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Catholics Called to 'Daily Martyrdom,' Says Pope Francis (3542)

“Those who serve the truth serve Christ,” he said June 23.

06/24/2013 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — During his June 23 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis said the faithful are called to follow the example of the martyrs in losing their lives for Christ, even if they do not suffer violence for their faith.

“Both in the past and today, in many parts of the world, there are martyrs, both men and women, who are imprisoned or killed for the sole reason of being Christian,” he said, noting that there are more martyrs dying violent deaths in modern times than in the early centuries of the Church.

“But there is also the daily martyrdom, which does not result in death but is also a loss of life for Christ.”

This “daily martyrdom” consists of people “doing their duty with love,...READ MORE

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Catholics in Russia Form Year of Faith Pilgrimage (1737)

06/24/2013 Comment
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Church of St. Nicholas

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MOSCOW — To mark the Year of Faith in Russia, lay-Catholic group Una Voce has organized a five-day pilgrimage in honor of 11th-century king St. Olaf, including daily Mass and veneration of his icon.

The pilgrimage will be held July 25-29 — concluding in the northern city of Veliky Novgorod — and will bring together Catholics devoted to both the extraordinary form of the Roman rite and to the Byzantine rite.

“The idea was to do something traditional for the Year of Faith,” Oleg-Michael Martynov, a board member of Una Voce Russia, told Catholic News Agency June 13.

“It's quite important for us because St. Olaf is one of the relatively few Catholic saints who have actually been to what...READ MORE

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Morality in Media Continues to Fight the Good Fight (3978)

NEWS ANALYSIS: National organization Jesuit priest founded 51 years ago still battles smut.

06/24/2013 Comments (5)

If you think the spread of pornography is a contemporary problem, you’re right — and wrong. 

Thanks to the Internet and modern social media, the reach of pornography today is ubiquitous. 

No longer must one furtively visit an out-of-the-way store in a seedy part of town. 

As Detective Elliott Stabler remarked in a Law and Order episode, “They’re not out there; they’re right in here,” as he pointed to his daughter’s computer.

On the other hand, concern about pornography is nothing new, as the late Jesuit Father Morton Hill could have told you. 

Father Hill was serving in a Manhattan Jesuit parish back in 1962 when his superior told him he’d “better look into” the problem of some...READ MORE

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Letter to Hans Kung in 1963, Only with a Love of Jesus Can Christians Transform the World and More! (3369)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/24/2013 Comment

Letter To Hans Küng. . .in 1963! Follow the link by Jeff Ostrowski of Views from Choir Loft blog to read more.

Letter To Hans Küng. . .in 1963! by Jeff Ostrowski of Views from Choir Loft blog - BigPulpit.com

Only With a Love of Jesus Can Christians Transform the World – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Catholics and Conspiracy Theories - Tim Glemkowski, Ignitum Today

Preparing for Marriage: A Bride’s Checklist of Q & A - Ryan N. S. Topping, Crisis Magazine

Movie of Pope Pius XII in Nazi Occupied Rome – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Lust, Language, and Un-Level Playing Field – Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

Five Things About Homeschooling I Didn’t Expect – Stacy Trasancos PhD

A “Laboratory of Ecumenism”: Cardinal Koch Visits Ukraine – Michael J. Miller, The Catholic...READ MORE

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Defending Marriage (4015)

Book Review of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

06/23/2013 Comments (5)

What Is Marriage?

Man and Woman: A Defense

By Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George and Ryan T. Anderson

Encounter Books, 2012

168 pages, $15.99

To order: encounterbooks.com

 

 

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act mark the first time that the nation’s highest court will rule on same-sex “marriage.” But that’s unlikely to settle the debate for the nation.

In marriage debates that have defined recent decades, much of the arguing has revolved around who can get married.

Yet What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense by Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George and Ryan T. Anderson seeks to reframe the debate.

In What Is Marriage? the...READ MORE

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New Movie Will Portray Joy of Religious Life (6112)

Imagine Sisters movement will debut the film this fall to inspire young women to consider a vocation.

06/22/2013 Comments (5)
Image Sisters

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A new film sprung from the recently launched Imagine Sisters movement in the U.S. hopes to portray the beauty and joy of religious life and inspire young women to consider religious vocations.

Light of Love, which will be released in September and available free of charge, aims to to further spread the message that one sister can change the world, according to the film's director.

Dan Rogers, who is also a seminarian with the San Bernardino Diocese in southern California, says the movie offers women what the 2006 movie Fishers of Men offered men: vocational information and support.

“I saw Fishers of Men when I was in high school, and I loved it,” Rogers told Catholic News Agency...READ MORE

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Top 10 Greatest Works of Catholic Mysticism; Me, My God, and I; Evangelization and Much More! (4408)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/22/2013 Comment

Top 10 Greatest Works of Catholic Mysticism. Click on the link by Jason Liske of Ascending Mount Carmel blog to read more.

Top 10 Greatest Works of Catholic Mysticism - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Me, My God, and I - Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

The Catholic Gentleman: Evangelization via Whiskey Catholic blog - BigPulpit.com

Living What We Teach: The Catholic Educator - Matt Emerson, Sant Ignasi

God is Not the Author of Your Heartbreak – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Open Letter by Priests: Nancy Pelosi Please Renounce Faith – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

John Adams: Prophet? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

President Obama Insults Catholic Education in Ireland – Fr. Z’s Blog

Hope Springs Eternal: Rebuilding the Liturgy – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

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Archbishop Lori: ‘How Much Hangs in the Balance!’ (7374)

‘FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM’ OPENING HOMILY

06/21/2013 Comments (13)

Archbishop William Lori, the archbishop of Baltimore and the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, delivered the following homily at the Mass celebrated this evening to initiate the 2013 “Fortnight for Freedom.”

The June 21-July 4 fortnight is highlighting the importance of religious freedom in America, amid contemporary threats to the faith of Catholics and other religious believers such as the HHS mandate and the political and legal campaign to redefine marriage.

Archbishop Lori celebrated the Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.

 

Here is the text of Archbishop Lori’s homily:

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