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Commentator Dismisses ‘Crazed Claims’ About Ireland Child Burials (6557)

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

– CNA/Courtesy of Tom Haymes

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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Arab Christian Witnesses Grace of Pope’s Prayer for Peace (2273)

Margaret Karram, an Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

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CNA/Alan Holdren

Pope Francis hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Vatican to pray for peace on June 8.

– CNA/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — The interfaith prayer for peace in the Middle East held by Pope Francis last Sunday reminds us that peace is not a work of people, but a work of God, said a key participant in the event.

Margaret Karram, an Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

“I have lived in the Holy Land most of my life, and when I arrived here, I saw that we were going to pray all together: Jews and Muslims, Palestinians and Israelis. … That meant to me that we really have to believe in peace,” Karram told CNA.

On Pentecost Sunday, the Pope and Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, met with...READ MORE

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Ex-Nun Upset Church Doesn't Ordain 'Women Priests', The Answer to Your Pain and More! (4672)

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Ex-Catholic Nun Upset Church Doesn’t Ordain ‘Women Priests’ by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

What Pope Francis Gets From Thrown Gifts Thrown Inside the Popemobile – Cindy Wooden, Baltimore Catholic Review

One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic - Denise J. Hunnell MD, Catholic Stand

Ode to Feminine Genius: A Frugal Woman – Mary S. Catholic Sistas

The Answer to Your Pain – Maximilian Hart, Restless Hart

Fr. Robert Barron: Why Are Some Saints Called Doctors of the Church? - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

The Resurgence of Birmingham Maryvale! – Mark Lambert, De Omnibus Dubitandum Est

Some Compelling Evidence of the Pill’s Harmful Effects – Zachary Krajacic, Crisis Magazine

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A Catholic Cathedral Rises Again in the South (19989)

Raleigh’s new cathedral is a testament to a diocese that has rapidly grown in 90 years through faithful evangelization.

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A view of the exterior of the proposed Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.

– dioceseofraleigh.org

RALEIGH, N.C. — Few could have imagined back in 1924 that the newborn Diocese of Raleigh would take root in the soil of North Carolina and become a Catholic powerhouse in the nation’s South.

Ninety years later, and rapidly expanding, the diocese is home to the only Catholic cathedral currently under construction in the United States, a testament to the vibrancy of its people’s faith.

Bishop Michael Burbidge announced the construction of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral at a press conference in May.

Noting the rapid growth of the diocese, the bishop said it is his “hope, dream and prayer to build a mother church, to build a cathedral” to replace the existing Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown...READ MORE

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Argentina Team Travels to World Cup With Huge Pope Francis Photo (2466)

The picture was taken when the team met with the Holy Father at the Vatican last August.

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Photo of Pope Francis with the Argentinian national soccer team, which is bringing the picture to the World Cup.

– CNA/Twitter

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — The Argentinian team playing for the World Cup is bringing with it a larger-than-life photo of the players with Pope Francis, taken at a meeting at the Vatican last year.

The team hopes that the picture showing superstar forward Lionel Messi and his teammates with the Holy Father will “give a message of hope prior to the beginning of the World Cup,” reported the publication Diario Castellanos, which posted an image of the giant photo on Twitter.

The picture was taken when the players visited the Pope at the Vatican in August of last year, the day before Argentina beat Italy in a friendly match.

It will be kept with the team during World Cup games at the Cidade do...READ MORE

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Dorms Allow Moms to Finish College (1872)

The College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb., is leading the way with on-campus housing options.

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The all-women's College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb., has something rare.

With a recent $10-million investment in additional dorms for single mothers and their children, the college is among a very few in the nation with such on-campus housing.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the college believes these dorms, which were first built in 2000, are an important part of the success of their single-mom students, who make up about 18% of the campus population.

The rate at which first-year, single-parent students returned to the College of St. Mary was significantly higher for on-campus students than commuter students: 50% compared to 20%. Still, this trails behind the 79% return rate for...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Rests for Second Day With ‘Minor Indisposition’ (3334)

Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi stressed ‘there is nothing serious,’ but the Pope continues to rest following his tiring weekend hosting the Invocation for Peace.

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Pope Francis at the June 7 Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Following the cancellation of his public commitments yesterday morning due to tiredness, Pope Francis has decided to continue his rest today with no appointments, but he will continue tomorrow as usual.

“He is not sick, and there is nothing serious; but he had a minor indisposition, and because of this, he felt that it was better to give up some commitments yesterday and the celebration of the Mass with the general public this morning in Santa Marta,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA June 10.

The spokesman explained that the Pope usually does not hold public commitments on Tuesdays, so “today he had no other public commitment, so there were no commitments...READ MORE

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Bishop Morlino: Redefining Marriage Has Domino Effect on Family (4979)

The Madison, Wis., bishop decried the June 6 federal court ruling that says marriage discriminates against same-sex couples.

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MADISON, Wis. — Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, Wis., said he was “deeply saddened” by a federal ruling that Wisconsin law must recognize “gay marriage,” warning that it endangers the family as a fundamental basis of society.

Marriage between a man and a woman is “an element of the very first ‘domino’ of civilization,” the bishop said in a June 6 statement.

“When that first ‘domino’ falls, everything that is good, true and beautiful, which is rooted on the natural family, is seriously threatened.”

“There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater...READ MORE

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