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‘Mob Rule’ in Texas Senate Unlikely to Stop Abortion Bill (3504)

Pro-lifers press ahead with women’s safety legislation.

07/02/2013 Comments (9)

AUSTIN, Texas — A filibuster and a raucous crowd managed to delay approval of a Texas bill that will ban abortions past the 20-week “pain capable” mark, but abortion supporters’ victory promises to be short-lived.

Texas legislators are already in a second special session, which Republican Gov. Rick Perry called just hours after the vote standstill in Austin late on June 25.

That day, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, became a national sensation when she launched a 10-hour-plus filibuster against the pro-life bill, attracting support even from President Barack Obama, who alluded to her efforts in a tweet.

When Davis was finally silenced due to technicalities shortly before a...READ MORE

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Evil, Be Thou My Good; Same-Sex 'Marriage For and Against; Is Virginity a Mistake and More! (3075)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/02/2013 Comments (2)

Evil, Be Thou My Good. Follow the link by Father George Rutler to read more.

Evil, Be Thou My Good by Father George Rutler - BigPulpit.com

Same-Sex 'Marriage' For and Against – William M. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars!

Is Virginity at Marriage a Mistake? - Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: Conscience Is Not Ego - Leroy Huizenga, First Thoughts

Socrates or Jesus? – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Helping Our Children Discern Their Vocations - Terry McDermott, Catholic Lane

How to Have a Beautiful Liturgy on Campus - Dr. Kurt Poterack, Catholic Education Daily

Not This Family - Heidi, Catholic Sistas

Virtue is an Experience of Reality - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Abortion Debate Often Ignores Fathers - Francis Phillips, Catholic...READ MORE

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Archbishop: Senate Bill Helps Migrants Come ‘Into the Light’ (2523)

The Senate passed the immigration-reform bill to allow the estimated 11 million illegal residents of the U.S. to obtain provisional immigrant status if they meet certain conditions.

07/02/2013 Comments (26)
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Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles speaks during a press conference at the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

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WASHINGTON — Archbishop José Gomez, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, praised the Senate’s passage of an immigration bill, saying it would allow migrants to “come out of the shadows and into the light.”

“The status quo of our current system causes much suffering among immigrants and their families and must end,” the Los Angeles archbishop said June 28.

“I commend the U.S. Senate on the vote and for the bipartisan cooperation displayed during the legislative process,” he added.

The bill passed by the Senate is intended to allow the estimated 11 million illegal residents of the U.S. to obtain provisional immigrant status if they meet certain conditions. These...READ MORE

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Vatican Bank Director, Deputy Announce Resignations (3327)

Since 2010, the management of the Institute for Religious Works has been working hard to bring processes in line with international standards for anti-money laundering.

07/02/2013 Comments (2)
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The Institute for Religious Works, or the Vatican Bank, as it is commonly known, on June 28.

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VATICAN CITY — Paolo Cipriani, director of the Vatican Bank, resigned today, along with his deputy, Massimo Tulli, “in the best interest of the Institute [for Religious Works] and the Holy See,” according to a Vatican statement.

The Vatican Bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, has begun the process of finding permanent replacements to fill the positions.

Meanwhile, Ernst von Freyberg, who was appointed president of IOR’s supervisory board in February, as part of the group’s reform, has been appointed interim director, and his interim deputy will be Rolando Marranci.

Antonio Montaresi fills a newly created position, chief risk officer, to oversee...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' First Encyclical to Be Released July 5 (2206)

The encyclical, begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis, is entitled Lumen Fidei, which means 'The Light of Faith.'

07/02/2013 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis greets the faithful on May 8.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ first encyclical will be published on Friday, July 5, the Vatican has announced.

The encyclical was begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis in recent months. It is entitled Lumen Fidei, which means “The Light of Faith.”

The papal document will be presented at a press conference by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

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Courage Conference to Minister to Those With Same-Sex Attraction (5353)

The Courage apostolate aims to help those who have same-sex attraction and want to live according to Catholic teaching, which recognizes homosexual acts as grave sins.

07/02/2013 Comments (30)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Courage apostolate’s upcoming annual conference seeks to strengthen the faith and the confidence in Christ of Catholics who have same-sex attraction, helping them to live their call to chastity.

“The Church finds herself in the unhappy situation of having to say ‘No’ to things she knows to be contrary to the human good,” Father Paul Check, director of Courage, told Catholic News Agency July 1. “But whenever there’s a ‘No,’ and of course Our Lord also said ‘No’ to certain things in the Gospel, there has to be a corresponding ‘Yes.’”

“The ‘Yes’ is the outstretched hand of fraternal charity that the Church offers to men and women with same-sex attraction and to...READ MORE

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7 Things to Know About Pope Francis' First Encyclical, Redeeming Disney and Much More! (6837)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/02/2013 Comment

7 Things to Know about Pope Francis’ First Encyclical. Follow the link by Kevin Cotter of Focus Blog to read more.

7 Things to Know about Pope Francis’ First Encyclical by Kevin Cotter of Focus Blog - BigPulpit.com

Our Allies, the Syrian Muslim Rebels, Behead a Catholic Priest In Front of a Cheering Crowd – Fr. Z’s Blog

Redeeming Disney - Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Why Arm Our ‘Allies’ Who Beheaded a Catholic Priest? – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Facing Death as a Catholic: We Who Remain - Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Why the Church Cannot Walk Away from ‘Marriage’ – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law

Saints Peter and Paul Vespers at the London Oratory – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Is the Eucharist Truly Jesus’ Body and Blood? – Tim Staples, Catholic...READ MORE

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Catholic Leaders Decry U.S. Arms to Syrian Rebels (9076)

Christians, Minorities Caught in Crossfire

07/01/2013 Comments (13)
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Bishop Nicholas Samra, head of the Melkite Catholic Church in the United States.

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WASHINGTON — Church leaders warned that more blood, martyrs and the end of the Church in Syria is the price Syria will pay if the U.S. decides to go ahead with plans to arm the rebel forces.

Syria’s two-year civil war between forces allied with ruling President Bashar al-Assad and the rebel opposition has devolved into a sectarian Shia-Sunni conflict with Christians and other minorities caught in the crossfire.

“We’re seeing what looks like an extermination of Christianity,” Bishop Nicholas Samra, head of the Melkite Catholic Church in the United States, told the Register. “It’s not a healthy situation to help either side militarily at this point.”

Bishop Samra said that Syria’s...READ MORE

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