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President Obama Picks Former CRS President as Vatican Ambassador (3270)

Ken Hackett served as president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ international-relief charity, from 1993-2012.

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Ken Hackett

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the former head of Catholic Relief Services, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore, a former Catholic Relief Services board member, said the appointment was “great news.” He said Hackett has many skills relevant to the diplomatic position representing U.S. interests at the Vatican.

“He has traveled all over the world and worked with [Vatican representatives], bishops and general consuls in all those places, and he has dealt successfully with plenty of sticky situations,” Bishop Madden told the Baltimore Sun.

Hackett, 66, was born in the West Roxbury neighborhood of...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Pilgrims: Selfish Living Leads to Slavery and Death (3442)

The Holy Father reflects on the gift of life and the God of Life.

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Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Evangelium Vitae weekend on June 16 in St. Peter's Square.

– Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY— As he met with thousands of pro-life advocates from around the globe, Pope Francis stressed that the Gospel is the “way to freedom and life,” but lifestyles that are “dictated by selfishness” lead to slavery and death.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope urged, “let us look to God as the God of Life; let us look to his law, to the Gospel message, as the way to freedom and life. The living God sets us free.”

He addressed his homily for the June 16 Mass in St. Peter’s Square to pilgrims from Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America, who filled the famous piazza up to its gates.

They were also joined in the square by around 1,400 people on their...READ MORE

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A Heart for ‘Evangelizing Through the Media’ (3635)

EWTN anchor Colleen Carroll Campbell on God’s will, saints and vocation.

06/17/2013 Comments (5)

– Amber Montgomery via Colleen Carroll Campbell website

Editor’s Note: Jeanette De Melo interviewed Colleen Carroll Campbell on EWTN’s Register Radio program June 14. Listen to the interview online here.

 

Colleen Carroll Campbell, an award-winning journalist, host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture show and author of the 2013 Christopher Award-winning memoir My Sisters the Saints, is taking on a new role: anchor of EWTN’s new nightly news show, EWTN News Nightly With Colleen Carroll Campbell, which will debut in early fall.

She spoke with the Register’s associate editor, Amy Smith, at the beginning of May about evangelizing through the media, her love of the saints, discernment and balancing motherhood and journalism.

 

What is the setup of...READ MORE

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The Nuns at the Top of the Charts; Sinners, Prophets and the Business of Heaven and Much More! (3198)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/17/2013 Comment

The Nuns at the Top of the Charts. Follow the link by The Wall Street Journal via The Chant Café to read more.

The Nuns at the Top of the Charts by The Wall Street Journal via The Chant Café - BigPulpit.com

Sinners, Prophets and the Business of Heaven – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

A Woman is Made to Be A Woman – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Littlest Suffering Souls III: Brendan Kelly of Great Falls – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

When Speaking Off the Cuff: What Does Pope Francis Mean? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Celebrating Fathers: Our Earthly Fathers – Dr. Paul Gondreau, Image

The Gift of the Sphragis – Stacy Trasancos PhD

If God is Real, Why Won’t He Show Himself? – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Ordinariate Evensong at the Little Oratory – Charles Cole, New...READ MORE

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Honoring a Father’s Love (5290)

COMMENTARY for Father's Day

06/16/2013 Comments (7)

Love at its best need not be asked. Rather, it greatly desires — and takes the initiative to seek out — the good of the beloved. These words are exemplified par excellence in our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to die for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).

 

For almost nine decades, my dad, rooted in the Lord, has also striven to exemplify these words, as my extended family and I, and many others too, can gratefully testify.

Joseph Nash will turn 89 in October, and he often refers to himself as a “Depression kid” (as in the Great Depression). Dad was raised in a loving, single-parent Catholic home in the 1920s and ’30s in Cleveland, and it was those experiences that laid the...READ MORE

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Bishops and Catholic Leaders to Gather in Napa to Discuss the Church and 'Next America' (3520)

The upcoming third annual Napa Institute Conference will discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society.

06/15/2013 Comments (9)
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– Napa Institute Facebook

Leading Catholics will gather in California's Napa Valley this August for the third annual Napa Institute Conference to discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society.

“The conference will bring Catholic leaders together from around the nation to meet, learn and share ideas about the future of the Church in the 'Next America,'” Tim Gray, president of the Denver-based Augustine Institute, said in a June 3 invitation.

Gray invited all those interested in attending “to take advantage of experiencing this intellectually and spiritually engaging weekend in the heart of the Napa Valley's famous wine country.”

The conference will take place Aug. 1-4...READ MORE

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10,000 Clandestine Catholics in North Korea, The Reform of the Reform and Much More! (3209)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/15/2013 Comment

Why the Reform of the Reform is Not Enough. Follow the link by Kate Edwards of Oz Incognita blog to read more.

Why the Reform of the Reform Is Not Enough by Kate Edwards of Oz Incognita blog - BigPulpit.com

At Least 10,000 Clandestine Catholics in North Korea - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Auto Prudence: A Driving Story - Foxfier, Catholic Stand

France: Keep Up Battle Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ - Jonathan Luxmoore, The Catholic Herald

Common Objections to Homeschooling - Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

Five Important Lessons from Saint Joseph – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

What is a Baculus Cantoralis and Why You Need One - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

On Meriting Praise – Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

The Time Machine Challenge - Joe Heschmeyer,...READ MORE

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Colorado Catholics Rally in Face of Ferocious Fire (5304)

The Black Forest blaze is the most destructive wildfire in state history.

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Policemen prepare to pull back June 11 from the inferno's edge, about one mile north of Our Lady of the Pines parish in Colorado Springs, Colo.

– Wayne Laugesen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history burns through the Black Forest east of Colorado Springs, dozens of Catholics are among more than 400 families who’ve lost their homes.

Others have been ordered to evacuate Catholic institutions in the forest, including Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, the church’s rectory, the Benet Hill Monastery and Our Lady of the Angels Friary.

“It was ominous,” said Capuchin Father Jim Moster, guardian of Our Lady of the Angels Friary.

“At night you could see big orange flames, leaping high in the sky in the trees south and west of us. We, frankly, had been keeping an eye on it and had talked about it and...READ MORE

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