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Pope Benedict Supports Knights' Religious-Freedom Efforts (1528)

Pope Benedict XVI has praised the work of the Knights of Columbus to defend and promote religious liberty within the United States.

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In a letter signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father commended the Knights of Columbus’ work to support religious liberty at a time “when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom.”

The Knights of Columbus “have worked tirelessly to help the Catholic community recognize and respond to the unprecedented gravity of these new threats to the Church’s liberty and public moral witness,” the July 19 letter said.

In doing so, the organization “has proudly lived up to the high religious and patriotic principles which inspired its founding.”

The letter applauded the Knights’ work to defend...READ MORE

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Hospital for Souls: Curé of Ars, Working for Bread that Lasts, Catholic Architecture, and More! (1964)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Hospital for Souls: The Curé of Ars. Click on the link by Paul Kokoski to read more.

A Hospital for Souls: The Curé of Ars – Paul Kokoski, Crisis Magazine

Working for Bread that Lasts (John 6:16-35) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Catholic Church Architecture: Decoration and Ornament – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

Here Are Five Christian Companies That Publicly-Proclaim Bible-Based Views by Billy Hallowell – Big ulpit

Interview with Msgr. Paul Tighe On Vatican’s New “.catholic” Domain – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

The State of Video Games – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Saturday Special: Chick-fil-A Aftermath – Big ulpit

Pagans and the Passion: Conflict or Concord? – Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

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Faith Found Via the Airwaves (2920)

Catholic radio fosters conversions: July 29 issue feature

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When Christie Martin was growing up, her family belonged to the Church of Christ. When she first converted, she didn’t tell anyone; she knew she would face disapproval from family.

As David Vacheresse, general manager of the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network says, "The unique aspect of Catholic radio is it gives a person the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith without others knowing about it."

Martin enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program a week after her first Mass. One evening after class, she saw a bumper sticker: Catholic Radio 1230 AM: "I got into my car, found the station — Immaculate Heart Radio out of Stockton, Calif. [an EWTN Radio...READ MORE

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Guarding Young Eyes (2142)

July 29 issue feature: Internet Company Keeps Catholic Families Safe Online

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– Covenant Eyes Facebook

In May 2012, Ryan Foley joined Covenant Eyes, a software company that provides Internet accountability and filtering. He is the company’s vice president for business development.

What do you want to convey to Catholic families?
Society is embracing pornography, and it’s shocking — because we’re seeing the statistical impact on the family, the effects on the brain — and yet for some reason we’re not fighting it with the same enthusiasm as we do other issues. My experience with a lot of Catholic families is they haven’t taken seriously what’s happening in our society as it relates to pornography. Even though this is destroying marriages, we don’t talk about it. We deal with the outcomes...READ MORE

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Things Fall Apart (5491)

Saturday Book Pick: The Unintended Reformation by Brad S. Gregory

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There are some questions in life that most individuals throughout the world and throughout the ages have attempted to answer: “What should I believe, and why should I believe it?” “What is meaningful in life?” “What kind of person should I be?”

These questions, according to Brad S. Gregory, are “Life Questions.” And, for 1,500 years, they were not only asked by most people, but the answers were also considered to be true and universal for all people. Today, however, most people attempt to answer these questions in individual and relativistic terms, with little consideration of the universal significance that the answers to these questions yield for the moral fabric of society as a...READ MORE

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Mo. Diocese Voices Profound Concern for Victims, as Priest Pleads Guilty to Child-Porn Charges (1579)

'The diocese expresses its profound concern for anyone who may have been harmed by Shawn Ratigan and urges prayer for all affected by his actions,' Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese said.

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The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., voiced deep sympathy for victims harmed by a diocesan priest who plead guilty in federal court Aug. 2 to child-pornography charges.

“The diocese expresses its profound concern for anyone who may have been harmed by Shawn Ratigan and urges prayer for all affected by his actions,” the diocese said in a statement released Wednesday.

Father Ratigan, who served as pastor of parishes throughout the diocese, plead guilty to the charge of producing or attempting to produce child pornography in federal court over a year after his initial arrest.

“The diocese is fundamentally committed to ensure that every report of sexual abuse, boundary violation...READ MORE

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Do's and Don'ts of Sharing NFP, Did St. Paul Attend the Olympics?, and Much More! (2962)

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Do’s and Don’ts of Sharing NFP. Click on the link by Katie Merando to read more.

Do’s and Don’ts of Sharing NFP – Katie Merando, OSV Newsweekly

Did St. Paul Attend the Olympics? – Bishop Kevin Farrell

Olympic Champion Missy Franklin Thinking of Becoming Catholic by Sherry Weddell of the Catherine of Siena Institute blog – Big Pulpit

24 Points from Patriarch Gregory III on the Crisis in Syria – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

A New Generation of US Bishops that Do Not Equate Social Justice Can Only Be Done With Government – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

92% and Perfect Babies - Ignitum Today

What’s So Bad About Romance Novels? – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Exchange/Patti Maguire Armstrong

Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th...READ MORE

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LCWR Prepares to Discuss Response to Vatican Mandate to Reform (8008)

LCWR’s Sister Pat Farrell held a press conference Aug. 2 ahead of next week’s assembly.

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The annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in St. Louis next week is in a spotlight because the sisters will be discussing how to respond to a Vatican mandate to reform the organization. The 1,500-member LCWR is made up of superiors of 320 religious orders that have about 80% of the sisters in this country.

After a four-year study, done in April, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) ordered a renewal of the LCWR because of several doctrinal concerns. These concerns included LCWR assembly speeches, presentations and publications that contained errors about the Trinity, centrality of the Eucharist, divinity of Christ, inspiration of...READ MORE

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