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Pope Francis Voices His Concerns to Israeli, Palestinian Presidents Over Renewed Conflict (3080)

The Holy Father said Friday the increased hostilities are claiming ‘many victims and giving rise to a serious humanitarian emergency.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Friday telephoned the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to voice his “serious concerns” over the worsening conflict in Gaza, urging them to seek an end to hostilities in Gaza.

He also reiterated the importance of prayer in bringing about peace.  

In a statement released Friday afternoon local time, the Vatican said the Holy Father “personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas to share his very serious concerns regarding the current situation of conflict involving in particular the Gaza Strip.”

The Pope noted that the fighting is taking place “in a climate of growing hostility, hatred and suffering for the two populations,” and it...READ MORE

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Natural Women’s Health Center Hailed for Affirming Life, Dignity (3280)

The new women’s clinic will provide women with holistic care and be located steps away from one of Denver’s biggest late-term abortionists.

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Members of the Sisters for Life visit with the Bella team at the clinic's future location on June 16.

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DENVER — A Colorado women’s health clinic has drawn praise for offering natural care that respects human dignity and building up a culture of life.

Authentic women’s care “is essential to the pro-life movement,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life in New York.

“One of the greatest needs now in our culture is to be able to have collaborative relationships with doctors who understand this aspect of a woman’s health and who are really going to work to bring the woman to full health in ways that are also consistent with our faith,” she told CNA.

“So this is essential to the pro-life movement. We are very limited when there is no such possibility.”


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World Human Rights Court: Europe Cannot Be Forced to Redefine Marriage (3892)

The international body ruled July 16 that European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry 'cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on the contracting states to grant access to marriage to same-sex couples.'

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Building of the European Court of Human Rights

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STRASBOURG, France — The European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights

In a July 16 ruling, the human-rights court explained that while “some contracting states have extended marriage to same-sex partners,” European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry “cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on the contracting states to grant access to marriage to same-sex couples.”

The applicant to the high European human-rights court brought his petition after Finland refused to recognize his 2009 sex change from male to female.

Finland, which does not recognize...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ’s New General Director Discusses the Congregation’s Road Ahead (8928)

Father Eduardo Robles Gil was named in February to lead the religious congregation at the conclusion of its Extraordinary General Chapter.

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Legionary Father Eduardo Robles Gil

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Legionary Father Eduardo Robles Gil, a native of Mexico, was elected general director of the Legion of Christ in February this year. At that time, the religious congregation, founded in 1941, had just concluded its first Extraordinary General Chapter meeting to draft and revise its constitutions, bringing to a close the Vatican-supervised reform and returning the Legion to self-governance. .

In this wide-ranging interview with the Register in early July, he discusses the health of the religious congregation after its general chapter and the implementation of a program of reform.

The Legion and its lay movement, Regnum Christi, were thrown into turmoil in the late 2000s, after revelations...READ MORE

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How I Found the Catholic Faith at a Southern Baptist Seminary; When Joy of Faith Is Gone and More! (3621)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the How I Found Catholic Faith at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary by Anthony Baratta link to read more.

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The Essence of the Church: The Sacred Heart of Jesus - Father James Kubicki SJ

Phases of a Fiat, A Journey Towards Surrender - Jenni Groft, Catholic Stand

How the Trinity Reveals the Love of God – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

When the Joy of Faith Is Gone – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Iraq: We Must Not Forget Victims of Islamists, Our Fellow Christians – Editorial Board, OSV Newsweekly

New Book: Pope Pius XII Used All Means within His Power to Help Jews – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

Major League Baseball Catholic Evangelization - Susan Klemond, OSV Newsweekly


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Human-Trafficking Report Shows Opportunity for Catholic Action (3675)

The U.S. bishops’ conference is trying to get parishes on the front lines of fighting the global scourge.

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WASHINGTON — The global scourge of modern slavery known as human trafficking, including for labor and sex, has received its annual report card from the U.S. State Department. But the Catholic Church is actively engaged in finding new and creative ways to save and prevent more victims both at home and abroad.

The 2014 "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report released on June 20 was well-received by the Catholic legislative author of the anti-trafficking legislation that sets the report’s standards for the elimination of trafficking.

“Much of the report is good,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. “Many of the countries that are on Tier 3 [the lowest ranking] are where they ought to be,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Visit Caserta Twice (1840)

The Holy Father will travel to the Italian city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living, in order to meet with local Catholics and to visit his old friend.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend.

In a statement released July 17, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added a day onto his already-planned trip to the city of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy to visit Pastor Giovanni Traettino, who is an old friend from his time in Buenos Aires.

The Holy Father will travel to Caserta in the afternoon of Saturday, July 26, where he has accepted the invitation of the diocese’s bishop, Giovanni D'Avise. Upon his arrival, the Pope will meet with local...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church (13662)

Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International, frames the narrative in Christ and authentic human identity.

07/17/2014 Comments (32)

Same-sex attraction has become an inescapable issue in modern society — from the political and cultural efforts to mainstream it to fights over same-sex “marriage” and employment in the Church. The extremely clear, humane and rational teachings of the Church on human sexuality have never been more essential and never been more misunderstood and mischaracterized. In particular, the cross carried by those with same-sex attraction who wish to live as faithful Catholics has become heavier as the subject dominates mainstream culture.

Since 2008, Father Paul Check has been the executive director of Courage International, an apostolate providing support to people who have same-sex attraction but...READ MORE

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