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Pope Benedict Calls for End to Violence in Syria (1032)

The Holy Father also discussed Christ’s feeding of the 5,000 from the July 29 Gospel. He described the episode as 'a sign of God’s immeasurable providence in the Eucharist.'

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Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday.

“I ask God to give the wisdom of the heart, especially for those who have the greatest responsibilities, so that no effort is spared in the quest for peace, including the international community, through dialogue and reconciliation, for a proper political settlement of the conflict,” said the Pope to pilgrims at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo July 29.

His comments come as government forces and rebels battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The armed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011 and has since...READ MORE

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Born-Again Virgin, Husbands Love Your Wives-Speak Well of Her, Leah Libresco Interview, and More! (3108)

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Catholic Identity Is at Heart of Peru University's Clash With Vatican (5179)

The Holy See denies institution right to call itself 'Pontifical' and 'Catholic.'

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The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

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The Holy See’s denial of a top Peruvian university’s right to call itself “Pontifical” and “Catholic” is the latest battle  — but unlikely the last — in a long conflict over what it means to be a Catholic university.

“The Holy See, with decree of His Eminence, the Secretary of State [Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone], under a specific pontifical mandate, has decided to remove from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru the right to use in its name the titles ‘Pontifical’ and ‘Catholic,’ in accordance with canon law,” the Vatican announced July 21.

The decision followed months of discussions between the university’s rector, Marcial Rubio, and Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone....READ MORE

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Mix-and-Match Morality (6445)

July 29 issue editorial on the perils of ill-formed conscience.

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When billionairess Melinda Gates announced her plans to bring contraception to more than 100 million impoverished women, she presented herself as a practicing Catholic inspired by a commitment to social justice inculcated during her high-school years at the Ursuline Academy in Dallas.

Indeed, her high school has since defended her decision to transgress Catholic teaching on contraception: “Melinda Gates leads from her conscience and acts on her beliefs as a concerned citizen of our world,” read a statement released by the Ursuline Academy.

We have been here before.

Such policies are often presented as the inevitable outcome of a choice between impossibly high-minded doctrines and a...READ MORE

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World Harmony: The Olympics vs. the Church (1745)

User's Guide to Sunday, July 29.

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Sunday, July 29, is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

Readings

2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18, Ephesians 4:1-6, John 6:1-15

Our Take

On Friday, July 27, the world will watch as rows of nations march into a London stadium under the rings of unity holding the flags of their nations.

On Sunday, July 29, Catholics worldwide will watch the opening procession at Mass.

Which of these is a deeper spectacle of worldwide dedication to friendship, peace and harmony?

A very real case could be made for the Olympics. After all, at the Olympics, the whole world sets aside its differences to compete in a friendly way.

Sports ennoble us. As Pope John...READ MORE

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Find Jesus in Housework (9763)

St. Martha's feast day feature from our July 29 issue: Tami Kiser offers advice on what it means to be a 'smart Martha.'

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Smart Martha seminars put lessons from St. Martha’s life — Martha (whose feast day is July 29) was busy with hospitality, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet in Luke 10 — to work in modern times. Tami Kiser, the program’s developer, is the author of Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide for Busy Moms (2010). “I love your book and recommend it to other moms because it is so encouraging and positive,” says Mary Alice Phillips of St. Bernard’s Parish in Wamego, Kan. “It’s like chatting over coffee with another Catholic mom who lifts you up.”
Kiser recently shared about the focus of her advice that helps Catholic women become “smart Marthas.”

How did your program come about?
I began doing one-hour...READ MORE

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Redeemed at the University of Notre Dame? (2243)

On higher education and the HHS mandate: July 29 issue column.

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I’ve written quite a bit on how Catholics (pro-life Catholics included) have been misled by President Obama, whether campaigning for him, stumping for his “health-care reform,” or worse.

Among the worse, in May 2009, I wrote an article for the Weekly Standard titled “Duped at Notre Dame.” There, I analyzed a rather striking oddity: After Barack Obama had opened his presidency with a series of unprecedented steps advancing abortion, atop a career as a U.S. and state senator promoting radical abortion views, the University of Notre Dame took the perplexing step of inviting him to give its commencement address and honoring him with a degree.

The move was a blatant snub of Ex Corde...READ MORE

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As We Hunger For Food So We Hunger for Love, What Your Pew Choice Says About You, and Much More! (3328)

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As We Hunger for Food, So We Hunger for Love & Understanding. Click on the link under Spiritual Life to read more.

As We Hunger for Food, So We Hunger for Love & Understanding – Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

What Your Pew Choice Might be Telling You – Stephen Kokx, Crisis Magazine

Extra: Chick-fil-A Supports the Family – Big Pulpit

Spiritual Combat: A Crisis of Faith - Vicki Burbach, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Recently Completed Sacred Art – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Why I Don’t Call Myself a Gay Christian – Daniel Mattson, First Things/On the Square

Ancient Perspective on the Postmodern Condition – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, New Oxford Review

The Pope Who Helped Save the Olympics: St. Pius X – Dawn Eden, The Dawn Patrol

London Olympics 2012 Special - Big Pulpit

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