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Anyone Can Follow Mother Teresa’s Missionary Example, Postulator Says (3293)

Father Brian Kolodiejchuk discusses the legacy of the beatified religious sister.

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Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

– CNA/Evert Odekerken via Wikimedia

DENVER — One legacy of the life of Blessed Mother Teresa is that anyone can follow her example as a “missionary of charity,” said the postulator of her cause for canonization, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk.

“Everyone has the mission to be a carrier of God’s love, a missionary of charity,” the Canadian priest said at a recent presentation held at St. Joseph Church in Denver.

“The highest thing to which we human beings aspire is, of course, love,” he added, explaining how Blessed Mother Teresa lived that aspiration.

Father Kolodiejchuk is a priest in the Missionaries of Charity; and since 1999, he has been the postulator for Mother Teresa’s cause for canonization. He also edited and provided...READ MORE

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Recalling D-Day, 70 Years Ago (4580)

The events on the beaches of Normandy on that fateful June day in 1944 still serve as a powerful reminder of why faith on the battlefield is a spiritual fortress.

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Father Francis Sampson, who was known as the 'Parachute Padre,' gives last rites to paratroopers killed in action during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

– tfp.org

WASHINGTON — Men and women across the United States and Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the events of that fateful day, June 6, 1944, which launched the major turning point in World War II.

Tens of thousands of Allied forces in "Operation Overlord" landed on the beaches of Normandy, France — earning those who took part in the battle there or those on the home front the title of "The Greatest Generation."

D-Day serves as a powerful reminder of why faith on the battlefield is a spiritual fortress.

More than 156,000 soldiers took part in the Normandy landings. Among them were the chaplains who landed or parachuted with their men, including Father Francis Sampson, who...READ MORE

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How to Save Catholic Schools; Do You Love Me, Love Means Action; St. Francis and Us and Much More! (2869)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow How to Save Catholic Schools by George Weigel of Aleteia link to read more.

How to Save Catholic Schools by George Weigel of Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

Catholic Cult of Personality and Narcissistic Awe – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

What Happens When We Become Like Children? – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

Do You Love Me? Love Means Action – Fr. James Farfaglia, Aleteia

Five Ways the Eucharist Erases the Original Sin – Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

Communist China’s Suicide Epidemic – Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

Eschatology & Eucharistic Adoration – Dr. Christopher J. Malloy, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Ancient Roots of Church Precepts: The Didache - Deacon Robert F. Gorman, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Saint Francis and Us – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

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Religious Tolerance Surges in the Persian Gulf (4608)

The aspirations of tiny countries leads to increasing religious tolerance in the cradle of Islam.

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Workers at the site of the Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Doha, the first Catholic church in Qatar, one day before it opened for worship on March 14, 2008.

– AP Photo/Sam Diaz

AWALI, Bahrain — Over the last six years, religious tolerance has increased in the cradle of Islam, the Persian Gulf, according to clerics who live there as well as academic observers.

On May 31, a brick from St. Peter’s Basilica, which is being used as the foundation stone for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Awali, Bahrain, was blessed by Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of northern Arabia.

The blessing ceremony marked the start of construction on a cathedral, pastoral center, guesthouse and car park — on land donated by King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa — to serve the faithful in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

King Hamad met Pope Francis May 19 at the Vatican and...READ MORE

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Bishop Wows Georgia Catholics at Baseball Charity Night (1952)

After Savannah Bishop Hartmayer threw out the first pitch, more than 2,000 pounds of food was collected for a diocesan apostolate that serves the poor and the homeless.

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Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of Savannah, Ga., throws out the first pitch at Grayson Stadium on June 4.

– Sarah E. Dixon/The Southern Cross

SAVANNAH, Ga. — It's the first time the Savannah Sand Gnats have seen a standing ovation after the first pitch.

That's probably because Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of Savannah threw it in front of more than 1,500 Catholics in attendance for a charity night at Grayson Stadium for the Sand Gnats vs. the Asheville Tourists game.

Barbara King, director of communications for the diocese, said the bishop had a combination of practice and experience on his side.

“He practiced on Tuesday with the Benedictine Military School baseball team, who won state baseball this year,” King told CNA June 5. “He also played some baseball in his youth, so he did a good job both at practice and at the game.”


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Pope Francis Appoints New Board for Vatican’s Financial Watchdog (1588)

The appointments mark a new step in the path toward financial transparency and strengthening the international profile of the authority.

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The dome of St. Peter's Basilica

– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed a new board for the Authority for Financial Information, marking a new step in the path toward financial transparency and strengthening the international profile of the authority.

The new members are: Marc Odendall, a financial consultant in the philanthropic sector, from Switzerland; Joseph Yuvaraj Pillay, president of the Council of Consultors advising the president of Singapore; Juan Zarate, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Harvard professor of law; and the Italian Maria Bianca Farina, managing director of the Italian insurance companies Poste Vita and Poste Assicurazioni.

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Bill Against ‘Wrongful Birth’ Lawsuits Could Protect Disabled Children (3133)

The bill has 36 co-sponsors from both the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.

– congress.gov

WASHINGTON — The Every Child Is a Blessing Act, a bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives, aims to protect children with disabilities against lawsuits claiming they should have been aborted due to their conditions.

“No child should ever have to hear they should have never been born,” said Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., who sponsored the bill and introduced it to the House of Representatives, in a May 22 statement.

“I believe every child is a blessing and should be treated as such. Wrongful birth cases are a waste of judicial resources and amount to nothing more than court-sanctioned child abuse. This bill will do away with these disturbing and discriminating lawsuits.”


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Blasphemy Laws Exist in Nearly One-Quarter of World’s Countries (2305)

Consequences range from fines to the death penalty, as in the case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Christian woman who has been sentenced to death in Sudan.

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– pewforum.org

WASHINGTON — Laws punishing acts of blasphemy or apostasy against certain religions are present in almost one-fourth of the world’s countries, said a U.S.-based religious research group.

“Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain even today,” said the Pew Research Center in a May 30 blog post.

The organization found that “that, as of 2012, nearly a quarter of the world’s countries and territories” had anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and 11% of countries had “laws or policies penalizing apostasy.” Consequences for changing faiths or criticizing a religion ranged from fines to...READ MORE

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