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Pro Tennis Player Accompanied by Our Lady of Guadalupe on World Travels (3929)

Colombia native Santiago Giraldo Salazar is devoted to the Mother of God.

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2006 AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Santiago Giraldo Salazar of Colombia

– 2006 AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

When Wimbledon and the U.S. Open are brought up in conversation, images of laser-beam winners hit by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal come to mind. One of the last topics to be associated with professional tennis is Our Lady of Guadalupe. Yet she has appeared at the grass courts of London and the hard courts of New York.

Well, sort of.

Santiago Giraldo Salazar, a professional tennis player from Bogota, Colombia, has been devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe for years. He even considers her his “best companion” as he travels the world from tournament to tournament.

The 26-year-old, who spends part of the year living in Bradenton, Fla., keeps a scarf — much easier to travel with...READ MORE

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Dostoevsky's The Eternal Husband: Adultery, Butchery, and Prophecy; The Love of a Dog and More! (2807)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Dostoevsky’s The Eternal Husband: Adultery, Butchery & Prophecy by Sean Fitzpatrick link to read more.

Dostoevsky’s The Eternal Husband: Adultery, Butchery & Prophecy by Sean Fitzpatrick – BigPulpit.com

If Everything Requires a Cause, What Caused God? – Dr. Edward Feser, Strange Notions

Papal Nuncio Tells Blunt Truth about Cuba – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Role of the Church in Journey of Salvation – Brother Thoma More Garrett OP, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

For the Love of a Dog – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

The Unavoidability of “Reasonable” Religion – Francis J. Beckwith PhD, The Catholic Thing

De Sales vs. Luther on Freedom and Religious Devotion – Dusty Gates, Crisis Magazine

‘Denzinger’ Still Filling Void – Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

Tolkien and Beowulf –...READ MORE

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Former Alabama Football Player Now a Saint (7623)

Rookie Vinnie Sunseri is set to make his professional debut for New Orleans.

09/06/2014 Comments (4)
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Vinnie Sunseri

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After winning two BCS National Championships in three years at the University of Alabama, defensive back Vinnie Sunseri decided to aim even higher. He declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft as a junior earlier this year and was taken in the fifth round by the New Orleans Saints.

While Sunseri has had an abundance of blessings in life, it wasn’t until he enrolled at Alabama that he started to appreciate his good fortune. At a time in life that many fall away from the practice of their faith, Sunseri was just beginning to take it more seriously.

Now, as the Saints prepare to open their regular season against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday, Sunseri sees things in their proper...READ MORE

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Concerns, Confusion Over ‘LGBT’ Group in St. Patrick’s Parade (8090)

It remains unclear whether other groups that oppose Church teachings on human life and sexuality also will be allowed to participate in the event.

09/05/2014 Comments (85)

Bagpipers march in the 2013 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

– nycstpatricksparade.org

NEW YORK — A spokesman for the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade said this week’s announcement of the inclusion of an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) activist group in the traditionally Catholic parade was a “gesture of goodwill.”

However, concerns have been raised that some outside groups aim to remove the event’s Catholic character.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, a longtime supporter of the parade’s previous policy against political signs and advocacy, said that organizers initially formally assured him that both homosexual groups and pro-life groups prohibited under the old policy could now apply to march under their own banners.

“That being the case, there...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Calvary’ (12041)

A good priest walks a hard road in a difficult, deeply moving film.

09/05/2014 Comments (6)

Calvary opens with one the most excruciating lines of dialogue I can recall ever hearing in any film. Spat through a confessional grille, it comes like a stinging slap on the face, both to the audience and to Father James Lavelle. Cautiously, the priest turns the other cheek. In doing so, he implicitly extends an invitation to viewers to do the same.

The opening scene, filmed in a single, static shot, plays as a declaration of war, both by the man behind the grille and by the man behind the camera, writer-director John Michael McDonagh. Where the man behind the grille has trained his sights is clear enough. As a boy, he was horrifically wronged by a priest and his Church; he means to...READ MORE

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New Orleans Archbishop Applauds La. Marriage Ruling (2033)

In the wake of the decision upholding traditional marriage, Archbishop Aymond also affirmed the importance of ministering to persons with same-sex attraction.

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Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans

– CNA file photo

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Following a judge’s Wednesday ruling upholding a Louisiana amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, New Orleans’ archbishop has affirmed the importance of ministering to persons who identify as part of the "LGBT" community.

A federal judge in the state upheld its traditional-marriage amendment Sept. 3, breaking a streak of defeats in federal court for marriage amendments since the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its 2013 Windsor decision, which struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The Louisiana amendment passed in 2004, with 78% of the vote. It defines marriage in the state as “only of the union of one man and one woman” and...READ MORE

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Obama Administration Drops Appeals in Three Mandate Cases (2194)

According to Alliance Defending Freedom, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its appeals in The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company v. Burwell, Armstrong v. Burwell and Briscoe v. Burwell cases.

09/05/2014 Comment

WASHINGTON — Religious-freedom advocates are voicing hope as the Obama administration drops its appeal in three lawsuits involving for-profit companies that object to the federal contraception mandate.

The Department of Justice has dropped its appeals in The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company v. Burwell, Armstrong v. Burwell and Briscoe v. Burwell, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing numerous individuals and organizations that have sued over the mandate.

“The administration was right to abandon its fight against the family businesses involved in these particular cases in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in June,” said Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel for...READ MORE

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UPDATE: Ven. Fulton Sheen Cause Blocked Over Bishops’ Body Battle (24331)

An unresolved dispute between two dioceses over the popular Catholic televangelist’s body has brought the canonization process to a halt.

09/05/2014 Comments (22)

NEW YORK — Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s sainthood cause came to an abrupt stop Wednesday over allegations that the Archdiocese of New York reneged on agreements over Archbishop Sheen’s body. However, the archdiocese denies that it is ultimately responsible for torpedoing the process in the Diocese of Peoria, Ill.

Sept. 3 news release from the Diocese of Peoria, whose Bishop Daniel Jenky is president of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, announced that 12 years of work to make Archbishop Sheen a canonized saint is now relegated indefinitely to the archives of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

“The bishop is heartbroken not only for his flock in Peoria, but also for the...READ MORE

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