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Pope: ‘If We Annoy People, Blessed Be the Lord’ (7035)

The Pope says that the Church needs apostolic zeal to proclaim Jesus Christ among people who do not know him.

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VATICAN CITY — The Pope told Christians it is better to be “annoying” and “a nuisance” than lukewarm in proclaiming Jesus Christ.

“If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord,” said Pope Francis during his morning Mass at the Vatican on May 16.

“We can ask the Holy Spirit to give us all this apostolic fervor and to give us the grace to be annoying when things are too quiet in the Church,” he said at the chapel of the St. Martha residence, where he lives.

He celebrated the Mass alongside Cardinal Peter Turkson and Bishop Mario Toso, the president and the secretary of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace. Council staff and employees from Vatican Radio were among those attending the...READ MORE

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Gosnell Case Exposes Big Abortion for What It is (3325)

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Editor's Note: On Register Radio May 17, Jeanette De Melo will discuss the influence the Gosnell trial has had on the abortion debate in the U.S. in an interview with Susan B. Anthony List's president, Marjorie Dannenfelser. Listen online after 2pm Eastern today. 

As the trial of Kermit Gosnell exposed to the world the evil, ugly and indefensible truth of Big Abortion, Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly National Abortion Rights Action League) were quick to throw him under the bus, applauding his conviction and implausibly blaming the pro-life community for Gosnell’s house of horrors.

But that moment of sanity by America’s biggest proponents of abortion won’t...READ MORE

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How the Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, Audiences Connect With Faith-Based TV and More! (4414)

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How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. Follow the link by Dr. B. Wiker to read more.

How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Dr. B. Wiker - BigPulpit.com

Audiences Connect with Faith-Based T. V. Pgms. – Michelle Martin, OSV Newsweekly

Time for Christians to Exit the Military - Francis, Catholic Stand

#RealityIsReality - Scott P. Richert, Crisis Magazine

The New Evangelization: One Small Step - Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

The End of the Lying Debate? – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

New Website for Atheist and Catholic Dialogue – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Bishop Mark Davies: Be Wary of Media’s Agenda for Pope – The Catholic Herald

The Heresy of Good Personism – David G. Bonagura Jr., The Catholic Thing

Once a Godparent, Always a...READ MORE

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Archbishop Cordileone Warns Against Inclusion of Same-Sex Unions in Immigration-Reform Bill (2350)

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced two amendments related to same-sex unions that threaten the passage of the legislation.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco warned that the inclusion of same-sex couples in a landmark immigration-reform bill threatened passage of legislation long advocated by the U.S. bishops.

“It is introducing an extraneous issue into this legislation,” Archbishop Cordileone, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, told the Register during a May 16 interview.

“This is a rare moment of national unity: Both parties want to be proactive in doing something about immigration reform. Now, for political motives, they want to introduce a separate political agenda, and that would be a tragedy.”

Archbishop...READ MORE

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Hollywood’s ‘Gay Culture’ Reshaping America (12372)

Almost 20% of Americans say TV has shifted their opinion in favor of the redefinition of marriage.

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LOS ANGELES — The entertainment industry centered on Hollywood has helped reshape Americans’ views on sexuality, family and marriage.

But this change results from Hollywood’s powerful homosexual culture, whose ideological leaders tolerate no dissent — even from other homosexuals — and who have filled a vacuum in the industry left by the absence of faithful Christians.

According to a new survey by Ipsos MediaCT, nearly one in five (or 18%) of Americans credit television with shifting their opinion in favor of redefining marriage to accommodate same-sex couples. Just 10% said television moved their opinion against redefining marriage. Ipsos’ nationwide survey (of 1,096 television...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Plans Trip to Sardinia (2346)

Along with his scheduled visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July, the Holy Father said May 15 that he will likely travel to the Italian island in September.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis isn’t embarking on many official visits this year, but he is scheduled to make two significant ones: the first to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July and the second to Sardinia.

Addressing Italian pilgrims during his weekly general audience May 15, the Holy Father said he wanted to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria on the Italian island of Sardinia. The visit, to the island’s capital, Cagliari, will take place “almost surely in the month of September,” he said. He would like to visit because a “brotherhood” exists between the cities of Buenos Aires and the Sardinian capital.

He explained that, at the moment of the founding of the city of Buenos...READ MORE

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The Central Argument in Christian Apologetics by Kreeft, We're All Spiritual Mothers and More! (2461)

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The Central Argument in Christian Apologetics. Follow the link by Dr. Peter Kreeft to read more.

The Central Argument in Christian Apologetics by Doctor Peter Kreeft - Big Pulpit

Kids or No Kids, We’re All Spiritual Mothers – Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

Safe Abortion Action Fund and Africa - Obianuju Ekeocha, Catholic Stand

Solemn Extraordinary Form Mass in Sydney Cathedral - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Marriage: Government Tested, God Approved – Cindy Bird, Ignitum Today

Atheism, Evidence, and the “God-of-the-Gaps” - Trent Horn, Strange Notions

Kermit Gosnell’s Pro-Life Last Choice – Stacy Trasancos PhD

How the United States Supreme Court May Rule on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ - Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

Cultural Imperialism: President Obama Promotes 'Gay'...READ MORE

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Clergy Must Be Shepherds, Not Wolves, Says Pope (3070)

Pope Francis asked the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests to be poor, humble and meek in the service of the people.

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Pope Francis in Paul VI hall during an audience on March 16.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said on Wednesday that bishops and priests must take care to avoid temptations in order to be effective shepherds, protecting their flocks from dangers.

He urged the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests, “because if we go on the road to riches, if we go on the road to vanity, we become wolves and not shepherds.”

The Pope’s words came in his May 15 homily in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican.

“A bishop is not a bishop for himself,” Pope Francis said. “He is for the people, and a priest is not a priest for himself. He is for the people: to serve, to nurture them, to shepherd them, who are his flock — in order to...READ MORE

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