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Mishaps Carrying Out Executions Spur Renewal of Death-Penalty Debate (4496)

Catholic opponents of capital punishment say the problems are an added reason to halt executions in the United States.

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PHOENIX — In the wake of the July 23 execution of convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III — who took nearly two hours to die after the start of his lethal injection procedure — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the state’s execution process.

Wood gasped more than 600 times before he died in a state prison in Florence, Ariz., according to some accounts by witnesses, and he lived so long after receiving the lethal injection that his lawyers were able to launch an emergency legal appeal to halt the execution. According to The Guardian newspaper, a Catholic priest was present throughout the protracted execution, praying the Rosary.

But while the incident has focused national...READ MORE

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U.S. Papal Visit Not Confirmed, but Archbishop Chaput Is Confident (2552)

Although the Vatican is not expected to confirm Pope Francis will attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia until next year, he has already signaled his willingness to participate.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office on March 25.

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PHILADELPHIA — Reports that Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 remain unconfirmed by the Vatican; however, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is confident of the Pope’s attendance.

On July 25, reports began to circulate that Archbishop Chaput had confirmed Pope Francis’ presence at the meeting in his cathedral city next year.

And according to Catholic News Service, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said July 25 that the Holy Father had expressed “his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families” and also had received invitations to visit other cities in the United States next year, including an invitation that New...READ MORE

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From Rome to Santiago de Compostela With Love (2434)

Augustin Peña Gago calls his pilgrimage Il Mio Camino.

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What distinguishes Augustin Peña Gago from many others making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, sanctuary of St. James the Apostle in northwest Spain, is not only the means he will use and distance he will travel, but his motive for going.

Gago, concluding his third year as a civil guard to the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, will be practicing his other profession this summer, professional cycling, to ride from Rome to Santiago. Pedaling a total of 3,605 kilometers, Gago will travel three historic pilgrim routes, passing through five countries.

Though his motivations are multiple, Gago’s principal inspiration is his grandparents, both born in Santiago and close to St....READ MORE

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Immigration: A Principled Catholic Approach Avoids Emotionalism (6819)

COMMENTARY: Church teaching on immigration articulates a framework for thinking — rather than merely emoting — through the immigration issue in a manner consistent with Catholic concerns for liberty, justice, human flourishing and the common good.

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For weeks now, Americans’ eyes have been fixated upon the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, as some of the least among us seek to enter the United States without permission from what is, after all, a sovereign nation.

We’ve also witnessed outpourings of raw fury as Americans, including many Catholics, vent their frustration with the federal government and Congress, due to the economic and political dysfunctionality bred by the failure of our immigration laws.

As tempting as it is, however, to express anger, Catholics cannot be in the business of allowing public policy to be driven by feelings. That’s at least partly because Catholicism has always taken reason deadly...READ MORE

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Colo. Marriage-Defense Amendment (1608)

The state’s bishops urge Catholics in Colorado to defend marriage in the face of this ‘emotional arrangement.’

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DENVER — A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage-defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling comes after another district court judge struck down the amendment on July 10, saying that preserving marriage “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.” The state’s bishops criticized the decision that day and called on Catholics in Colorado to defend marriage.

The bishops said the decision “advances a misinterpretation of the institution of marriage in modern society, reducing marriage to a sheer emotional arrangement that can simply be redefined to...READ MORE

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Cease-Fire Signed in Central African Republic Conflict (1553)

The agreement was signed after three days of talks in the neighboring Republic of the Congo. The predominantly Muslim Seleka forces dropped their demand that the Central African Republic be split into a Muslim north and a Christian south.

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Refugees displaced by the war in the Central African Republic.

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BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo — Rival factions in the Central African Republic signed a cease-fire on Wednesday in hopes of halting the deadly violence, but it is unclear whether it will be effective.

“We have signed this cease-fire agreement today in front of everyone. Our commitment is firm and irreversible," Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, who represented the Seleka faction, said July 23.

Patrick Edouard Ngaissona, head of the anti-Balaka negotiating team, said anyone caught violating the cease-fire would be arrested, the BBC reports.

The agreement was signed after three days of talks in the neighboring Republic of the Congo. The predominantly Muslim Seleka forces dropped their demand...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood Faces New Allegations Involving Abuse of Minors (12156)

A Colorado lawsuit and a new Live Action video spotlight the abortion provider’s controversial provision of services to young girls.

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DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers told the Register he will have attorneys review the video of a Colorado Planned Parenthood employee coaching a woman pretending to be a 15-year-old girl to engage in dangerous sexual activity, to buy goods from an adult sex store and view and read pornography.

The Live Action video was released this month just as a lawsuit, filed in early July, charges Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains with failing to report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by her stepfather. The man took the girl to a Denver abortion business and paid for an abortion on May 3, 2012.

The suit claims four Planned Parenthood employees failed to ask how the girl...READ MORE

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ISIS Targeting Christians: The West Must Intervene or We Are All Dead; Tiny Catholics and Much More! (3516)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the ISIS Targeting Christians: West Intervene or We Are All Dead via Fr. Z's Blog link to read more.

ISIS Targeting Christians: West Intervene or We Are All Dead via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis On Plight of Christians in Mosul – Aleteia

There Are Tiny Catholics Among Us – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Responding to “Spiritual But Not Religious” Christians – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Five Rules for Consoling the Dying by Russell E. Saltzman of First Things - BigPulpit.com

The Misadventure of Divorce – David L. Alexander, Man With A Black Hat

“The Heresy of Action” – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Four Critical Rules for Catholic Fathers – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Saint Amid the Slaughterhouse of World War I by Philip Jenkins - BigPulpit.com


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