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Overcoming Boko Haram in Africa (2689)

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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Entering the Bionic Age: Why Be You, When You Can Be New? (3765)


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A whimsical animated children’s movie that came out in 2005 may be one of the most prophetic films of our time.

Robots, featuring the voice talents of Robin Williams and Ewan McGregor, is the story of Rodney Copperbottom, a young robot adept at building and fixing things. He goes to the big city to meet his idol, the head of Bigweld Industries, Mr. Bigweld.

What Rodney finds at Bigweld Industries is a change of management and a change of direction. The company will no longer be making replacement parts for robots. Instead, they will only be making new shiny “upgrades” for those robots that can afford them. The new motto for Bigweld Industries becomes: “Why be you, when you can be new?”


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India Archdiocese Launches Suicide-Prevention Help Line (1891)

The suicide rate in Goa is 25% above the national average, according to the India Crime Records Bureau.

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Archbishop Filipe Neri (second from left) launches the suicide-prevention help line with director Father Mario Saturnino Dias (second from right).

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GOA, India — The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has launched a 24-hour emergency suicide-prevention helpline to proactively address the escalating suicide rates in the region.

“Life is given by God, and only he has the power to take it back,” said Archbishop Filipe Neri Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão of Goa and Daman at the May 24 announcement of the “God Saves Life-line” initiative.

“In today’s society, we need to offer hope to the people that God has created them in love and that he still loves them … and this hope is what ‘God Saves Life-line’ is expected to offer.”

Archbishop Ferrão inaugurated the project by leading a prayer service and imparting his blessing, while commissioning the...READ MORE

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Religious Tensions Subside Amid Balkan Floods (1583)

'Adversity brings people together,' said Father Simo Marsic of the concerted response to the natural disaster that has claimed the lives of at least 40 people.

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A flooded cemetery in the Archdiocese of Vhrbosna in Sarajevo

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Amid the “inconceivable amount of devastation” caused by floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, people are crossing ethnic and religious lines to help those affected.

“Adversity brings people together,” Father Simo Marsic, rector of the St. John Paul II Youth Pastoral Center in Sarajevo, told the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need.

“It was impressive to see the extent to which people — whether Catholic, Orthodox or Muslim — were united by suffering,” the priest said May 26.

Floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 40 people and displaced thousands more in Bosnia-Herzegovina and neighboring Serbia, the BBC reports. One-quarter of the people...READ MORE

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Cardinal Baldisseri: ‘The Church Is Not an Abstraction’ (6681)

The secretary general of the upcoming Synod of Bishops explains his recent comments about Familiaris Consortio, St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on marriage.

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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the October Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family

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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the October Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family, caused controversy recently when he said in an interview that he wanted to bring Pope St. John Paul II’s teaching on marriage, contained in his apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) up to date.

Some misinterpreted his comments to mean he was suggesting a change to Church teaching. Noting that the document is more than 30 years old, he said: “The Church is not timeless; it lives amid the vicissitudes of history, and the Gospel must be known and experienced by people today.” The interview appeared in the Belgian...READ MORE

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