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Pope Francis: The Beatitudes Are a Program For Holiness, Scott Hahn's Latest Book and More! (3557)

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06/29/2014 Comment

Follow Pope Francis: The Beatitudes are a Program for Holiness by Jean M. Heimann of Catholic Fire to read more.

Pope Francis: The Beatitudes are a Program for Holiness  – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Should I Ever Give Money to a Homeless Person? via All That Catholic Jazz - BigPulpit.com

Book Review: Evangelizing Catholics by Scott Hahn – Two Catholic Men and a Blog

And God Made A Father – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

The Imagination in Prayer – Saint Francis De Sales, Catholic Exchange

Changes In Liturgical Discipline – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

An Iconic Screen Presence - Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, The Catholic World Report

“Hope Beyond Thy Sight” - Father James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Chiara Corbella: A Witness to Joy - Marie Meaney, Catholic Exchange

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Creativity and the New Evangelization: Lessons From Pixar (4863)

A new book details a successful approach that Catholics could apply profitably to their own endeavors.

06/28/2014 Comments (4)

We all want our group, organization or business enterprise to make a dynamic, creative contribution to the New Evangelization. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all take an insider’s tour of a really successful creative institution to discover how they do the things they do?

Happily, Ed Catmull, president of both Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation Studios, invites us to do just that in his fascinating new book, Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (Random House, 2014). Pixar, of course, is the studio that has produced a record 14 movies that have achieved the No. 1 ranking at the box office. And Disney Animation Studios has...READ MORE

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Five Books That Changed My Life, The Saints' Advice on Conquering Lust and Much More! (4423)

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06/28/2014 Comment

Follow Five Books That Changed My Life by Molly M of Ignitum Today link to read more.

Five Books That Changed My Life by Molly M of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

The Saints’ Advice on Conquering Lust – Brandon Vogt

How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

Our Society Is in a Complete Muddle about Sex – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

By This the World Will Know We are Christians – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Marriage and Social Justice - John Burger, The Catholic World Report

Irish Priests Call For Women’s Ordination – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Pope Francis on Anti-Semitism - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American...READ MORE

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EWTN Petitions U.S. Supreme Court for Emergency Relief From HHS Mandate (11478)

Faced with crippling fines after a July 1 compliance deadline, Mother Angelica’s network files for an injunction from the nation’s highest court.

06/27/2014 Comments (15)

WASHINGTON — The EWTN Global Catholic Network has filed a motion for emergency relief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for an injunction to bar enforcement of the federal contraception mandate.

Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN, explained that the network has already requested this protection with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, “but that court has yet to respond to our petition.”


Without an injunction offering protection from the mandate, EWTN would be forced to comply with its demands starting July 1. As a result, the network filed its motion for emergency relief with the high court June 27.

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will grant EWTN protection from this...READ MORE

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'Favela' Moves Forward: Babilonia Leaves Lasting Legacy, Grows as Catholic Community (2810)

A return trip to a popular Rio shanty town reveals a stronger, more educated Catholic presence, thanks to WYD 2013 and new pastoral involvement.

06/27/2014 Comments (1)

Father José Almy ministers to the people in the Brazilian favela of Morro Babilônia.

– Chris Kudialis

RIO DE JANEIRO — After nearly two years of preparation, Father José Almy Gomes, 40, almost wasn’t ready for Pope Francis’ World Youth Day pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro.

A student at Rome’s Patristic Institute Augustinianum from 2003 to 2007, Father Almy was the pastor at St. Dominic Church in Perdizes — a  rural neighborhood in the Brazilian metropolitan city of São Paulo. He worked from June 2011 to August 2012 organizing a group of more than 100 international pilgrims, including 20 Americans, for a three-week Catholic dream experience: seven days of tourism and cultural immersion in São Paulo, a week of mission work in Rio’s favelas and seven days of WYD celebration on Copacabana Beach.


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Traditional Catholics Perplexed Over N.Y. Parish’s Rumored Closing (13245)

New York City’s traditionalist Mass community has witnessed gains in recent years, but its members are concerned about the future if their Manhattan base is shuttered.

06/27/2014 Comments (57)

The Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan, where the traditional Latin Mass is currently celebrated daily.

– www.innocents.com

NEW YORK — Every week day, several traditional Catholics in New York City gather for a 6pm traditional Latin Mass at the Church of the Holy Innocents, a Gothic-Revival structure in Manhattan’s Garment District.

On Sundays, a 10:30am sung high Mass in the extraordinary form, which features a talented schola, attracts more than 200 worshippers. The traditional parish community also attends a Sunday Rosary and 2:30pm vespers service that consistently draws more people than the 12:30pm English-language Mass.

“The Masses there are packed. They have sung Latin Masses at all major feast days and processions. What other church does that?” said Richard Janniello, a Bronx, N.Y., resident who has...READ MORE

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Vatican Laicizes Archbishop Josef Wesolowski for Sex Abuse of Minors (6147)

The former papal diplomat had served in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Asia.

06/27/2014 Comments (8)
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The former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski

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VATICAN CITY — A former papal diplomat has been convicted of sexually abusing minors and has been laicized, the Vatican announced today.

The news comes ahead of an expected meeting between Pope Francis and victims of clerical sex abuse at the Vatican next week.

In a statement, the Vatican said the first stage in the canonical trial against Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, “has been concluded with the laicization of the prelate” and that he has “two months in which to make an eventual appeal.”

It added that the penal trial before the Vatican judicial authorities, following today’s ruling by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,...READ MORE

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Vatican Releases Working Document for October Synod (3006)

The Vatican’s newly released outline for the Synod on the Family touches on the nature of families and the current challenges they face.

06/27/2014 Comments (3)
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June 26 press conference at the Vatican Press Office announcing the release of the instrumentum laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Divided into three parts, the Vatican’s newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face.

Reflecting on the theme of “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Oct. 5-19 third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops was called by Pope Francis last fall in order to prepare for the ordinary synod in 2015.

Present at the June 26 press conference announcing the instrumentum laboris was Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, and relator general of the third...READ MORE

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