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Pope: St. Teresa of Avila Is Good Model for New Evangelization (2222)

Holy Father's letter marks 450th anniversary of St. Teresa's founding the Monastery of St. Joseph.

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Pope Benedict XVI believes that 16th-century St. Teresa of Avila is a model for current efforts to launch the New Evangelization.

“The ultimate goal of Teresa’s reform and the creation of new monasteries in a world lacking spiritual values was to protect apostolic work with prayer,” the Pope said July 16.

“Today, too, as in the 16th century, in the midst of rapid transformation, it is important that trusting prayer be the heart of the apostolate, so that the redeeming message of Jesus Christ may sound out clearly and dynamically,” he added.

Pope Benedict made his comments in a letter to Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain, for the 450th anniversary of St. Teresa founding...READ MORE

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Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Protect Conscience Rights From HHS Mandate (2297)

S.B. 749 would strengthen conscience protections against the compulsory purchase or provision of health-care plans that include coverage for abortion-causing drugs, contraceptives or sterilizations.

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The Archdiocese of St. Louis voiced “deep sadness” that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill to require insurance companies to provide information and several accommodations for employers and employees who have religious objections to abortion, contraceptives and sterilizations.

“This is a profound missed opportunity to assert conscience rights for Missouri citizens when those rights are in jeopardy from the federal HHS mandate,” the archdiocese said July 12.

The legislation, S.B. 749, would strengthen conscience protections against the compulsory purchase or provision of health-care plans that include coverage for abortion-causing drugs, contraceptives or sterilizations.

The...READ MORE

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Melinda Gates and Her Extreme Makeover Population Control (9178)

The wife of billionaire Bill Gates launches a concerted campaign against Catholic teaching on contraception.

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Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chairwoman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, applauds during the London Summit on Family Planning on July 11.

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LONDON — Melinda Gates, the wife of billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has launched a massive campaign to expand artificial contraception and abortion across the globe in direct opposition to the Catholic faith she claims as her own.

One of the world’s wealthiest women, Gates paired with Andrew Mitchell, the United Kingdom’s secretary for the Department for International Development (DfID), to raise $4 billion in order to extend “affordable, life-saving contraceptive services to an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020.”

The London Summit on Family Planning they presided over on July 11 included 260 delegates from governments, the United Nations...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Praises St. Bonaventure's Theological Legacy (1231)

July 15 Angelus at Castel Gandolfo

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy —  Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday praised the intellectual legacy of the 13th-century Franciscan St. Bonaventure, who popularized St. Paul’s belief in the “centrality of Christ” in human history.

“All of history is centered on Christ, who guarantees novelty and renewal in every age,” the Pope said in his Sunday Angelus address July 15.

“In Jesus, God has spoken and given everything, but because he is an inexhaustible treasure, the Holy Spirit never ceases to reveal and actualize his mystery. Therefore, the work of Christ and the Church never regresses, but always progresses.”

Pope Benedict explained to enthusiastic pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his...READ MORE

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Why One Should Gaze Upon the Crucifix Often, Help for Those that Struggle with the Rosary, and More! (2423)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why One Should Gaze Upon the Crucifix Often. Click on The Idler to read more.

Why One Should Gaze Upon the Crucifix Often – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

I Am Struggling with my Rosary Prayer, Where Should My Attention be During the Rosary? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Anglo-Catholics Not Welcomed in the Church of England by William Oddie of the U.K. Catholic Herald newspaper – Big Pulpit

Poetry Bestsellers and Other Oxymorons – Bronwyn Lea, MercatorNet

Effects of “Gay Marriage” on the Economy – Dr. Piers Hugill, The Distributist Review

Hunger and Thirst – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Saints Are Sinners, Too – Fr. Tucker Cordani, Catholic Lane

Dr. Stenger & the Folly of Free-Thinking – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

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Parents Take Battle With Planned Parenthood to Next Level (9353)

Outrage grows against organization's sex instruction in schools.

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Growing involvement in public schools on the part of Planned Parenthood has led to mounting grassroots opposition against the organization’s comprehensive sex education targeting K-12 students in public schools.

“We’re seeing more and more concerned citizens going to their school boards and elected officials demanding that Planned Parenthood-type curriculum be dumped,” said Rita Diller, national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood Project (STOPP). Diller monitors grassroots efforts for the pro-life organization.

Parents in Onalaska, Wash., for instance, expressed outrage June 12 during a Fox News broadcast. They said their children were quiet, withdrawn and...READ MORE

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The Majesty of Poverty (1626)

User's Guide to Sunday, July 15.

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Sunday, July 15, is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

Readings
Amos 7:12-15, Psalms 85:9-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 or 1:3-10, Mark 6:7-13

Our Take
Several modern movies were considered cutting edge in their time because they were all about people becoming wealthy — or at least comfortable — and losing their souls: American Beauty, Wall Street and There Will Be Blood. But most people know that riches often make people unhappy.

The Church has been “cutting edge” in this respect for a long time. The Catechism goes so far as to say: “The Lord grieves over the rich, because they find their consolation in the abundance of goods.”

The Church’s history shows the...READ MORE

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Dinner Program Helps Build Catholic Community (1143)

July 15 issue feature: A look at the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (GWCTD) parish program

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Susan Klemond

A recent dinner gathering in Minnesota.

– Susan Klemond

One spring evening two years ago, Patty Flynn and her husband, Bill, set out to take part in an experiment: a dinner Patty Flynn had set up for a group of fellow parishioners who didn’t know each other at the home of a host they hadn’t met.

It was the launch of the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (GWCTD) parish program at St. Joseph Church in West St. Paul, Minn.

Flynn deemed it a success. "I remember how excited I was on the way home," she recalled.

Dinners at two homes that night — including the one the Flynns attended — were the beginning of what has become a popular way for people in the parish of 1,900 families to get to know each other.

"It’s bringing together people who maybe...READ MORE

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