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Pope Francis Rests for Second Day With ‘Minor Indisposition’ (3244)

Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi stressed ‘there is nothing serious,’ but the Pope continues to rest following his tiring weekend hosting the Invocation for Peace.

06/10/2014 Comment
Alan Holdren/CNA

Pope Francis at the June 7 Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Following the cancellation of his public commitments yesterday morning due to tiredness, Pope Francis has decided to continue his rest today with no appointments, but he will continue tomorrow as usual.

“He is not sick, and there is nothing serious; but he had a minor indisposition, and because of this, he felt that it was better to give up some commitments yesterday and the celebration of the Mass with the general public this morning in Santa Marta,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA June 10.

The spokesman explained that the Pope usually does not hold public commitments on Tuesdays, so “today he had no other public commitment, so there were no commitments...READ MORE

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Bishop Morlino: Redefining Marriage Has Domino Effect on Family (4742)

The Madison, Wis., bishop decried the June 6 federal court ruling that says marriage discriminates against same-sex couples.

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MADISON, Wis. — Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, Wis., said he was “deeply saddened” by a federal ruling that Wisconsin law must recognize “gay marriage,” warning that it endangers the family as a fundamental basis of society.

Marriage between a man and a woman is “an element of the very first ‘domino’ of civilization,” the bishop said in a June 6 statement.

“When that first ‘domino’ falls, everything that is good, true and beautiful, which is rooted on the natural family, is seriously threatened.”

“There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater...READ MORE

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Why Is Gay Not Okay? Is Pope Francis the Most Informal Pope in History, Conscience and Much More! (5483)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Why Is Gay Not Okay? by Carl E. Olson of The Catholic World Report link to read more.

Why Is Gay Not Okay? by Carl E. Olson of The Catholic World Report - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: Most Informal Pope in History, That a Good Thing? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Blessed Cardinal Newman and The Conscience – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Fr. Dwight Longenecker on Worship Ad Orientem - Peter Kwasniewski PhD, New Liturgical Movement

A Letter to Silence and Solitude – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

In Hoc Signo Vinces (In This Sign Conquer, the Culture) - Joe Kral, Truth and Charity Forum

Francis of Assisi and Western Catholicism – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis and the Idolatry of Spending on Pets – Quartermaster of the Barque


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Catholic Benefits Association Wins Reprieve in HHS Lawsuit (6269)

The association, which was formed in February, offers a fresh solution for Catholic business owners seeking to provide health-insurance plans that are morally compliant with Catholic teaching.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — On June 4, Bob Gallagher, the owner and CEO of Good Will Publishers, received the news that he had been praying for: His family company, along with the hundreds of other Catholic employers that joined a class-action lawsuit against the federal Health and Human Services' mandate, had obtained relief from a U.S. district court in Oklahoma City.

The class-action lawsuit was brought by the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), an umbrella group for Catholic employers with either group health insurance or self-funded health plans that are morally compliant with Catholic teaching.

In his 21-page ruling that provided injunctive relief, U.S. district court Judge David Russell found...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Police: ‘Your Vocation Is Service’ (1476)

The Holy Father encouraged law enforcement officers last week.

06/09/2014 Comment
Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Italian police attend a special Mass in St. Peter's Square on June 6.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY -- During an audience with Pope Francis and the police of Italy, a young officer explained that his job is a lifestyle of service in which he is constantly attentive to the needs of others.

Speaking with CNA, Matteo Gianerelli said that he decided to be a policeman “because my father was. He is an example for me, so I want to follow him in this job, which is not a job, but a way of life.”

Gianerelli was present during a June 6 audience with Pope Francis and the Italian police force, the carabinieri, held in honor of the 200th anniversary of their founding.

Being a police officer means “to help people, the people who need my help,” Gianerelli observed, adding that he wants...READ MORE

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‘Invocation for Peace’: Yes to Encounter and No to Conflict (3386)

The Pope brought the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the presidents of Israel and Palestine together on Pentecost Sunday for an unprecedented prayer service in the Vatican Gardens.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” Pope Francis told the heads of Israel and Palestine, who he brought together in the Vatican Gardens for an unprecedented “Invocation for Peace” on Pentecost Sunday.

“It calls for the courage to say Yes to encounter and No to conflict,” the Pope continued. “Yes to dialogue and No to violence; Yes to negotiations and No to hostilities; Yes to respect for agreements and No to acts of provocation; Yes to sincerity and No to duplicity.”

The Holy Father delivered his address at the end of an evening filled with Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, chants and orchestral music.

As planned, Israeli President Shimon Peres...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls Upon Crime Experts for Humane Justice System (2540)

The Holy Father said that justice has to involve the redemption of the offender and avoid confusing punishment with reparation for the crime.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has asked experts at an international conference on criminal law to consider a fuller understanding of justice that moves beyond mere punishment to redemption of the offender.

“It seems to me that the big challenge that we must all face is that the measures taken against evil do not stop with suppression, discouragement and isolation for those who caused it,” Pope Francis said, “but help them to reconsider, to walk in the paths of good, to be genuine people far from their miseries, becoming merciful themselves.”

Pope Francis made these thoughts known in a letter he sent to the participants of the 19th International Conference of the International Association of...READ MORE

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Standing at the Birthplace of the Catholic Church (3462)

A visit to the Upper Room in Jerusalem put everything in perspective.

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When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And, suddenly, there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4


The day my group visited the Upper Room during a journalists’ tour of the Holy Land last month, the room itself was closed to the public, although we were allowed to peer into the building’s lower floor and meander in its...READ MORE

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