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Pope: Fear of the Lord Is an ‘Alarm’ Reminding Us of What’s Right (1419)

In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his instruction on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims June 7 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — During his general audience June 11, Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of fear of the Lord, saying it does not mean we should be afraid of God, but, rather, serves as a reminder to do the right thing.

“Fear of the Lord is an ‘alarm.’ When a person is not on the right path, he settles himself in evil,” the Pope explained at his  audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“When he distances himself from God, when he takes advantage of everyone, when he lives attached to money, to vanity, to power or pride, then the holy fear of God draws his attention: You will not be happy like this; this way, you will end badly.”

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Archbishop Lori Encourages Service to Church and Country (2539)

The Baltimore shepherd discusses HHS cases and the upcoming ‘Fortnight for Freedom.’

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and he spoke recently with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about emerging threats to the "first freedom" at the state and national level. He also outlined plans for the 2014 "Fortnight for Freedom," scheduled for June 21-July 4.

In a wide-ranging interview, Archbishop Lori also discussed the likely outcome of Hobby Lobby’s legal challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate and unveiled a new initiative, the Catholic Benefits Association, a health-insurance company for Catholic employers looking for...READ MORE

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What Has Happened to the United Nations? (9155)

COMMENTARY: The international body is becoming more and more a machine that fashions the language of human rights into a weapon of religious oppression.

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Human rights have come to have a definite meaning to the people of the world, which we must not allow any nation to so change that they are made synonymous with suppression.”

She herself chaired the drafting committee of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirmed the “freedom of thought, conscience or religion” as among the most important of human rights, and served as a delegate to the fledgling body formed to protect the rights of people everywhere.

Sadly, today, the United Nations is increasingly becoming a platform for turning human-rights language and treaty bodies into vehicles for intolerance and religious oppression,...READ MORE

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Commentator Dismisses ‘Crazed Claims’ About Ireland Child Burials (6462)

Editor Brendan O’Neill says reports on the Secours Sisters’ St. Mary’s home for unwed mothers is ‘a mishmash of anti-Catholic prejudice, Irish self-hatred and the modern thirst for horror stories involving children.’

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Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

– CNA/Courtesy of Tom Haymes

DUBLIN — Distorted claims about the burials of hundreds of children who died at an Irish home for unwed mothers show a trend of “exaggerations and myths” about injustices in the country’s Catholic past, one commentator charged.

The truth about the hundreds of children allegedly buried in a septic tank “was a very different story to the fact-lite, fury-heavy tale that had already gone round the world,” said Brendan O’Neill, editor of the current-affairs magazine Spiked.

O’Neill made his remarks in a June 9 editorial about news coverage of the Bons Secours Sisters’ St. Mary’s home for unwed mothers, which operated in Tuam in the 20th century.

“Clearly, this isn’t about news anymore; it...READ MORE

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Arab Christian Witnesses Grace of Pope’s Prayer for Peace (2170)

Margaret Karram, an Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

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Pope Francis hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Vatican to pray for peace on June 8.

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VATICAN CITY — The interfaith prayer for peace in the Middle East held by Pope Francis last Sunday reminds us that peace is not a work of people, but a work of God, said a key participant in the event.

Margaret Karram, an Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

“I have lived in the Holy Land most of my life, and when I arrived here, I saw that we were going to pray all together: Jews and Muslims, Palestinians and Israelis. … That meant to me that we really have to believe in peace,” Karram told CNA.

On Pentecost Sunday, the Pope and Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, met with...READ MORE

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Ex-Nun Upset Church Doesn't Ordain 'Women Priests', The Answer to Your Pain and More! (4666)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Ex-Catholic Nun Upset Church Doesn’t Ordain ‘Women Priests’ by Fr. Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

Ex-Catholic Nun Upset Church Doesn’t Ordain ‘Women Priests’ by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

What Pope Francis Gets From Thrown Gifts Thrown Inside the Popemobile – Cindy Wooden, Baltimore Catholic Review

One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic - Denise J. Hunnell MD, Catholic Stand

Ode to Feminine Genius: A Frugal Woman – Mary S. Catholic Sistas

The Answer to Your Pain – Maximilian Hart, Restless Hart

Fr. Robert Barron: Why Are Some Saints Called Doctors of the Church? - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

The Resurgence of Birmingham Maryvale! – Mark Lambert, De Omnibus Dubitandum Est

Some Compelling Evidence of the Pill’s Harmful Effects – Zachary Krajacic, Crisis Magazine

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A Catholic Cathedral Rises Again in the South (19776)

Raleigh’s new cathedral is a testament to a diocese that has rapidly grown in 90 years through faithful evangelization.

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A view of the exterior of the proposed Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Few could have imagined back in 1924 that the newborn Diocese of Raleigh would take root in the soil of North Carolina and become a Catholic powerhouse in the nation’s South.

Ninety years later, and rapidly expanding, the diocese is home to the only Catholic cathedral currently under construction in the United States, a testament to the vibrancy of its people’s faith.

Bishop Michael Burbidge announced the construction of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral at a press conference in May.

Noting the rapid growth of the diocese, the bishop said it is his “hope, dream and prayer to build a mother church, to build a cathedral” to replace the existing Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown...READ MORE

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Argentina Team Travels to World Cup With Huge Pope Francis Photo (2435)

The picture was taken when the team met with the Holy Father at the Vatican last August.

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Photo of Pope Francis with the Argentinian national soccer team, which is bringing the picture to the World Cup.

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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — The Argentinian team playing for the World Cup is bringing with it a larger-than-life photo of the players with Pope Francis, taken at a meeting at the Vatican last year.

The team hopes that the picture showing superstar forward Lionel Messi and his teammates with the Holy Father will “give a message of hope prior to the beginning of the World Cup,” reported the publication Diario Castellanos, which posted an image of the giant photo on Twitter.

The picture was taken when the players visited the Pope at the Vatican in August of last year, the day before Argentina beat Italy in a friendly match.

It will be kept with the team during World Cup games at the Cidade do...READ MORE

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