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'Desire of the Everlasting Hills' Provides Potent Witness to Truth of Catholic Teaching (11620)

ANALYSIS: In a new documentary, Courage International tells the stories of three people with same-sex attraction who chose a life of chastity.

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In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, the most powerful moments occur when the action of grace breaks through and changes a life. In a film that’s attempting to change the ground on which the discussion of same-sex attraction in the Church takes place, these little epiphanies are a potent witness to the truth of Catholic teaching.

Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a 60-minute documentary from Courage International, the apostolate helping people with same-sex attraction to live chaste lives. The film was showcased at Courage’s national conference, July 17-20, in Philadelphia.

It is part of a two-pronged strategy to deliver the Good News. Desire does it by avoiding controversies and loaded...READ MORE

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Islamic Militant Group Boko Haram Captures Key Nigerian Town as Fighting Escalates (2001)

The commercially significant town of Damboa is 53 miles from the capital city.

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people.

The vigilante force defending the town fled when it ran out of ammunition. Damboa is one of the biggest towns in Borno state and a significant trading center, the BBC reported.

Fighting around the town has damaged electricity stations, leaving the regional capital of Maiduguri without power for three weeks. The capital is about 53 miles from the captured area.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has led an insurgency with the goal of creating an Islamic state. It drew international attention earlier this year when it kidnapped hundreds of...READ MORE

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Church in Mexico Helps Collect Weapons for Disarmament Program (1170)

The program allows residents to anonymously turn in firearms and ammunition to help reduce violence in the capital.

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MEXICO CITY — For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital.

Rosa Icela Rodriguez of Mexico City’s Secretariat for Social Development said the program would not be possible without the assistance of local officials, the defense ministry and the Church.

“We are very happy because society has responded positively to this call,” she said.

The program is based at Mexico City’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In Mexico, it is illegal to have a gun without a permit, but the program covers legal, illegal and antique firearms, as well as grenades and ammunition.

The public...READ MORE

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Finger-Pointing The 'Sins' of Pope Francis, Praying to Mary for My Vocation and Much More! (4724)

The Best of Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Finger-Pointing The 'Sins' of Pope Francis by Melanie Jean Juneau of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Finger-Pointing The 'Sins' of Pope Francis by Melanie Jean Juneau of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Praying Daily to Mary for My Vocation – Tom Perna™

What Pope Francis Really Said about the U. S.-Mexican Border Crisis – Catholic Vote

How Will Pope Francis Solve the ‘Celibacy Problem’? by Father Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Father (Parenting) Rules – Catholic Lane

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? – Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Bad Ideas to Help the Poor Is the Problem – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Aleteia

Catholicism and Freemasonry – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Iraq’s Yezidi Minority Suffering More Than Christians – Mark Pattison, The...READ MORE

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Vietnamese Sisters Find a Home in the United States (3309)

Four religious sisters recount their families’ departure from Vietnam.

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2012 photo from the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres

Members of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres pose with then-Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., at their District Assembly.

– 2012 photo from the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres

BALTIC, Conn. — The end of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces nearly 40 years ago brought significant changes to the Catholic Church in the United States, particularly in the West.

As U.S.-born vocations to the priesthood and religious life declined during this time, many Vietnamese Catholics answered the call; and, today, they make up a significant portion of priests and religious sisters in many dioceses.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website, Vietnamese men make up 12% of American seminarians, and there are between 450-500 Vietnamese priests in the United States.

Bishop Dominic Luong, auxiliary bishop of the...READ MORE

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Women and Liberty (2758)


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After the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30th ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby sparked a backlash from abortion-rights advocates, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly went toe-to-toe with Patricia Ireland, the former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a stalwart supporter of Roe v. Wade.

NOW had placed Hobby Lobby, along with the Little Sisters of the Poor, on its “Dirty 100” list of employers who were accused of “using religion to justify discrimination, deny women’s equality.”

Kelly asked Ireland why NOW labeled the Little Sisters of the Poor and other HHS plaintiffs “dirty” — rather than simply identifying them as “groups with whom we disagree.”

“The dirty trick is that they...READ MORE

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Protestant Leader and Friend of Pope Passes Away (5191)

Tony Palmer, a longtime friend of Pope Francis, died July 20 following a motorcycle accident.

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Tony Palmer

– TheArkCommunity.org

LONDON -- Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

The Order of the Ark Community, an Internet-based Christian group overseen by Palmer, announced his July 20 death on its website.

Palmer was born in the U.K. and grew up in South Africa. He was a member of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, which views itself as “standing within the Celtic and Anglican traditions” of Christianity.

He knew the Pope from his time in Argentina, when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Palmer recounted his friendship with Pope Francis at a February...READ MORE

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‘Gender Identity’ Theory Seen as Threat to African Families (2487)

At a conference in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, African bishops and Vatican representatives discussed key issues affecting family life.

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Father Andrea Ciucci, an official with the Pontifical Council for the Family

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VATICAN CITY — Representatives from the Pontifical Council for the Family gathered in the Republic of the Congo with more than 40 bishops last week to discuss the state of families in Africa, highlighting both strengths and challenges they face.

“The bishops are very glad and positive about the family because it is really the structure of African society,” Father Andrea Ciucci told CNA July 11; however, “there are some problems not typically African but that Africa is learning from Europe and America.”

A priest of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Father Ciucci traveled last week to Brazzaville, the capitol of the Republic of the Congo, along with the council’s president, Archbishop...READ MORE

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