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Catholic Artist Touches Hearts One Facebook Pic at a Time (6447)

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 (2955)

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.

– Peter Zelasko/CNA

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! (3587)

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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 (7446)

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 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 (4813)

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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Abortion’s Grim Reality May Explain ‘Pro-Choice’ Label Drop (9168)

The head of Americans United for Life believes that changing public attitudes, informed by medical advances, are forcing the abortion industry to redefine itself as ‘women’s health.’

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A mother holds a sonogram photo of her unborn child in her hands.

– Katy Senour/CNA.

WASHINGTON — Abortion advocates’ recent shift away from the term “pro-choice” could be due to improving medicine and technology showing the harsh reality and effects of the procedure, says one pro-life advocate.

“Health is a popular buzz word for abortionists, but is much weakened as medical science shows women’s health is harmed by abortion,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

A July 28 article in The New York Times detailed how abortion-rights activists are beginning to change the pro-choice label to more vague terminology, saying that they do not want to limit the abortion spectrum to the term. The issue has been transferred to the general labels of...READ MORE

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Vatican Experts: Change of Heart Toward Money Crucial in Human-Trafficking Fight (2823)

Just 44,000 survivors out of 20 million trafficking victims were identified last year — a sign the political will to eradicate modern slavery is still lacking.

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Red light district

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VATICAN CITY — At a Vatican conference held July 29 to mark the World Day Against Trafficking, a U.S. diplomat said that the scourge of modern slavery will not end until the economic attitudes that lead to human trafficking are changed.

“One cannot simply protect the victims, and bring the victims into a place of safety, if one doesn’t do anything to change the underlying cultural assumptions that help create and foster this slavery, this exploitation; if one does not change the underlying economic assumptions that treat people as commodities,” Luis CdeBaca, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, said July 29 via video conference.

CdeBaca added, “Governments will always...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Sends Peace Plea to All Holy See Embassies (2018)

The Holy Father’s gesture invites the entire international community to take seriously the need to work for peace, especially in the Middle East.

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VATICAN CITY — On behalf of Pope Francis, the Holy See sent a nota verbale to all embassies of countries it has diplomatic relations with, urging ambassadors to work for peace.

According to Vatican Radio, the note, which has not yet been made public, was signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. It included texts from recent speeches Pope Francis has given calling for peace, particularly in the Middle East. 

In comments made to the Vatican agency, Msgr. Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states in the Roman Curia, said the note serves as a gesture inviting the entire international community to take the question of peace to heart. He added the note comes...READ MORE

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