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Catechist Is on a Mission to Abolish the Death Penalty in Africa (1958)

EdMary Mpagi was on death row for 18 years, after being falsely convicted of robbery and murder, before finally being released.

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Ugandan lay catechist EdMary Mpagi

– Sister Grace Candiru

KAMPALA, Uganda — Edward “EdMary” Mpagi was arrested by Ugandan authorities in 1981 for robbery and murder of a rival family member. In 1982, he was convicted in court and sentenced to death.

The only problem: He didn’t commit the crime. The man who he was convicted of murdering was alive and well. His family bribed a local doctor to falsify a death certificate, coerced people into falsely testifying against Mpagi and fabricated evidence. It wasn’t until 18 years later — 18 years on Uganda’s death row — that this was discovered.

Since then, Mpagi has been a staunch campaigner against the death penalty in Africa, where 18 countries have abolished it. He was interviewed recently from his...READ MORE

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March for Life President: ‘All Issues Are Women’s Issues’ (2494)

Jeanne Monahan told a Capitol Hill gathering that the potential to be a mother ‘is a huge part of what it means to be a woman, but it’s not the only part.’

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Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, was a panelist at June 17’s 'Women Know Best' event on Capitol Hill.

– CNA/Michelle Bauman

WASHINGTON — Limiting “women’s issues” to a woman’s potential to be a mother — as well as trying to deny that potential — does not empower women, a panel told members of Congress and their staff on Tuesday.

Rather, “women’s issues” extend across the range of all issues facing society, panelists said June 17 at “Women Know Best” on Capitol Hill.

Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, said that political slogans claiming opposition to abortion is akin to a war on women is “messaging that does a real disservice, especially to young women.”

In this approach, she said, a woman is “defined maybe too much by her reproductive capabilities” and not by other aspects of her personhood.


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Archbishop Kurtz: Synod on the Family to Draw on ‘Richness’ of Global Church (1601)

Bishops from around the world will gather in Rome Oct. 5-19 to discuss 'pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.'

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


NEW ORLEANS — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that October’s Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family will reflect the cares and concerns of the Church from around the world, not merely in Western Catholicism.

“The good news is that many of the delegates who will be there are presidents of episcopal conferences from all over the world, and so that will involve a richness,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., said June 11. “There is something very healthy about that process of the synod bringing together, really, the universal Church.”

Bishops from around the world will gather in Rome Oct. 5-19 to discuss “pastoral challenges of the family in the...READ MORE

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Holy Ghost vs. Holy Spirit, Having Children Is Good for Couples, My Kids Ruin My Life and Much More! (3809)

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Follow The Holy Ghost vs. The Holy Spirit by Bob Kurland of Catholic Stand link to read more.

The Holy Ghost vs. The Holy Spirit by Bob Kurland of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: Devil Is Working Hard on Securing End Times – Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

Having Children Is Good for Couples - Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

Are Gay Friends O.K.? - Msgr. Charles Pope, OSV Newsweekly

“My Kids Ruin My Life” and Other Lies – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

For Those Outside the Church Who Will Open the Door? – The Children's Rosary

Father Airborne - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Why You Don’t Believe in the Holy Spirit – Maximilian Hart, Restless Hart

Muslim Prayers in the Vatican. . .Shock Horror?! - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Heaven on Earth...READ MORE

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The Church Is a Family Formed by God, Pope Says (2193)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father emphasized God’s desire to form a people through fatherly love.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis stressed the familial nature of the Church at his Wednesday audience, emphasizing God’s desire to form a people through fatherly love

“To speak of the Church is to speak of our mother, of our family,” he said to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square June 18.

He said the Church is not a private association or an NGO, and neither is the Church restricted to bishops, priests and the Vatican.

“We are all the Church,” he declared.

God plans “to form a people blessed by his love and able to bring his blessing to all populations on earth. Being Church means having a sense of being in the hands of God, who is our Father and loves us, who awaits us.”

The Pope looked...READ MORE

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St. John Paul II and the Synods on the Family (3231)


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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 (2232)

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 (6641)

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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