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Father Barron Releases New Evangelization Documentary in ʻCatholicismʼ Series (5011)

The new DVD is the second part of the series, and it explores how the Church is engaging modern society with the Gospel.

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Father Robert Barron

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DENVER — The second installment of the popular Catholicism series by Father Robert Barron comes out this month, and it  focuses on the New Evangelization and the Church’s response to secularism in the West.

“While the content of the apostolic faith remains the same, all Catholics are called to share it with new ardor, new expressions and new methods,” said Father Barron in a statement announcing the Sept. 3 release.

“We need to reach out to those in our culture and invite them to know Christ and also reach out to those who have already been baptized but have drifted,” he said. “We are called to awaken their faith and bring them closer to Jesus Christ and to his Church.”

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Holy See Investigates Nuncio on Charges of Child Sex Abuse (7827)

The Vatican and Dominican Republic authorities are jointly investigating allegations of a papal nuncio's grave misconduct.

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Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has launched an investigation of the apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Joseph Wesolowski, in the wake of accusations of grave sexual misconduct with minors.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced on Sept. 4 that the Holy See has also accepted Archbishop Wesolowskiʼs resignation as nuncio.

Speaking to Reuters, Father Lombardi said Archbishop Wesolowski “has been relieved of his duties, and the Holy See has launched an investigation.”

Father Lombardi’s announcement followed statements from the Dominican Republicʼs Attorney General Francisco Dominguez, who said no formal charges have yet been filed against the archbishop.

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Cardinal: New Encyclical to Clarify Poverty Vows (9733)

The Holy Father’s upcoming encyclical reportedly will be entitled ‘Blessed Are the Poor.’

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Cardinal Prosper Grech

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ROME — A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal.

“How to define poverty is not easy today, because it’s not a question of radical poverty,” Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian friar, told CNA Sept. 3. “But an encyclical on poverty will help all religious orders to define how to really live poverty in our societies.”

In May, an Italian bishop revealed on his diocesan website that the Holy Father is working on an encyclical entitled “Blessed Are the Poor.”

The Pope’s first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), was released in July and drew extensively upon...READ MORE

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Small Sacrifices Bring Great Rewards for Buffalo Bills’ Player (10198)

Garrison Sanborn puts his talents to use, with trust in God.

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Garrison Sanborn, the long snapper for the Buffalo Bills.

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If Garrison Sanborn does his job correctly, no one notices he’s on the field. As a long snapper, it is Sanborn’s job to start the play by tossing the ball to the punter or the placekicker’s holder. This unheralded position is something Sanborn has excelled at, all the way back to his freshman year at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla.

In 2003, Sanborn took his skills to Florida State University. Despite a Seminole career capped off by being named one of the top long snappers in the country, he was not drafted by an NFL team.

Not one to dwell on the negative, Sanborn redoubled his efforts, and, through systematic and persevering work, he was able to land a job with the Buffalo Bills in...READ MORE

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The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades; Beautiful and Accessible: The Angelus and Much More! (3352)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades. Follow the link by Ed West to read more.

The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades by Ed West – BigPulpit.com

Beautiful & Accessible, The Angelus – Mary Jane Ballou, The Chant Café

Syria: Never Mind! - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Who’s In Authority Here? – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Birth Rates and Traditional Families - God and Caesar

Dies Irae – Zephryinus

A Chemist Believes in Transubstantiation - Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Queen of Apologists – Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have Kids - TJ Burdick, Ignitum Today

The Coen Brothers & the Voice from the Whirlwind – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

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Health-Care Professionals Encouraged to ‘Be Missionaries’ (3841)

Church teaching inspires physicians to promote life.

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NEW ORLEANS — “Be missionaries,” John Brehany encouraged participants at a one-day seminar called “The Culture of Life in Medical Practice,” on Aug. 10. Like those who traveled to foreign lands to bring Christ to souls, Brehany encouraged health-care professionals to join medical associations and organizations in order to share the pro-life message and help shape life-affirming policies.

More than 250 physicians, other health-care professionals, medical students, lawyers, clergy and religious and practitioners of natural family planning (NFP) attended the seminar at the 32nd annual meeting of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals.

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Pope Francis: Christʼs ʻMeek Lightʼ Brings Peace and the Cross (2650)

The Holy Father urges Christians to discern the signs that set the light of Christ apart from the false light of the devil.

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Pope Francis holding an audience in Paul VI hall.

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VATICAN CITY — While the light of Jesus is powerful enough to cast out demons, it is a peaceful and humble light that helps men and women carry the cross in their lives, said Pope Francis in a recent homily.

“Jesus doesn’t need an army to cast out the demons; he has no need of pride, no need of force, of arrogance,” Pope Francis said during daily Mass Sept. 3 at the chapel of the St. Martha House, where he resides.

The Holy Father resumed celebrating daily Mass for Vatican staff and guests at his home Tuesday after a month’s break.

Close to 50 people, usually employees from various Vatican departments, are invited to attend each day.

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Pa. Bishops Call for Immigration Laws That Protect Migrants’ Human Dignity (3299)

The Church leaders said that while good people may disagree on the specifics of reform, certain principles must be followed.

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Migrant workers from Mexico picking cucumbers on a Virginia farm.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Stating that the majority of undocumented immigrants have come to the United States seeking the opportunity to care for their families, the bishops of Pennsylvania have called for immigration reform that protects migrants’ basic human dignity.

“Millions of undocumented immigrants live in the United States today. Many left their home countries because of poverty and persecution. The overwhelming majority is hardworking and poses no threat to anyone,” the Pennsylvania bishops said in a joint statement Sept. 3. “Our Church is an immigrant Church, built by our ancestors who left difficult situations abroad to establish communities where they could work, support their...READ MORE

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