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A God Greater Than Golf (6379)

Dominican Brother Peter Hannah shares how his life changed from putting to preaching.

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Dominican Brother Peter Hannah

– Courtesy of Brother Peter Hannah

If things had gone according to the dream of his youth, Dominican Brother Peter Hannah would have been playing in this year’s PGA Championship. The tournament, which runs Aug. 8-11 in Rochester, N.Y., showcases the best players in the game, and it is the final leg of professional golf’s four major tournaments (the other three being the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open).

While the PGA Championship was something Brother Peter had hoped to play in one day, God, as they say, had other plans.

Instead of focusing on golf, Brother Peter’s mind is now intent on the feast of St. Dominic, Aug. 8. The founder of the Dominicans inspired Brother Peter, 35, to join his order and become a...READ MORE

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Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing 21st-Century Opponents, The Holiness of G.K. Chesterton and More! (4091)

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Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing 21st Century Opponents. Follow the link by Jeff Miller to read more.

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing 21st Century Opponents by Jeff Miller - BigPulpit.com

The Holiness of G. K. Chesterton May Soon Be Recognized – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Poor In Spirit – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

National Black Catholic Congress Day of Reflection on Aug. 10 – The Daily Vine

A Catholic Amway To End Sweatshop Economics – Francis, Catholic Stand

Do We Trust the Church’s Judgment—Or Our Own? - Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Genetic Adam and Eve Lived in the Same Time? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Defending Michelangelo’s Horned Moses – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

7 Weaknesses for Today’s Catholics – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today


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Baltimore Ravens’ Kicker Pursues an Upright Life (10285)

Justin Tucker says he gains strength from the Catholic Church to face life’s challenges.

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Justin Tucker

– Baltimore Ravens photographer Shawn Hubbard

Last season, rookie placekicker Justin Tucker made all 42 of his point-after-touchdown attempts (PATs) and 30 of his 33 field-goal tries. He kicked the game-winning field goal on three occasions, most memorably during the Ravens’ double-overtime victory against the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. This feat was followed by victories over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Curiously enough, however, last season almost never happened for Tucker, 23. Despite an outstanding collegiate career for the University of Texas Longhorns, none of the 32 teams in the NFL selected him in the 2012 Draft. As a result, he had to prove...READ MORE

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U.S. Failing to Address Terror Against Nigerian Christians, Warns Expert (4809)

Despite the attacks on Christians by allies of al Qaeda, the U.S. State Department has not taken strong measures in Nigeria.

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Paul Marshall

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WASHINGTON — As bombings against Christian churches in Nigeria continue, a religious-liberty scholar is calling on the U.S. government to recognize the scope of the persecution of Christians and take steps to end the violence.

Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, explained that Nigeria has experienced “increased religious violence and attacks on Christians for about 12 years.”

The religious-liberty expert told Catholic News Agency that the violence has been “worsening a great deal in the last three years, with the rise of Boko Haram, an al Qaeda-affiliated militia that has been targeting Christians, amongst others.”


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What Are ‘the Gospels’? (2681)

Church leaders tackle confusion about the faith among the young and identify programs that are working.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila gives a talk at WYD Rio

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NAPA, Calif. — Do young Catholics know their faith? The vast, enthusiastic crowds at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro suggest that many college students and teens are passionate about sharing their faith with an often spiritually indifferent world.

But back in the States, Church leaders acknowledge that the task of the New Evangelization is still in its infancy, with many self-identified Catholics confused and ignorant about basic teachings. The U.S. bishops are very concerned about reaching young people and identifying approaches and specific programs that have a record of success.

The urgency of this mission was on display at the Napa Institute July 31-Aug. 4, at the “Equipping...READ MORE

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The Long Road to Rio: Two Franciscans’ Journey to World Youth Day (6252)

A religious brother and a priest make a memorable, prayerful road trip.

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From left, Brother James Wartman and Father Michael Sheehan

– Justin Bell

Earlier this summer, two Franciscans from the United States were in Puno, Peru, trying to beg the equivalent of $270 from the people there in order to purchase visas to enter Bolivia. 

Folks were giving, but in small increments — roughly about a quarter or 50 cents at a time.  It reminded one of the friars about the apostles’ experience fishing all night and not catching anything.

“In the back of my mind, I was thinking: ‘The Lord’s going to come through big at the end of this, in some way,’” said Brother James Wartman. 

That afternoon, Brother James and Father Michael Sheehan boarded a bus to Bolivia about $70 short, trusting that God would show them the way through, because they...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls for Courageous Christians to Work in World Missions (6123)

‘The men and women of our time need the secure light ... that only the encounter with Christ can give,’ the Holy Father said.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying that, in today’s troubled world, “it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ.”

“In this complex situation, where the horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds, it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation, communion, a proclamation of God's closeness, his mercy, his salvation, and a proclamation that the power of God’s love is able to overcome the darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness,” the Pope wrote...READ MORE

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Rising Number of Aging Permanent Deacons Poses Challenge for Bishops (5689)

U.S. Catholic bishops buoyed by the statistics express concern over the number of deacons close to retirement.

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WASHINGTON — The number of permanent deacons in the United States continues to rise, even as the number of deacons approaching retirement also increases, reports a new study commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The statistics are encouraging,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, which commissioned the report, “A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate: A Study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011-2012.”

“But they also alert us to the fact many of the deacons will soon reach retirement age,” the St. Louis archbishop added. “This suggests a need for bishops to recruit a greater...READ MORE

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