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New Ordinations Bring Hope for the Future (3220)

The Register interviews Bishop Michael Burbidge about the state of vocations after the ordination of two young men to the transitional diaconate.

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Bishop Michael Burbidge consecrates Rob Schmid a deacon, while Ian Van Heusen (far left) waits also for consecration to the transitional diaconate.

– The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. — For a growing Church, seeing new ordinations of young men in the sacrament of  holy orders brings excitement and hope. The joy from the congregation in Sacred Heart Cathedral resounded throughout the prayers and full-throated hymns when Raleigh, N.C.’s Bishop Michael Burbidge ordained two young men as transitional deacons.

On the eve of the canonization of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II, Bishop Burbidge, 56, ordained two seminarians, Rob Schmid and Ian Van Heusen, to the order of diaconate, investing them with the stole and dalmatic and the book of the Gospels. He pointed to the canonizations to remind the two men that what the Church ultimately expects of them is “to...READ MORE

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Pope: Grace, Docility and Dialogue Are Keys to Evangelization (1554)

In his daily Mass homily, the Holy Father highlighted these three elements as essential means for drawing others to Christ.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass homily for May 8, Pope Francis reflected on the attitudes necessary to evangelize, emphasizing the need to leave room for the grace of God, instead of putting our own bureaucratic obstacles in the way.

“Grace: Grace is more important than all the bureaucracy. Remember this,” the Pope insisted in his homily.

Addressing those present for his Mass in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Holy Father began by returning to the day’s first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, in which an angel speaks to the apostle Phillip and tells him to walk along a desert road, on which he meets an eunuch, whom he baptizes.

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Ireland’s Invitation to Pope Signals Improved Relations (2034)

Prime Minister Enda announced the invitation to the Pope at a press conference held April 27 at the Irish College in Rome.

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Celtic cross on a hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

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VATICAN CITY — After years of tension, news that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has invited Pope Francis to visit the country may be a sign that relations between the Holy See and Ireland are returning to normal.

Within just months of the reopening of Ireland’s Vatican Embassy, Prime Minister Kenny announced the invitation to the Pope at a press conference held at the Irish College in Rome April 27.

According to The Irish Times, the prime minister said he told Pope Francis that his papacy had brought about “an extraordinary difference to the perception of the Catholic Church” and that in Ireland, now, there is “a clearer and healthier relationship between church and state.”

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Report Documents ‘Egregious’ Religious-Freedom Violations in Syria (2496)

‘Particularly severe violations of religious freedom’ are taking place in the war-torn country, the U.S. Commission on International Freedom states in its 2014 report.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should designate Syria as a “country of particular concern” due to “particularly severe violations of religious freedom” in its ongoing conflict, a global religious-liberty group said.

“The existing humanitarian disaster and egregious human-rights and religious-freedom violations pose a serious danger to Syria’s religious diversity post-conflict,” the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said in its 2014 report.

The commission blamed “the collective actions of the Bashar al-Assad regime, internationally recognized opposition groups and extremist and U.S.-designated terrorist groups.”

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Lawsuit Filed in Connecticut Over Abortion Surcharges (6345)

A Catholic deacon filed the suit after the government health-care law canceled his old plan, he said, forcing him to pay significantly more or violate his conscience by paying for abortions.

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DAYVILLE, Conn. — For nearly five years, Barth Bracy has spoken out about the Affordable Care Act’s abortion provisions. But when the Catholic deacon found out he might be forced to subsidize abortions in his home state of Connecticut, he decided he needed to register a stronger response.

Deacon Bracy has thus filed a federal lawsuit in Connecticut challenging that state’s health-care exchange law. The lawsuit claims that forcing Bracy, who is the executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life, to pay the abortion surcharge “would constitute scandal.” It added, “This action would undermine his public speech and writing against abortion, and specifically against abortion coverage in the...READ MORE

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Top-10 St. John Paul II Quotes of All Time, On Mother's Day, Christians and Anger and More! (4798)

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Follow Top-10 St. John Paul II Quotes of All Time by Taylor Marshall, PhD, to read more.

Top-10 St. John Paul II Quotes of All Time by Taylor Marshall, PhD - BigPulpit.com

On Mother’s Day – Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Newsweekly

Cardinal Müller’s Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Five Things to Learn before the Big Day – Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

Christians & Anger – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Are Millennials Calling for a Truce on the Culture Wars? – Brian Brown, Aletia

Offering it Up, Redemptive Suffering, The Mystery of Merit – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Moral Relativism, Conscience & G. E. M. Anscombe – Joe Heschmeyer, Strange Notions

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Pro-Abortion Ideology on Display as U.N. Committee Grills Holy See (3996)

At a two-day hearing in Geneva, Archbishop Tomasi defended Church actions and teachings against criticism by members of the U.N. Committee on Torture.

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (l), permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, meets May 5 in Geneva with Claudio Grossmann, chairman of the U.N. Committee Against Torture.

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GENEVA — The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva is hoping for a “sense of moderation and respect” in the final conclusions of a U.N. committee after it questioned the Holy See May 5-6 on clerical sex abuse in the context of torture.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the Register May 7 that the U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture hearing in Geneva was “a bit better” than the previous round in January, when the U.N.’s Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child went so far as to call on the Church to change its teaching on homosexuality, abortion and contraception.

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Nigerian Cardinal Calls for ‘Concrete Action’ to Free Kidnapped Girls (3350)

Nearly 300 teenaged girls were kidnapped last month from their boarding school in northern Nigeria by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has called for “concrete action” to save the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, saying his country is “ashamed” by the failure to find them.

“Up until now, we are hearing practically nothing concrete on the issue,” Cardinal Onaiyekan told Vatican Radio May 6. “I think almost every Nigerian is taken aback. We cannot explain what is happening.”

“It’s still more baffling that our president seems to be impotent. We have to see concrete action.”

Nearly 300 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were kidnapped April 14 from their boarding school in Borno, Nigeria’s northeastern-most state, by members of the radical Islamist group...READ MORE

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