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'Favela' Moves Forward: Babilonia Leaves Lasting Legacy, Grows as Catholic Community (2883)

A return trip to a popular Rio shanty town reveals a stronger, more educated Catholic presence, thanks to WYD 2013 and new pastoral involvement.

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Father José Almy ministers to the people in the Brazilian favela of Morro Babilônia.

– Chris Kudialis

RIO DE JANEIRO — After nearly two years of preparation, Father José Almy Gomes, 40, almost wasn’t ready for Pope Francis’ World Youth Day pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro.

A student at Rome’s Patristic Institute Augustinianum from 2003 to 2007, Father Almy was the pastor at St. Dominic Church in Perdizes — a  rural neighborhood in the Brazilian metropolitan city of São Paulo. He worked from June 2011 to August 2012 organizing a group of more than 100 international pilgrims, including 20 Americans, for a three-week Catholic dream experience: seven days of tourism and cultural immersion in São Paulo, a week of mission work in Rio’s favelas and seven days of WYD celebration on Copacabana Beach.


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Traditional Catholics Perplexed Over N.Y. Parish’s Rumored Closing (13456)

New York City’s traditionalist Mass community has witnessed gains in recent years, but its members are concerned about the future if their Manhattan base is shuttered.

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The Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan, where the traditional Latin Mass is currently celebrated daily.

– www.innocents.com

NEW YORK — Every week day, several traditional Catholics in New York City gather for a 6pm traditional Latin Mass at the Church of the Holy Innocents, a Gothic-Revival structure in Manhattan’s Garment District.

On Sundays, a 10:30am sung high Mass in the extraordinary form, which features a talented schola, attracts more than 200 worshippers. The traditional parish community also attends a Sunday Rosary and 2:30pm vespers service that consistently draws more people than the 12:30pm English-language Mass.

“The Masses there are packed. They have sung Latin Masses at all major feast days and processions. What other church does that?” said Richard Janniello, a Bronx, N.Y., resident who has...READ MORE

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Vatican Laicizes Archbishop Josef Wesolowski for Sex Abuse of Minors (6295)

The former papal diplomat had served in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Asia.

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The former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski

– AP photo/Manuel Diaz

VATICAN CITY — A former papal diplomat has been convicted of sexually abusing minors and has been laicized, the Vatican announced today.

The news comes ahead of an expected meeting between Pope Francis and victims of clerical sex abuse at the Vatican next week.

In a statement, the Vatican said the first stage in the canonical trial against Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, “has been concluded with the laicization of the prelate” and that he has “two months in which to make an eventual appeal.”

It added that the penal trial before the Vatican judicial authorities, following today’s ruling by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,...READ MORE

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Vatican Releases Working Document for October Synod (3100)

The Vatican’s newly released outline for the Synod on the Family touches on the nature of families and the current challenges they face.

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June 26 press conference at the Vatican Press Office announcing the release of the instrumentum laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Divided into three parts, the Vatican’s newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face.

Reflecting on the theme of “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Oct. 5-19 third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops was called by Pope Francis last fall in order to prepare for the ordinary synod in 2015.

Present at the June 26 press conference announcing the instrumentum laboris was Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, and relator general of the third...READ MORE

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Major FBI Arrest Highlights Problem of Human Trafficking (3048)

The crackdown on sex trafficking in 106 U.S. cities was labeled 'Operation Cross Country VIII' and was part of an ongoing effort to stop the exploitation of minors.

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A suspect is taken into custody by FBI agents in Jackson, Miss., during Operation Cross Country VIII.

– CNA/Federal Bureau of Investigation

WASHINGTON — The arrest of nearly 300 suspected pimps and the rescue of 168 children in a national bust of child sex-trafficking rings across the country has drawn attention to the problem of modern slavery.

“These are not children living in some faraway place, far from everyday life,” said FBI Director James Comey during a June 23 press conference in Washington. “These are our kids on our street corners, our truck stops, our motels. These are America’s children.”

“The lesson of Operation Cross Country is that our children are not for sale,” he stressed.

The crackdown on sex trafficking in 106 U.S. cities was labeled “Operation Cross Country VIII” and was part of an ongoing effort to...READ MORE

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Studies: Religious Identity May Hurt Job Applicants’ Chances (3143)

Self-identified Catholics, atheists and Muslims ranked at the bottom of one study, while another showed that résumés that mentioned a religious affiliation were 25% less likely to generate a response from a prospective employer.

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HARTFORD — Two studies suggest that religious self-identification on a job applicant’s résumé can harm his or her job prospects, with Catholics receiving almost as few responses to job applications as Muslims in some parts of the United States.

“What we found is that, when applying for a job, it’s better not to mention religion at all — but employers really don’t want you to mention being a Muslim,” University of Connecticut sociology professor Michael Wallace told the UConn Today blog June 16.

Wallace is co-author of two studies on religious discrimination in job applications: one focused on New England and another on the South.

The Southern study, published in the journal Social...READ MORE

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What If Pope Francis Surprises Us Once More? Are We Living in the End Times? and Much More! (4914)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What if Pope Francis Surprises Us Once More? by Andrea Gagliarducci - BigPulpit.com

Beauty for Truth’s Sake, A Book Linking Liturgy and Education - David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Are We Living in the End Times? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

What Is Distributism? An Alternative to Socialism and Plutocracy – Joseph Pearce, Aleteia

Two Simple Tips to Stop Losing Battles Over Marriage – David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Chapel Veils: A Re-Emerging Tradition – Veils by Lily

Street Preachers: Giving Christianity a Bad Name – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Why Catholic Faith Shutting Down in Europe and America - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Pope Francis La Vanguardia...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Massachusetts Buffer-Zone Ordinance (3578)

The high court’s narrow ruling in McCullen v. Coakley is welcome news to pro-lifers, but it may have limited application.

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– 40daysforlife.com

WASHINGTON — On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts’s 35-foot “buffer zone” that separates pro-life counselors from the entrance to abortion facilities violates First Amendment free-speech rights.

“The buffer zones burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the commonwealth’s asserted interests,” stated Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in a unanimous decision.

Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas, wrote a concurring opinion that agreed with the majority’s judgment but was sharply critical of the reasoning behind the court’s narrow ruling, which will likely have limited application.

Still,...READ MORE

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