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The First Martyr of the Mafia (4782)

Father Giuseppe Puglisi of Sicily, who was killed by Mafia hitmen in 1993, was beatified May 25.

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Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi

– beatificazionepuglisi.diocesipa.it

PALERMO, Italy — No one expected the murder of Father Giuseppi “Pino” Puglisi, the Sicilian priest killed in 1993 by Mafia hitmen. So said three Sicilian bishops, who shared part of their life with the blessed, as they recalled his life and his surprising death during the week before their friend’s beatification.

The beatification of Father Puglisi took place May 25 in the Sicilian city of Palermo, Italy. The event, which drew a crowd of more than 80,000 people, according to Vatican Radio, comes only 20 years after the priest’s death. Cardinal Paolo Romeo, the current archbishop of Palermo presided over the beatification Mass.

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Pope Calls Parish ‘Sentinel’ for Rome Diocese (2001)

At the first local church he has visited as Pope, the Holy Father presided over first Communion for 16 children.

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Pope Francis meets with first Communicants May 26 at Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah parish in Rome.

– Vatican Radio/Facebook

ROME — Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah was the first church in the Diocese of Rome that Pope Francis visited, and enthusiasm was high, as presided over first Communion for 16 children.

The Pope was welcomed May 26 by thousands of parishioners and the pastor, Father Benoni Ambarus, who noted that the parish, located on the northern outskirts of Rome in Prima Porta, can be seen either as the last one in the Rome Diocese, or as the first, as a sentinel guards the door.

“Dear sentinels,” Pope Francis responded off-the-cuff, “I like what you said: ‘That periphery has a negative sense, but also a positive sense.’ Do you know why?”

“Because … we understand reality better not from the center,...READ MORE

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God Is Love, Pope Affirms, But Not in ‘Sentimental’ Sense (3176)

The Holy Father celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Trinity yesterday.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — As he celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis spoke about how God is love, but not in an “emotional” or “sentimental” way.

“The light of Easter and Pentecost have renewed in us each year the joy and wonder of faith that recognizes that God is not something vague, abstract, but has a name: ‘God is love,’” the Pope said May 26, before reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

And this love “is not sentimental, emotional, but the love of the Father who is the source of all life, the love of the Son who died on the cross and rose, the love of the Spirit who renews man and the world,” he stated.

Pope Francis then reflected on how the Trinity “is not...READ MORE

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Military Archbishop Honors U.S. Veterans (4000)

In his annual Memorial Mass homily, Archbishop Timothy Broglio said they had gathered together ‘to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served.’

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Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima in Arlington, Va.

– Wikicommons

WASHINGTON — The head of the military archdiocese honored veterans and those on active duty, thanking members of the armed forces and praying for all who have served in the protection of the United States.

“We gather in this Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, because we want to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio in his homily at the May 19 Mass of Remembrance in Washington.

“We are able to be here in prayer, because women and men have set aside their security, their plans, their families and what is familiar in order to serve this nation whose foundation is based on principles.”

“How can we...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on the Possibility of Salvation for Atheists, The Best Catholic Bloggers and Much More! (5612)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis on the Possibility of Salvation for Atheists. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Pope Francis on the Possibility of Salvation for Atheists via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

Who’s Got the Better Catholic Bloggers? Detroit Or Chicago? – LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

The Gift of My Patron Saint - Molly Milroy, Ignitum Today

Scientism & God’s Existence (Video) – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Sacred Music and Catholic Identity – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

Pentecost in the Parishes - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Sparta Revisited - Donald DeMarco PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Commencement 2013: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Tim Drake, Catholic Education Daily

Social Media vs. the Catholic Church - Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

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Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Homosexual Scouts (9129)

Bishop Guglielmone, the USCCB’s liaison with Catholic scouts, says ‘we can live’ with the compromise approved May 23 by the BSA’s national leadership.

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GRAPEVINE, Texas — In a policy shift for the Boy Scouts of America, openly homosexual youth will no longer be barred from scouting.

The 1,400-member national council voted yesterday to add the following line to the requirements for being a scout: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The resolution passed with 61.5% voting in favor of the change and 38.5% opposed. It goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and is binding on all councils and units.

In a May 23 statement, the organization said: “The Boy Scouts of America will not sacrifice its mission or the youth served by the movement by allowing the...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Has Hearing Before Federal Appeals Court Regarding HHS Suit (3336)

Christian store's lawyer is encouraged after arguing the case before full panel of 10th Circuit judges.

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The lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and its Christian owners in a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate is heartened following the case's hearing before a federal appeals court.

“We were encouraged by it; we were able to make our points forcefully, and we felt the judges heard what we were saying,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told Catholic News Agency May 24.

The arts-and-crafts retailer is one of well over 100 plaintiffs challenging a mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.


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Gosnell’s Conviction Focuses Attention on Fetal Pain Abortion Bans (2633)

A federal bill to bar abortions after 20 weeks was considered this week by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

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Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — The murder trial and conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell may have increased public awareness and sympathy to unborn children who are capable of feeling pain in the womb as early as 20 weeks after conception.

This public awareness could assist in gaining support for legislation to ban abortion on the basis of fetal pain, such as a bill that was discussed this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The horrible, horrible suffering inflicted on little human lives in every abortion is now brutally clear to anyone who followed the Pennsylvania proceedings. After the Gosnell case, nobody can claim that abortion is victimless. The tiny victims experience...READ MORE

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