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Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls: ‘Not Just a Gender Story; It’s a Christian Story’ (8040)

Nina Shea of the Center for Religious Freedom discusses the recent abduction and the aims of the abductors, the terrorist organization Boko Haram.

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On April 14, an estimated 300 Nigerian girls were abducted from their school by members of Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that has used the Islamic faith to justify the murder, rape and abduction of Nigerians. But it would take weeks for the news to reach the West, sparking outrage and putting the Obama administration on the defensive as critics questioned the White House’s past response to the terrorist organization, whose name translated means “Western education is sinful.” The administration has provided limited economic aid, rather than military or law enforcement help, for the beleaguered Nigerian government and local authorities. Until last November, the White House kept Boko...READ MORE

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World Day of Families '15: 'Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive' (2404)

Archbishop Charles Chaput of the host city Philadelphia announced the theme at a press conference May 13.

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VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that the theme of the 2015 World Day of Families is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” during a press conference held in Philadelphia, the host city for the event.

Scheduled for Sept. 22-27, 2015, the World Day of Families initially began with the 1994 “Year of the Family” instituted by St. John Paul II, and it is now organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family every three years in order to strengthen sacred familial bonds all over the world.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Philadelphia as the site in June 2012.

Archbishop Chaput, who was recently appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Council...READ MORE

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Students Inspired by St. John Paul II to Revitalize College Town (7083)

Franciscan University students help their adopted hometown in Ohio and inspire University of Notre Dame students in Indiana.

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From left, Marc Barnes, Joseph Antoniello, Emilio Marquez, Samantha McCoy, Patrick Walters and Matthew Seal of The Harmonium Project.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A group of college classmates have set out on a mission to revamp their university town in Ohio, after learning more about St. John Paul II and Catholic social teaching.

We “were all just taking summer classes and reading a lot about Pope John Paul II and about Catholic social teaching and just realized that Steubenville is such a great place,” Patrick Walters said.

Now, as he was finishing up his senior year at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Walters said that the school has been a place where he has been able to grow in holiness and develop as a person, but that there has always seemed to be a “disconnect” between the school and the town where it resides.


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Pope Francis Says Fortitude Not Just for Extraordinary Circumstances (2909)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit at his general audience May 14.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis spoke on the gift of fortitude during his weekly general audience address on Wednesday, May 14, explaining that it helps us to remain faithful not only with the big things, but also in our daily activities.

“We shouldn't think this gift is only for extraordinary circumstances,” the Pope noted Wednesday, because, “for most of us, the gift of fortitude is exercised in our patient pursuit of holiness in the circumstances of our daily lives.”

Continuing his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Father observed how, in the past few weeks, “we have seen that the first three gifts of the Spirit — wisdom, understanding and counsel — enable us to...READ MORE

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National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: Era of Comfortable Catholicism Is Over (24754)

Speakers Robert George and Cardinal Sean O’Malley told Catholics gathered for the national event to brace for troubled waters — and set out into the deep.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley

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WASHINGTON — Catholics at the 10th anniversary of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast got a startling wake-up call on Tuesday morning: They have lost the luxury of being comfortable in their faith in 21st-century America. More than ever before, they must embrace the risks of discipleship by encountering others and witnessing to the Gospel.

For the 800 people gathered in Washington, the morning’s speeches were mainly divided between Princeton professor Robert George’s sobering assessment of what Christian discipleship requires in America’s current cultural-political landscape and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston’s cheerful exhortation for Catholics to embrace the missionary spirit of the...READ MORE

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Exorcist's Perspective on Harvard Black Mass, Pope Francis Tells UN to Protect Unborn and More! (5895)

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Follow An Exorcist's Perspective on the Harvard 'Black Mass' by Patti Maguire Armstrong to read more.

An Exorcist's Perspective on the Harvard 'Black Mass' by Patti Maguire Armstrong - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Tells United Nations Chiefs to Protect the Unborn – Austin Ruse

Reflection on the Unnamed Woman who Anoints Jesus – Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

Pope Paul VI Was a Martyr for Truth and Duty – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

Former Actress Stars in Live Action Abortion Video by Patti Maguire Armstrong  - BigPulpit.com

A Rich Church for the Poor? – Robert Royal PhD, The Catholic Thing

Judas, Peter, and Divine Mercy – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

Catechetical and Pastoral Emphasis: Apologetics of Frank Sheed – James Iovino, Homiletic & Pastoral Review


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Pope Warns Against Closed-Mindedness of ‘Intellectual Aristocracy’ (9713)

Docility to the Holy Spirit gave the first Christians the ability to spread the Good News, the Pope said during his homily Tuesday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday cautioned against those who seek to understand the faith only with the intellect, explaining that this attitude closes one to the Holy Spirit and prevents him from acting in our lives.

“You do not believe because you are not part of my sheep,” the Holy Father said during his homily at daily Mass. “You do not believe because you are not of the people of Israel. You have left the people. You are in intellectual aristocracy.”

Speaking to those in attendance at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Pope centered his homily on the day’s readings, taken from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of John.

Beginning, the Pope recalled how the...READ MORE

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Religious Leaders Can Help Counter Boko Haram, U.S. Bishops Say (2043)

In a letter to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates encouraged the U.S. government to assist the Nigerian people in building a safer society. Pope Francis has been praying for the release of the young women and encouraging others to do so via Twitter.

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WASHINGTON — Denouncing the “heinous” kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, the U.S. bishops have urged their government to partner with both Christians and Muslims in the country to counter Boko Haram.

“Building unity among all Nigerians will help build peace and prosperity for all,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, told National Security Adviser Susan Rice in a May 9 letter.

“I am encouraged that the United States government has taken additional measures to help the Nigerian government bring perpetrators to justice,” continued Bishop Pates, who is chair of the U.S. bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee.

Nearly 300 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were...READ MORE

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