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Cardinal Tackles Libertarian Individualism as Harmful to Solidarity (4480)

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga defended Pope Francis’ economic criticisms of the modern economy against the assertion the state has no role in regulating markets or financial speculation.

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Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga gives the keynote address at CUA's event "The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism" held at Bread for the World headquarters in Washington.

– Peter Jesserer Smith

WASHINGTON — As a variety of forms of social and political libertarianism gain in popularity in the United States, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, appeared at an event sponsored by The Catholic University of America (CUA) to present the Church’s social teachings articulated by Pope Francis against radical individualism in economic, social and political life.

Cardinal Maradiaga gave the keynote speech at the CUA-sponsored June 3 conference on Catholicism and Libertarianism, held at Bread for the World’s headquarters in Washington. The event, dubbed “Erroneous Liberty: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism,” invited speakers to present the Church’s social...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ (6932)

The popular young-adult romantic tearjerker raises some existential questions along with its flawed but fairly honest depiction of life with cancer, young love and grief.

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“Have you ever stopped to wonder,” a character asks in a key scene in John Green’s young-adult romantic tearjerker novel The Fault in Our Stars, “why you care so much about your silly questions?”

The Fault in Our Stars — in cinematic as well as literary form — cares quite a bit about silly questions, such as the meaning of life and death and love and suffering in a universe sliding toward oblivion and whether there is Something beyond giving some larger context to our existence, choices and experiences.

It also cares about what it feels like to wait for days for that first text message from a boy one has just met, whom one likes more than one is prepared to admit, even to oneself.

It’s a...READ MORE

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Put God and Your Flock First, Pope Counsels Priests (1488)

In his daily Mass homily, the Holy Father asked that the Lord give all priests and bishops ‘the grace to always find or remember our first love, to be pastors.’

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– Daniel Ibáñez/Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of God and their flocks first, before pursuing a scholastic career.

“This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: How is your love today, the love of Jesus? Is it like first love? Am I as in love today as on the first day?” the Pope asked in his June 6 homily.

Centering his reflections on the day’s Gospel passage from John in which Jesus asks Peter three times “Do you love me?” the Holy Father asked those in attendance, “How is your first love?” explaining that this question is not only for married couples, but also those consecrated in the...READ MORE

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Suspects in Abduction of Jesuit Priest Arrested in Afghanistan (1875)

Three men with connections to the Taliban are being questioned over the kidnapping of Father Alexis Prem Kumar.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official stated Thursday that three Taliban members have been arrested and questioned over Monday's kidnapping, near Herat, of the Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar.

“The police in Herat are doing their best to ensure the safe release of this person,” Sediq Sediqqi, Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman, stated June 5, according to The Associated Press.

Father Kumar, 47, is from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is Afghanistan director for Jesuit Refugee Services; he was abducted June 2 while accompanying teachers on a visit to a school for refugees in the village of Sohadat, some 500 miles west of Kabul.

“We are trying to get him to safety,” said Herat...READ MORE

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Anyone Can Follow Mother Teresa’s Missionary Example, Postulator Says (3629)

Father Brian Kolodiejchuk discusses the legacy of the beatified religious sister.

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CNA/Evert Odekerken via Wikimedia

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

– CNA/Evert Odekerken via Wikimedia

DENVER — One legacy of the life of Blessed Mother Teresa is that anyone can follow her example as a “missionary of charity,” said the postulator of her cause for canonization, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk.

“Everyone has the mission to be a carrier of God’s love, a missionary of charity,” the Canadian priest said at a recent presentation held at St. Joseph Church in Denver.

“The highest thing to which we human beings aspire is, of course, love,” he added, explaining how Blessed Mother Teresa lived that aspiration.

Father Kolodiejchuk is a priest in the Missionaries of Charity; and since 1999, he has been the postulator for Mother Teresa’s cause for canonization. He also edited and provided...READ MORE

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Recalling D-Day, 70 Years Ago (4725)

The events on the beaches of Normandy on that fateful June day in 1944 still serve as a powerful reminder of why faith on the battlefield is a spiritual fortress.

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Father Francis Sampson, who was known as the 'Parachute Padre,' gives last rites to paratroopers killed in action during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

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WASHINGTON — Men and women across the United States and Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the events of that fateful day, June 6, 1944, which launched the major turning point in World War II.

Tens of thousands of Allied forces in "Operation Overlord" landed on the beaches of Normandy, France — earning those who took part in the battle there or those on the home front the title of "The Greatest Generation."

D-Day serves as a powerful reminder of why faith on the battlefield is a spiritual fortress.

More than 156,000 soldiers took part in the Normandy landings. Among them were the chaplains who landed or parachuted with their men, including Father Francis Sampson, who...READ MORE

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How to Save Catholic Schools; Do You Love Me, Love Means Action; St. Francis and Us and Much More! (2910)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow How to Save Catholic Schools by George Weigel of Aleteia link to read more.

How to Save Catholic Schools by George Weigel of Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

Catholic Cult of Personality and Narcissistic Awe – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

What Happens When We Become Like Children? – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

Do You Love Me? Love Means Action – Fr. James Farfaglia, Aleteia

Five Ways the Eucharist Erases the Original Sin – Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

Communist China’s Suicide Epidemic – Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

Eschatology & Eucharistic Adoration – Dr. Christopher J. Malloy, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Ancient Roots of Church Precepts: The Didache - Deacon Robert F. Gorman, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Saint Francis and Us – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

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Religious Tolerance Surges in the Persian Gulf (4832)

The aspirations of tiny countries leads to increasing religious tolerance in the cradle of Islam.

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Workers at the site of the Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Doha, the first Catholic church in Qatar, one day before it opened for worship on March 14, 2008.

– AP Photo/Sam Diaz

AWALI, Bahrain — Over the last six years, religious tolerance has increased in the cradle of Islam, the Persian Gulf, according to clerics who live there as well as academic observers.

On May 31, a brick from St. Peter’s Basilica, which is being used as the foundation stone for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Awali, Bahrain, was blessed by Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of northern Arabia.

The blessing ceremony marked the start of construction on a cathedral, pastoral center, guesthouse and car park — on land donated by King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa — to serve the faithful in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

King Hamad met Pope Francis May 19 at the Vatican and...READ MORE

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