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You May Weep, Families and Infertility, It's Not Career Versus Family Anymore and More! (4114)

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09/27/2013 Comment

You May Weep by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

You May Weep by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf - BigPulpit.com

Families and Infertility - Amanda Castro, The Patient Wanderer

It’s Not Career Versus Family Anymore - Christina M. Weber, Ignitum Today

The Purpose of Catholic Education and the Role of the State - Joe Carter, PowerBlog

Pope Francis Excommunicates Dissident Aussie Priest – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Examining Scouting Choices, A Letter from My Husband - Collin Wahlund, A Star of Hope

Rubricism, Juridicalism, & Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Boycott Pakistan’s Cricket Team for Persecution of Christians - Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

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Mora’s Miracle: The Costa Rican Woman Who Was Healed Through John Paul II’s Intercession (15708)

Floribeth Mora Diaz recounts the amazing story of her medically inexplicable recovery in 2011 from an inoperable brain aneurism.

09/26/2013 Comments (26)
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Floribeth Mora Diaz.

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Floribeth Mora Diaz was told by doctors in 2011 that she had an inoperable brain aneurysm. The Costa Rican woman prayed for Blessed John Paul II’s intercession for a cure while watching a broadcast of the former Pope’s beatification on May 1, 2011. Immediately, she began to feel better. Later, doctors couldn’t explain her rapid recovery. They saw no traces of her once life-threatening aneurysm.

Mora sent her story to the Vatican for review in the cause for Pope John Paul’s sainthood.

On July 5, Pope Francis approved Mora’s miracle and thus paved the way for Blessed John Paul II’s canonization. Cardinals will meet in a consistory Sept. 30 in Rome to set the date for John Paul II’s...READ MORE

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Pius XII Knew He Would Be Misunderstood Over the Holocaust, Theologian Says (4444)

Both the German resistance movement and Poland’s bishops told Pius XII that direct action would make things worse for the Jews.

09/26/2013 Comments (11)

Aug. 16, 1943, cover of Time magazine featuring Pope Pius XII.

VATICAN CITY — A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican Archives says the Pope believed he did the right thing during the Holocaust, despite knowing he would be questioned.

Father Peter Gumpel, 90, a former professor at the Gregorian University in Rome for 25 years, was simultaneously appointed as a theological consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and as assistant postulator general.

He said he was personally acquainted with Pope Pius XII and has met every pope since then, with the exception of John Paul I.

The work that Father Gumpel was assigned as a theological consultant was to “examine everything” related...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke’s Advice to Nancy Pelosi: Back Off Holy Communion (24931)

The prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura also shared his views on Pope Francis, Fatima and the threat of U.S. government persecution of Catholics.

09/26/2013 Comments (275)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

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WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s repeated public support for abortion is a “grave sin” that means she should not be admitted to holy Communion, out of concern for her spiritual state, said Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Cardinal Burke, who heads the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest court of appeal other than the Pope, explained that Canon 915 of canon law “must be applied” in Pelosi’s case. That canon states that people who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin” should not be admitted to Communion.

“This is a person who, obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still...READ MORE

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Religious Sisters Lead First Class-Action Suit Against HHS Mandate (6258)

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing the Little Sisters of the Poor in their fight against the HHS mandate.

09/26/2013 Comments (13)
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The Little Sisters of the Poor minister to the elderly in poverty.

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DENVER — The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it would require them to violate the teachings of their Catholic faith.

“Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work,” said Mother Loraine Marie Clare Maguire, superior of the congregation’s Baltimore province, Sept. 24.

“We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government’s program to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs,” she said.

The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Denver and the Little Sisters...READ MORE

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Architects Eager to Begin Crystal Cathedral’s Renovation (8995)

Two architectural firms have been selected to collaborate on the transformation of the landmark building and its 34-acre campus.

09/26/2013 Comments (15)
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ORANGE, Calif. — The leading architects in the massive undertaking of renovating the Crystal Cathedral into Christ Cathedral for the Diocese of Orange, Calif., have expressed their excitement about the daunting project.

On Sept. 18, Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange announced that Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios had been selected to collaborate on the transformation of the landmark building and its 34-acre campus.

The Diocese of Orange purchased the 3,000-seat Crystal Cathedral in February of 2012 from the Protestant church that founded it. The purchase was made after Crystal Cathedral had filed for bankruptcy in October 2010, when some of its creditors sued for payment.

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Pope Francis’ First Six Months (9026)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A look at the ‘Francis Effect’ over the period that commenced with his election as Pope on March 13.

09/26/2013 Comments (18)
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VATICAN CITY — Even before last week’s major interview, Pope Francis’ pontificate had certainly not been given short shrift in the mainstream media during his first six months as Pope.

In fact, the Holy Father has made such a positive impact on the world stage that negative comments are almost entirely absent in the mainstream media.

Many have been affected not only by his words, but his actions and gestures — from his emphasis on God’s love and mercy and peace-making efforts in Syria to his out-of-the-blue telephone calls and his decision to shun the apostolic palace and live in the St. Martha guesthouse.

Images of him kissing children, hugging the disabled and being driven from...READ MORE

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A Day of Reparation for the Insult Caused to God, The Mother of Christ Comes to Theaters and More! (7854)

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09/26/2013 Comment

A Day of Reparation for the Insult Caused to God. Follow the link by Deacon Nick Donnelly to read more.

A Day of Reparation for the Insult Caused to God by Deacon Nick Donnelly - BigPulpit.com

The Mother of Christ Comes Alive on the Big Screen - Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

One Filipino Family’s Call to Missionary Life – Joseph Summers, Ignitum Today

Children’s Choirs – Charles Cole, The Chant Café

What Apostolic Succession Is & Why It’s Essential – Brantly Millegan, Catholic Stand

The Lily that did Not Mind Death - Jane Sloan, Catholic Exchange

Eyewitness to Evil – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

A Predominant Fault in Some Men – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Big Interview of Pope Francis (Tuesday) – BigPulpit.com

Naggable Offenses - Birgit Jones, Designs by Birgit

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