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Pope Offers ‘Deep Sympathy’ to Quebec Train Victims, Families (2034)

A Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train carrying 72 cars of crude oil derailed and exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic on July 6.

07/10/2013 Comment
Stephen Driscoll/CNA

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he is uniting himself in prayer with the victims of the unusual train explosion that killed at least 15 people and destroyed a section of a Quebec town’s center July 6.

“His Holiness Pope Francis unites himself through prayer in the anguish of the grieving families, and he entrusts the victims to the mercy of God, asking him to welcome them into his light,” he said in a message released July 9 by the Vatican.

“He expresses his deep sympathy to the injured persons and their families, to the emergency workers and to all the people around them, asking the Lord to support and comfort them in their hardship,” it said.

Pope Francis’ message was sent to the...READ MORE

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Pope Grants Indulgences for World Youth Day (3303)

Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence to World Youth Day attendants and to people who cannot attend but can participate remotely.

07/10/2013 Comments (1)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence — a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin — to World Youth Day Catholic participants, the Vatican announced July 9.

The head of the Church’s Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, and its secretary, Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, released a decree on July 9 that says the Pope will grant it during the July 22-28 event in Rio de Janeiro.

“The young people and the faithful who are adequately prepared will obtain the plenary indulgence, once a day and under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer, in accordance with the intentions of the Holy Father), applicable also...READ MORE

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Pursue and Proclaim True Wisdom, Says Archbishop Chaput (3286)

Philadelphia’s archbishop delivered a Year of Faith-themed talk July 8 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

07/10/2013 Comments (9)
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– CNA/Alan Holdren

WASHINGTON — While the search for knowledge is universal, spanning all times and places, true wisdom is found in the Church and points us towards salvation in Christ, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

“Wisdom is the pursuit of the true, the right and the lasting,” which find their source “in God, and nowhere else but God,” the archbishop said in a July 8 talk.

“Power, sex, knowledge, money, possessions — none of these things, finally, lasts,” he explained. “Wisdom consists in turning our hearts to the search for what does satisfy that hunger, and then pursuing it with all our strength.”

Archbishop Chaput gave his talk, entitled “Wisdom, Christian Life and the Year of...READ MORE

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Opus Dei Bishop to Be Beatified After Newborn's Miracle Cure (7800)

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo was founder St. Josemaría Escrivá ‘best support,’ says the current head of the personal prelature.

07/10/2013 Comments (12)
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Bishop Álvaro del Portillo with Pope John Paul II

– Opus Dei Communications Office

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Venerable Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, after recognizing the miraculous healing of a newborn who had suffered major cardiac arrest.

Opus Dei Father C. John McCloskey, told Catholic News Agency July 8 that the bishop was notable for “his humility and his serenity and good humor.”

Father McCloskey said he felt “joy” at the announcement, realizing “the great good for the Church this will be.”

On July 5, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing a miracle obtained through the intercession of Bishop del Portillo.

The miracle involves the August 2003 healing of Chilean newborn Jose Ignacio Ureta...READ MORE

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A Faithful Light: Benedict’s Brilliance Illuminates New Encyclical (7963)

NEWS ANALYSIS: With his first encyclical, Pope Francis facilitates the completion of his predecessor’s trilogy about the theological virtues.

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Pope Benedict XVI in 2006

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On the eve of his election to the papacy in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spoke of the “dictatorship of relativism.” He spent the following eight years returning to the theme, explaining how, if nothing is acknowledged as objectively real, then competing views cannot be evaluated against the standard of truth, to judge which is valid. Instead, the only way to resolve disputes becomes an assertion of power — whether tyrannical or clothed in democratic processes — and, hence, the door to dictatorship is opened.

What, then, can liberate us from this dictatorship? The truth can set us free, and to know the fullness of truth about man and his place in the world requires faith or knowledge...READ MORE

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Cartoon: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet; Would You Die for the Sun? and Much More! (3369)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/10/2013 Comment

Cartoon: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more of the fine Catholic cartoonist Jason Bach.

Cartoon: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

Costa Rican Woman Speaks of Pope John Paul II Miracle – The Catholic Herald

Scandalous Priest and Glorious Martyr – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How Pope John Paul II Restored Liturgical Sanity – Jeffrey Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

The Nine Teresas of Carmel – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Lord, Keep Your Hand Over My Mouth - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington blog

Would You Die for the Sun? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

10 Unexpected Benefits to Homeschooling – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What. . .

My Encounters With the Devil - Emmanuel Joseph,...READ MORE

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Saintly Inspiration: Lejeune Foundation Reports Progress (3826)

The U.S. foundation, named in honor of Servant of God Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, seeks funds to advance its mission of helping people with Down syndrome.

07/09/2013 Comments (4)

– Wikipedia

BRIAN CAULFIELD

 

Called the “Father of Modern Genetics,” Dr. Jérôme Lejeune discovered the extra gene that causes Down syndrome and devoted his life to treating, caring for and defending the dignity of persons with chromosomal defects.

A few years after his death, on Easter Sunday 1994, a foundation named for him was formed in his home country of France to carry on his work, continuing to care for those with Down syndrome and funding research to find a cure.

The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, launched in the United States two years ago, held its first public fundraiser June 13, which was attended by his widow, Birthe Lejeune, in the French Consulate in New York City. The headquarters...READ MORE

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Murdered Syrian Priest’s Friend Feels Closeness of Martyrdom (4310)

Memorial Mass honors slain Franciscan.

07/09/2013 Comments (8)
CNA/Estefania Aguirre

Father Ibrahim Alsabagh

– CNA/Estefania Aguirre

ROME — Franciscan Father Ibrahim Alsabagh says that remembering the June 23 killing of his friend, a Syrian priest, at a Mass in Rome made him realize how close martyrdom is.

“My first reaction was of bitterness because I had met him personally, and I know how much good he did,” said Father Alsabagh, a Syrian Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land. “Also because it made me realize how close martyrdom is.”

“But on the other hand, I also felt joy and a little bit of envy,” he told Catholic News Agency July 4, following the memorial Mass for Father François Murad, held in Rome.

The evening Mass was celebrated by Bishop Matteo Zuppi, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, at...READ MORE

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