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Padre Pio Confided Only to St. John Paul II the Details of His Stigmata, Truth and Art and More! (14268)

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Follow Padre Pio Only Confided to St. John Paul II the Details of His Stigmata by Mary O'Regan to read more.

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Dr. Scott Hahn on Angels & Saints – Scott Hahn PhD, Image Catholic Books

Mercy Is Love’s Second Name - Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

Truth & Art – Mark Pickup, Catholic Lane

New Major at U. of St. Thomas (TX) Synthesizes Faith & Science – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

Peru: A Testament of Faith in Divine Providence – Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Aleteia

Why the Culture of Life Will Win – Jason Jones & John Zmirak, Aleteia

Why I Don’t Write About the Vatican – Randall Smith PhD, The Catholic Thing

My Message from Heaven to Stay Awake & Pray the Rosary – Patti...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller: LCWR Stands in ‘Open Provocation’ of Holy See (33611)

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a stern correction April 30.

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

– Edward Pentin

Editor's Note: This report was updated to include comments from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and a statement from the LCWR.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has told the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) that the organization must show “more substantive signs of collaboration” for implementing the mandate of reform ordered by the CDF in 2012.

That mandate followed a doctrinal assessment of the LCWR, a canonically erected leadership group of 1,100 sisters, that began in 2008.

During their annual visit to the Vatican, LCWR leaders met with Cardinal Müller on April 30. In his very measured opening remarks at that...READ MORE

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‘Botched’ Execution in Oklahoma Marks Church’s Shifting View of Death Penalty (5677)

Oklahoma City’s archbishop condemned the execution of murderer Clayton Lockett, but many Catholics still debate the morality and constitutionality of capital punishment.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Last week, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin struggled to defend the state’s April 29 execution of death-row inmate Clayton Lockett after witnesses reported that he moaned and convulsed before he died, following the administration of a sedative and a lethal injection.

“I believe in the legal process. And I believe that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for those who commit heinous crimes against their fellow men and women,” said Fallin, who announced a stay on the second execution planned for the same evening and an “independent review of Department of Correction procedures.”

But Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City condemned the execution and said the news story...READ MORE

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Legal Groups Offer Free Analysis in Wake of Mozilla Head’s Resignation (1699)

Two public interest firms say that losing one’s livelihood should not be a result of participating in the political process.

05/05/2014 Comment

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After the resignation of a Silicon Valley CEO following an uproar over his defense of marriage, two firms are providing free legal analysis to anyone suffering at work for opposing a redefinition of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.

Brendan Eich resigned as head of Mozilla Corp. April 3. He had been appointed one week earlier, and he quickly came under criticism from advocates of the redefinition of marriage because of his $1,000 donation to California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that recognized marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman.

Citing an inability to be an effective leader under the circumstances, Eich chose to resign....READ MORE

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Will U.N. Committee Against Torture Also Tell Church to Change Its Teaching? (2712)

Pro-life leaders say the Church should pull out of treaties with the U.N. until she receives fair treatment.

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The Palais Wilson in Geneva, where the Holy See is appearing May 5-6 before the U.N. Committee Against Torture.

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VATICAN CITY — As the Holy See braces itself for another grilling from another United Nations committee, some prominent pro-life leaders are arguing the Church should withdraw from relevant treaties until she receives a fair hearing.

Vatican officials are to appear before the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture Monday and Tuesday this week, during which they are expected to be quizzed again over clerical sex abuse, but this time from the perspective of torture and inhuman treatment.

It follows harsh criticisms in January by the U.N. committee that monitors children’s rights, which accused the Holy See of systematically placing its own interests over those of victims, but the committee...READ MORE

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From Anti-Catholic Atheist to Church-Loving Convert, Why Catholicism Is Preferrable and Much More! (2762)

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Why Catholicism Is Preferable to Protestantism – Devin Rose, Catholic Answers

Mark Driscoll’s Lies About the Apostles Creed – Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Ten Things Other than IVF May Help a Couple Suffering Infertility – Elizabeth Kirk, Aleteia

Presence Evangelism – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Inside the Painful, Messy World of Annulments – William Van Ornum, Aleteia

Pope Francis the Peronist? – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Hidden Totalitarianism of CPS: Justina Pelletier Case – Stephen M. Krason, Aleteia

Pope Francis: “Children Need a Mother & a Father” – Kathy Schiffer,...READ MORE

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U.K. Rules Exclude Pro-Life Medical Professionals From Specialist Diploma (2613)

The updated rules state specialists in sexual and reproductive health must prescribe contraception or abortion-causing drugs 'regardless of personal beliefs.'

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LONDON — New requirements that medical professionals seeking a specialist diploma in the United Kingdom must be willing to prescribe contraception and abortion-causing drugs have sparked objections from those excluded due to their moral beliefs.

“These rules exclude professionals who are unwilling to prescribe contraceptives and abortifacients on moral and conscientious grounds from specializing in an important area of clinical practice,” said Victoria Weissman, a Catholic final-year medical student in the U.K.

“These are rules of exclusion based on discrimination and restrict the rights both of health-care professionals and of society in general,” she said, adding that the rules...READ MORE

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Emerging Catholic Ministries Reach Out to the Divorced (8848)

Catholic divorce ministries can offer pastoral solutions, but without the active engagement of parishes, most divorced Catholics remain in the dark about the Church’s care for them and their options.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Almost a third of U.S. Catholics who have been married suffer from the wounds of divorce, and while the Church has resources to heal them, the need is great and the laborers are few in the Church’s field hospital.

According to the most recent General Social Survey, 28% of Catholics who have ever married are divorced, a figure that Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) explained at CARA’s research blog, 1964, “represents more than 11 million individuals.”

Pope Francis has said that the Church must “not condemn” the divorced, but instead “accompany those people who have had this failure in their love.” The upcoming extraordinary synod of...READ MORE

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