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Pope Francis on Marriage and Things Jesus Does Not Like, How to Recognize the Anti-Christ and More! (4965)

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06/26/2014 Comment

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Redemption in Tragedy: Father Kenneth Walker - Sister Theresa Noble, Pursued by Truth

The Myth of 100% Certain on Marrying Him - Amanda Sloan, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis Condemns “Throw-Away Culture” – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Nancy Pelosi and the Dereliction of Bishops – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

What’s Behind Nancy Pelosi’s Attack on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone? – Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine

The Century of the Self: We the Sheeple – Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Bill Maher’s Bible Problem – Father Robert Barron, Aleteia

How to Recognize the Anti Christ –...READ MORE

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Pope’s Mafia ‘Excommunication’ Is a Call to Conversion (1857)

Italian priests explain that the Holy Father’s June 21 condemnation of organized crime leaders was a theological reflection, not an application of canon law.

06/25/2014 Comments (1)
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– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ statement Saturday that mafiosi (mafia leaders) are “excommunicated” was a reflection of theology rather than canon law and acted as a call to conversion for those in organized crime, priests have said.

Pope Francis visited the Diocese of Cassano all’Jonio, in the southern Italian region of Calabria, June 21. The diocese has been profoundly affected by its local organized crime group, the ‘Ndrangheta. Cassano all’Jonio was the scene of a feud between mafia clans in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Pope preached during a Mass in Sibari, saying that, “when adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens up to personal interest. When one...READ MORE

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What Should the U.S. Do About Iraq? (4093)


06/25/2014 Comments (10)
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President Barack Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on June 19.

– Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Last week, amid reports of fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rapidly advancing across Iraq toward the capital of Baghdad, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that 300 military advisers would be deployed to help stop the incursion.

“It is in our national security interest not to see an all-out civil war in Iraq,” Obama said during a June 19 meeting with reporters gathered in the White House briefing room, underscoring fears that the confrontation between ISIS fighters, who are Sunni, and the Iraq government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is Shiite, could explode into a regional sectarian war.

The administration’s decision to deploy the military...READ MORE

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The Church Is a Family That Welcomes and Teaches Us, Pope Francis Says (2311)

The Holy Father continued his series of catechesis on the Church.

06/25/2014 Comment


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, in his Wednesday general audience address on June 25, drew attention to how God formed the Church to unify humanity, stating that no one is saved on his own, but, rather, through the help of others.

“Our identity is one of belonging. To say, ‘I am Christian’ means to say: ‘I belong to the Church.’ I belong to this people with whom God established an ancient alliance that is always faithful,” the Pope stated.

The Holy Father, who began a series of reflections on the Church June 18, told the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, “In our catechesis on the Church, we have seen that God gathered a people to himself in the Old Testament and in the fullness of time sent...READ MORE

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Restoring Sacred Architecture to a Higher Plane (13614)

William Heyer works to draw faith communities heavenward.

06/25/2014 Comments (20)
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St. Patrick's Oratory in Kansas City, Mo.

– Courtesy of William Heyer

In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the gathered local community was often pointed to as the new focal point of worship, while Jesus Christ was literally set aside.

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, "In accordance with the structure of each church and legitimate local customs, the Most Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in a tabernacle in a part of the church that is truly noble, prominent, readily visible, beautifully decorated and suitable for prayer” (314). “Consequently, it is preferable that the tabernacle be located, according to the judgment of the diocesan bishop: a.) either in the sanctuary, apart from the altar of celebration, in a form...READ MORE

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Nigerian Bishop: Government Corruption Contributes to Boko Haram Violence (2458)

He spoke at a conference about the current crisis in his country.

06/25/2014 Comments (3)
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Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto speaks during the Oasis Foundation conference held in Sarajevo June 17.

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The bishop of a northern Nigerian diocese said at a conference last week that, among the factors that has led to violence by a radial Islamist group, there is the government’s corruption and lack of administration.

“The grounds [Boko Haram] has against the Nigerian state are basically the same as ordinary Nigerians have about the persistence of corruption, the growing inequalities, the fact that the political system is not working and that poverty is increasing,” Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto told CNA.

“There is nothing that Boko Haram does that is tolerable. … They are purely and simply criminals, who are robbing banks and seizing individuals; they’re...READ MORE

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50 Years Ago Italy's Famous Saint Treated Like a Criminal, What Jesus Said On Divorce and More! (4466)

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06/25/2014 Comment

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What Jesus Said About Divorce – Daniel Thimons, Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis: Humanity Cannot Survive Without Love – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Form a Real Conscience – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Do Muslims and Catholics Worship the Same God? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Learning More About God – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

Summer Readiness: Five Things Catholic Forget – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Giving Our Grief over to the “Man Acquainted with Grief” – Deacon James Keating, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Four Things Faithful...READ MORE

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What Did Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace at the Vatican Accomplish? (5017)

Catholic Relief Services official Sean Callahan says the Holy Father’s prayer for peace at the Vatican Gardens has raised awareness about the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

06/24/2014 Comments (12)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I pray together for peace June 8 in the Vatican Gardens.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

BALTIMORE — More than two weeks have passed since Pope Francis’ historic prayer for peace at the Vatican Gardens, where Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came together at his invitation to pray for peace in their land. But what will the effects of Pope Francis’ efforts be in the months and years to come?

Sean Callahan, chief operating officer of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), believes the power of the symbolic event should not be underestimated. Callahan is no stranger to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as CRS is actively engaged in providing humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip and is busy with capacity-building efforts in the West Bank to help...READ MORE

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