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Old Irish Prophecy: Faith Will Nearly Die-Out, Then Reignite; Serpents and Doves and Much More! (5265)

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06/21/2014 Comment

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Iraqi Christians Flee After Islamic Militants Seize Mosul – John Burger, Aleteia

The Passionate Fire of the Holy Spirit – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

Wise as Serpents; Guileless as Doves - Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Predatory Sexual Abuse of Minors: What’s It Matter Now? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic - Shane Schaetzel, Catholic in the Ozarks

Busy Mystic – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Condemning Modernity – Brother André Marie

From a Priest at the Altar – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Customs and Habits – Father Simon...READ MORE

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Conn. Event Marks the Birth of Pro-Life Movement (3274)

Seventy-five years ago, Catholic priests facilitated the first state closing of an illegal contraceptive dispensary.

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Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Conn.

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WATERBURY, Conn. — On June 11, 1939, all 20 of the Catholic pastors in Waterbury, Conn., called for the closing of the city’s new, illegal contraceptive dispensary. A week later, authorities closed the dispensary, and they soon shuttered the other seven dispensaries in the state.

Waterbury Catholics hold the story up as a model for the way Catholics can and should be shaping their communities today.

They say the action of the Waterbury residents 75 years ago marked the start of the pro-life movement. The same forces that were opposed to their pro-life witness in Waterbury would later bring abortion to the mainstream in the United States.

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Pope Appoints Bishop Mitchell Rozanski as New Springfield Shepherd (1923)

The installation Mass in the Massachusetts diocese will be celebrated Aug. 12.

06/20/2014 Comment
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Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, an auxiliary of the Baltimore Archdiocese, as the head of Massachusetts’ Diocese of Springfield. Bishop Rozanski accepted with gratitude.

“It is with deep gratitude to almighty God, to His Holiness, Pope Francis, and to our papal nuncio, Archbishop Vigano, that I accept His Holiness’ appointment to be the bishop of Springfield, Mass.,” Bishop Rozanski said June 19.

“I will remain forever grateful for the privilege to have ministered as priest and bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for nearly 30 years. The formation and guidance that I have received from the dedicated archbishops, bishops, priests,...READ MORE

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Marriage Breakdown Threatens Society, Religious Leaders Stress (2556)

At the March for Marriage, participants highlighted the costs of defining marriage away from its traditional focus on the welfare of children.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone speaks with Archbishop Carlo Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the United Sates, at the 2014 March for Marriage.

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WASHINGTON — The redefinition of marriage and movement from its focus on children affects not only families but also entire communities and all of society, religious leaders warn.

“People see marriage as a relationship between adults rather than a man and a woman coming together to bond and produce children. Rather than being a child-centered institution, it’s an adult-centered institution,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco told CNA at the March for Marriage June 19.

This focus on adults rather than children leads to “broken families” and a host of other social struggles, the head of the U.S. bishops’ defense-and-promotion-of-marriage committee continued.

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St. John Paul II Relic to Tour East Coast (3669)

The first stop will be Saturday in Boston.

06/20/2014 Comment
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BOSTON — A relic of St. John Paul II will begin a tour of the U.S. in Boston on Saturday, giving the Catholic faithful in several major cities the chance to venerate one of the Church’s newest saints.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said St. John Paul II “meant so much to the people of the Archdiocese of Boston and around the world, enlivening in them the presence of God’s grace and love.”

The relic, a vial of St. John Paul II’s blood, will be displayed for veneration at Boston’s Holy Cross Cathedral June 21 from 3 to 4:30pm and after the 4:30pm anticipated Mass.

On June 22, veneration of the relic will take place after the 11:30am Mass, said by Cardinal O’Malley.

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Ratzinger Prize Honorees Reflect Intellectual Vitality, Cardinal Says (1909)

Female Scripture scholar and Polish monsignor are the 2014 recipients.

06/20/2014 Comment
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Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, speaks at the June 17 press conference on the Ratzinger Prize.

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Camillo Ruini praised the two winners of the 2014 Ratzinger Prize for their academic accomplishments and their commitment to the faith.

At a June 17 press conference announcing the prizes, the vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, said Scripture professor Anne-Marie Pelletier is a person of “great importance” in French Catholicism today, saying she “brings together an earned scientific prestige with a great and versatile cultural vitality and a genuine dedication to causes very important for Christian witness in society.”

He praised Msgr. Waldemar Chrostowski, a Polish biblical scholar, for combining “academic rigor with passion for the word of God in...READ MORE

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‘Fortnight for Freedom’ Issues a Call to Serve (4760)

The Church’s service to the poor and vulnerable, and leadership by laypeople in promoting religious liberty, feature prominently in this year’s event.

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BALTIMORE — The “Fortnight for Freedom” has launched into its third year in the United States. But the two weeks of the year dedicated by the U.S. bishops to religious liberty have made the greatest impact in places where laymen and women have seized the initiative with the support of their bishops behind them.

Hillary Byrnes, an attorney for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom, told the Register that the levels of participation in 2014’s Fortnight for Freedom (from June 21 to July 4) are on track to match the past two years. At least 80% of the dioceses from all over the country are participating, according to the latest USCCB figures.


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Bishop Schneider: We are in the Fourth Great Crisis of the Catholic Church; How to Forgive and More! (4511)

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06/20/2014 Comment

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Saving the Catholic Internet From Itself – Kevin M. Tierney, Catholic Lane

Selfie Sex and Neo Narcissism – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

10 Ways to Open Up to the Holy Spirit – Fr. Ed Broom, Catholic Exchange

What Every Catholic Marriage Prep Program Ought to Include – Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

God’s Design for the Family - Mitchell Kalpakgian PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

How to Forgive – Fr. Michael Najim, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Marriage Takes a Beating – Kenneth D. Whitehead, Crisis Magazine

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