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Seminarian Who Drowned While Saving Kayaker ‘Lived and Died a Priestly Life’ (8666)

Hero seminarian’s ‘bucket list’ said: ‘I want to save someone’s life.’

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Facebook photos; life jacket and rosary, Facebook photo courtesy of Chris Anaya; seminarian photo courtesy of Wichita Diocese; 'Wall of Heroes' courtesy of Conception Seminary College

Above, Brian Bergkamp’s last Facebook profile picture depicted him in the Maroon Bells peaks of the White River National Forest in central Colorado doing what he loved best: spending time outdoors with friends. Below, Visitors to Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, are greeted by a 'Wall of Heroes,' featuring alumni who died for others. Hero seminarian Bergkamp of Garden Plain, Kansas, joins Father Stanley Rother, killed by Church foes in Guatemala in 1981, and Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic death in the Korean War. Also below, Seminarian Bergkamp was active in promoting civil rights for all, including the right to life and religious freedom. A repeated participant in Washington’s March for Life, he also joined several thousand people who rallied outside the Kansas Statehouse on June 29, 2012, to protest the federal contraception mandate. Bergkamp drowned in the Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas, July 9 after saving the life of another kayaker by throwing her a life jacket. His body was recovered two weeks later. This life jacket and tangled rosary were the last poignant signs of the hero seminarian’s struggle, found on July 30.

– Facebook photos; life jacket and rosary, Facebook photo courtesy of Chris Anaya; seminarian photo courtesy of Wichita Diocese; 'Wall of Heroes' courtesy of Conception Seminary College

As students checked into Conception College Seminary near Maryville, Missouri, this fall, they walked past a new “wall of heroes” — three large, framed photos of seminary alumni who died for others.

One is Father Stanley Rother, who was gunned down by a death squad in 1981 Guatemala. Another is Father Emil Kapaun, in the Army chaplain’s uniform that brought him to his heroic death in 1951 Korea.

The third is Mr. Brian Bergkamp.

At first, the 24-year-old grinning face of the seminarian doesn’t seem to fit in with the two seasoned priests.

Then you hear how he died last summer in Wichita, Kansas.

“On July 9, 2016, while kayaking on the Arkansas River, the turbulent waters grabbed hold...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Human Dignity Is Rooted in Our Creator (1602)

The Holy Father said Sept. 15, ‘God gave us the dignity of being his children.’

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CHILDREN OF GOD. Pilgrims at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 7.

– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Created in the image of God, human beings have a dignity they are in danger of degrading when they place material possessions above God in their hearts, Pope Francis said Sept. 15.

“Reflect on how we are created, formed in the image and likeness of the Creator; the difference with other creatures and with all creation is essential,” Pope Francis said during an audience with the Italian Biblical Association.

“This helps us to understand the dignity that we all have, men and women, dignity which has its roots in the same Creator.”

Pope Francis met with the Italian Biblical Association on the occasion of National Bible Week about their work, which has included discussing the relationship...READ MORE

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St. Anthony’s Kids Find Social Inclusion and Special-Needs Catholic Education in Pittsburgh (2148)

Parents whose children have Down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders can obtain a Catholic education that integrates their learning with typical students.

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Courtesy of St. Anthony School Programs

– Courtesy of St. Anthony School Programs

PITTSBURGH — Parents looking for all the benefits of Catholic education for their children with special needs may pray to St. Anthony to help them find what they are looking for. But in Pittsburgh, many Catholic parents who have children with Down syndrome or autism have found the answer to their prayers: St. Anthony School Programs.

For the past 13 years, since kindergarten, Carlo and Dorothy Schiaretta have seen their son Gianfranco, who has Down syndrome, thrive in the program. It’s a Catholic education tailored to his individual needs, and the school’s model has also integrated him and other “St. Anthony Kids” into the regular classrooms of Pittsburgh’s Catholic schools.

Now in his...READ MORE

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‘Abortion Is Catholic Social Justice’ Campaign Draws Wide Catholic Rebuke (6241)

Rebuking the abortion lobby group ‘Catholics for Choice,’ the U.S. bishops and lay leaders say Catholic social justice requires Catholics to love both mother and unborn child.

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Catholic Diocese of Dallas Facebook

Letter by Bishop Kevin Farrell in The Dallas Morning News in response to Catholics for Choice ad.

– Catholic Diocese of Dallas Facebook

WASHINGTON — A full-page ad blitz with the words “Public funding of abortion is a Catholic social-justice value” has made a splash in major newspapers across the United States.

But Catholic bishops and lay leaders have seized on the campaign as an opportunity to rebuke the abortion lobby group that is sponsoring the campaign for falsely characterizing itself as Catholic — and to unequivocally state that “social justice” and “pro-life” values are inseparably united in Catholic social teaching.

The “social justice” tagline is part of the new multiyear “Abortion in Good Faith” campaign conducted by Catholics for Choice, a Washington-based group funded by wealthy donors and million-dollar...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: ‘To Kill in the Name of God Is Satanic’ (3234)

The Holy Father’s comments were made during a Mass celebrated in memory of Father Jacques Hamel on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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Pope Francis celebrates a Sept. 14 Mass in honor of Father Jacques Hamel.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Referencing the recent murder of French priest Father Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis said the persecution of Christians happening today, under any form, is a work of Satan.

“This cruelty that asks for apostasy — let’s say the word — is Satanic,” the Pope said in a homily Sept. 14.

“Today in the Church there are more Christian martyrs than in the first times. Today there are Christians who are assassinated, tortured, jailed, their throats are cut because they don’t deny Jesus Christ,” Francis stated.

Pope Francis’ comments were made during a morning Mass celebrated in memory of Father Jacques Hamel at Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy...READ MORE

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Catholic Marriage Won’t Change, Tim Kaine’s Bishop Says (5463)

'More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage, and despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year-old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute,' Bishop Francis DiLorenzo said Sept. 13.

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Tim Kaine; below, Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo

– U.S. Department of Education via Wikimedia (CC 2.0)

RICHMOND, Va. — Soon after Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine suggested the Catholic Church would change its teaching on same-sex “marriage,” the bishop of Richmond, Va., has said Catholic teaching on marriage is constant.

“More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage, and despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year-old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute,” Bishop Francis DiLorenzo said Sept. 13.

“As Catholics, we believe all humans warrant dignity and deserve love and respect, and unjust discrimination is always wrong,” he said. “Our understanding of marriage,...READ MORE

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Are Religious-Freedom Advocates ‘Christian Supremacists’? (3920)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A new report from the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and related comments by its chairman, have sown fears that people of faith are being smeared as bigots.

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2012 AP photo/Patrick Semansky

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore criticized the comments of Martin Castro (pictured below), the chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, who referred to ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ as code words for '...sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance,' saying, 'These statements painting those who support religious freedom with the broad brush of bigotry are reckless and reveal a profound disregard for the religious foundations of his own work.'

– 2012 AP photo/Patrick Semansky

WASHINGTON — Amid an election-year debate over “transgender bathroom rights” and conscience protections for those who oppose same-sex “marriage” on religious grounds, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) issued a new report that has only deepened the acrimony and sowed fears that people of faith are being smeared as bigots.

The report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties,” offers legal guidance on “adjudicating claims for religious exemptions from otherwise applicable nondiscrimination law.”

The commission concludes that antidiscrimination laws should be given greater weight in such cases and framed religious freedom as a threat to...READ MORE

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Christians Besieged: We Must Stand With the Suffering (2206)

EDITORIAL: Pray for Christians everywhere. Their suffering is ours, and the persecution they face may be in our future, as well.

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– Shutterstock

On March 25, 2016, Pope Francis marked Good Friday in Rome at the Colosseum. In his meditation on the Via Crucis, Francis prayed:

“O cross of Christ, today, too, we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence.

“O cross of Christ, today, too, we see you in the faces of children, of women and people, worn out and fearful, who flee from war and violence and who often only find death and many Pilates who wash their hands.”

The Pope’s comments are a helpful reminder to all of us of the immense suffering of our Christian sisters and brothers across the globe. From North Korea and China to Nigeria and...READ MORE

Filed under christian persecution, genocide, isis, martyrs, middle eastern christians

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