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Revenge Only Perpetuates Violence, Jerusalem Bishop Observes (1495)

As tensions escalate following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to seek reconciliation, not retaliation.

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Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem

– Paul Fifield/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In the wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged leaders to work for reconciliation rather than retaliation.

“We are against the killing of these three young Israeli men. It’s a homicide; it’s a crime against humanity,” the bishop said in comments made to CNA July 2.

“But at the same time, we should also look at the whole situation between Palestinians and Israelis [in order] to reach a reconciliation, so that such crimes are not repeated.”

Bishop Shomali, who serves as the auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem, spoke following the recent killing of three Israeli teenagers — Gilad...READ MORE

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Synod’s Working Document Addresses Priestly Education, Faithful Knowledge (4436)

NEWS ANALYSIS: On June 27, the Vatican released the instrumentum laboris for the October Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family.

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Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and general relator of the Synod on Marriage and the Family, speaks June 26 at the Vatican Press Office.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops’ June 27 instrumentum laboris (working document) for the upcoming Synod on Marriage and the Family contained no doctrinal surprises, but it noted that neither the faithful nor the Church’s ministers are fully aware of the teaching of the Church.

Participants at the synod will use this document to prepare for the Oct. 5-16 gathering. Divided into three parts and based on the responses to the 38-question questionnaire sent to bishops’ conferences all over the world, the instrumentum laboris is a snapshot about the realities Catholics face in society today.

“The synod will represent an analysis of the pastoral and social situation,” said Cardinal Peter...READ MORE

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Toronto Cardinal: Catholic Teaching on Divorce ‘Not Open to Change’ (5320)

Civilly divorced-and-remarried Catholics will not be able to receive the sacraments, Cardinal Collins affirmed, but he also stressed that ‘we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation.’

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Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto

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TORONTO — Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change,” as it is faithful to Jesus’ instruction on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage, but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto.

“Although it would not be right for them to receive the sacraments, we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation, to offer them loving assistance,” the cardinal said in an interview published on the Word on Fire blog June 25.

He said one form of help would be a wider realization that receiving Communion is not obligatory at Mass.

The cardinal said that if there were less pressure for...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ (13492)

Following The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Scott Derrickson’s new genre-blending tale of a Bronx cop and a Latino priest is part exorcism thriller, part police procedural.

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Why would a mother at the zoo throw her toddler over a railing into the moat of a lion enclosure? That’s the kind of horrible question that can look very different if you are a police officer or a priest.

When Sgt. Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) skeptically tells Father Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez) that he thinks it’s crazy to “blame invisible fairies” for the bad things people do, it’s not hard to see his point of view. Ordinary depravity and ruthlessness as well as mental illness are daily experiences for beat cops like him.

But when Father Mendoza distinguishes between “secondary evil” (the bad things people do) and “primary evil” (malign spiritual forces), it’s not hard to see his point of view...READ MORE

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Minn. Archbishop Orders Third-Party Investigation of Himself Following Claims of Sexual Misconduct (6015)

Archbishop John Nienstedt, cleared of an accusation three months ago, said the latest allegations against him are ‘entirely false.’

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul, Minn., has ordered a third-party investigation of himself following recent accusations of past sexual misconduct, which the archbishop denies as being “entirely false.”

Three months ago, Archbishop Nienstedt was cleared of an accusation of inappropriately touching a male minor’s posterior during a confirmation photo shoot in 2009. During that investigation, Archbishop Nienstedt removed himself from public ministry, but he returned after no charges were brought against him.

Late in 2013, around the time the first case was opened, allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians, priests and other men came to light,...READ MORE

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Leadership Training for Young Catholics (3168)

A grounding in the virtues is a basic component of this fast-growing area of Catholic education.

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Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza meets with the Gregorian Fellows at Benedictine College.

– Benedictine College

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — Along with acquiring practical skills, such as how to produce a radio spot or write a letter to the editor of a publication, Catholic high-school students at a leadership training seminar on Long Island, N.Y., later this summer will receive a stack of writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

“The Angelic Doctor” may seem an odd choice for a leadership seminar, but Father Peter Stravinskas, executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation, and philosopher Peter Redpath, executive director of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, have designed a course that relies heavily on the saint.

“Aside from being a brilliant human being and a person of sanctity,” Redpath said, “Aquinas was...READ MORE

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Portland Archdiocese Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima (2457)

Archbishop Alexander Sample asked the Blessed Mother to watch over families and marriages in a special way for the archdiocese.

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Archbishop Alexander Sample incenses a statue of Our Lady of Fatima as part of the consecration of the archdiocese to the Blessed Mother.

– Howard Manning/CNA

PORTLAND, Ore. — Faithful from Portland and the surrounding area filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample’s Mass consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima.

The Mass and consecration, celebrated on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were offered particularly for the strengthening of marriage and family life.

“Marriage and family life are in a real crisis. We make this consecration to her to watch over our families and marriages. Families need Our Lady’s love and protection,” the archbishop said during the homily, according to the Catholic Sentinel.

Todd Cooper, special assistant to Archbishop Sample, told CNA that Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Seeking Jesus Outside Church Dangerous; Identical Twins Ordained as Priests and More! (4458)

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Identical Twins Ordained as Priests – Kathleen Lavey, Livingston Daily

How A Scientist Sees God in Nature - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Stand

To Those Who Wait to Conceive – Mark D. Oshinskie, Crisis Magazine

Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Possessions in Mexico (Video) – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Scripture That Guides U. S. Soccer Champion Clint Dempsey – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Cain Lives: On Religious Fratricide – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

At the Service of God and Man: Venerable Pierre Toussaint – Kevin Schmiesing,...READ MORE

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