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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! (4831)

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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 (4380)

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

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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 (4841)

Tentative plans have been released.

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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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Pope: Fear of the Lord Is an ‘Alarm’ Reminding Us of What’s Right (1432)

In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his instruction on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims June 7 in St. Peter's Square.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his general audience June 11, Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of fear of the Lord, saying it does not mean we should be afraid of God, but, rather, serves as a reminder to do the right thing.

“Fear of the Lord is an ‘alarm.’ When a person is not on the right path, he settles himself in evil,” the Pope explained at his  audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“When he distances himself from God, when he takes advantage of everyone, when he lives attached to money, to vanity, to power or pride, then the holy fear of God draws his attention: You will not be happy like this; this way, you will end badly.”

Continuing his instruction on the seven gifts of the Holy...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Encourages Service to Church and Country (2575)

The Baltimore shepherd discusses HHS cases and the upcoming ‘Fortnight for Freedom.’

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and he spoke recently with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about emerging threats to the "first freedom" at the state and national level. He also outlined plans for the 2014 "Fortnight for Freedom," scheduled for June 21-July 4.

In a wide-ranging interview, Archbishop Lori also discussed the likely outcome of Hobby Lobby’s legal challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate and unveiled a new initiative, the Catholic Benefits Association, a health-insurance company for Catholic employers looking for...READ MORE

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What Has Happened to the United Nations? (9451)

COMMENTARY: The international body is becoming more and more a machine that fashions the language of human rights into a weapon of religious oppression.

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Human rights have come to have a definite meaning to the people of the world, which we must not allow any nation to so change that they are made synonymous with suppression.”

She herself chaired the drafting committee of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirmed the “freedom of thought, conscience or religion” as among the most important of human rights, and served as a delegate to the fledgling body formed to protect the rights of people everywhere.

Sadly, today, the United Nations is increasingly becoming a platform for turning human-rights language and treaty bodies into vehicles for intolerance and religious oppression,...READ MORE

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Commentator Dismisses ‘Crazed Claims’ About Ireland Child Burials (6527)

Editor Brendan O’Neill says reports on the Secours Sisters’ St. Mary’s home for unwed mothers is ‘a mishmash of anti-Catholic prejudice, Irish self-hatred and the modern thirst for horror stories involving children.’

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Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

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DUBLIN — Distorted claims about the burials of hundreds of children who died at an Irish home for unwed mothers show a trend of “exaggerations and myths” about injustices in the country’s Catholic past, one commentator charged.

The truth about the hundreds of children allegedly buried in a septic tank “was a very different story to the fact-lite, fury-heavy tale that had already gone round the world,” said Brendan O’Neill, editor of the current-affairs magazine Spiked.

O’Neill made his remarks in a June 9 editorial about news coverage of the Bons Secours Sisters’ St. Mary’s home for unwed mothers, which operated in Tuam in the 20th century.

“Clearly, this isn’t about news anymore; it...READ MORE

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