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Pope Discusses Mercy of God and Transfiguration of Jesus (3634)

In first general audience after his summer break, the Holy Father reflected on the beatitudes and Aug. 6 feast.

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Raphael's Transfiguration

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VATICAN CITY -- In his first general audience since June, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, explaining that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament by giving a new teaching on mercy in the beatitudes.

“At the heart of the New Covenant is our realization that, in Christ, we are embraced by God’s mercy and compassion and that our lives must bear witness to his love for all our brothers and sisters,” the Holy Father stated in his Aug. 6 general audience.

Beginning a catechesis on the Church shortly before breaking for the summer, Pope Francis continued this line of reflection with those gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“Prepared for in the Old Testament and established by...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley Criticizes New Massachusetts Buffer-Zone Law (1901)

The Boston archbishop said the state Legislature ‘acted with unseemly haste’ in passing legislation that could restrict the activities of pro-life counselors outside of abortion facilities.

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston

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BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has criticized a new Massachusetts law re-establishing buffer zones around abortion businesses after the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down the old law.

In an Aug. 1 statement, the cardinal warned that “the effect, again, is to make it very difficult for citizens seeking to offer alternatives to women contemplating an abortion.”

The law would forbid anyone from “substantially impeding” access to an abortion facility. If this occurred, police could issue a dispersal order and place the protesters 25 feet away from the entrance or driveway of the building.

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Pope Tells Altar Servers: Bring Jesus Outside the Church (3600)

The Holy Father spoke with 50,000 German altar servers about their role in spreading the Good News of Jesus and following the example of Mary’s ‘Yes’ to God.

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Pope Francis met with more than 50,000 altar servers from Germany on Aug. 5 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday met with more than 50,000 altar servers on an annual pilgrimage to Rome from Germany, urging them to bring Jesus to the world, especially those outside of the Church.

“You are called to speak of Jesus to your contemporaries, not only those within your parishes or associations, but especially to those outside,” he told the altar servers after a vespers prayer service on Aug. 5.

He stressed that they must make it a priority to remember God, the giver of life, who loves each person.

The Pope arrived in St. Peter’s Square at 6pm Rome time for vespers. He greeted some of the altar servers before the prayers.

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Catholic Groups Unite to Help Iraqis Exiled by the Islamic State (2261)

Thousands of Christians and other Iraqi minorities have nothing left and are depending on international Catholic aid to survive.

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A man leaves his car and packs his bag at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq, on June 11.

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MOSUL, Iraq — Catholic Relief Services and Caritas have agreed to a common plan to help those who have fled from their homes in the portions of northern Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State (IS).

The militant Sunni Islamist organization, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), was among the rebels fighting in the Syrian civil war. IS expanded its holdings into Iraq, taking Fallujah in January, and then in June began rapidly seizing Mosul and swaths of territory in the country's north and west. It has now declared a caliphate and calls itself the Islamic State.

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Immigration Impasse: Latest House Bill Expected to Die in Senate (4587)

The recent surge of young, unaccompanied migrants has accentuated partisan divisions in the U.S. Congress over the issue.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents detain young, undocumented immigrants after a foot chase on July 25 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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WASHINGTON — The surge of young unaccompanied migrants crossing the United States border illegally has complicated what was already a contentious debate in Congress, where the Republican-led House of Representatives passed legislation last week that Democratic lawmakers denounced and said is dead on arrival in the Senate.

“It’s very sad Congress couldn’t work together to deal with this international concern and serve the common good. Meanwhile, kids are suffering,” said Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody, a University of Notre Dame professor who has written extensively about and produced documentaries on immigration.

Father Groody told the Register he was disappointed with the two...READ MORE

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Vatican Clamps Down On the Sign of Peace in Mass; Dating Site: Ave Maria Singles and Much More! (6338)

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Anonymous Donor Empowers Digital Evangelizers – Little Flower

In Defense of the Elders – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Simplicity in Devotion – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

Embracing the Joy of the Gospel Again – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

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Catholic Hospital Director Dies of Ebola in Liberia (5695)

Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, a member of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29.

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Brother Patrick Nshamdze, the director of St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, died Aug. 2 after contracting the Ebola virus.

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MONROVIA, Liberia — St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God in Liberia have announced that a hospital director passed away Aug. 2 after contracting the Ebola virus.

Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, the director of St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, had been a member of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God for 23 years. He reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29, just two weeks after testing negative for the illness.

So far, the Ebola virus has killed nearly 900 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has no vaccine and no specific treatment. The virus is spread through direct contact with...READ MORE

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Three U.S. States Back EWTN Religious-Liberty Lawsuit (1832)

Alabama, Georgia and Florida each filed legal briefs Aug. 4, saying the federal HHS mandate unjustly and illegally burdens the network’s religious freedom.

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Michael Warsaw, EWTN's chairman of the board

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WASHINGTON — Alabama, Georgia and Florida each filed legal briefs on Monday in support of EWTN in a lawsuit over the HHS mandate, saying the federal rule unjustly and illegally burdens the network’s religious freedom.

“We are grateful for all the support that we have received in our fight for religious freedom,” EWTN Chairman Michael Warsaw said Aug. 4.

With their amicus curiae briefs, the three states join 20 other groups, including a pro-life coalition and a coalition of religious ministries, in support of EWTN’s lawsuit.

The lawsuit challenges certain federal Department of Health and Human Services rules instituted by the Obama administration in the name of “preventive care.” The...READ MORE

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