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Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage Focused on Human Plight, Not Political Negotiations (3038)

COMMENTARY: During his just-concluded Holy Land voyage, the Holy Father sought to restore dignity to the marginalized.

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Many times in my journeys throughout the Middle East, I have heard individuals cite a proverb: “You cannot make an omelet without breaking some eggs.” Invariably, this is the response to my objections to various forms of violence in the region, whether by terrorists or governments. The proverbial wisdom is an attempt to explain the situation of violence (broken eggs) and express the hope for an improvement (an omelet).

Yet, central to Pope Francis’ message is a firm rejection of such a logic of violence as the only future for the Middle East. During his May 24-26 Holy Land pilgrimage, he highlighted by his words and gestures that the weak and vulnerable are not eggs to be broken, but...READ MORE

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Author Discusses ‘The Vatican According to Francis’ (14533)

Massimo Franco contends the Holy Father is more orthodox than many of his critics believe.

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VATICAN CITY — What impact is a Latin-American pope having on a Roman Curia heavily influenced by Italians? Massimo Franco, a senior correspondent with Italy’s daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, shares his perspective in a new book called Il Vaticano Secondo Francesco (The Vatican According to Francis).

Drawing on a number of high-level sources within the Vatican and Buenos Aires, Franco aims to show how Pope Francis’ vision of Catholicism is having a positive impact in the heart of the Vatican.

In an interview with the Register, the Italian author explains why he believes Francis has come to save the Roman Curia from “moral default” after recent scandals, how his attempts at Curial...READ MORE

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European Commission Rejects Pro-Life Citizens’ Initiative (2484)

The international coalition known as One of Us sought to ban funding of research that destroys human embryos.

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BRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Commission has rejected the pro-life citizens’ initiative One of Us, which sought to ban European Union (EU) funding for research and other activities that destroy human embryos.

The leadership committee of One of Us expressed "deep disappointment" in the decision, which it characterized as a "veto" that is "contrary to ethical and democratic requirements."

"Such veto power is illegitimate and anti-democratic, since, politically, it is the European Legislature that may give a verdict on the content of the initiative and not the commission," the committee said May 28.

Otherwise, it said, the citizens’ initiative process would be "meaningless."

"The...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Purchased a Drone for His Archdiocese, Holiness Counters Immodesty and Much More! (4651)

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Cardinal Wuerl Purchased a Drone for His Archdiocese by Michelle Boorstein - BigPulpit.com

Holiness Counters Immodesty – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part 2 – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

The Priest Who Invented the Automobile – Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

The Inquisition Into Hypocrisy – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Four Facts about Catholic Saint Who Fought Loch Ness Monster – Saint Peter's List

What Makes a Pope “Great?” – Steve Weidenkopf, Catholic Answers

Marriage & Witness: What’s Going on at the University of Notre Dame? – Michael Bradley

Pre-Christian Apologetics – Edward Feser PhD

Soft Atheism & Rational Religion – Fr....READ MORE

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Overcoming Boko Haram in Africa (2686)

The Nigerian government, taken to task over its handling of the abductions of more than 200 girls, enlists the aid of the international community.

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KAMPALA, Uganda — Pressure from international human-rights organizations has spurred the government of Nigeria into action to find and rescue the nearly 300 young girls kidnapped in April by the Muslim terrorist organization Boko Haram.

According to The Associated Press, the Nigerian military knows the location of the girls but is taking slow steps to ensure their safety.

On the night of April 14, students in an all-girls’ government-operated secondary school in the northeastern Nigeria town of Chibok were abducted when members of Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sinful," stormed the school’s dormitory and abducted them. Boko Haram has been linked to the international...READ MORE

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Scott Hahn Talks ‘Angels and Saints’ (6928)

The Catholic theologian and author discusses his latest book.

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Author, speaker and theologian Scott Hahn has written numerous books about the faith, from his own conversion story to the sacraments and everything in between. Now, the Franciscan University of Steubenville professor and newly appointed visiting scholar at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago has focused on a new Catholic topic: angels and saints.

In Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship With God’s Holy Ones (Image Books, May 2014), Hahn tackles the notion that the saints are inaccessible or somehow different than the rest of us.

He recently spoke with the Register about his new book and what the angels and saints should mean to Catholics in their everyday lives....READ MORE

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Pope Francis Meets With Doctor Who Saved His Life (2493)

In 1980, Argentinian surgeon Dr. Juan Carlos Parodi operated on the future pope for gall-bladder failure.

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ROME — Pope Francis met recently with Dr. Juan Carlos Parodi, the Argentinian surgeon who operated on him for gall-bladder failure in 1980 and whom he attributes with saving his life.

Parodi was born in Argentina in 1942 and is known for his work in developing new techniques to repair the aorta. Parodi recounted the story to the Argentinean daily La Nacion May 20.

“It was a surprise for me,” Parodi said. “In 1980, I was called by a doctor who said he was treating a humble priest who was very sick. He was a Jesuit and had taken the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and did not have any money. He asked me, ‘Are you able to help him?’ I was honored. I dropped everything and went to see...READ MORE

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Pope Recalls Hope-Filled Holy Land Pilgrimage (1379)

The Holy Father spoke of his May 24-26 trip at his May 28 audience.

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Church scene from Jerusalem on May 26

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VATICAN CITY -- On May 28, Pope Francis said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity, and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help "heal the wounds" that divide the faithful.

"I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed land that has seen the historical presence of Jesus and where events fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam took place," the Pope said in St. Peter's Square.

Speaking to thousands of pilgrims gathered for his Wednesday general audience, he reflected on his meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

At the tomb where Jesus Christ’s body was laid to rest and resurrected, he said, "we all felt...READ MORE

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