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Catholic Benefits Association Wins Reprieve in HHS Lawsuit (6338)

The association, which was formed in February, offers a fresh solution for Catholic business owners seeking to provide health-insurance plans that are morally compliant with Catholic teaching.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — On June 4, Bob Gallagher, the owner and CEO of Good Will Publishers, received the news that he had been praying for: His family company, along with the hundreds of other Catholic employers that joined a class-action lawsuit against the federal Health and Human Services' mandate, had obtained relief from a U.S. district court in Oklahoma City.

The class-action lawsuit was brought by the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), an umbrella group for Catholic employers with either group health insurance or self-funded health plans that are morally compliant with Catholic teaching.

In his 21-page ruling that provided injunctive relief, U.S. district court Judge David Russell found...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Police: ‘Your Vocation Is Service’ (1516)

The Holy Father encouraged law enforcement officers last week.

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Italian police attend a special Mass in St. Peter's Square on June 6.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY -- During an audience with Pope Francis and the police of Italy, a young officer explained that his job is a lifestyle of service in which he is constantly attentive to the needs of others.

Speaking with CNA, Matteo Gianerelli said that he decided to be a policeman “because my father was. He is an example for me, so I want to follow him in this job, which is not a job, but a way of life.”

Gianerelli was present during a June 6 audience with Pope Francis and the Italian police force, the carabinieri, held in honor of the 200th anniversary of their founding.

Being a police officer means “to help people, the people who need my help,” Gianerelli observed, adding that he wants...READ MORE

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‘Invocation for Peace’: Yes to Encounter and No to Conflict (3481)

The Pope brought the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the presidents of Israel and Palestine together on Pentecost Sunday for an unprecedented prayer service in the Vatican Gardens.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” Pope Francis told the heads of Israel and Palestine, who he brought together in the Vatican Gardens for an unprecedented “Invocation for Peace” on Pentecost Sunday.

“It calls for the courage to say Yes to encounter and No to conflict,” the Pope continued. “Yes to dialogue and No to violence; Yes to negotiations and No to hostilities; Yes to respect for agreements and No to acts of provocation; Yes to sincerity and No to duplicity.”

The Holy Father delivered his address at the end of an evening filled with Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, chants and orchestral music.

As planned, Israeli President Shimon Peres...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls Upon Crime Experts for Humane Justice System (2585)

The Holy Father said that justice has to involve the redemption of the offender and avoid confusing punishment with reparation for the crime.

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– Kyle Burkhart/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has asked experts at an international conference on criminal law to consider a fuller understanding of justice that moves beyond mere punishment to redemption of the offender.

“It seems to me that the big challenge that we must all face is that the measures taken against evil do not stop with suppression, discouragement and isolation for those who caused it,” Pope Francis said, “but help them to reconsider, to walk in the paths of good, to be genuine people far from their miseries, becoming merciful themselves.”

Pope Francis made these thoughts known in a letter he sent to the participants of the 19th International Conference of the International Association of...READ MORE

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Standing at the Birthplace of the Catholic Church (3521)

A visit to the Upper Room in Jerusalem put everything in perspective.

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– Denise Bossert

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And, suddenly, there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4


The day my group visited the Upper Room during a journalists’ tour of the Holy Land last month, the room itself was closed to the public, although we were allowed to peer into the building’s lower floor and meander in its...READ MORE

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Pope on Pentecost Preaching: The Holy Spirit Enlivens the Church (3652)

The Holy Spirit is the ‘interior Teacher,’ guiding us ‘along the right path, throughout the situations of life.’

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Pope Francis gives a homily in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

VATICAN CITY — On the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis focused his homily and Angelus address on the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding and giving life to the Church.

The first Pentecost “does not remain only limited to that moment, but is an event that is renewed and renews itself again. Christ, glorified at the right [hand] of the Father, continues to realize his promise, sending the Holy Spirit to enliven the Church, who teaches us, reminds us and makes us speak,” the Pope preached to the congregation at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 8.

The Holy Spirit is the “interior Teacher,” explained the Holy Father, guiding us “along the right path, throughout the situations of life.”


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What to Say to the Bible Christian, Hope During Difficult Times, Adultery Remains Adultery and More! (4329)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow What to Say to That Bible Christian by Fr. Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

What to Say to That Bible Christian by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Hope During Difficult Times - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Adultery Remains Adultery – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Saint Who Chopped Down a Sacred Oak – The Catholic Herald

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part III – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

The Maniac: G. K. Chesterton – Two Catholic Men and a Blog

Stuck As the Prodigal Son’s Older Brother – Jenni Groft, Catholic Stand

The Importance of the Sign of the Cross Must Not be Lost – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

The Devil’s Surprise: Mary’s Feet – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic News and Information

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Church Grows at Faster Rate than World Population, Beauty and Bible Interpretation and Much More! (3809)

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06/08/2014 Comment

Follow Catholic Church Grows at Faster Rate than World Population by Jean M. Heimann of Catholic Fire for the video.

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Beauty and Bible Interpretation: A Response to Modern Bible Studies – Luke Murray, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Just Food Is Not Enough! – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

St. Joan of Arc: A Guide for Every Age – Christopher Check, Crisis Magazine

Adopting C. S. Lewis - Jason Liske, Catholic Stand

How the Light of the Gospel Is Returning to Limerick – Donna Sue Berry, Regina Magazine

Pope Francis and Retirement – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Escape Egalitarian Tyranny with Socratic Questioning - James Kalb JD, Crisis Magazine

Why Christians Say “Encounter” – Marc...READ MORE

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