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Pope Francis Encourages Married Couples (7858)

The Holy Father pointed to fidelity, perseverance and fruitfulness as the three characteristics of authentic Christian love.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his June 2 homily, Pope Francis addressed married couples at the Vatican, pointing to fidelity, perseverance and fruitfulness as the three characteristics of authentic Christian love.

Using the fidelity of Christ to sinners as the ultimate example, Pope Francis commented: "It is a faithful love. It is a persevering love. He never tires of loving his Church."

The Holy Father encouraged married couples to mirror the Lord, saying that Christ’s "faithfulness is like a light on marriage."

Pope Francis went on to note the importance of perseverance as the driving force against the inevitable difficulties and struggles that all married couples encounter.

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Bishop Michael Barber: A ‘Career Classroom Teacher’ (9468)

The Jesuit bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif., discusses Catholic identity in education and his reason to contractually require diocesan teachers to behave in accord with Church teaching.

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Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland, Calif.

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In May, almost a full year after his installation as the fifth bishop of Oakland, Calif., Bishop Michael Barber sparked headlines when he made changes to the 2014-15 teachers’ contract for schools in his diocese that required faculty to “model and promote behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith in matters of faith and morals” in their personal and professional lives.

Three teachers have refused to sign the contracts, and one likened it to a “loyalty oath.” In media interviews, teachers and parents criticized Bishop Barber for altering the contracts and subjecting teachers to unacceptable scrutiny of their private conduct.

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Latin-American Bishops’ President: Liberation Theology Is ‘Archaic’ (4605)

True liberation ‘is not about class warfare,’ said Mexican Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes; it ‘is showing the merciful face of God the Father, the tenderness of God among us.’

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Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico

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ROME — While in Rome last week, the president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council said at a news conference that the Church in the region has fortunately moved beyond liberation theology.

“The relevant figures of liberation theology are all very elderly, and liberation theology as such, as the expression of what it was, is very archaic, if not already dead,” Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, commented May 27 at the offices of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

“There were efforts by some liberation theologians to clarify their theology,” he said. “But that was during the 1970s and 80s, and, today, thank God, we have a much wiser theological reflection...READ MORE

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Remember Suffering Syrians, Relief Agency's Leader Urges (1907)

Catholic Relief Services CEO Carolyn Woo told a Vatican assembly that there ‘is no end in sight at this point’ to the crisis in the Middle-Eastern country.

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Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services

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ROME — As agencies meet at the Vatican to discuss the Syria crisis, the head of Catholic Relief Services said that the Church cannot forget those who suffer and must advocate for peace as well as provide aid.

“The situation around Syria has not gotten better. There is no end in sight at this point,” Carolyn Woo, CEO and president of the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services, told CNA in Rome May 30.

She said the conflict has affected more than 9 million people, including 5.5 million children. About half of those affected are internally displaced, and 2 million-plus are now refugees.

“Many of them are living in camps. Just imagine those situations,” Woo said. “Think of all the areas of...READ MORE

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Historic Council of Nicaea Celebration Between Pope and Patriarch on the Table (3889)

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has proposed to Pope Francis that they meet in Turkey to celebrate the 1,700th anniversary of the Church’s first ecumenical council.

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Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew kneel together in prayer at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on May 25.

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VATICAN CITY — Responding to media reports that Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople plan to meet for an ecumenical gathering in Nicaea in 2025, the Vatican's spokesman said such a meeting would be a positive encounter.

Father Federico Lombardi told CNA that a meeting between the pope and patriarch at the site of the Church’s first ecumenical council “is a nice proposal from Bartholomew, just as his proposal for an encounter on the 50th anniversary meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras I was.”

Nicaea is located within the modern city of Iznik, Turkey. The potential meeting would mark the 1,700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea of 325, the first...READ MORE

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Former Firefighter’s Guide to Living as a Hermit in the Modern World (8567)

Brother Rex of the Little Portion Hermitage follows Jesus joyfully, prayerfully and silently

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Brother Rex Anthony Norris appears on EWTN's Coming Home program.

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When Brother Rex Anthony Norris learned that his rented hermitage would likely be sold, a group of friends founded the Friends of the Little Portion Hermitage. The organization has been collecting both prayer requests — Brother Rex’s is a life of prayer — and also donations to purchase and maintain a hermitage for Brother Rex’s use and the use of hermits to come after him.

Little Portion Hermitage in Oakland, Maine, was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi for prayerful solitude; Brother Rex is under the jurisdiction of his local bishop, Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine.

William Newton, who serves on the Friends of the Little Portion Hermitage board as secretary, said, “We’re all...READ MORE

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10 Good Reasons to Save Sex Until Marriage, The Subjective Side of Vocations and Much More! (4249)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow 10 Good Reasons to Save Sex Until Marriage via Aleteia to read more.

10 Good Reasons to Save Sex Until Marriage via Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

“Honor Thy Children” – William Van Ornum, Aleteia

The Subjective Side of Vocations – Fr. Matthew P. Schneider LC, Ignitum Today

A Mother’s Perspective on the Fate of Her Daughter’s Murderer – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic News and Information

From Faith Came Science: The Condemnations of A. D. 1277 – Stacy Trasancos

Pope Francis Confirms Excommunication of “We Are Church” Head - Fr. Z's Blog

Pope Francis Says Zombies can be Baptized – David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Children as Natural Philosophers – Matthew Bauer, Dead Philosopher's Society

Sisters of the Immaculate Placed Under Visitation – Donald R. McClarey...READ MORE

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The Double Helix of Faith & Family, Pope Francis on Global Warming and Much More! (3554)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow The Double Helix of Faith & Family by Jim Schroeder of Aleteia to read more.

The English Priests Who Taught Real Madrid a Football Lesson by D. J. Kearney - BigPulpit.com

The Double Helix of Faith & Family – Jim Schroeder, Aleteia

Pope Francis on Global Warming – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Marriage, Divorce & Constructive Casuistry - Howard Kainz PhD, The Catholic Thing

Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Dads, Do We Have Our Act Together? – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Mystical Union Is Not a Fairy Tale – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Book Review: The Search for Soul in a Fallen World - Jerry Salyer, The Catholic World Report

Without Gloss: St. Francis & the West – Abp. Charles J. Chaput...READ MORE

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