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Argentinian Religious Sister Heeds Pope’s Call, Heads to Syria (4091)

It is estimated that 6.5 million Syrian people have been internally displaced by the civil war.

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Sister Maria Nazareth of the Institute of the Institute of the Incarnate Word

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GAZA CITY — A religious sister from Argentina, who has been serving for four years in the Gaza Strip, is preparing to go to the Syrian city of Aleppo, in response to Pope Francis’ call to aid those who are “forgotten.”

At his first general audience after being elected, Pope Francis, on March 27, 2013, called on Catholics to learn “to come out of ourselves … in order to go to meet others, to go toward the outskirts of existence, to be the first to take a step toward our brothers and our sisters, especially those who are the most distant, those who are forgotten, those who are most in need of understanding, comfort and help.”

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Justina Pelletier Case: Is the State Protecting the Child or Denying Parental Rights? (18099)

Catholic experts say the case involving a Catholic family from Connecticut highlights the tension between the child-protective system’s heavy-handed approach and the Catholic understanding of parental rights.

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Justina, Linda and Lou Pelletier

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Justina Pelletier’s family’s spokesman, attorney and others close to her say that the 15-year-old girl has been denied the sacraments and spiritual support while in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).

“She hasn’t been able to go to Mass or receive Communion in over a year, which is pretty outrageous,” said state Rep. Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, who is one of several Republican lawmakers who lobbied Gov. Deval Patrick to allow Justina — who is staying in a Framingham, Mass., residential facility — to spend Easter with her family.

The state said it worked with Justina’s providers to ensure she was able to observe Easter by...READ MORE

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Video Review of Jen Fulwiler's New Book, St. John Paul II: Catholic Resurgence Pope and More! (2913)

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St. John Paul II’s American Legacy – William Doino Jr., First Things

St. John Paul II: The First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

St. John Paul II′s Vision of Family and Marriage for New Evangelization – Roland Moreno, The Catholic World Report

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St. John Paul II Corrected Interpretation of Vatican II – Bishop James D. Conley, First Things

Pope Francis & “Father” Bergoglio – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Two Saints for ‘La Belle Province’ (7358)

COMMENTARY: The intercession of Sister Marie of the Incarnation and Bishop François de Montmorency-Laval might just be what Quebec needs right now.

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St. Marie of the Incarnation, canonized April 3

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Pope Francis, in what may be a spiritual booster shot to a spiritually ailing Quebec, signed a decree on April 3 certifying canonization for Marie of the Incarnation and François de Montmorency-Laval. The two new saints, both from Quebec City, are the first from that historic and charming community.

As the province of Quebec promotes abortion and euthanasia, endorses same-sex “marriage” and displays an exceedingly low birth rate, a reminder of its more glorious Catholic past may be just what is needed to revive its dormant Christianity.

These two staunch Catholics may not be well known, even in today’s Canada. Nonetheless, both were beatified by St. John Paul II on June 22, 1980. But that...READ MORE

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Poor Brazilian Parish Honors St. John Paul II (1797)

The parish of Notre Dame of Alagados will now be called Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II, the first parish in the world named after the new saint.

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Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II Church

– ParoquiaDosAlagados.com

BRASILIA, Brazil — A small parish in the poor neighborhood of Alagados in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, has become the first in the world to be named after St. John Paul II, after the pope’s canonization April 27.

Sara Gomes, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Salvador, told Agence France-Presse that the “small church of Notre Dame of Alagados will now be called Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II. It is the first in the world to be named after the new saint.”

The official name change took place the morning of April 27, after Mass at the parish. Pope John Paul II was declared a saint alongside Pope John XXIII at a Vatican Mass earlier that day.

Archbishop Murilo Krieger signed a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bertone Rebuts Accusations of Luxury Living (3096)

In an open letter, he stated that Pope Francis ‘called me April 23 to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment.’

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at his apartment in the Apostolic Palace, March 7, 2014.

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VATICAN CITY — In an open letter, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has addressed accusations that he had angered Pope Francis with his “luxurious” new residence, saying he and the Pope are on good terms.

“I am personally grateful to Pope Francis for having called me April 23 to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment, of which he had been informed as soon as the article was published,” the emeritus secretary of state wrote in an open letter published in the magazines of the Archdioceses of Vercelli and Genoa, both of which he led for a time.

Italian daily La Repubblica published an article April 20 claiming that the cardinal was moving into a...READ MORE

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Masses of Thanksgiving Offered for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II (2223)

The holiness of the new saints was the focus.

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Cardinal Angelo Comastri celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving for Pope St. John Paul II April 28 in St. Peter’s Square.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

VATICAN CITY — Following the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of thanksgiving, drawing attention to the saints’ enormous contributions to the Church and to society.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri presided over Mass in giving thanks for the 27-year pontificate of John Paul II Monday in St. Peter’s Square. In his homily, Cardinal Comastri — who is archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica and vicar general for the Vatican City State — emphasized the courage John Paul II had in proclaiming the Gospel, especially during a time when the world pretended as if God no longer existed.

Observing how the Holy Father’s witness became stronger, even as...READ MORE

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A Look at the Indian Elections: Church on the Edge (5130)

Catholic leaders are wary of the consequences of a possible victory by the coalition led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Narendra Modi, chief minister of India's Gujarat state and one of the leaders of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the current national election campaign.

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NEW DELHI — The tiny Christian community in India is receiving major media attention during the month-long election season, after the head of the Jesuit-run St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai encouraged the student body to support political parties that stand for inclusive economic growth.

In an email to the students, which called for support of parties that support “inclusive development,” principal Jesuit Father Frazer Mascarenhas also cautioned the students against supporting the “Gujarat model of development” — in apparent reference to the stance of Narendra Modi, one of the leaders of the Hindu nationalist and socially conservative Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian Peoples’ Party).


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