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Pope Joins Jesuits for Dinner on Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola (3223)

The surprise visit was the result of a 'last-minute request' by the Holy Father.

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Pope Francis dines with Jesuits in Rome on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31.

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VATICAN CITY — In honor of the feast commemorating the founder of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis made a last-minute phone call to the head of the Jesuit General Curia expressing his desire to eat dinner with them on July 31.

According to an Aug. 1 statement issued by the Jesuits, “It was only at the last moment that he told [the] father general that this was his wish.”

The Hoy Father arrived at the community in his small Ford Focus and made a point to greet several bystanders outside the front door of the offices of the Jesuit Curia before going inside.

Describing the visit as “wholly private and quite simple,” the Jesuits explained that, after dining with the community in the...READ MORE

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Ushering in a New Era of the Priesthood (8637)

Former Catholic Answers Live host brings Vocation Boom to television.

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Jerry Usher

When Jerry Usher entered the pre-theology program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1989, he thought ordination to the Catholic priesthood was the only acceptable culmination of his studies. Leaving the seminary to pursue something else struck the Seattle native as a departure from God’s will.

Many years later and after much prayer, Usher has come to see that he was led into the seminary for a good reason, but that the priesthood was not for him. His studies have been indispensable in his work in Catholic radio, which includes hosting Catholic Answers Live (a show he helped to develop), literally hundreds of pledge drives for local Catholic stations and, most recently, Vocation...READ MORE

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Massachusetts Enacts Temporary Buffer-Zone Law in Response to Supreme Court Ruling (4242)

While peaceful pro-life activism could be unimpeded by the new law, concern exists that it may not be fairly enforced.

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BOSTON — A new Massachusetts abortion-access law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on July 30 creates a temporary buffer zone for potential unruly protesters, but it is not expected to interfere with peaceful pro-life advocacy at abortion facilities — if the law is fairly enforced.

However, concern exists that vagaries in the new law could end up restricting pro-life speech just as much as the previous buffer-zone law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The temporary buffer-zone law, known as the “Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health-Care Facilities,” went into effect immediately upon Patrick’s signature. Massachusetts lawmakers rushed to pass the...READ MORE

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Catholic Artist Touches Hearts One Facebook Pic at a Time (6413)

A gift for design and a love for Jesus Christ and his saints meet in the artwork of a South Dakota Catholic.

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Catholic artist Cassie Pease stands with one of her designs.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — If you have seen an artistic Facebook cover photo with a saint and a powerful quote, there's a good chance it came from Cassie Pease.

The 22-year-old South Dakota native's designs have been floating around social media and phone backgrounds for more than a year now.

While Pease has always been interested in design, she did not realize her saint art would be so popular. The first composition she made was of St. John Paul II, and she shared it on Facebook for her friends to enjoy.

“I started putting these designs on Facebook, just to kind of share with my friends, so they could know what I was up to,” Pease said. “About a week later, I checked it, and it had over 300...READ MORE

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Mississippi Abortion Ruling Raises Questions of Women’s Health (2934)

A federal court ruled the right to an abortion demands the state’s only abortion center stay open, even though its doctors can’t get hospital admitting privileges.

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Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only abortion center in Mississippi.

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JACKSON, Miss. — A federal appeals court has drawn criticism for blocking a 2012 Mississippi law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

“The issue has been so politicized that people don’t use their common sense when it comes to this issue,” said Dana Cody, president and executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, a nonprofit that provides legal assistance in pro-life cases.

“[For] any other surgery, the physician has admitting privileges somewhere. Why does abortion get a pass?” she said to CNA. Cody suggested that it is simply “more rhetoric to try to justify exploiting women.”

Cody responded to a July 29 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court...READ MORE

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The Suffering and Genocide of Iraqi Christians, The Vatican's Media Machine Is Broken and More! (3568)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the The Suffering and Genocide of Iraqi Christians by Marge Fenelon of Aleteia link to read more.

The Suffering and Genocide of Iraqi Christians by Marge Fenelon of Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

Imagining the Path of Christian Exile: On Leaving Mosul – Elizabeth Scalia, First Things

In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

The Vatican’s Media Machine Is Broken – Fr. Raymond De Souza, The Catholic Herald

Did We Really Need Vatican II? by Russell Shaw of The CWR Blog - BigPulpit.com

50 Shades: Lookin’ for Love in the All the Wrong Places – Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture! – Matthew Christoff, Catholic Stand

Dating in a Throwaway Culture – Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, The Catholic World Report

Demonic Infection and Victory Over...READ MORE

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Expecting the Unexpected in the NFL (7389)

Houston Texans’ lineman Alex Kupper, a surprise to make the team in 2013, now aims to make the 2014 squad.

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Alex Kupper

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Alex Kupper thought starting on three state championship teams at Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky., was enough for NCAA Division I schools to offer him a scholarship. He was wrong; but as it turns out, so were the uninterested schools. They passed over a player who, after joining the local University of Louisville program as a walk-on, would earn a scholarship and cap off his Cardinals’ career with a Sugar Bowl victory.

Kupper, a 6-3, 299-pound offensive lineman born in Louisville, continued his familiar route of passing under the radar screen and onto the final rosters of teams when he made the final cut of the Houston Texans’ 2013 squad. After getting married in the off-season,...READ MORE

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The Great War and Pope Benedict XV (4761)

Church historian discusses the papacy, political climate at the time of ‘the war to end all wars.’

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The French military cemetery at the Douaumont ossuary, which contains the remains of more than 130,000 unknown soldiers from World War I.

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VATICAN CITY — As the world commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, how does history view the efforts of Pope Benedict XV to end what later became known as “the war to end all wars”?

Despite Benedict’s suggestion of a Christmas truce in 1914 and his seven-point peace plan in 1917, the Great Powers never listened to him. Even after the war ended in 1918, the Holy See failed to get a seat at the Paris Peace Conference or have representation at the League of Nations — an entity that Benedict supported.

In this July 30 interview with the Register, Jesuit Father Norman Tanner, a professor of Church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University, explains why the Pope...READ MORE

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