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St. John Paul II and the Synods on the Family (3227)

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When Pope Francis canonized John Paul II on April 27, he dubbed him the "Pope of the Family." He added that, as the Church heads toward this October’s "Extraordinary" and next October’s "Ordinary" Synods on the Family, it "is surely a journey that, from his place in heaven, [John Paul] guides and sustains."

Among scholars of John Paul II’s teachings on human love, sexuality, marriage and family, however, one of the concerns leading up to the synods is whether the Pope of the Family’s guidance has been getting heard and heeded.

With the exception of the recent invention of same-sex unions and the push for the normalization of same-sex activity, none of the major questions the synods will...READ MORE

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Europe Must Be Rejuvenated, Pope Tells St. Egidio Community Members (2230)

Holy Father says that society needs the young and the old in order to have hope.

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ROME — In a visit to a community dedicated to serving the poor and needy, Pope Francis warned of the poverty of Europe, which faces a declining birthrate, hidden forms of euthanasia and high rates of unemployment.

“Today, I speak of Europe. Europe is tired. We have to help rejuvenate it, to find its roots. It’s true: It has disowned its roots. But we need to help it find them,” he said to the St. Egidio community in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere on June 15.

“The treatment of the elderly, as that of children, is an indicator showing the quality of a society. When the elderly are discarded, when the elderly are isolated and sometimes closed off without affection, it’s a bad...READ MORE

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The Death and Life of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski: Another Look (6637)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A deathbed reversion to Catholicism proves, again, St. John Paul’s gift of discernment.

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Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, former president of Poland

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Polish general and former President Wojciech Jaruzelski, who led efforts to crush Solidarność, the pro-democracy labor movement, was despised by many, but Pope John Paul II believed the communist leader’s Catholic baptism would eventually win out.

And it did.

The former communist leader’s death on May 25 at age 90 offers a chance to take another look at the way St. John Paul II’s gift of discernment transformed history.

 

Controversial Maneuver

In December 1981, as a result of Jaruzelski’s imposition of martial law to repress the fast growth of Solidarność — and avoid an invasion from the Soviet Union, according to the general — approximately 10,000 regime opponents were jailed.

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Supreme Court Allows Pro-Life Challenge to Ohio Election-Speech Law (2242)

The Susan B. Anthony List is contesting a law that allowed a state agency to bar the group from putting up billboards saying a candidate supported abortion funding.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the Susan B. Anthony List has standing to challenge an Ohio law allowing a state agency to bar the group from putting up billboards saying a political candidate supported abortion funding.

“We are optimistic that the district court will rule quickly and will side with the First Amendment, so that we may proceed in Ohio — without fear of prosecution — with our ongoing efforts to inform voters that their elected representatives voted for taxpayer-funded abortion,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said June 16.

The group attempted to set up billboards in Ohio in 2010, arguing that then-U.S. Rep. Steve...READ MORE

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After Coming Out, I Came Home; Future Priests Around the World, Children Playing Mass and Much More! (4412)

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Follow After Coming Out, I Came Home by Richard G. Evans of Why I’m Catholic link to read more.

After Coming Out, I Came Home by Richard G. Evans of Why I’m Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Future Priests? Around the World, Children Playing Mass - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

General Patton’s Granddaughter Is A Benedictine Nun - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Rising Vocations Causes Growing Pains: £1M ($1.7M) Needed – Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

The Kissing Pope: Cute Video of Pope Francis Kissing Babies – Aleteia

On Marriage, Leadership and Honoring Our Wives – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why Adoration Touches Young People – Father Matthew Schneider LC, Project YM

Video: Children Learn to Sing Gregorian Chant at Chant Camp! – Fr. Z's Blog

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EWTN to Appeal After ‘Troubling’ HHS Mandate Ruling (5324)

‘We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,’ said EWTN chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw.

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Michael Warsaw, chairman of the board and CEO of EWTN

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IRONDALE, Ala. — The EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced that it will appeal a June 17 ruling that would require it to facilitate products and procedures that go against Church teaching.

“We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We are making an immediate appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.”

U.S. district court Judge Callie Granade of Mobile, Ala., ruled against EWTN in its challenge to a federal regulation that the network says requires it to violate its Catholic faith.

“We are extremely disappointed with the decision reached by the court in this case,” Warsaw said.

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Eve of Destruction for Iraq’s Christians? (6552)

As Islamist forces race to seize Baghdad, the fate of an ancient Christian community hangs by a thread.

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A female refugee makes a phonecall outside her tent June 13 at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint in Kalak, Iraq.

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BAGHDAD — With lightning speed, Islamist militants have seized swathes of northern Iraq, forcing hundreds of thousands to take flight and threatening the destruction of Iraq’s Christian remnant, as they drive on relentlessly toward Baghdad.

Hardened by the past three years of fighting in Syria’s civil war, Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have poured forces into Iraq as part of their plans to establish a new Islamic caliphate in the region. ISIS forces overran Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, in early June, as more than 30,000 U.S.-trained Iraqi army and police forces threw down their weapons, abandoned their posts and fled.

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Syriac Catholic Patriarch: ‘We Are Devastated From the Situation in Mosul’ (2890)

Patriarch Younan of Antioch warns that Islamist violence is emptying the Middle East of its Christian population.

06/17/2014 Comment

Patriarch Ignatius Youssef Younan of Antioch

Patriarch Ignatius Youssef Younan of Antioch is the leader of the Syriac Catholic Church. He spoke June 17 with EWTN News Nightly producer Kathryn Elliott from Lebanon, where he has been living for the past five years.

 

Islamic militants have marched on Mosul and many major cities in Iraq. What does this mean for the Christian population there, and what’s your response?

We are devastated from the situation happening in Mosul for the past few days. Mosul is one of the cities where Christians lived for thousands of years. In recent times, it has had about 20 churches — Chaldean, Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic and Orthodox churches with monasteries. Now, that city is empty of all its...READ MORE

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