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In Oklahoma, Another Victory for Religious Liberty (2701)

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Another victory for religious liberty, while the nation waits for the Supreme Court to weigh the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate.

A federal judge in Oklahoma has granted an injunction preventing enforcement of the mandate against a number of Catholic institutions, including for-profit businesses and schools. The decision rejected the key arguments being used across the country by those supporting the mandate.

The newly formed Catholic Benefits Association joined with other Catholic entities to bring the case. They formed generally into three groups. The first are those that are not directly subject to the HHS mandate. The Catholic Benefits Association, for example, is...READ MORE

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Young Priest’s Murder Shocks, Grieves Arizona Community (17891)

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Father Kenneth Walker, 28, was shot and killed during a June 11 burglary at his church in Phoenix.

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Father Kenneth Walker

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PHOENIX —  A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed, and another priest was critically wounded, at a Catholic church in Phoenix Wednesday night.

The Diocese of Phoenix released a statement early Thursday morning identifying the slain priest as Father Kenneth Walker, the associate pastor at the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission located near the Arizona State Capitol.

The pastor, Father Joseph Terra, 56, is in critical but stable condition. Both priests belong to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic assault perpetrated last night against Father Joseph Terra and Father Kenneth Walker,” the statement said. “We ask that...READ MORE

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Vatican to U.S. Bishops: Show People the Power of (Family) Love (1971)

The U.S. bishops must give people hope that they can ‘create joyful and solid families,’ said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family

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NEW ORLEANS — The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family urged the U.S. Catholic bishops to promote the message of the 2015 World Meeting of Families: that men and women are made for love.

“Please believe, and preach to your flocks, that it is most surely in the family that we see that our destiny is not loneliness, but rather love, mutually sustaining and fruitful,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia told the bishops, who were gathered for their Spring General Assembly in New Orleans on June 11.

“The Gospel is always the only answer to the crying need, all over the world, for love. The Gospel of Jesus, and of the family, must overcome the loneliness that excludes real love and that...READ MORE

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N.Y. Bishops Urge Cuomo to Enact Tax-Credit Bill (4423)

The move would allow more parents to be able to send their children to Catholic schools.

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An online petition at the website of Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support a new state education tax credit.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s Catholic bishops, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “keep his word” and enact an education investment tax-credit bill that will help parents afford to send their children to Catholic and private schools.

Cuomo, a Democrat and son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, previously said he supported the bill, which he called “a no-brainer.” Majorities in both chambers of the New York Legislature are also reportedly on board, but the measure was dropped when lawmakers passed the state budget on April 1.

The Education Investment Tax Credit would create a new state tax credit for individuals and corporations that donate money to public...READ MORE

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Pope: May the World Cup Be a ‘Feast of Solidarity’ (1641)

In a video address aired on Brazilian television stations as the soccer tournament commences, Pope Francis outlined the importance of good sportsmanship.

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VATICAN CITY — In a video message Pope Francis sent for the start of the World Cup, he outlined the importance of good sportsmanship, stating that this attitude helps in building a more peaceful society.

“My hope is that, in addition to the feast of sports, this World Cup becomes the feast of solidarity between peoples,” the Holy Father stated in his June 12 video message.

Aired on Brazilian television stations, the Pope’s address was read in Portuguese in honor of the country where the games are taking place, beginning today with a match between Brazil and Croatia and concluding with the final game July 13.

Beginning his address, the Pope greeted “with great joy” all “lovers of soccer”...READ MORE

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The One Unforgivable Sin, Humanae Vitae and Family Size: Should We Have a Big Family and Much More! (4830)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow The One Unforgivable Modern Sin by Don. R. McClarey JD link to read more.

The One Unforgivable Modern Sin by Don. R. McClarey JD - BigPulpit.com

Unity: The 1000-Year-Old Divide Between the  Orthodox and Catholic Churches – Adam A. J. DeVille, OSV Newsweekly

Humanae Vitae and Family Size: Should We Have a Big Family? – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

Of Unlikely Martyrs and Unlikely Converts – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Bilge About Our Beloved Pope Francis – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Can Science Tell Us When Life Begins? – Matthew Lu, Public Discourse

Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

Martyrs of Compiègne: What Happened to Slaughtered Nuns – Tim Wong, The Daily Telegraph

Where Suffering Meets Sacrifice – Vicki...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Unanimously Reauthorize Religious-Liberty Initiative (4378)

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty

– Catholic News Agency

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) unanimously reauthorized the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for a second three-year term Wednesday, the first day of its annual spring meeting in New Orleans.

During the brief time set aside for a debate and vote to settle the future of the high-profile committee — which is closely identified with the bishops’ vigorous opposition to the federal Health and Human Services’ mandate — conference members signaled both their support and their awareness that the challenges to religious liberty would likely increase during a period of seismic political and cultural change.

Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, in his capacity as...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Travel to Sri Lanka in January 2015 (4839)

Tentative plans have been released.

06/11/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY -- The coordinator of Sri Lankan migrants in Italy has confirmed the dates announced by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for Pope Francis’ 2015 visit, during which he could canonize Sri Lankan Blessed Joseph Vaz.

Msgr. Nevin Perera revealed to CNA June 11 that Pope Francis first said he would go to the country during a Feb. 8 gathering with Sri Lankans in Rome. During the audience, “the Pope said then that he was going to Sri Lanka, and we know that he confirmed it coming back from the Holy Land.”

According to the Colombo Page, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, confirmed Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka Jan. 13-15, 2015.

Speaking of the...READ MORE

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