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10 Great Quotes From Pope Francis; New Fashion Trend: The Modest 50s Look Is Back and Much More! (7105)

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06/21/2013 Comment

10 Great Quotes from Pope Francis. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer of Shameless Popery blog to read more.

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New Fashion Trend: The Modest 50s Look Is Back – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Has Post-Vatican II Catechesis of Catholic Youth Failed? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Pontifical Mass by Archbishop Sample at Madeleine Cathedral – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

The Duties of Friendship - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Church Architecture Refined In Italy – Mark Wilson, Catholic Lane

The Cross for Joyful Living - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Chant Throughout the Ages: Veni Creator Spiritus – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Insidious Nature of Sin of...READ MORE

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Pope: It’s Wrong to Think Our Enemies Must Go to Hell (5498)

The Holy Father reflects on how Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father.

06/20/2013 Comments (13)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis stressed that it’s false to think our enemies “must go to hell” during his daily Mass at the Vatican’s St. Martha House June 20.

“You cannot pray with enemies in your heart,” he said June 20. “With [both] brothers and enemies in your heart, you cannot pray.”

“They must go to hell, right? I will have nothing to do with them!” the Bishop of Rome said sarcastically.

The Pope told how Jesus noted, “If we do not forgive others, neither will the Father forgive us our sins.”

“It’s so hard to forgive others; it is really difficult because we always have that regret inside,” he said.

“We think: ‘You did this to me; you wait … I’ll repay him the favor.’”

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Bishop Paprocki to Catholic Media: ‘Be Strong With the Strength That Faith Gives!’ (3158)

In his June 19 homily at the 2013 Catholic Media Conference, the bishop echoes the powerful message that Blessed John Paul II delivered to the Polish people in 1979, as well as the wisdom of St. Thomas More, St. Paul and Christ himself.

06/20/2013 Comment

DENVER — Bishop Thomas Paprocki has been the shepherd of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., since 2010. He delivered the following homily at the Mass he celebrated June 19 at the Catholic Media Conference, which is currently under way at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

In the homily, Bishop Paprocki highlighted the timeliness and significance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” that the U.S. Catholic Church will observe starting tomorrow and ending on the Fourth of July.

Here is the text of Bishop Paprocki’s remarks:

 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

It is good for us to be here to celebrate this Mass in conjunction with the Catholic Media Conference. At the end of this week,...READ MORE

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The War Is In Your Soul, An Enemy Within; Dropped Into a World of Genuine Faith and Much More! (2118)

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06/20/2013 Comment

The War is in Your Soul; An Enemy Within. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD of Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

The War Is In Your Soul; An Enemy Within by Taylor Marshall PhD of Canterbury Tales blog - BigPulpit.com

‘Dropped Into a World of Genuine Faith’ – Sister Juliana, Catholic Herald

Girl Scouts USA Glosses Over Pro-Life Concerns – Sydney Volanski, Ignitum Today

‘With Blessed Joseph, Her Spouse’ - Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

Finding Faith at the Movies: Your Real Agenda - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Egypt: Kidnappings of Coptic Girls on the Rise - Marco Tosatti, Vatican Insider

The Psalm Prefigured The Sacraments – Stacy Trasancos PhD

School Pontifical Mass at the Little Oratory in London - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

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Cardinal Onaiyekan: Foreign Pressures Fuel Violence in Nigeria, Syria (1821)

The Nigerian cardinal criticizes outside aid for Islamic extremists and questions Western support for Syrian rebels.

06/20/2013 Comment
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Cardinal John Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria

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MILAN — At a conference of interfaith leaders in Milan, Cardinal John Onaiyekan suggested that Islamist violence in his country of Nigeria, as well as in Syria, has been fueled by external influences.

“Outside funding for Islam in Nigeria is nothing new,” the archbishop of Abuja remarked June 17 at the 10th annual meeting of the Oasis International Foundation.

The conference brought together top Muslim and Catholic figures to discuss the tightrope between secularism and ideology so often walked in the Middle East.

In Nigeria, Christians and Muslims largely coexisted peacefully until a few years ago. The militant Islamist group Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is...READ MORE

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New Pro-Adoption Ad Campaign Launched (1829)

Previous campaigns by the pro-life media group Heroic Media have connected with hundreds of women.

06/20/2013 Comment
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AUSTIN, Texas — A pro-life media group’s ad campaign encouraging pregnant women to choose adoption has launched its third series of broadcasts after previous campaigns succeeded in reaching hundreds of women.

“We are optimistic that great things will happen over the upcoming weeks and that lives will be saved as women are put into contact with trusted adoption resources,” said Marissa Cope, director of marketing, communication and research at the Austin-based Heroic Media, June 18.

She said the latest campaign has received “the strongest response yet.”

The commercial, titled “The Adoption Option,” features a pregnant woman who tells the viewer why she plans to put her unborn child...READ MORE

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Activist’s NYU Departure Bears ‘Hallmarks’ of Chinese Pressure (2099)

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith questions the university’s decision to ask Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng to leave.

06/20/2013 Comments (5)

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., welcomes Chen Guangcheng to the United States on May 21, 2012.

WASHINGTON — Amid reports that blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng is being asked to leave New York University, some human-rights defenders are worried that the decision may have been influenced by the Chinese government.

“I have worked on other high-profile human-rights cases just like this, and I’ve never known a case to bring such a high-profile, world-class human-rights defender, and say, ‘Your time is up,’” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., told Catholic News Agency, adding that the university’s actions bear “the hallmarks of pressure.”

While New York University officials say that the fellowship offered to Chen was always intended to be temporary, the pro-life activist said that the...READ MORE

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Lay Effort Begins for U.S. Religious Liberty (5349)

Catholics for Freedom of Religion organizes to preserve a fundamental American tradition.

06/20/2013 Comments (17)

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — With the HHS mandate coming into force in a matter of weeks, a group of lay Catholics are gaining strength in their campaign to wake up Catholics in their parishes — and Americans of all faiths — to the dangers posed to U.S. religious liberty.

Little more than a year old, the nonpartisan Catholics for Freedom of Religion has begun educating and activating Catholics in Long Island, N.Y., parishes, building a grassroots effort to promote and defend religious liberty in the United States.

“It is the bishops’ role to teach, but it’s our job, as the laity, to defend religious liberty,” said Barbara Samuells, co-founder of Catholics for Freedom of Religion (CFFR).

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