krakow or Bust in 2016, Say WYD Rio Youth (4261)

Youth plan to make the sacrifices to get to Krakow, saying World Youth Day is 'an experience that money cannot buy.'

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Matias Gonzalez and Arturo Fernandez from Argentina at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 28.

– Walter Sanchez Silva/CNA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Young pilgrims at Rio de Janeiro’s World Youth Day said that traveling to Krakow, Poland, in 2016 for the next event “will be a great challenge,” but they insist that “we’ll be there.”

Arturo Fernandez, who is from the Diocese of Morón in Argentina, told Catholic News Agency that young people “will do as much as possible to attend the next World Youth Day. We get together and pray hard to be able to go.”

Fernandez said that being part of World Youth Day in Rio “has been an experience that money cannot buy.”

“There are many people who want to be near the Pope, and that has touched us greatly,” he said. “We’ve been able to hear it, see it, and we have been around him...READ MORE

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Misinterpreting Francis (26800)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A Vatican official chided the mainstream media for its conflation of the Holy Father’s remarks on homosexuality.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality during a press conference on the papal plane back from World Youth Day in Rio were largely misreported by the mainstream press, according to a Vatican official and a Church expert.

During a surprise and wide-ranging in-flight press conference Sunday that lasted 80 minutes, Pope Francis reportedly said: “If someone is gay, and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well,” the Holy Father went on. “It says one must not marginalize these persons; they must be integrated into...READ MORE

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Winning the Culture War, Apostle of the Upper Midwest, What Is an Effective Pro-Life Ad and More! (2876)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Winning the Culture War. Follow the link by Ben of the Two Catholic Men and a Blog to read more.

Winning the Culture War by Ben of the Two Catholic Men and a Blog - BigPulpit.com

Apostle of the Upper Midwest: Samuel Mazzuchelli - Christopher Check, Crisis Magazine

How Can You Tell When a Pro-life Advertisement is Effective? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Eyeball the Enemy - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Contemporary Praise Songs Do Not Really Say Much - Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Freedom from Government (Birth) Control - Carrie Gress, The Catholic World Report

Father Murad and Archbishop Óscar Romero - Carlos X., Super Martyrio: The Martyrdom Files

“Wives Are Cheating 40% More Than They Used To” - Eve Tushnet, First Thoughts

Paper Keys – Anthony Esolen, The...READ MORE

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World Youth Day, D.C. Style (2335)

A large gathering of Catholic youth at the Franciscan Monastery joined hearts and prayers with their compatriots in Brazil.

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Participants praying at a July 27 World Youth Day-inspired event in Washington, D.C.

– Adelaide Mena / CNA

WASHINGTON — On Saturday, as the Pope led millions of pilgrims in an evening prayer vigil in Rio, hundreds of young people in Washington flocked to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in the Americas for their own celebration of World Youth Day.

Students filled St. Francis Hall and watched a live stream of the Pope making his way through the crowds in Rio de Javier. They laughed as he interacted with the pilgrims: briefly putting on a sombrero, stopping to kiss babies, and even trading hats with one member of the crowd.

In an opening reflection, Susan Timoney urged young people to follow the Pope’s instruction to “shake things up.” Echoing a previous speech by Cardinal Donald...READ MORE

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Post-WYD Surprise: Pope Francis Gives Wide-Ranging In-Flight Press Conference (10005)

The Holy Father touches on the ‘gay lobby’ and Vatican Bank reform, as well as several other high-profile issues.

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– CNA/Alan Holdren

ROME — Pope Francis finished off his trip to Brazil with one last unscripted moment by holding a 1 hour and 20 minute press conference during the flight back to Rome.

The July 28 meeting with journalists covered everything from the canonization of Blessed John Paul II to an investigation of a Vatican monsignor who allegedly lived in a homosexual relationship.

Msgr. Battista Ricca was recently made secretary of the commission of cardinals that oversees the Vatican Bank. He was the target of an internal investigation after Italy’s L’Espresso magazine accused him of improprieties while working at the papal nunciature in Uruguay from 1999 to 2001.

Further inquiry “found nothing,” said...READ MORE

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Evangelize by Making Strong Marriages, Cardinal Tells WYD Pilgrims (2906)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley says faith in Jesus does not mean ʻwarm fuzzies,ʼ but a responsibility to witness to the faith and evangelize in everyday life.

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Thousands of pilgrims engage with Cardinal Sean O’Malley during a July 26 catechesis talk in the Vivo Rio center in Rio de Janeiro.

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston encouraged thousands of pilgrims gathered for a World Youth Day catechesis talk in Rio de Janeiro to choose carefully, use the right criteria and remember their vocation as evangelizers when picking a spouse.

“Don’t marry someone because they’re rich or you share the same hobbies,” he said July 26 at the city’s entertainment venue, Vivo Rio. “Marry someone because you share the same sense of mission.”

“Get married to have children!” he told the young people present.

Millions of pilgrims from across the globe poured into Rio for the July 23-28 World Youth Day events, which included three mornings of catechesis sessions with various...READ MORE

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Praise for Steps Taken in U.K. War on Pornography (1824)

The Cameron government’s plan to make family-friendly filters the default setting in 95% of British households is ʻexactly the right solution,ʼ says one Catholic professor.

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Susan Selner-Wright teaches philosophy at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver.

– SJVDenver.edu

LONDON — A plan by the United Kingdom to make family-friendly filters the default setting for  Internet connections has drawn praise as a thoughtful way to balance the free flow of information with the protection of people from pornography’s harm.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced in a July 22 speech that the government had reached an agreement with the nation’s biggest Internet service providers to block access to online pornography unless the consumer expressly chooses to remove the filter. The agreement covers 95% of British homes.

“It’s a very good thing because it establishes that the cultural norm, the feed that’s just going to come into (your home), is not going to...READ MORE

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