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Pope Francis on Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics, Vocations: The Elijah's Cup and More! (5826)

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Pope Francis: Rigid Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics "Aren't Really Catholics" by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

The Perfect Movie for Dads and Sons – John Zmirak, Aleteia

Vocations: The Elijah’s Cup – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Meet the Pope’s Unlikely Celebrity Fans – Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

Worshiping Together – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

A Black Catholic Church: Fighting for Relevance and Survival – David L. Gray, Aleteia

Can Prayer Bring World Peace? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

The Resurrection of Jesus: How Can We Know It’s True - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Is Spain Regaining Its Faith? – Filip Mazurczak, First Things


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Kidnapping of Israeli Teens Is Another Difficult Situation for Holy Land Christians (3035)

Palestinian Christians remain caught in the middle between the actions of Palestinian extremists and the Israeli government’s attempts to combat them.

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A printer makes posters of the three missing teenagers at his workshop on June 23 in Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers have so far detained more than 300 suspects in the search for three teenagers who went missing in Jewish settlements in the West Bank on June 12.

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JERUSALEM — Palestinian Christians say a massive search-and-rescue operation being carried out by Israeli security forces in search of three missing Israeli teenagers believed to have been kidnapped in the West Bank is causing them, like all Palestinians, a great deal of anxiety.

“We Christians are Palestinians, and so we feel what all Palestinians are feeling,” Bishop William Shomali, the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told the Register. “While our Christian communities and institutions have not been directly affected” by the military raids, “there is a general feeling of unrest. All of us feel the situation is deteriorating.”

Bishop Shomali emphasized that,...READ MORE

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A Solemnity of Life, Light and Love (1766)

COMMENTARY: 750 Years of the Feast of Corpus Christi

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St. Juliana of Liege was instrumental in the establishment of the feast of Corpus Christi.

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The annual celebration of Corpus Christi — the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ — which the Church celebrated on Sunday, marks 750 years since it was extended to the whole Church.

Corpus Christi originated through Our Lord’s communication with St. Juliana of Liege. Soon after, on Sept. 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV, a former archdeacon of the Belgian Diocese of Leige, made it a universal feast on the occasion of the Eucharistic miracle of Orvieto-Bolsena.

In his general audience conference on Nov.17, 2010, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI described St. Juliana’s Eucharistic focus, called it a veritable “Eucharistic Upper Room” and presented it as a model Eucharistic diocese for our times.


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Presbyterian Denomination's Marriage Redefinition Draws Criticism (2170)

The critics predict this departure from Christian orthodoxy will accelerate the continuing decline in Presbyterian church membership.

06/23/2014 Comments (9)

DETROIT — The general assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to allow its ministers to perform same-sex “marriages” and to redefine marriage as a “commitment between two people,” drawing objections that it is moving away from Christian orthodoxy.

“Only declining denominations reject historic Christian standards, and in nearly every case, that rejection reinforces the decline,” Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy said June 19.

“Who respects a church that only echoes the secular world?” asked Tooley, whose interdenominational organization aims to support orthodox theology and practice in mainline Protestant denominations.

The Presbyterian General...READ MORE

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French High Court to Hear Euthanasia Case (1735)

The government recommends that Vincent Lambert, 39, severely injured six years ago, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him alive.

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PARIS — An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and hydration, countering prior rulings that doing so would violate his right to life.

Remi Keller, public rapporteur with France’s Council of State, issued a recommendation that Vincent Lambert, 39, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him alive.

Keller’s recommendation now goes to the court’s highest panel, composed of 17 judges. They will issue a final decision Tuesday concerning whether to end Lambert’s life, the BBC reported.

Lambert was incapacitated in a car accident six years ago.

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Pope Francis: ‘Excommunicated’ Mafia Adore Evil and Must Be Fought (3753)

The Holy Father went into mafia-controlled Calabria to say adoring Jesus in the Eucharist is key to fighting evil and injustice.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made a day trip Saturday into Italy’s Calabria region, a fearsome mafia stronghold, where he denounced the crime lords and their servants as “excommunicated” and “adorers of evil,” during his evening Mass homily, condemning them for their dishonesty and violence.

“When adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens to personal interest. ... When one does not adore the Lord, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live by dishonesty and violence,” Pope Francis said June 21 at the outdoor Mass in Sibari, Italy.

“Your land, so beautiful, knows the signs of the consequences of this sin. The Ndrangheta [Calabrian mafia] is...READ MORE

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God’s Immeasurable Love Transforms Lives, Pope Francis Tells Pilgrims (2705)

The Holy Father said, 'Every time that we participate in holy Mass and we are nourished by the body of Christ, the presence of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit acts in us, shaping our hearts, communicating interior attitudes to us that translate into behaviors according to the Gospel.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis stressed the limitless nature of God’s love that transforms the heart and life of every Christian in his Sunday Angelus on June 22.

“One cannot measure the love of God. It is without measure. And so we become capable of loving even those who don’t love us: And this is not easy,” the Pope said to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

His reflections followed Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of John in which Jesus proclaims himself to be the “living Bread sent from heaven.”

The Christian community’s union with Jesus in the Eucharist, underscored Pope Francis, “obliges us, his disciples, to imitate him, making our existence [like his] with our attitudes,...READ MORE

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Archbishop Sheen’s Reported Miracle Gets Second Vatican Approval (17579)

A commission of seven theologians confirms the miracle credited to his intercession as genuine and supernatural.

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PEORIA, Ill. — Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen received a second major affirmative in less than four months in the step to beatification. On June 17, the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., again heard from the Vatican that its commission of seven theologians examining a reported miracle through Archbishop Sheen’s intercession confirmed it as genuine and supernatural.

Previously in March, the Vatican’s panel of seven medical experts unanimously affirmed that the reported miracle credited to his intercession is genuine.

“The commission met that afternoon in Rome, and after their deliberations, our postulator called me to deliver the good news to Bishop Jenky,” said Msgr. Stanley Deptula of this...READ MORE

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