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Pope Francis Mid-Air Presser on Divorced and Remarried, Pope Francis Is a Political Genius and More! (5092)

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05/28/2014 Comment

Follow Pope Francis Mid-Air Flight Presser on Divorced & Remarried via Fr. Z's Blog link to read more.

Pope Francis Mid-Air Flight Presser on Divorced & Remarried via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

The Saint Who Began the Society that Became the Oratory – The Catholic Herald

Pope Francis Is a Political Genius – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Pornography Pandemic Shows Pornography’s ‘Devastating Effects’ – Dustin Siggins, Catholic Lane

Pope Francis in the Holy Land: News Analysis Roundup - BigPulpit.com

Ottawa, Capital of Canada, Archbishop Prendergast Calls Leading Politician Justin Trudeau’s Pro-Abortion Stance Scandalous – Trinh Theresa Do, CBC News

Don’t Bury Saint Joseph – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Cardinal Kasper Undermines Church Teaching on Marriage - Fr. Gerald...READ MORE

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The Fight Against Redefining Marriage: Time to Quit or Dig In? (7917)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Two federal district court rulings push the number of states permitting same-sex ‘marriage’ to 19, raising the stakes for those who oppose any change in the nation’s marriage laws.

05/27/2014 Comments (88)

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WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. district court Judge John Jones III struck down Pennsylvania‘s law baring same-sex “marriage.”

“In future generations, the label same-sex 'marriage' will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by 'marriage,'” Jones wrote in a May 20 ruling. “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Pennsylvania is now the 19th state, along with the District of Columbia, to permit same-sex couples to marry, with another district court judge in Oregon overturning that state’s law in a May 19 ruling. Judge Jones’ sweeping dismissal of laws defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman reflects a...READ MORE

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Choosing the Better Part at Harvard (2244)


05/27/2014 Comments (2)
Brian Fraga

Father Michael Drea leads the Eucharistic procession in the Church of St. Paul in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass.

– Brian Fraga

What should faithful Catholics do when they learn that the holy Eucharist will be mocked at a re-enactment of a Satanic mass sponsored by the nation’s premier university? Do they accept the argument that free-speech protections shield blasphemous actions? Or do they insist that a vicious attack on a core religious belief should be prayerfully but firmly opposed?

Boston-area Catholics chose the latter course, and, in doing so, they offered a powerful example for all believers who are being disenfranchised in an era of selective “tolerance” for religious and moral principles.

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and...READ MORE

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Military Archbishop: Christians, Pray for Those Who Perished in Line of Duty (1151)

The 20th Annual Memorial Mass in Washington was televised on EWTN on Memorial Day, May 26.

05/27/2014 Comments (10)

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WASHINGTON -- Remembering those who have given their lives in the line of duty is part of the Christian call to transform the world in unity with Christ’s death and resurrection, said the U.S. archbishop of the military services in honor of Memorial Day.

“If one’s gaze is fixed on heaven, it is possible to walk the path of the Passion and death. The message about resurrection and the return of Jesus is clear, and it is a message of hope,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services. “That is also our message today, as we remember the fallen.”

He explained that Christ “does not count the cost of preparing a place for us,” but, instead, “is...READ MORE

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Austrian Couple Excommunicated for Simulating Mass (2974)

The couple are involved with the group We Are Church Austria, which dissents from Church teachings in a number of areas.

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Martha Heizer, leader of the group We Are Church Austria.

VIENNA — An Austrian bishop has announced that a married couple, including a leader with a dissenting Catholic organization, have excommunicated themselves for simulating a celebration of a Mass.

Bishop Manfred Scheuer of Innsbruck has announced the “self-excommunication” of Martha and Gert Heizer. He cited their announcement of holding “private celebrations of the Eucharist without a priest.”

“I believe that the Heizer couple knew what situation they are causing and what their actions mean for the Church,” he said in a May 22 statement on the Innsbruck Diocese’s website.

The bishop explained that the Mass is by its nature “a celebration of the whole Church,” and a priest must be...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Reflects on His Holy Land Voyage (5962)

In a wide-ranging press conference on his flight home, the Pope also discussed clerical sex abuse, the upcoming synod, Vatican finances and Pope Pius XII’s cause for canonization.

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VATICAN CITY — In another frank and revealing papal plane press conference, Pope Francis compared the crime of clerical sex abuse of minors to a black mass, said he doesn’t see the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Marriage and the Family as simply about Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics and said Pope Pius XII cannot yet be beatified because a valid miracle hasn’t yet been reported.

During the wide-ranging hour-long press conference on the papal plane back from the Holy Land, the Holy Father also revealed he is to make a two-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January next year, according to Vatican Insider.

The English translation of the press conference from Vatican...READ MORE

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I Was an Atheist Without Hope, Then I Tried Praying; A Beautiful Pattern of Prayer and Much More! (3697)

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05/27/2014 Comment

Follow the I Was An Atheist Without Hope, Then I Tried Praying by Devin Rose link to read more.

I Was An Atheist Without Hope, Then I Tried Praying by Devin Rose - BigPulpit.com

A Beautiful Pattern of Prayer; Path to Heaven Is a Triple Helix – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

The Priest of the Confederate Prison in Andersonville – Don R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Remedying the Divorce Culture - Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

The Middle Ages & Academic Freedom – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

When Satan Pulls Wool Over Our Eyes - Howard Kainz PhD, Crisis Magazine

A Pope in Hell? The Curious Case of St. Peter Celestine V – Fr. Z’s Blog

Did Saint Thomas Think Jesus Was God? - Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Middle East’s Christians Long for Pope Francis...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and Israeli President Proclaim Their Witness to Peace (2021)

President Shimon Peres said the Holy Father’s visit raised the ‘thirst for peace’ and could invigorate the stalled peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

05/26/2014 Comments (2)

Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres meet May 26 at the presidential residence in Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM — In a joint ceremony at the presidential residence in Jerusalem, both Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres proclaimed their dedication to bringing peace to the Middle East, particularly in Israel, where the peace process appears deadlocked and attitudes on both sides threaten to harden.

Peres first greeted Pope Francis and his entourage, introduced him to children suffering from cancer and hosted him in a private meeting.

Then they emerged on the residence’s grounds to plant an olive tree together in the presidential garden before taking the stage, where behind them sat a choir of Jewish, Musli, and Christian children and before them sat many Israeli and foreign...READ MORE

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