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Pope: John the Baptist's Nativity Reminds Us That All Things Are Possible for God (1070)

The Holy Father's June 24 Angelus address.

06/25/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI says the Church's celebration of the birth of John the Baptist should be a reminder that for God all things are possible.

“From his mother’s womb, in fact, John is the forerunner of Jesus: His miraculous conception is announced from the Angel to Mary as a sign that 'nothing is impossible to God,'” he said to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his midday Angelus address June 24.

The Pope was marking the solemn feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. He noted that, apart from Our Lady, St. John is the only saint to have a birthday celebrated as a liturgical feast, “because it is closely connected to the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God.”

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Knights' Leader Says Catholic Voters Must Demand Respect for Church Teaching (1814)

Carl Anderson told journalists gathered for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis last week that we must 'exercise our right to vote on our own terms, as Catholics, and not on the terms of others.'

06/25/2012 Comments (2)

INDIANAPOLIS--Catholic voters must demand respect for their moral convictions and the Church's freedom in 2012 and beyond, the head of the Knights of Columbus said in a June 22 speech.

The faithful “must have the courage to act boldly” by insisting that candidates “respect the integrity and mission of the Catholic Church and its institutions,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told journalists gathered for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.

As they cast their votes, Catholics “must have the courage to tell candidates that if they want Catholic votes they will have to respect the fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching,” the head of the Catholic fraternal order...READ MORE

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New Vatican Director of Communications-End of Problems?, Why Psalms Numbered Differently, and more! (2310)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/25/2012 Comment

New Vatican Director of Communications; Leaks, Gaffes to End? Click on the link by Dylan Parry to read more.

New Vatican Director of Communications; Leaks, Gaffes to End? – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Why Are the Psalms Numbered Differently? – Jimmy Akin

LCWR Could Be De-Recognized? by Restore-DC-Catholicism – Big Pulpit

A Bell Still Rings – Tom Acemoglu, Against Helvidius

George Soros Funds Dissident Catholics Sabotaging Fortnight For Freedom - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Where Do Unbaptized Babies Go When They Die? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Pope Examines Why Latin Americans Join Evangelicals – David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Should Catholics Acquiesce to Homosexual “Rights” Agenda? – Kenneth D. Whitehead, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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New Prenatal Testing Could Drastically Increase Abortion Rate (7693)

Advances in prenatal testing, ‘wrongful birth’ suits and increasing coercion in pregnancy care fuel a culture of designer babies and abortion.

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A team of scientists at the University of Washington has cracked the entire code of a human fetus using only a sample of blood from its mother and a saliva smear from its father.

The technology is a significant step toward standard comprehensive testing of babies in the womb for genetic defects — those that mark serious disorders as well as those indicating risk for such diseases as alcoholism and obesity. And it potentially provides a window into non-medical heritable traits, such as hair and eye color, athletic prowess and IQ.

Rather than saving lives, pro-lifers see this test as an enhanced “search and destroy” diagnostic tool that exponentially expands the genetic information...READ MORE

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Catholic Charity Helps Lift People Out of Poverty (1776)

Christian Foundation for Children and Aging is a Catholic nonprofit that helps children and the elderly through sponsorships. June 17 issue feature

06/24/2012 Comment
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– Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Allison Yancey and her family, of Wadesville, Ind., had been sponsoring a Filipino child through the charitable organization Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) for 11 years, but it wasn’t until she joined a mission trip in 2011 and met her sponsored child that she fully realized the impact of their sponsorship.

“Before the trip, it was writing a check and an occasional letter — and hoping that it reached its final destination,” said Yancey. “After going on the trip, I was impressed with the integrity and the level of commitment of CFCA and the hope that the sponsored children have.”

The mission-like international nonprofit was founded by lay...READ MORE

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Famous Babies (1998)

User’s Guide to Sunday, June 24.

06/24/2012 Comment
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Sunday, June 24, is the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.

Readings
Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80

Our Take
It’s hard to find a famous baby. But they are out there. When Charles Lindbergh Jr., son of the famous aviator, was born in Englewood, N.Y., a small army of journalists were camped outside the estate of his birthplace to tell the world. Atchison, Kan., bills itself as the birthplace of another famous aviator: Amelia Earhart. But she is only a famous baby in retrospect. When she was born a few blocks away from our house, in a room that overlooks the Missouri River, no one was waiting to report the news to anyone outside the...READ MORE

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Approaching the Year of Faith (4478)

A Former Anglican Theologian Rethinks Vatican II: June 17 issue column.

06/24/2012 Comment
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The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) is a topic much spoken of today, especially in light of the impending Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI in his motu proprio Porta Fidei.

This pronouncement seems to have caused much excitement among the faithful. But for some, the excitement is tinged with a touch of trepidation because discussions on Vatican II often provoke anti-ecclesial rhetoric among certain circles of clerics and laity.

As I am a relatively new member of the Church, I know of a good number of people who might all too soon point out that my strong allegiance to the Pope and the Church can be attributed only to the fact that I am still too green in the Church for...READ MORE

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Charities Share the Gospel and Change Lives (1118)

How businesses and programs across the country put faith into action. June 17 issue feature.

06/23/2012 Comment
Photo by Suzanne Konopka, Catholic News Herald

George Pfaff supports seminarians as part of his charitable work.

– Photo by Suzanne Konopka, Catholic News Herald

One way people live out Gospel values is through charities, foundations and their businesses. They show there’s no room for an “either/or” response — a “both/and” answer is needed.

One business living Christian charity in a big way is Broetje Orchards of Prescott, Wash. The company’s tagline alludes to Scripture — “First Fruits of Washington” (FirstFruits.com). As one of the largest privately owned apple orchards in the country — the orchard sends apples and cherries coast-to-coast — Broetje’s stated mission as a Christian organization is founded on a biblical principle: “to be a quality fruit company committed to ‘bearing fruit that will last’ (John 15:16).” “The orchard was founded on...READ MORE

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