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Bizarre Tales from the 6:30am Daily Mass Crowd by P. G. Cuschieri - BigPulpit.com

Why Is Saint John XXIII So Loved by the Turkish People? – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

Conspiracies & Catholicism: Life Science – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

The Mode in Which We Go To Mass – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Real World – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Last Word on Economics - Daniel Schwindt, Aleteia

Blessed are Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Pornography Addiction - R Chhin, Ignitum Today

The Family Matrix - Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse

The Ol’ Hermeneutic: A Reply To Gabriel Sanchez - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

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Harvard’s Black Mass Deals With the Devil (34745)

While Harvard makes a Faustian bargain between Satan worship and academic freedom, Catholics are responding with prayer and a Holy Hour.

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BOSTON — Harvard University is going forward with a presentation of a Satanic “Black Mass” on its campus in the name of academic freedom, even as Catholics vehemently protest that the “historical re-enactment” of Satan worship denigrates Catholic practice and belief and promotes evil.

The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club has teamed up with the Satanic Temple to re-enact a “Black Mass” on May 12 at 8:30pm at the Queen’s Head Pub, in Memorial Hall, with “commentary and historical context” provided by some of the Temple’s atheistic Satanists.

“It’s disturbing,” said Father Michael Drea, senior chaplain of the Harvard Catholic chaplaincy. “The unfortunate thing is that this is being...READ MORE

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The Difficult Search for Peace and the Common Good in Ukraine (3177)

NEWS ANALYSIS: As the nation’s violent spiral worsens, Catholic and Orthodox religious leaders are almost the only voices promoting authentic reconciliation.

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A protester waves a Ukrainian flag Feb. 18 in Kiev, Ukraine, during the weeks-long violent confrontations that toppled the country's former pro-Russian government.

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When Pope Francis tweeted on May 1, “I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good” to his 11 million-plus Twitter followers, he probably had Ukraine in mind.

So far, pleas for peace have been ignored by political actors on all sides of the crisis, with rhetoric almost entirely displacing reconciliation.

After meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 26, Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pointedly blamed Russia for “getting ready to start World War III because it intends to overrun Ukraine, both politically and militarily.” He then skipped the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to return to...READ MORE

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New Ordinations Bring Hope for the Future (3157)

The Register interviews Bishop Michael Burbidge about the state of vocations after the ordination of two young men to the transitional diaconate.

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Bishop Michael Burbidge consecrates Rob Schmid a deacon, while Ian Van Heusen (far left) waits also for consecration to the transitional diaconate.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — For a growing Church, seeing new ordinations of young men in the sacrament of  holy orders brings excitement and hope. The joy from the congregation in Sacred Heart Cathedral resounded throughout the prayers and full-throated hymns when Raleigh, N.C.’s Bishop Michael Burbidge ordained two young men as transitional deacons.

On the eve of the canonization of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II, Bishop Burbidge, 56, ordained two seminarians, Rob Schmid and Ian Van Heusen, to the order of diaconate, investing them with the stole and dalmatic and the book of the Gospels. He pointed to the canonizations to remind the two men that what the Church ultimately expects of them is “to...READ MORE

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Pope: Grace, Docility and Dialogue Are Keys to Evangelization (1535)

In his daily Mass homily, the Holy Father highlighted these three elements as essential means for drawing others to Christ.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass homily for May 8, Pope Francis reflected on the attitudes necessary to evangelize, emphasizing the need to leave room for the grace of God, instead of putting our own bureaucratic obstacles in the way.

“Grace: Grace is more important than all the bureaucracy. Remember this,” the Pope insisted in his homily.

Addressing those present for his Mass in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Holy Father began by returning to the day’s first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, in which an angel speaks to the apostle Phillip and tells him to walk along a desert road, on which he meets an eunuch, whom he baptizes.

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Ireland’s Invitation to Pope Signals Improved Relations (1996)

Prime Minister Enda announced the invitation to the Pope at a press conference held April 27 at the Irish College in Rome.

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Celtic cross on a hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

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VATICAN CITY — After years of tension, news that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has invited Pope Francis to visit the country may be a sign that relations between the Holy See and Ireland are returning to normal.

Within just months of the reopening of Ireland’s Vatican Embassy, Prime Minister Kenny announced the invitation to the Pope at a press conference held at the Irish College in Rome April 27.

According to The Irish Times, the prime minister said he told Pope Francis that his papacy had brought about “an extraordinary difference to the perception of the Catholic Church” and that in Ireland, now, there is “a clearer and healthier relationship between church and state.”

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Report Documents ‘Egregious’ Religious-Freedom Violations in Syria (2446)

‘Particularly severe violations of religious freedom’ are taking place in the war-torn country, the U.S. Commission on International Freedom states in its 2014 report.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should designate Syria as a “country of particular concern” due to “particularly severe violations of religious freedom” in its ongoing conflict, a global religious-liberty group said.

“The existing humanitarian disaster and egregious human-rights and religious-freedom violations pose a serious danger to Syria’s religious diversity post-conflict,” the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said in its 2014 report.

The commission blamed “the collective actions of the Bashar al-Assad regime, internationally recognized opposition groups and extremist and U.S.-designated terrorist groups.”

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Lawsuit Filed in Connecticut Over Abortion Surcharges (6286)

A Catholic deacon filed the suit after the government health-care law canceled his old plan, he said, forcing him to pay significantly more or violate his conscience by paying for abortions.

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DAYVILLE, Conn. — For nearly five years, Barth Bracy has spoken out about the Affordable Care Act’s abortion provisions. But when the Catholic deacon found out he might be forced to subsidize abortions in his home state of Connecticut, he decided he needed to register a stronger response.

Deacon Bracy has thus filed a federal lawsuit in Connecticut challenging that state’s health-care exchange law. The lawsuit claims that forcing Bracy, who is the executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life, to pay the abortion surcharge “would constitute scandal.” It added, “This action would undermine his public speech and writing against abortion, and specifically against abortion coverage in the...READ MORE

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