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Faith Requires Sharing, Pope Francis Says (2139)

The Holy Father commented on the meaning of the Eucharist as he celebrated Corpus Christi Sunday.

06/03/2013 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — The multiplication of the loaves and fish highlights our need to share our faith with others as part of a conversion to a deeper unity with Christ, Pope Francis said.

“The feast of Corpus Christi asks us to convert to faith in Providence, to share the little that we are and that we have, and to not ever close ourselves in,” said Pope Francis June 2.

During his Sunday Angelus address on the feast of Corpus Christi, which celebrates the institution of the Eucharist, Pope Francis reflected on Jesus' multiplication of the fish and loaves found in Luke 9.

Something that “always strikes me and makes me think,” the Holy Father said of the Gospel passage, is the way that...READ MORE

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Canadian Pro-Lifers Continue to Pray for Abortion Activist Henry Morgentaler (2764)

The concentration-camp survivor who promoted unrestricted access to abortion in Canada died May 28.

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OTTAWA, Canada — Pro-life leaders in Canada reacted with sadness and prayers to the death of Henry Morgentaler, regretting his leading role in legalizing abortion across the nation and the tens of thousands of abortions he performed.

“As an organization supporting the protection of all human life from conception to natural death, we have always been opposed to Canada’s unrestricted access to legal abortion of which Henry Morgentaler, through his continued court challenges, was probably the biggest single influence,” the Toronto-based Catholic Civil Rights League said May 30.

“Nevertheless, his death reminds us of the sanctity of all life, and we continue to pray for him, as well as...READ MORE

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Stuff You Can't Do as a Choirmaster; The Unborn Child, Human Touch, and Music Therapy and More! (2768)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/03/2013 Comment

Stuff You Can’t Do as a Choirmaster. Follow the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker of The Chant Café blog to finish reading the rest of the comic strip.

Stuff You Can’t Do as a Choirmaster by Jeffrey A. Tucker of The Chant Café blog - BigPulpit.com

The Unborn Child, Human Touch & Music Therapy - Kathy Ostrowski, Kansans For Life

A Pope For the Rich? - Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

Teaching Religion in the {Catholic} Homeschool - Catholic Sistas

Tolerance & the American Left - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Balancing Life as a Homeschool Mom - Amy, Adorable Chaos

“The Thrilling Romance of Orthodoxy” - Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Feast of St. Philip Neri in His Roman Churches - Gregory DiPippo, The New Liturgical Movement

Our Ongoing Conversion – Heather King, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Sobering Photos: Catholics Contrasted to Muslims in Europe; What Is the Soul? and Much More! (4216)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/01/2013 Comment

Sobering Photos: Catholics Contrasted to Muslims in Europe. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Sobering Photos: Catholics Contrasted to Muslims in Europe via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

What Is the Soul? - Mathhew Becklo, Strange Notions

What a Difference a Decade Makes – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Anti-Christian Discrimination in Europe - Anna Williams, First Things

Hail Liberty! Hail! - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Catholic Gentleman on Temptation – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

Sacra Liturgia: Peak at the Liturgical Programme - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

An Argument for Arguing Well - Mark P. Shea, The Catholic World Report

France: Pro-Marriage Revolution Building, 1 Million March – Jeanne Smits

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Bishops Say Grave Concerns Remain Over Obama Drone War (3857)

The president insists the U.S. will use drones in accordance with just-war principles, but Catholic leaders say some moral questions still remain.

05/31/2013 Comments (8)

A MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle in action in Afghanistan.

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WASHINGTON – The United States has entered a new phase in the war against al Qaeda and its allies, drawing down from its large-scale combat operations in Afghanistan and moving to more targeted counterterrorism operations where military attack drones will play a major role.

However, the U.S. bishops are now warning increased U.S. dependence on military attack drones for “targeted killings” pose serious moral questions that President Barack Obama, Congress and the U.S. public must consider.

Bishop Richard Pates, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote a May 17 letter to the White House stating that the military use of...READ MORE

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Pope Reminds Faithful to ‘Listen, Decide and Take Action’ Like Mary (2535)

The Holy Father reflected on the Blessed Mother’s decisiveness in doing God’s will on May 31.

05/31/2013 Comments (2)
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VATICAN CITY — After a Rosary in St. Peter’s Square to mark the end of May, Pope Francis asked people to “listen, decide and take action” like Mary did.

“Listen to everyday reality, to people, to the facts, because the Lord is at our door and knocks in many ways. He places signs in our path; he give us the ability to see them,” the Pope said in front of thousands of pilgrims, following an 8pm Rosary on May 31.

He spoke about the Gospel reading for the feast of the Visitation that recounts Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the Vatican city state’s vicar general and archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, led the...READ MORE

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Contraception Funding Charges Inaccurate, New York Archdiocese Says (4517)

The archdiocese had no other option but to pay into the fund which administers the union members’ benefits ‘under protest’ to continue to offer insurance to its union workers and remain in the health-care field in New York.

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NEW YORK — Responding to media reports, the Archdiocese of New York said that its payments to a labor union fund that goes towards insurance coverage of contraception and abortion are involuntary and do not excuse the federal contraception mandate.

“The union, local 1199, is present in all health-care facilities. Even if a health-care facility chose not to negotiate with the union, it would be forced to abide by the same terms of the contract,” archdiocese communications director Joseph Zwilling told Catholic News Agency on May 30.

The New York Times on May 26 reported that the Archdiocese of New York “reluctantly and indirectly” funds objectionable health-care coverage for about...READ MORE

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Abstinence Education Downplayed as Method of Combating America’s STD Epidemic (3601)

A key federal health official’s CNN commentary claims such diseases are ‘totally preventable,’ but omits any mention of chaste behavior as a solution.

05/31/2013 Comments (13)

ATLANTA — Sexually transmitted disease is rampant in America: Across the country, at any given time, 110 million people are afflicted with chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis and other sometimes silent, sometimes painfully obvious, damaging diseases.

That means that one in two Americans will be infected by an STD at some point in their life.

But despite this evidence of a comprehensive failure in existing strategies to control the spread of STDs, the nation’s public-health establishment continues to give short shrift to promoting sexual abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage as a primary means of prevention.

According to the latest data from the...READ MORE

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