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Vietnamese Immigration Bolsters Church in Western United States (2102)

The fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War 40 years ago led to an exodus to the West Coast.

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Vietnamese-American priests take part in a prayer service at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang in Las Vegas.

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LOS ANGELES — Forty years ago, a transformation of the Catholic Church began in the western United States, as large numbers of Vietnamese refugees fleeing communism came to America.

Many were Catholic, and after suffering much in their escape from Vietnam, they brought a renewed fervor to the Church in America.

While vocations to the priesthood were in decline among the native population — between 1965 and 2000, the annual number of priestly ordinations in the U.S. dropped by more than 50% — many young Vietnamese answered the call. The faith was brought to the country by Dominican, Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century and spread through French colonization of what was...READ MORE

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Boulder Defies Colorado Marriage Law With Licenses to Same-Sex Couples (2281)

The Colorado attorney general has warned that the marriage licenses are invalid until a final court ruling.

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BOULDER, Colo. — A federal court’s ruling against Utah’s marriage amendment has triggered a controversy in Colorado, where the Boulder County Clerk’s Office has begun to hand out invalid marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“Colorado’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages remains in effect,” Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said June 25. “Any marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Colorado before a final court resolution of the issue are invalid.”

Although the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Utah’s state amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, Suthers noted that this decision had been stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court...READ MORE

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Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul Celebrates God’s Mercy, Pope Says (1708)

The transformative power of Christ is an example for all of us, the Holy Father told pilgrims Sunday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called the faithful during his Sunday angelus on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul to open themselves to the transforming power of God’s grace and mercy in their own lives.

“Since ancient times, the Roman Church celebrates the apostles Peter and Paul in one unique feast on the same day, June 29,” the Pope observed.

He explained that “this feast inspires in us a great joy, because it confronts us with God’s work of mercy in the hearts of two men and God’s work of mercy in these two men, who were great sinners.”

Noting Peter’s denial of Christ during the Passion and Paul’s persecution of Christians, the Pope stressed that it was grace that “has accomplished...READ MORE

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Vatican Sources: Pope Francis Is Wearing Himself Out; Soft-Bellied Catholicism and Much More! (4483)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/30/2014 Comment

Follow Vatican Sources: Pope Francis Is Wearing Himself Out by William Oddie PhD link to read more.

Vatican Sources: Pope Francis Is Wearing Himself Out by William Oddie PhD - BigPulpit.com

Front Row With Francis: The Nature of the Church – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Lane

Soft-Bellied Catholicism - Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Curiosity, Science, and the Pope – Michael Baruzzini, Crisis Magazine

Hell: Vacancy or No Vacancy? – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

The Spiritual Climb – Alex Taylor, Catholic Lane

Facebook: Five Ways It Can Bless Your Life - Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

National Catholic Register Columnist Wins Catholic Press Awards! – Rebecca Taylor, Creative Minority Report

The One Thing You Need to Know About Fulton Sheen’s Cause – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today


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COMMENTARY: What Sts. Peter and Paul Can Teach the Clergy

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Sts. Peter and Paul, by El Greco

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Flanking the stairway leading to St. Peter’s Basilica stand two monumental figures. Like guardian gatekeepers, Sts. Peter and Paul keep watch over the Church founded by Christ on their joint witness. Standing over 18 feet tall, the colossal statues were commissioned by Pope Pius IX on Easter 1847 to replace the existing smaller ones. The image of St. Peter was sculpted by Giuseppe De Fabris, and St. Paul was done by Adamo Tadolini in 1848.

On June 29 each year, the Church celebrates the feast of these two great pillars as one. This is also the traditional time for priestly ordinations: These two saints stand not only for the foundation of the Catholic Church, but the two great strengths...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Beatitudes Are a Program For Holiness, Scott Hahn's Latest Book and More! (3629)

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06/29/2014 Comment

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Pope Francis: The Beatitudes are a Program for Holiness  – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Should I Ever Give Money to a Homeless Person? via All That Catholic Jazz - BigPulpit.com

Book Review: Evangelizing Catholics by Scott Hahn – Two Catholic Men and a Blog

And God Made A Father – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

The Imagination in Prayer – Saint Francis De Sales, Catholic Exchange

Changes In Liturgical Discipline – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

An Iconic Screen Presence - Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, The Catholic World Report

“Hope Beyond Thy Sight” - Father James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Chiara Corbella: A Witness to Joy - Marie Meaney, Catholic Exchange

Why The Ascension...READ MORE

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Creativity and the New Evangelization: Lessons From Pixar (4991)

A new book details a successful approach that Catholics could apply profitably to their own endeavors.

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We all want our group, organization or business enterprise to make a dynamic, creative contribution to the New Evangelization. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all take an insider’s tour of a really successful creative institution to discover how they do the things they do?

Happily, Ed Catmull, president of both Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation Studios, invites us to do just that in his fascinating new book, Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (Random House, 2014). Pixar, of course, is the studio that has produced a record 14 movies that have achieved the No. 1 ranking at the box office. And Disney Animation Studios has...READ MORE

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Five Books That Changed My Life, The Saints' Advice on Conquering Lust and Much More! (4495)

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The Saints’ Advice on Conquering Lust – Brandon Vogt

How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

Our Society Is in a Complete Muddle about Sex – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

By This the World Will Know We are Christians – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Marriage and Social Justice - John Burger, The Catholic World Report

Irish Priests Call For Women’s Ordination – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Pope Francis on Anti-Semitism - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American...READ MORE

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