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Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness From Clergy-Abuse Victims (8322)

Meeting with six abuse victims at his Vatican residence, the Holy Father expressed ‘sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex-abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omission in sex-abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.”

The meeting took place July 7 at the Pope’s Casa Santa Marta residence. Six victims attended: three men and three women. Two were Irish, two were British, and two were German.

They arrived in Rome Sunday evening and took part in Pope Francis’ Monday morning Mass at his residence. They had breakfast together with the Pope and then met with him individually for an average time of half an hour each, communicating with the help of an interpreter.

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Vatican Strengthens Financial Cooperation With U.S. Government (1759)

The move is part of the Vatican’s efforts to strengthen its international cooperation in fighting terrorism and financial crimes.

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Director Rene Brülhart of the Vatican's Financial Information Authority

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Financial Intelligence Authority, the Vatican’s financial watchdog, has agreed to exchange information with the U.S. government, significantly strengthening international cooperation on financial concerns.

René Bruelhart, director of the financial authority, said the agreement is “a further step in Holy See efforts towards perfecting a system of financial regulation and part of our commitment to transparency and international cooperation.”

“The Holy See is part of the global family of well-regulated jurisdictions, and the signing of this agreement reflects that very clearly,” Bruelhart said.

The agreement with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is the...READ MORE

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World Cup Host City Natal Has Unique Catholic, American Influences (2850)

The town named after Christmas played a part in World War II and later welcomed St. John Paul II.

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All other photos used with permission from the Archdiocese of Natal and the Rampa Foundation.

Natal Soccer Stadium (Chris Kudialis)

– All other photos used with permission from the Archdiocese of Natal and the Rampa Foundation.

NATAL, Brazil — Located on Brazil’s northeast coast, the city of Natal is known for its picturesque beaches, sand dunes and, in 2014, for hosting four games during the FIFA World Cup.

But a week spent in the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte reveals a unique Catholic legacy and a connection with the United States that goes far beyond soccer.

The Portuguese translation for Christmas, Natal was founded on Dec. 25, 1599. With nearly 900,000 residents, Natal’s population is roughly equal to that of Austin, Texas, and it is Brazil’s 15th most-populated city.


Papal Visit

In 1989, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil announced that Pope John Paul II would be making his third trip...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Lauds Example of Working Mothers Who Care for Their Families (2645)

The Holy Father addressed the students and faculty at the University Molise in southern Italy July 5.

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VATICAN CITY — During his one-day trip to southern Italy, Pope Francis met with personnel of the region’s university, urging them to find creative solutions to unemployment, and he thanked working mothers for their example.

“Another challenge was voiced by this good working mother, who also spoke on behalf of her family: her husband, her young child and the baby in her womb,” Pope Francis observed in his July 5 address to students and staff of the University of Molise in Campobasso.

“Hers is a plea for work and at the same time for the family. Thank you for this testimony. In fact, it is a case of trying to reconcile work with family life.”

Taking place in the university’s lecture hall,...READ MORE

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Centering Catholic Theology on the Person of Christ (3379)

Father Reál Tremblay, the new president of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, discusses his theological approach and his memories of studying under the direction of Joseph Ratzinger.

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Courtesy of Father Réal Tremblay

Redemptorist Father Réal Tremblay, the new president of the Pontifical Academy of Theology.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis last month named Redemptorist Father Réal Tremblay president of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He is professor emeritus of fundamental moral theology at the Alphonsian Academy.

Born in Metabetchouan, Quebec, Canada, Father Tremblay was a student of Joseph Ratzinger in the 1970s and earned his doctorate in dogmatic theology in 1975 from the University of Regensburg, Germany.

The Pontifical Academy of Theology was founded in Rome and received its first statutes from Pope Clement XI in 1718. Its mission is to promote dialogue between faith and reason and deepen Christian doctrine, following the indications of the Holy Father. It also aims to better understand...READ MORE

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I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead; Memory: Wired for God in the Eucharist and Much More! (4189)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead by Father Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head to read more.

I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead by Father Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head - BigPulpit.com

Memory: Wired for God in the Eucharist – Dr. Joseph R. Hollcraft, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Did Jonah Really Get Eaten by a Whale? – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

A Model for A Cultural Center for the New Evangelization – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Sola Scriptura Secularism and Hobby Lobby by Francis J. Beckwith of The Catholic Thing - BigPulpit.com

The Generosity of Catholic Family Planning – Caitlin Marchand, Catholic Exchange

Man Up – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

In the Company of My Catholic Brothers – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

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Karen Explains to Her Protestant Family Why She Became Catholic, Is Religion In Your Head and More! (5276)

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10 Ways to Fall in Love With the Eucharist – Father Ed Broom, Catholic Exchange

Is Religion All in Your Head? – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Married and Priestly Vocations Are Complementary – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

Look Really Cute and Eat All You Want – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

Spanish Speaking Pope Has Vatican Officials Racing to Language Class – Rome Reports

Pope Francis on Jesus: Who Do You Say That I Am? – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

G. K. Chesterton’s Love Affair with the Irish – Tamara Isabell, Aleteia

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Father James Sullivan: From Reinforcing Homes to Souls (6427)

The former carpenter was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., May 17.

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– Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn.

Father James Sullivan was ordained on May 17 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., after a 26-year career owning and operating Sullivan Brothers, LLC, contracting company in Wolcott, Conn., in partnership with his brother John.

After the brothers graduated from Providence College, they co-founded this business spur of the moment on a shoestring budget, with a single $5 ad that grew into a home remodeling and construction company employing 33 people. During his time in the working world, Father Sullivan also became a permanent deacon for the archdiocese, never expecting to someday become a priest.

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