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With CCHD’s Help, Taking Pro-Life to the Next Level (3529)

Birth Choice plans to expand services across California, thanks to Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant money.

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — After years working for a major telecom corporation and then running her own packaging and labeling firm, Kathleen Eaton Bravo decided to put her business acumen to work in a new arena: the pro-life movement.

“I realized we had to compete with the abortion industry,” said Eaton Bravo.

She launched Birth Choice as a pregnancy-resource center in 1986, but 21 years later converted the three existing sites into fully licensed medical clinics that provided — in addition to pregnancy tests and some prenatal care — screening for cervical cancer and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

“When I started doing that, a lot of people said, ‘She’s lost...READ MORE

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Korea Trip Fulfills Pope’s Seminary Hopes (1492)

While still in priestly formation, the young Jorge Bergoglio asked his order’s leader to send him to Asia as a Jesuit missionary.

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists Aug. 14 on the papal flight en route to South Korea.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

SEOUL, South Korea — As a young man and a Jesuit still in formation, Jorge Bergoglio longed to become a missionary in the Far East, like St. Francis Xavier and so many of his confreres in the Society of Jesus.

Pope Francis revealed this himself on June 7, 2013, during a meeting with some 8,000 students of Jesuit schools in Italy and Albania.

“What I liked about the society is its missionary outreach, and I wanted to be a missionary,” he said in response to a question about why he was drawn to the Society of Jesus in particular.

“When I was studying theology, I wrote to the general, who was Father Arrupe, asking him to dispatch me, to send me to Japan or to some other place. However, he...READ MORE

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Hundreds Unite at Denver Interreligious Prayer for Peace (1586)

Archbishop Samuel Aquila co-hosted the Aug. 11 event in response to the murder and persecution of religious minorities by the Islamic State.

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Program for the interreligious peace prayer service held Aug. 11 in Denver's Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

– Mary Rezac/CNA

DENVER — An estimated 900 people of the three Abrahamic religions packed the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver Aug. 11 for an interreligious prayer service for those suffering in the Middle East.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila hosted the event, together with the ecumenical and interfaith office of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, in response to the murder and persecution of Christian, Jewish, Shia Muslim and Yazidi minorities at the hands of the Islamic State, a Sunni organization in Iraq and Syria.

Father Andre Mahanna, director of the Maronite eparchy’s interfaith office, opened the service, explaining that the danger of persecution...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Praises Korea’s ‘Undiminished Hope’ in Opening Address (8092)

The Holy Father arrived in Seoul Thursday for an apostolic visit that continues through Aug. 18.

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Pope Francis greets members of the South Korean bishops' conference upon his arrival Thursday in Seoul.

– CNA/Alan Holdren

SEOUL, South Korea — In the opening speech of his four-day apostolic voyage to South Korea, Pope Francis underlined the importance of transmitting values to the next generation and said peace is achieved through diplomacy and dialogue rather than the “fruitless” use of force.

Addressing state authorities in English at the presidential palace Thursday afternoon, the Holy Father said it was a “great joy” to come to Korea and praised the country’s rich cultural heritage. He noted the “land of morning calm” has been “tested through the years by violence, persecution and war,” but he said that despite these trials, the country has “an undiminished hope for justice, peace and unity.”

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What Did the Saints Say About Islam, What Is God Calling You to Study, Lepanto and ISIS and More! (5586)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the What Did the Saints Say About Islam? by Andrew Bieszad of One Peter 5 link to read more.

What Did the Saints Say About Islam? by Andrew Bieszad of One Peter 5 - BigPulpit.com

Condemn Violence; Cowards – Fr. Z’s Blog

What Is God Calling You To Study? – Todd Nolan, Catholic Stand

Vatican Asks Muslim Leaders to Rebuke Islamist Barbarity – Francis X Rocca, The Catholic Herald

History Repeats Itself: Lepanto & the Current ISIS Crisis by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

Iraqi Christians ‘Dying in Crowded Refugee Camps’ – Simon Caldwell, The Catholic Herald

ISIS, Robin Williams & “Those Who Mourn” – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

International Community Is Failing Its Obligation – Lord Alton of Liverpool, The Catholic Herald

Father Ireland & the Fifth Minnesota – Donald R. McClarey...READ MORE

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En Route to Korea, Pope Prays for Journalists Killed in Gaza (1711)

The Holy Father also thanked the journalists on his flight for their work.

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– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a photojournalist who was killed in Gaza, and he thanked journalists for their work.

Simone Camilli, a 35-year-old Italian working for The Associated Press, and his freelance Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, died Aug. 13, along with four Gazan bomb disposal officers who were trying to dismantle an Israeli missile.

The missile exploded in Beit Lahiya as they tried to neutralize it. Four additional persons, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were gravely injured by the explosion.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas since July 8 has killed more...READ MORE

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‘Whether We Live or Die, We Are the Lord’s’ (2685)

A courageous priest-doctor witnesses to the faith in Mozambique, despite having contracted HIV in 2002 due to his constant contact with tainted blood through surgery.

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Father Aldo Marchesini operates on a patient in Mozambique.

– UNFPA Mozambique

A prominent missionary doctor in one of the poorest countries of the world, Father Aldo Marchesini has been a pioneer in the treatment of obstetric fistulas in Mozambique, where he has been living for more than 40 years, and a mentor for young African surgeons.

Obstetric fistula is a complication of childbirth that occurs regularly in developing countries. Prolonged or obstructed labor results in a tear in the birth canal, which leads to chronic incontinence — and with that often comes social isolation and marginalization.

But most important, he has become a witness to faith for his personal commitment in the campaign for access to antiretroviral drugs for the HIV-ravaged population. He...READ MORE

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Korean Faithful Show God Is ‘Alive, Powerful’ in Asia (1961)

Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik of Daejeon, whose diocese is hosting this week’s Sixth Asian Youth Day, says the event ‘shows the future of the Church.’

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The logo of the Sixth Asian Youth Day

ROME — The rich history of martyrdom in South Korea and the thousands of young people slated to gather this week for Pope Francis' trip show the beauty and power of the faith, says a local bishop.

Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik of Daejeon will host Pope Francis in his diocese Aug. 15, when the Holy Father takes part in the Sixth Asian Youth Day by celebrating Mass in the World Cup Stadium.

The bishop told CNA that around 6,000 young people are anticipated to join Pope Francis for the event, and they “will come from 22 different countries, among those Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia.”

“Asian Youth Day is so important,” he said in an Aug. 11 interview. “This meeting shows the...READ MORE

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