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Pope Picks Highly Credentialed Diplomat for Vatican Secretary of State (17214)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the youngest secretary of state since 1930, has more than 25 years of experience in Vatican diplomacy.

09/03/2013 Comments (1)
Osservatore/ Wikipedia

Archbishop Pietro Parolin

– Osservatore/ Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has chosen an accomplished Italian Vatican diplomat as the new Vatican secretary of state, replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who is stepping down on account of his age.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who currently serves as the Pope’s representative to Venezuela, will become what is considered to be the closest equivalent of a Vatican “prime minister,” presiding over the running of the Curia, the Holy See’s diplomatic service and relations with states.   

At just 58 years of age, he will be the youngest secretary of state since Eugenio Pacelli, who was appointed in 1930 at the age of 53 and later became Pope Pius XII. Archbishop Parolin will take over from...READ MORE

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Theirs Is the Kingdom of Heaven (9196)

Father Joseph Uhen’s Santisimo Sacramento parish in Peru attracts Super Bowl coach Jim Harbaugh and many others, and leaves them forever changed.

09/02/2013 Comments (3)
Courtesy of Father Joseph Uhen

San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh leaves Rio Seco prison in Peru, after having played football with prisoners who were on good behavior. He gave prisoners his sweatshirt, another shirt and his shoes.

– Courtesy of Father Joseph Uhen

Earlier this summer, San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh had a group of boys running plays and catching passes. It sounds like an ordinary football camp drill, although it was anything but. Harbaugh was in Piura, Peru, to teach the local youth about American football — and to build bamboo houses, deliver food packages, visit prisoners and much more.

Father Joseph Uhen, a Milwaukee native and the current pastor of Santisimo Sacramento parish in Piura, said each time the former All-Pro quarterback comes down (usually with four or five close friends), he enjoys giving of himself in a variety of ways: “Of course, he gets a thrill out of teaching football, and the kids get a thrill...READ MORE

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How One Mom Balances Faith, Family and Work (6640)

Is it possible in today’s world to be a faithful Catholic, loving wife, devoted mother and a successful businesswoman?

09/02/2013 Comments (10)

Is it possible in today’s world to be a faithful Catholic, loving wife, devoted mother and a successful businesswoman?

Paige Barry of Atlanta strives to do so each day.

Barry is a 43-year-old working mother of two who has been married for 15 years. She is a senior vice president with a Fortune 500 global technology provider serving the financial services industry.

In addition to her career and busy home life, she is actively involved in her parish and runs the successful career ministry at her church.


How has your Catholic faith affected the way you handle your career?

My Catholic faith is instrumental to every aspect of my career. I read my Magnificat to center me for my...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Announces Global Prayer Vigil for Peace on Sept. 7 (9817)

The Holy Father appeals for peace.

09/02/2013 Comments (12)

Jeff Bruno

VATICAN — Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday Gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience Sept. 1 to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square.

“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days, my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” continued the Pope.

“For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced.


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Bishop Urges Cooperative Approach to Defend Worker Dignity (5513)

USCCB statement for Labor Day

09/02/2013 Comments (26)

Bishop Stephen Blaire


Businesses, government, individuals and communities all have a role to play in promoting a greater respect for the dignity of the worker and the alleviation of poverty, said a U.S. bishop.

“Whenever possible, we should support businesses and enterprises that protect human life and dignity, pay just wages and protect workers’ rights,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in a 2013 Labor Day statement.

The bishop, who chairs the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, referenced the writings of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict and Blessed Pope John Paul II as a foundation for how to think about the challenges posed by the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Appoints New Vatican Secretary of State (6430)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the position that heads Vatican governance.

08/31/2013 Comments (2)

VATICAN -- Pope Francis made a key appointment Aug. 31 at the Vatican, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new secretary of state.

“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office, along with the news of his appointment.

For the last four years, Archbishop Parolin has been serving as the Vatican's top diplomat, or apostolic nuncio, to Venezuela.

In the much-awaited appointment, Pope Francis has tapped him to replace current secretary of state, 78-year-old Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed in 2006...READ MORE

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Author Defends Orthodoxy After Controversial Article on Catholics and Same-Sex 'Marriage' (9827)

Joseph Bottom says his Commonweal essay may have been unclear, but he didn’t intend to diverge from Church teaching on marriage.

08/31/2013 Comments (41)

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HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — Author Joseph Bottum says that while parts of his controversial article on Catholic responses to “gay marriage” may have been unclear, he did not intend to suggest a divergence from Church teaching.

“I’m not dissenting from Church doctrine here in any way,” said Bottum, who wrote the essay “The Things We Share” in Commonweal last Friday.

Rather, he told CNA Aug. 26, “I am taking exception to some prudential judgment about the way in which we try and evangelize the world.”

In the more than 9,000 word essay, subtitled “A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage,” Bottum suggested that federal and state recognition of same-sex “marriage” is already so far advanced that...READ MORE

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Examining the Cult of Antihumanism (6604)

BOOK REVIEW: Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism

08/31/2013 Comments (5)

Merchants of Despair:

Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists

and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism

By Robert Zubrin

Encounter Books, 2012

318 pages, $16.95

To order: amazon.com


The unexamined life is not worth living, said Socrates.  By the same token, the unexamined political position is not worth holding. 

Robert Zubrin’s book examines the philosophy that underlies one side of the struggle to value human life and dignity. It is not a “Catholic” book. If the author holds any religious convictions, the reader is given no hint. 

But it is a book that any Catholic who defends the value of the human person should not only read, but also underline and...READ MORE

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