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Woman's Guide to Understanding Men, Priest Founds Hospital to Help Mexico's Poor and More! (3274)

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05/18/2014 Comment

Follow A Woman's Guide to Understanding Men by Chris Ricketts to read more.

A Woman's Guide to Understanding Men by Chris Ricketts - BigPulpit.com

Priest Founds Hospital to Help Mexico’s Poor – Maryann G. Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Science, Saints and the Shroud of Turin - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Befriending Those with Same-Sex Attraction: Celibate Man’s View – Richard G. Evans, Aleteia

Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

Fr. Robert Barron’s Reflections on the New Evangelization – John Breen, Mirror of Justice

Humane Vitae vs. Contraception – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

How Can Protestants Be Saved? - Howard Kainz PhD, The Catholic Thing

12 Tweeps Every Catholic Should Follow on Twitter – Fr....READ MORE

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The Devil Beware Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Fruitfulness of Vocations in Home and Church and Much More! (2842)

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05/17/2014 Comment

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The Devil Beware Fr. Gabriele Amorth by Anthony Faiola - BigPulpit.com

Fruitfulness (Vocations) in Home & Church – Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis, The Shipwrack-Harvest

Catholic College Tuition Bubble Showing Signs of Bursting - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

A Modern Pope Gets Old School on the Devil – Anthony Faiola

Not Happy?: The Catholic Maslow Hierarchy of Needs – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Becoming Catholic at Oxford - Christine Niles, The Catholic Thing

The Corporate Nature of Sin & Forgiveness – Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand

Is Frozen a Christian Movie? – Felix James Miller, Aleteia

Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return – Matthew Archbold, Catholic...READ MORE

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Pornography Seen as a Root of Human Trafficking (7561)

Human trafficking generates more than $32 billion in crime each year and includes some 10-30 million people held in some form of 'slavery.'

05/16/2014 Comments (18)

WASHINGTON — An expert in combating human trafficking urged congressmen last week to focus their efforts against the scourge by reducing the demand for commercialized sex, including pornography.

Laila Mickelwait, manager of policy and public affairs for Exodus Cry, an international anti-human trafficking organization, told CNA May 9 that, while it is important to “rescue and rehabilitate” victims of human trafficking, “work of prevention is the most important thing we can do in the fight against the global injustice of sexual slavery.”

She added that preventing people “from ever ending up in those exploited positions” would be “the greater victory.”

The “most critical component of...READ MORE

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Christians and Muslims United in Nigeria, Says Bishop (2532)

Prayers for the safe return of the kidnapped schoolgirls abound in the country.

05/16/2014 Comment
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Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos is president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria

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JOS, Nigeria — Boko Haram’s April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls has brought Nigerians, as well as people across the world, into solidarity with each other across religious divides, one of the country’s bishops has said.

The girls, most of them between 16 and 18 years old, were kidnapped April 14 from their boarding school in Borno, Nigeria's northeastern-most state. Members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. All but 53 of the girls, who escaped, are still in the hands of their captors.

“They are just innocent girls, and every human being feels bad about this. Life is sacred,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos told the...READ MORE

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The Columbia Tales: An Old World Pilgrimage Thrives in D.C. (4514)

For the past seven years, two private Catholic schools have taken a journey with Our Lady Most Pure around the nation’s capital.

05/16/2014 Comments (4)

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WASHINGTON — For 20 miles, the pilgrims walk, talk and pray as they bear a statue of the Virgin Mary from church to church. But you won’t find these pilgrims of parents, children and friends walking on the streets of Europe. They are making their way right through the nation’s capital to give public prayer and witness to the Catholic faith.

“It’s a pretty unique event, and I don’t know of anyone else doing this kind of thing,” said Richard McPherson, president of the Avalon School and the Brookewood School, two independent Catholic schools of Montgomery County, Md., that sponsor the pilgrimage. “It’s amazing, and a lot of people say it’s their favorite event we do each year.”

Close to 400...READ MORE

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Ukraine’s Tireless Shepherd (5831)

COMMENTARY: Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk leads a spiritual resistance in a country threatened with war with Russia.

05/15/2014 Comments (15)
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When Sviatoslav Shevchuk and I first met in April 2011, what initially impressed me about him was his almost preternatural calm, which was striking, in that, less than a month before, and still a few weeks shy of his 41st birthday, he had been elected major archbishop of Kiev-Halych and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church — the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches, Byzantine in liturgy and governance, while in full communion with the Pope.

Archbishop Shevchuk had been snatched out of Buenos Aires, where he was bishop to the Ukrainian diaspora there (and a friend of the city’s Latin-rite archbishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio), and thrust into the position previously filled by some...READ MORE

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A Christian Without a Church Is Purely Idealistic, Pope Francis Says (5424)

The Holy Father told pilgrims May 15 that a member of the Body of Christ without a history, a nation or the Church ‘is incomprehensible.’

05/15/2014 Comments (4)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected in his daily Mass May 15 on how the apostles evangelized by first telling the history of God’s people, explaining that it’s impossible to understand a Christian without this association.

“You cannot understand a Christian outside of the people of God. The Christian is not a monad,” but “belongs to a people: the Church,” the Pope observed in his homily. “A Christian without a church is something purely idealistic, it is not real.”

Beginning by looking at the first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Father addressed those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse by recalling how, when Paul preached in Antioch, he did so by...READ MORE

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Israel’s Ambassador to the Holy See: Pope Francis Brings a Message of Peace (3656)

Zion Evrony discusses the upcoming papal voyage and the disposition of the holy sites.

05/15/2014 Comments (3)
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Zion Evrony, Israel's ambassador to the Holy See

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Zion Evrony, Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See, said many Israelis are excited about the impending papal visit to the Holy Land, and he believes Pope Francis could “pave the way” towards peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He also says the visit will give a “further push” towards resolving outstanding issues over property rights and tax exemptions for Church property in Israel.

Evrony did not give a definitive answer on the sovereignty of the Cenacle (Upper Room), but in comments reported in the Times of Israel May 15, he said Israel has “no intention” of giving the Holy See sovereignty or ownership over the holy site, which is also believed by Jews to be the site of the...READ MORE

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