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Does Pope Francis Support Conscious Evolution, Who Died and Made You Pope and Much More! (3796)

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Does the Bible Really Teach That Premarital Sex Is Wrong? - Matthew Olson, Answering Protestants

Who Died and Made You Pope? – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

Incredible Strength at Only 58 Pounds – Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Francis on Businessmen and Beggars – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The (Second) Coming Biblical Backlash – Jeffrey Weiss, Aleteia

Evangelizing Jehovah’s Witnesses – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

The Murder Of Merrie England - Stephen Brady, StAR

Why Saint Thomas Becket was Martyred – Randall B. Smith PhD, Crisis Magazine

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Knights of Columbus Reports Record Donations in 2013 (1526)

The gifts allowed the Catholic fraternal organization to deliver service programs and to respond to natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad.

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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus set new records in donations and volunteer hours in 2013, continuing its long-standing service programs and responding to several natural disasters.

“Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian disaster, the outpouring of charity by our members produces meaningful results, especially by helping to bring peace of mind to those who find themselves in incredibly difficult situations,” Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson said June 12.

The order gave more than $170 million in donations, and its members...READ MORE

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Digging for the Truth About Buried Irish Babies (8844)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Media misinformation is giving a false picture about what really happened at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

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The Tuam Mother and Baby Home in the 1950s

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DUBLIN — The Church in Ireland has been in the headlines again. The reason this time is the sensational claim — based on no hard evidence whatsoever — that nuns in the Bon Secours congregation callously and perhaps criminally dumped 800 babies in a septic tank at a mother-and-baby home in County Galway in the early-to-mid 20th century.

The news headlines around the world have been extraordinary. According to the Voice of Russia, there were “800 babies buried in septic tank at Irish home for unmarried mothers.” The South China Morning Post claimed that there were “mass deaths” at the home. Not to be outdone, the International Business Times suggested that the babies “dumped” in the septic...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis’ Interview With ‘La Vanguardia’ (12489)

The Pope gave a wide-ranging interview with the Spanish magazine on June 9, one day after his historic 'Invocation of Peace' at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — In an interview granted with Spanish-language magazine La Vanguardia on June 9, Pope Francis lauded Pius XII for his efforts in saving Jews and discussed Orthodox-Catholic relations, as well as the motivations behind his prayer meeting at the Vatican June 8.

Below is the full text of his interview in English:


Interview with Pope Francis: “One has to take the secession of a nation with grain of salt.”

“Our world economic system can’t take it anymore,” says the Bishop of Rome in an interview with La Vanguardia. “I’m no illumined one. I didn’t bring any personal projects under my arm.”

“We are throwing away an entire generation to maintain a system that isn’t good,” he...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Ponder Challenges Posed by Family and Poverty Issues (3463)

At their annual spring meeting in New Orleans, the U.S. Church’s shepherds discussed how to fulfill Pope Francis’ vision for evangelization in the 21st century.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


NEW ORLEANS — Pope Francis has exhorted Church leaders across the globe to see the Church as a “field hospital” that will care for alienated Catholics and the needy at “the fringes.”

At their spring 2014 meeting in New Orleans, in public addresses and conference initiatives, the U.S. bishops affirmed their desire to fulfill the Holy Father’s vision for evangelization in the 21st century, amid challenges posed by changes in family structure and the growing isolation of low-income Americans, who are now less likely to participate in the Church or the economy.

“Pope Francis is saying, ‘Don’t wait for people to come to you. Go out to the frontier.’ We need to find ways in our parishes to...READ MORE

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Pope’s World Mission Day Message: Humanity Needs Christ (2429)

The Holy Father said World Mission Day, Oct. 19, is an 'occasion to rekindle the desire and the moral obligation' to take part in the life of the Church.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' message for World Mission Day 2014 focuses on the continuing need for all Christians to proclaim the Gospel with joy to the many who have not heard of Christ’s saving work.

“Humanity greatly needs to lay hold of the salvation brought by Christ. His disciples are those who allow themselves to be seized ever more by the love of Jesus and marked by ... passion for the Kingdom of God and the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel,” wrote Pope Francis in his message for the 88th World Mission Day, which will take place on Oct. 19.

The Vatican released the message June 14.

“All the Lord’s disciples are called to nurture the joy of evangelization,” the Holy Father...READ MORE

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Rome Church Restoration Boosted by Unique 3-D Scanner (2471)

A scientific researcher in Rome said the new technology offers advantages that photography cannot provide.

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St. Maria Maddelena Church in Rome

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ROME — Assisting in restoration and reconstruction for artists and architects alike, 3-D scanner technology has recently been used to create digital models of churches and frescoes in Rome.

“The technology of the laser scanner offers great advantages for the technician and the engineer that uses it, especially in terms of the time invested,” said Rome-based architect Danilo Prosperi.

“The time it takes to create a model with the 3-D laser scanner is drastically reduced in comparison to the technologies that are conventionally used.”

Laser scanning has been hailed not only for saving time, but for offering an effective way of approaching ecclesiastic edifices and church decorations, such...READ MORE

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Bishop Calls for ‘Love and Forgiveness’ in Wake of Priest Slaying (24372)

Young Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Father Kenneth Walker said to have ‘fulfilled his heart’s desire in becoming a priest.’

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Father Kenneth Walker

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PHOENIX — As his diocese mourns the shooting death of a 28-year-old priest, the bishop of Phoenix says that the only response to violence is “always love and forgiveness.”

Bishop Thomas Olmsted said this on EWTN News Nightly in response to questions regarding the June 11 murder of Father Kenneth Walker, a priest ordained only two years ago for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Father Walker served as assistant priest at Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix. He and his Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter confrere, Father Joseph Terra, 56, the pastor, were attacked late Wednesday evening in what might have been an attempted robbery. Phoenix police said they believe Father Terra was...READ MORE

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