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Concerns Over Girl Scouts Persist Following USCCB Investigation (29962)

The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth released a report in April, examining the organization’s links to Planned Parenthood and other problematic groups.

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A Girl Scout, wearing her vest covered in badges, sells a box of cookies to a neighbor in Minneapolis.

– AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi

WASHINGTON — Tensions between Girl Scouts’ messaging and Catholic teaching have led to a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies, the ousting of Girl Scouts from parishes, and a significant drop in Catholic membership in the Girl Scouts.

Now a panel of U.S. bishops has released the results of a two-year investigation into Girl Scouts’ problematic messaging, ties to Planned Parenthood, and continued advocacy of so-called reproductive rights by the organization’s international affiliate, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Their findings indicate that the concerns continue to persist, regarding the problematic connections between the Girl Scouts and groups that...READ MORE

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Soccer Stars to Play Friendly Interreligious Match for Peace (2159)

The game scheduled for Sept. 1 is the ‘explicit wish’ of Pope Francis to promote peace and dialogue.

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Javier 'Pupi' Zanetti speaks to the press after a match between Argentina and the USA, June 8, 2008.

– Liana Kyle via Flickr

BUENOS AIRES — Retired soccer star Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentine national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in a friendly game between players of different religions to promote peace.

The Argentine soccer player will join Roberto Baggio of Italy and Zinedine Zidane of France for the first “Interreligious Match for Peace.” Lionel Messi, Francesco Totti, Gianluigi Buffon and Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho may also take part, according to L’Osservatore Romano.

Zanetti, who is Catholic, was chosen to organize the symbolic game with the collaboration of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

Zanetti said the game,...READ MORE

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North Carolina Lawmakers Stand by ‘Choose Life’ Plates (2845)

Alliance Defending Freedom has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a censorship case related to the pro-life specialty plates.

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Detail of North Carolina 'Choose Life' plate.


WASHINGTON — Several lawmakers in North Carolina have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a censorship case related to pro-life specialty license plates in the state.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed the appeal on Friday on behalf of Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and Phil Berger, president pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate.

Specialty license plates expressing a pro-life message are available in 29 states.

“State governments have a right to advance messages consistent with their public policies,” said ADF senior counsel Casey Mattox in a recent statement.

“The Supreme Court has already affirmed that right. North Carolinians support...READ MORE

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Is the Honeymoon Over For Pope Francis? Overcome Catholic Boredeom In Six Easy Steps and Much More! (6911)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Pope Francis’ Honeymoon Is Over by Father Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

Pope Francis’ Honeymoon Is Over by Father Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Overcome Catholic Boredom in Six Easy Steps – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Family Trauma: Responding with Control or Love – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Three Bad Attitudes Atheists Have Towards Theists – Trent Horn, Strange Notions

So Much Time and So Little to Do – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Was Moses a Myth? - Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Oh, For a Beautiful Memory! – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Pope Francis on Corpus Christi: Jesus in the Eucharist Gives Life, Love – Cindy Wooden, The Catholic Herald

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone March For Marriage Speech – Anthony S. Layne, The...READ MORE

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Berlin Cardinal Appointed to Germany’s Largest Archdiocese (2738)

NEWS ANALYSIS Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki to follow Cardinal Joachim Meisner as archbishop of Cologne.

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COLOGNE, Germany — Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has been appointed archbishop of Cologne, the Vatican announced July 11.

The Cologne Archdiocese has more than 2 million faithful, the largest number of Catholics in any German diocese. Its territory covers a significant part of the industrial Ruhr region and includes the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Bonn.

Cardinal Woelki replaces Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who resigned Feb. 28, upon reaching age 75.

The choice of Cardinal Woelki as successor of Cardinal Meisner has been seen as a choice of continuity. In 2011, the prelate was appointed archbishop of Berlin. His path was similar to his mentor Cardinal Meisner, who had headed the Berlin...READ MORE

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CatholicFest Mixes Camping, Family and Faith (1538)

Since 2012, participants have camped out in Wisconsin over the July 4 holiday weekend to pray, connect with other Catholic families and experience artistic truth, beauty and goodness.

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Father Quinn Mann, founder of CYE and CatholicFest, invited all the kids to join him on stage and sing a song during the July 6 concluding Mass.

– Jen Lowery

GREEN BAY, Wis. — For the past three years now, Catholic families in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., and beyond have been marking their calendars for July 4th, and not just because it’s Independence Day.

Since 2012, families have camped out by Kangaroo Lake near Bailey’s Harbor, Wis., for CatholicFest, an event over the holiday weekend that offers a chance to pray, meet other Catholic families and experience truth, beauty and goodness in the arts.

“Our society is attacking the family; it’s under attack,” CatholicFest director Jen Lowery told CNA.

“But I think CatholicFest seeks to really minister to families. … It’s just to come up and experience the good, the true and the beautiful...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Pledge $1.4 Million for Special Olympics (1990)

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will bring together more than 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 171 countries to compete in Olympic-type events.

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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson makes an announcement at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum July 14.

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LOS ANGELES — The Knights of Columbus have pledged $1.4 million for next year’s Special Olympics World Games, helping to cover participating athletes’ expenses for the Los Angeles event.

“Our support exemplifies our commitment to the dignity of every person, our dedication to assisting with our neighbors’ needs, whatever they may be, and our deep appreciation for the great work done by Special Olympics,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in Los Angeles July 14.

The Special Olympics World Games will bring together more than 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 171 countries. It will feature 21 Olympic-type sports.

The pledged funds will support food, transportation and...READ MORE

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Pope Denounces ‘Racist, Xenophobic’ Attitudes Toward Migrants (3013)

The Holy Father also called for the international community to develop ‘new forms of legal and secure migration.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for a change in the way migrants are viewed, giving particular emphasis to unaccompanied children in his message for the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development..

“Many people forced to emigrate suffer and, often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes,” the Holy Father stated in his July 15 message.

The Pope’s letter was read aloud during the July 14-15 colloquium by Christophe Pierre, the Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to Mexico. Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin was also present.


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