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Pope Francis Acting as a Monarch, What Keeps You Read, The Beauty of Standing Still and Much More! (4273)

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07/20/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Acting as a Monarch. Follow the link by Sandro Magister of La Repubblica's Newspaper Chiesa blog to read more.

Pope Francis Acting as an Absolute Monarch by Sandro Magister of La Repubblica's Newspaper Chiesa blog - BigPulpit.com

What Keeps You Reading? - DarwinCatholic, Darwin Catholic's Blog

Baywatch Beauty to Noah’s Ark Adventurer – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

The Beauty of Standing Still - Abigail’s Alcove

Calling and Witness, Holiness and Truth - Ryan T. Anderson, On the Square

Christian Witness and the Year of Faith - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap DD, Truth and Charity Forum

Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows – A. Reis, From the Depths of the Catacombs

Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio: Abolishes Life Imprisonment – Alessandro Speciale, Vatican Insider

Africa in the Redefined World -...READ MORE

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Remembering ‘Don Alvaro’ (6520)

Opus Dei Father C. John McCloskey shares his recollections of the soon-to-be-blessed Bishop Alvaro del Portillo.

07/19/2013 Comments (6)
Facebook/Don Álvaro del Portillo

Pope John Paul II embraces Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, in St. Peter's Square.

– Facebook/Don Álvaro del Portillo

Editor's note: On Register Radio July 19, Jeanette De Melo interviewed Father C. John McCloskey about the upcoming beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Listen online here.

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis approved the beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, after signing a July 5 decree recognizing a miracle granted through the intercession of the Spanish-born bishop.

Opus Dei Father C. John McCloskey, a Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, welcomed the news as a “great good for the Church.” He recalled the striking virtues and accomplishments of the beloved Opus Dei leader, as...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Visit Slum, Not Use Popemobile in Rio (2848)

Booked to stay in a modest residence, the Holy Father avoids special treatment during his WYD visit.

07/19/2013 Comments (4)
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– World Youth Day Facebook

VATICAN CITY — During next week’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residence, visiting a slum and traveling without his popemobile.

“It was thought that the Pope does not feel he is treated differently from others,” said Sister Irma Terezinha, who is in charge of the Center for Sumaré, where the Pope will be staying.

“He does not like individualism; everything is done the same way for everyone, and nothing will be different for him,” she added in an interview with Correio do Brasil.

Auxiliary Bishop Roque Costa Souza of Rio de Janeiro told the Brazilian daily that Pope Francis' room will have the same things as the other seven rooms of the...READ MORE

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U.S. Axes AIDS Relief Funding to Church in South Africa (4006)

American funds will soon be channeled to the country’s government, forcing Church agencies to seek new sources of money.

07/19/2013 Comments (14)

ROME — The United States has stopped funding AIDS-relief programs in South Africa organized by the Catholic Church, handing the money instead over to the country’s government.

“We have a problem because the American funding, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, is coming to an end,” Benedictine monk Father Gerhard Lagleder told Vatican Radio.

“I am in Europe today to beg,” added the monk, who has been a missionary in South Africa for 26 years.

“I always say jokingly that the Benedictines are not a mendicant order [relying on donations], but I have become a beggar because it is about saving lives,” he said during the July 16 interview.

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Canon-Law Expert: Indulgences Not a ‘Magical Formula’ (5199)

Pope Francis has allowed plenary indulgences for World Youth Day participation, including via social media.

07/19/2013 Comments (9)

Rear of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica. Pilgrims who pass through the door during a Jubilee Year of the Church and who have fulfilled the usual conditions may obtain plenary indulgences.

– Wikipedia

LINCOLN, Neb. — In contrast with media reports of “time off of purgatory” for Pope Francis’ Twitter followers, a canon lawyer explained that indulgences are a way that the Church encourages Christians to pray.

“Because the Church has the spiritual authority that Christ has given it, the Church can invite us to particularly sanctifying moments and particularly sanctifying opportunities,” J.D. Flynn, special assistant to Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., explained to Catholic News Agency July 18.

An indulgence is defined as the remission of the temporal punishment — the required atonement by which an individual makes reparation — due to sins that have already been forgiven.


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WYD and the Trayvon Tragedy (11107)


07/19/2013 Comments (182)

Trayvon Martin.

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On July 13, when Catholics worldwide were focusing attention on Brazil’s upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, those in the United States were forced to divert their attention instead to a Florida courtroom. In the wake of a six-woman jury’s acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of murder and manslaughter, fair-minded Americans of all faiths and ethnicities can agree on one thing: Trayvon Martin’s death was a senseless tragedy.

And many will readily accede to the call made afterward by prominent African-American leaders for a respectful, nationwide dialogue regarding the controversial issue of “profiling” of suspicious strangers.

After all, while the precise circumstances...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Increases Anglican Ordinariates Power to Evangelize, On Meeting Angels and Much More! (3308)

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07/19/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Increases Anglican Ordinariates Power to Evangelize. Follow the link by Damian Thompson to read more.

Pope Francis Increases Anglican Ordinariates Power to Evangelize by Damian Thompson - BigPulpit.com

On Meeting Angels – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

How to Join a Third Order - T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Hope, Fear, and the Imagination - Luke Chapter 12, Faithbook

The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood - Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Poem: “A Coffin—is a Small Domain” - Emily Dickinson, Catholic Lane

Next in the Marriage Debate? – God & Caesar

The Pope and the the Elusive Bird Poverty – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Texas, Satan and Gosnell – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Moral Exploitation of Penguins - Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis...READ MORE

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World Youth Day a Seedbed for Consecrated Vocations (3956)

Previous events have fostered a flood of U.S. vocations, and Church officials anticipate a similar response among Rio’s WYD 2013 pilgrims.

07/18/2013 Comments (4)

Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti of Ansonia, Conn.

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from all over the world are converging on Rio de Janeiro to join Pope Francis for World Youth Day, but for many of these youth, the road to Rio will also put them on the road to the priesthood or religious life.

Many priests and religious credit the Holy Spirit with awakening or confirming their vocations through World Youth Day pilgrimages.

“It was a watershed moment,” said Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti, describing the impact his first World Youth Day had on his own vocation. A 17-year-old pilgrim at WYD 1993 in Denver, he had not thought much of a vocation or much about Catholic life outside his own parish.

However, seeing the...READ MORE

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