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Social-Media Pilgrims at World Youth Day (3864)

Catholics can participate via Facebook, Twitter, apps, as well as broadcasting, livestreaming and blogging by media outlets, including EWTN and the Register.

07/22/2013 Comments (3)

WASHINGTON — For millions of Catholics around the globe, the road to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro isn’t by plane, train or bus, but by new methods: Facebook, Twitter and apps.

Catholics are taking advantage of the opportunity to follow Pope Francis to Rio as “social pilgrims,” using a variety of new and social-media platforms to engage in the World Youth Day experience.

Already, 2.6 million English Twitter users and 2.8 million Spanish Twitter users follow Pope Francis (who tweets under the handle @Pontifex), whose daily “tweets” (140-character messages) have been described as a “lectio divina for Catholics” on which to meditate for the day.

Pope Francis has encouraged the idea...READ MORE

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What Will the Church Be Like in 2978? Chana Is Purely Fictitious, Birds at Midnight and Much More! (2644)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/22/2013 Comment

What Will the Church be like in A. D. 2,978? Follow the link by Taylor Marshall, PhD, to read more.

What Will the Church be Like in A. D. 2,978? by Taylor Marshall, PhD - BigPulpit.com

Chana Is Purely Fictitious - Bob Drury, They Have No Wine

Your Brain and Your Soul Want to Be Besties – Tim Glemkowski, Ignitum Today

Birds at Midnight - Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Fear of the Cross - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Separated Children - Marcus Grodi, From Our Back Porch

God and the Holocaust - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Nine Abortions? So What? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Sometimes “No” Is the Answer – God & Caesar

Meet the Mad-Trads – Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers

They Will Know Us By Our Latin –er, Our Love – Ryan...READ MORE

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Faith on the Farm (3276)

Our Lady of America Farms Effort Combines Catholicism and Work in Order to Help Those With Disabilities

07/21/2013 Comments (2)
Courtesy of the Lukens family

Young helpers lend a hand on the farm.

– Courtesy of the Lukens family

When Suzanne Connors picks up her 14-year-old son Regan after his day at Our Lady of America Farm, she knows what to expect: a happy teenager.

“He just loves being out on the farm,” says his mother. “He comes home glowing and talking about all the things he did. It’s so nice to see a smile on his face.”

That’s just one of the results Joe and Kim Lukens hope to see happen over and over again at Our Lady of America Farms, which opened late in 2011 with two locations in Morrow, Ohio, and Rome, Ind.

The couple wants to emphasize the dignity of human beings and the dignity of work as they help those with cognitive or developmental disabilities.

Seeking the will of God in their lives,...READ MORE

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Millennial Teens Long for 'Faith of the Heart' (3164)

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07/20/2013 Comments (4)

Engaging a New Generation: A Vision for Reaching Catholic Teens

By Frank Mercadante

176 pages, $13.95

Our Sunday Visitor, 2012

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Author Frank Mercadante’s teen credentials are impeccable: He is a professional youth minister with 30 years of pastoral experience and the father of six grown or nearly grown children. His ministry to “Generation X” parish youth was so prolific that he adopted a phrase from that iconic 80s movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” Eventually, Mercadante started his own business training other youth ministers in his highly successful methods.

Then the Millennial generation started high school, and even Mercadante...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Acting as a Monarch, What Keeps You Read, The Beauty of Standing Still and Much More! (4258)

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07/20/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Acting as a Monarch. Follow the link by Sandro Magister of La Repubblica's Newspaper Chiesa blog to read more.

Pope Francis Acting as an Absolute Monarch by Sandro Magister of La Repubblica's Newspaper Chiesa blog - BigPulpit.com

What Keeps You Reading? - DarwinCatholic, Darwin Catholic's Blog

Baywatch Beauty to Noah’s Ark Adventurer – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

The Beauty of Standing Still - Abigail’s Alcove

Calling and Witness, Holiness and Truth - Ryan T. Anderson, On the Square

Christian Witness and the Year of Faith - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap DD, Truth and Charity Forum

Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows – A. Reis, From the Depths of the Catacombs

Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio: Abolishes Life Imprisonment – Alessandro Speciale, Vatican Insider

Africa in the Redefined World -...READ MORE

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Remembering ‘Don Alvaro’ (6288)

Opus Dei Father C. John McCloskey shares his recollections of the soon-to-be-blessed Bishop Alvaro del Portillo.

07/19/2013 Comments (6)
Facebook/Don Álvaro del Portillo

Pope John Paul II embraces Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, in St. Peter's Square.

– Facebook/Don Álvaro del Portillo

Editor's note: On Register Radio July 19, Jeanette De Melo interviewed Father C. John McCloskey about the upcoming beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Listen online here.

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis approved the beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, after signing a July 5 decree recognizing a miracle granted through the intercession of the Spanish-born bishop.

Opus Dei Father C. John McCloskey, a Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, welcomed the news as a “great good for the Church.” He recalled the striking virtues and accomplishments of the beloved Opus Dei leader, as...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Visit Slum, Not Use Popemobile in Rio (2815)

Booked to stay in a modest residence, the Holy Father avoids special treatment during his WYD visit.

07/19/2013 Comments (4)
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VATICAN CITY — During next week’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residence, visiting a slum and traveling without his popemobile.

“It was thought that the Pope does not feel he is treated differently from others,” said Sister Irma Terezinha, who is in charge of the Center for Sumaré, where the Pope will be staying.

“He does not like individualism; everything is done the same way for everyone, and nothing will be different for him,” she added in an interview with Correio do Brasil.

Auxiliary Bishop Roque Costa Souza of Rio de Janeiro told the Brazilian daily that Pope Francis' room will have the same things as the other seven rooms of the...READ MORE

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U.S. Axes AIDS Relief Funding to Church in South Africa (3970)

American funds will soon be channeled to the country’s government, forcing Church agencies to seek new sources of money.

07/19/2013 Comments (14)

ROME — The United States has stopped funding AIDS-relief programs in South Africa organized by the Catholic Church, handing the money instead over to the country’s government.

“We have a problem because the American funding, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, is coming to an end,” Benedictine monk Father Gerhard Lagleder told Vatican Radio.

“I am in Europe today to beg,” added the monk, who has been a missionary in South Africa for 26 years.

“I always say jokingly that the Benedictines are not a mendicant order [relying on donations], but I have become a beggar because it is about saving lives,” he said during the July 16 interview.

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