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U.S. Bishops Ponder Challenges Posed by Family and Poverty Issues (3402)

At their annual spring meeting in New Orleans, the U.S. Church’s shepherds discussed how to fulfill Pope Francis’ vision for evangelization in the 21st century.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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NEW ORLEANS — Pope Francis has exhorted Church leaders across the globe to see the Church as a “field hospital” that will care for alienated Catholics and the needy at “the fringes.”

At their spring 2014 meeting in New Orleans, in public addresses and conference initiatives, the U.S. bishops affirmed their desire to fulfill the Holy Father’s vision for evangelization in the 21st century, amid challenges posed by changes in family structure and the growing isolation of low-income Americans, who are now less likely to participate in the Church or the economy.

“Pope Francis is saying, ‘Don’t wait for people to come to you. Go out to the frontier.’ We need to find ways in our parishes to...READ MORE

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Pope’s World Mission Day Message: Humanity Needs Christ (2325)

The Holy Father said World Mission Day, Oct. 19, is an 'occasion to rekindle the desire and the moral obligation' to take part in the life of the Church.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' message for World Mission Day 2014 focuses on the continuing need for all Christians to proclaim the Gospel with joy to the many who have not heard of Christ’s saving work.

“Humanity greatly needs to lay hold of the salvation brought by Christ. His disciples are those who allow themselves to be seized ever more by the love of Jesus and marked by ... passion for the Kingdom of God and the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel,” wrote Pope Francis in his message for the 88th World Mission Day, which will take place on Oct. 19.

The Vatican released the message June 14.

“All the Lord’s disciples are called to nurture the joy of evangelization,” the Holy Father...READ MORE

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Rome Church Restoration Boosted by Unique 3-D Scanner (2370)

A scientific researcher in Rome said the new technology offers advantages that photography cannot provide.

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St. Maria Maddelena Church in Rome

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ROME — Assisting in restoration and reconstruction for artists and architects alike, 3-D scanner technology has recently been used to create digital models of churches and frescoes in Rome.

“The technology of the laser scanner offers great advantages for the technician and the engineer that uses it, especially in terms of the time invested,” said Rome-based architect Danilo Prosperi.

“The time it takes to create a model with the 3-D laser scanner is drastically reduced in comparison to the technologies that are conventionally used.”

Laser scanning has been hailed not only for saving time, but for offering an effective way of approaching ecclesiastic edifices and church decorations, such...READ MORE

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Bishop Calls for ‘Love and Forgiveness’ in Wake of Priest Slaying (24305)

Young Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Father Kenneth Walker said to have ‘fulfilled his heart’s desire in becoming a priest.’

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Father Kenneth Walker

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PHOENIX — As his diocese mourns the shooting death of a 28-year-old priest, the bishop of Phoenix says that the only response to violence is “always love and forgiveness.”

Bishop Thomas Olmsted said this on EWTN News Nightly in response to questions regarding the June 11 murder of Father Kenneth Walker, a priest ordained only two years ago for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Father Walker served as assistant priest at Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix. He and his Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter confrere, Father Joseph Terra, 56, the pastor, were attacked late Wednesday evening in what might have been an attempted robbery. Phoenix police said they believe Father Terra was...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Dismisses Entire Vatican Financial Watchdog Board, Dear Engaged Couples and Much More! (3982)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis Dismisses Entire Vatican Financial Watchdog Board by Carol Glatz - BigPulpit.com

Life’s Too Short for Mommy Guilt – Hallelujah Is My Song

Father Ranger - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Dear Engaged Couples – Barb Lishko, Catholic Lane

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Finale – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Our Cataclysmic Life-Giving Yes: Chastity – Heather King, Aleteia

Pope Francis Is Right, We Love Our Pets More Than Our Children – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

What Gifts are Vatican Guests Giving Pope Francis? - Baltimore Catholic Review

Cana Vows – Catholic Lane

Officials Defend Teacher Morality Clauses – Joseph R. LaPlante, OSV...READ MORE

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Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Shares Father’s Day Reflections (3359)

Joe Thatcher feels at home with his wife, Katie, and son, Jack.

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Joe Thatcher and his son, Jack.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten off to a slow start this season, with a disappointing record of 29-40 as of June 12. However, left-handed pitcher Joe Thatcher is not letting those early results get him down. Aside from his knowledge of baseball being a quirky, failure-filled game, the Kokomo, Ind., native finds his greatest joy in being a husband and father.

The 32-year-old shared reflections on his family — and the value of perseverance and prayer — with Register correspondent Trent Beattie.

 

What do you think of this season so far?

The season has not gone as we had hoped. We had high expectations as a team, so the slow start we’ve gotten off to has been disappointing. But it's...READ MORE

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A Man-Hating Pagan Feminist Becomes Catholic, Holy Communion as a Matter of Life and Death and More! (6933)

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Holy Communion as a Matter of Life and Death - Leroy Huizenga, The CWR Blog

Celibates Make Great Parents – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

The Deep Pain of Infertility: A Man’s Perspective – Shaun A. McAfee, Aleteia

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction and God in You - Marta Goodwin, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Convert Ponders Consequences of Parents’ Invalid Marriage – Fr. Z's Blog

Who Is the Woman Clothed with the Sun? – Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange

Cooperative Firms in a Competitive Market – Mark Gordon, Aleteia

Are Secularists Waging a War on Religion? – Rachel Lu,...READ MORE

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Making a Pitch for Authentic Masculinity (4222)

Former major-league pitcher Bobby Keppel discusses the faith, his life as a professional athlete and his new magazine The 9s.

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Bobby Keppel

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Bobby Keppel is a man on a mission. He put his pitching skills to work for 14 years in professional baseball, a career that included stints with the Kansas City Royals (2006), Colorado Rockies (2007) and Minnesota Twins (2009). Two years ago, he and his wife, Suzanne, took up the call to go to bat against inauthentic manhood. They began a men’s magazine based in St. Louis called The 9s. Its mission: to make men better men.

The St. Louis native and lifelong Catholic recently spoke with the Register about the magazine and how men need to reclaim their God-given role in today’s society.

 

Why would a successful professional baseball pitcher get into the magazine business?

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