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The Prophetic Papacy of Pope Paul VI; Marriage: A Well Defined Union and Much More! (2985)

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Pope Francis, The Franciscans, and The TLM by Don. R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

The Prophetic Papacy of Pope Paul VI – James Day, Crisis Magazine

Marriage: A Well Defined Union – Father James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Open Season on Strong-Identity Catholics in the Vatican - Fr. Z’s Blog

Two Popular Heresies via Saint Etheldreda’s Place - BigPulpit.com

What Not to Expect from Synod on Remarried – Karl Keating, Catholic Answers

The Sacrifice of the Mass = Eternity X Time - Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand

Forget the Web, Return to Pamphleteering – Mark Judge, Aleteia

Pope Francis on Secession Movements – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Lebanon’s Presidential Vacuum a Cause for Concern (2657)

The failure of Maronite Catholic and Sunni Muslim political parties to agree on a candidate has resulted in a seven-week stalemate.

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A car decorated in the colors of the Lebanese flag drives down a street in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on June 23.

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Amid escalating external volatility in the Middle East, Lebanon is grappling with the internal issue of a presidential vacuum.

The country has been without a president since the six-year term of former President Michel Suleiman ended May 25.

Under Lebanon’s sectarian-based power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Catholic, the speaker of parliament a Shiite Muslim and the prime minister a Sunni Muslim.

At issue are long-standing divisions between the two main opposing political blocks: the March 8 Coalition, headed by the Shiite group Hezbullah and Maronite Catholic Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, and the March 14 Coalition, led by the Sunni Muslim...READ MORE

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Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Is a Mandate for Human Dignity (2909)

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Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb.

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On June 28, 1776, the first draft of our nation’s Declaration of Independence was introduced to the general session of the Second Continental Congress. The 28th was a Friday, and so the Founding Fathers tabled the draft until the following Monday, July 1, when they took it up again for debate. A resolution for independence was approved on July 2, and, on July 4, the text of the Declaration of Independence was approved.

Sunday, June 30, 1776, was an important day in our nation’s history. On that day, the Founding Fathers would have been in Philadelphia’s churches, praying for the will of God in the founding of our nation. They might have prayed for us, the beneficiaries of their courage....READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (12671)

A surprisingly complex, thoughtful follow-up to the prosaic 2011 reboot, this dystopian fantasy has a lot more on its mind than apes battling humans.

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Wait, where did this movie come from? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is so not the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes I expected or was prepared for.

Nothing in the well-made but prosaic 2011 reboot hinted at the power of this film, a worthy successor to the best of the original films, with their cautionary parables about man’s inhumanity to man set in a topsy-turvy Twilight Zone world of intelligent apes and animal-like humans.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a popcorn pre-apocalypse that devoted most of its brain power to mundane questions of sci-fi plausibility, a bit to character drama and virtually none to subtext or theme. Laboring under the plot mechanics of moving toward...READ MORE

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Proposed Bill Aims to Thwart Hobby Lobby Decision (1925)

With backing from pro-abortion groups and the White House, 35 U.S. senators have introduced legislation to strip religious-freedom protections from businesses that object to the HHS mandate.

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Sen. Patty Murray (l) speaks at a Planned Parenthood rally in Seattle in February 2012. Murray, D-Wash., is a co-sponsor of the proposed Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act.

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WASHINGTON — Thirty-five U.S. senators have introduced legislation to strip religious-freedom protections from businesses with objections to mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

The senators are backed by both the White House and abortion-rights groups.

The bill summary objected that the Supreme Court allows some corporations to “get out of complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage requirement if they have religious beliefs against birth control.”

The summary, from bill co-sponsor Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., claims that the bill would “stop employers from being able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.”

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Church of England’s Impending Ordination of Women Bishops Poses Ecumenical Challenge (6688)

The Pope and the archbishop of Canterbury emphasized areas where their churches can work together when they met last month, but progress towards future unity appears blocked.

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Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury joins a crowd of hundreds of Church of England women priests on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, prior to a special service on May 3 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women.

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LONDON — In a sign of the current good relations between the Catholic Church and the Church of England, the meeting at the Vatican on June 16 between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was warm — but clouds still loom over the prospect of any unity between the two churches in the foreseeable future.

Pope Francis emphasized the ways in which Catholics and Anglicans can work together, highlighting “the effort to achieve greater social justice, to build an economic system that is at the service of man and promotes the common good. Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor, so that they are not abandoned to the laws...READ MORE

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Papal Delegation to Investigate Paraguayan Diocese (12453)

Father Carlos Urrutigoity, an Argentine native who is the vicar general for the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, is described by the Diocese of Scranton, which suspended him in 2002, as 'a serious threat to young people.'

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Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, will lead the July 21-26 apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.

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CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay — Pope Francis will send an apostolic delegation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este to investigate the vicar general, who has a history of sexual-abuse accusations.

Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti, apostolic nuncio to Paraguay, announced July 2 that the Pope will be sending an apostolic visitation to the diocese July 21-26 “to determine not only what has happened recently, but all there is to see in the house of Ciudad del Este.”

Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, will lead the investigation; he is to be assisted by Bishop Milton Troccoli Cebedio, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Montevideo.

Father Carlos Urrutigoity, an...READ MORE

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Annual Meeting in Rimini Sets Sights on Evangelizing at the ‘Peripheries’ (2026)

The Church movement Communion and Liberation has held this meeting every year since 1960.

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Rimini meeting launch held in Rome July 1.

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ROME — Italy’s upcoming “Meeting of Friendship Among People” organized by the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation has set its sights on the “peripheries” spoken of by Pope Francis.

The event has taken place in the Italian city of Rimini every year since 1980 and often attracts international interest because of the prominence and quality of its participants.

The theme of the 2014 gathering is “Toward the peripheries of world and existence: Fate has not left man alone.” Scheduled for Aug. 24-30, it’s program — including 14 exhibitions and more than 100 conventions and shows — was presented at a press conference in Rome July 1.

Italian political figures will also be highly...READ MORE

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