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Puerto Rico Layman Could Become Second Black Saint From the Americas (3778)

Discriminated against 'because of his race and his poverty,' Rafael Cordero Molina was renowned for his holiness and determination to fight racism and educate black children.

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Rafael Cordero Molina, as depicted in La Escuela del Maestro Cordero (1890-92) by Francisco Oller

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Pope Francis has approved the heroic virtue of Servant of God Rafael Cordero Molina, a layman from Puerto Rico who dedicated his life to fighting racism and educating black children.

If canonized, Molina would be the second black layman from the American continent to be made a saint, following St. Martin de Porres.

Molina, whose beatification cause is now moving forward, devoted more than 58 years of his life to teaching. He founded a school to educate children in the principles of the Christian faith and morality.

Born on Oct. 24, 1790, Molina was educated by his parents, as black individuals at the time did not have the right to education, and his family...READ MORE

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Man With Disfigured Face Recalls Warmth of Encounter With Pope Francis (6095)

Oreste Tornani, shot in the face 30 years ago and left completely disfigured, said he felt very close to the Holy Father.

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Pope Francis meeting Oreste Tornani.

– Evandro Inetti/ZUMAPRESS.com

ROME — Oreste Tornani, a man with a severely disfigured face who was blessed by Pope Francis at a recent general audience, says he felt very close to the Holy Father at their encounter.

The two met briefly on Nov. 20, following the Pope’s address in St. Peter’s Square, as Pope Francis spent several minutes greeting the sick who were in attendance.

“The Pope speaks very simply, cordially and with a warm voice, and it’s nice to hear him,” Tornani told CNA.

“When I met him, he asked me how I was, how things were going, if I had any problems and where I was living,” he said.

During their encounter, Pope Francis kissed him and gave him a blessing, making a gesture towards heaven.

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Our Adoption Journey, Advent in Miniature, The Evangelization Imperative and Much More! (3403)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why Max Weber was Wrong About the Protestant Work Ethic. Follow the link by Samuel Gregg to read more.

Why Max Weber was Wrong About the Protestant Work Ethic by Samuel Gregg - BigPulpit.com

Our Adoption Journey – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

What Pro-Lifers can Learn from “My Abortion” - Erin Karlovich, Ignitum Today

Why Pope Francis Is Time’s “Person of the Year” - John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

University Suspends Legion of Mary for Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality by Catholic World News - BigPulpit.com

The Evangelization Imperative – Russell Shaw, Aleteia

Getting ‘Theology of the Body’ Right - Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Stand

Balancing the Canonization of Nelson Mandela - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Messianic Prophecies: Zechariah...READ MORE

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Fast-Food Strike Puts Spotlight on Living Wage (5324)

The recent one-day strike by fast-food workers highlights a broader problem of wealth destroyed by inflation and more people depending on public assistance to survive on low wages.

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McDonald's employee serves customers in Raleigh, N.C., in October 2011

– Ildar Sagdejev/Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON — Last Thursday’s fast-food strike came and went in more than 100 U.S. cities, and in the current U.S. economy, such strikes are likely to return. However, the protests are bringing growing awareness to a problem in the United States that affects not only the fast-food industry: Too many jobs in the U.S. fail to give workers a living wage, and the solution is not simple.

On Dec. 5, thousands of fast-food workers across the country went on a daylong strike demanding a $15-per-hour wage and the power to create a union.

Kendall Fells, organizing director of Fast Food Forward, told the Register that his group is “urging the fast-food industry to step up and pay its workers a...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Meet Leader of International Islamic Group (5108)

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, will meet the Holy Father tomorrow morning at the Vatican.

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Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

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Pope Francis is to meet the secretary general of the influential Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) tomorrow morning, the Vatican has confirmed.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a Turkish diplomat and academic, heads the Jeddah-based organization, whose membership comprises 57 Muslim-majority states, spread over four continents.

Founded in 1969, the organization claims to be the largest global intergovernmental organization after the United Nations and the “collective voice of the Muslim world.” Its stated aim is to ensure and protect the interests of Muslims “in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.”

In 2005, it enacted a “Ten-Year...READ MORE

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When Roses Bloom in Winter (2811)

A Reflection on Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Adapted from the archbishop’s homily at the 82nd annual procession in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in East Los Angeles, Dec. 1, 2013:

 

Dear Guadalupanos!

This is beautiful, to see all of you and your families.

Thanks be to God! Let’s thank him for the gift of our Catholic faith! Let’s praise God for all his graces and blessings in our lives! Let’s give glory to Jesus Christ and his Mother and our Mother — Our Lady of Guadalupe!

My brothers and sisters, recently I was in Mexico City — at the shrine of the Virgin. And we received a special video message from our Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Pope told us many beautiful things.

He reminded us that Our Lady of Guadalupe is a...READ MORE

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Large Family Field Trips, Abp. Kurtz & His Younger Brother with Down's Syndrome and More! (2546)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Fields Trips in a Large Family. Follow the link by Jen Dunlap of Forever For Always No Matter What blog.

Field Trips in a Large Family – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

Controlling Women’s Desires in Kenya by Anne Morse of Catholic Lane - BigPulpit.com

New USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz & His Younger Brother with Down’s Syndrome - Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S. J., R. I. P. – Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

10 Ways to Grow in Holiness Today - Misty, Catholic Sistas

René de La Tour du Pin & the Renewal of the Social Order – Joseph F. X. Sladky, Crisis Magazine

Te Deum, Solemn Tone, 5th-Century Monastic Chant – Zephyrinus

The Immaculate Conception Extra - BigPulpit.com

Common Core Is Not Catholic Education – David G....READ MORE

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European Parliament Rejects Notion of Abortion as ‘Human Right’ (4685)

The rejection affirms the capacity of individual nations to set their own laws and policies on abortion and sexual education.

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European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France

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STRASBOURG, France — Members of the European Parliament have rejected a report which suggested that abortion be defined as a “human rights and public-health concern.”

The rejection of the report affirms the ability of the individual nations in the European Union to promote their own approach to sexual education and abortion policies.

“The formulation and implementation of policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights and on sex education in schools is a competence of the member states,” stated the European People’s Party and the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, two groups within the European Parliament that presented an alternative report that passed by a vote of...READ MORE

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