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08/26/2014 Comment

Follow the St. Therese of Lisieux’s Daring Teaching on Purgatory by Connie Rossini link to read more.

St. Therese of Lisieux’s Daring Teaching on Purgatory by Connie Rossini – BigPulpit.com

Iraq Papal Envoy Reports to Pope Francis on Christian Conditions: “Women Kidnapped, Raped & Sold” – Cindy Wooden, The Catholic Herald

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Is Hard – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

Feminists Stay Silent Amidst Genocidal War on Iraqi Christian Women – Kate Bryan, The Catholic Vote

An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins by J. D. FLynn of First Things – BigPulpit.com

An Army and the Geopolitics of Pope Francis – Sandro Magister, Chiesa by La Repubblica

New York City Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

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Obama Stays Course on HHS Mandate Fight, Despite Hobby Lobby Ruling (6781)

Analysts say that the administration’s new ‘interim final rule’ will take time to interpret, but the early judgment is that it does little to accommodate religious liberty.

08/25/2014 Comments (28)

WASHINGTON — Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain owned by a Christian family, possessed free exercise rights and could not be forced by the government to violate its beliefs by complying with the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate.

The landmark decision led Mark Rienzi, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty lawyer who represents Hobby Lobby, to hope that the White House would finally reassess its strategy for fighting legal challenges to the mandate and approve a broad exemption for family-run businesses and religious nonprofits that objected to the law on moral grounds.

But on Aug. 22, more than two years since the first...READ MORE

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Cardinal George Participating in Clinical Trial of Anti-Cancer Drug (2010)

The drug has shown promise for patients with the same type of cancer as the cardinal’s.

08/25/2014 Comments (2)

Cardinal Francis George celebrates Mass at the tomb of St. Peter.


CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is continuing cancer treatment and has agreed to take part in a clinical trial of a new anti-cancer drug, his archdiocese has announced.

“The cardinal is grateful to those who are praying for him and requests that everyone continue to remember him in their thoughts and prayers,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Aug. 22.

Cardinal George, 77, is taking part in a clinical research trial at the University of Chicago for a new drug that may activate the cells of his immune system to attack cancer cells, the archdiocese reported. The drug has shown promise for patients with the same type of cancer as the cardinal’s, and the new study of the drug seeks...READ MORE

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St. Louis Archbishop: The Issue Is Bigger Than Ferguson, America (11526)

Without the love of Jesus Christ changing hearts in society, ‘Tragedies and chaos will occur again and again.’

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Archbishop Robert Carlson

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ST. LOUIS — Amid the inflamed passions in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer, the Church has given a prayerful presence for peace and justice. Its chaplains have ministered to protesters and police alike.

But St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has a message for the rest of the country: The issues in this St. Louis metropolitan community go far beyond this tiny town of 21,000 and demand that Church and society work toward resolving them — or else “tragedies and chaos will occur again and again.”

The events surrounding the death of Michael Brown, 18, by Officer Darren Wilson, 28, are still unclear, and the work for justice and peace in Ferguson...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Build Rock-Solid Faith Like St. Peter (3119)

In his Angelus address, the Holy Father challenged the faithful to build up the Church ‘in every part of the world.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of St. Peter’s recognition of Jesus as the Lord, urging those present to honestly evaluate their own faith.

“Brothers and sisters, what happened in a unique way in St. Peter also takes place in every Christian who develops a sincere faith in Jesus the Christ,” he told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday for his Angelus address on Aug. 24.

“Today’s Gospel challenges each of us: How is your faith? Let each of us answer in our heart. How is your faith? How is it? What does the Lord find in our hearts: a firm heart, like a rock? Or a heart like sand, that is, doubtful, mistrustful, unbelieving?”

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Patriarch Sako: Christian Militias Would Escalate Iraq Crisis (6333)


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Archbishop Louis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church

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ROME — Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako I has drawn criticism from some quarters for insisting that, although Iraqi Christians have an absolute right to self-defense, protection must come from the state — despite the Baghdad government failing to provide adequate security.

Fides news agency, quoting Lebanese sources, said the Baghdad-based patriarch believes defense of the attacked is an absolute right, but only “the forces of the state should take charge of this defense.” The creation of differentiated militia on an ethno-religious basis “can destroy Iraq,” he said.

The patriarch, speaking last week in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, was responding to...READ MORE

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Cincinnati's 'Ice-Bucket Challenge' Supports John Paul II Institute (7540)

The archdiocese encouraged participants to donate to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which promotes ethical research.

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CINCINNATI — Chances are you’ve viewed at least one video this week of someone dumping a bucket of ice water over his head and challenging others to do the same.

The now-viral “ice-bucket challenge” was started by the ALS Association, a leader in funding research for prevention, treatment and an eventual cure of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative condition for which there are no proven treatments or cure.

But when Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, accepted the ice-bucket challenge Aug. 20, the archdiocese announced its donations would be going toward the John...READ MORE

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‘Marriage Equality’ (9358)


08/25/2014 Comment

Over the past year, the cascade of federal court rulings that favor same-sex “marriage” has lent credence to the view that progress is on the side of “marriage equality.” Now, 19 states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex couples to marry.

“More than two dozen federal and state court rulings since the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision in June 2013 have successfully challenged and/or nullified bans,” noted an Aug. 11 Time magazine report, which referenced the high court’s landmark Windsor decision that struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

Not so fast. A circuit court in Tennessee issued an Aug. 5 decision that found the...READ MORE

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