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Mother Angelica’s 70-Year-Old Promise (13388)

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First came the miracle. Then, 70 years ago Aug. 15, she laid the foundation for all that would follow.

While millions of people glory in EWTN, the international broadcast empire Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation built — the one that has brought hope and healing to those inside and outside of the Catholic Church for more than 30 years — few appreciate that it all stands on a decision made by Mother Angelica when she was 21 years of age.

Among the many impressive traits of Mother Mary Angelica, her willingness to embrace risk and even suffer in her pursuit of God’s will has always stood out.

Seventy years ago this month, Rita Rizzo, a vivacious, wounded girl from a broken home, took...READ MORE

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Matt Walsh Gets Wrong and Right On Robin Williams' Suicide, Martyrdom in Mosul and Much More. . (3679)

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Vatican ‘Shares the Sadness’ of Chinese Youth Barred From Visiting Korea (949)

More than 60 Chinese young people are attending the Asian Youth Day, but many more were not able to leave mainland China.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from traveling to South Korea to participate in the Pope’s visit.

Father Lombardi was asked at an Aug. 14 press conference about reports of Chinese youth groups who were prohibited from leaving China to attend the Sixth Asian Youth Day during Pope Francis’ Aug. 14-18 pilgrimage in South Korea.

“Certainly, we share the sadness of these events, but we cannot say more,” he cautioned, noting that the Asian Youth Day is not organized by the Vatican.

Father Heo Young-yup, spokesman for the organizing committee, explained that while...READ MORE

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With CCHD’s Help, Taking Pro-Life to the Next Level (1789)

Birth Choice plans to expand services across California, thanks to $2.5 million in Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant money.

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — After years working for a major telecom corporation and then running her own packaging and labeling firm, Kathleen Eaton Bravo decided to put her business acumen to work in a new arena: the pro-life movement.

“I realized we had to compete with the abortion industry,” said Eaton Bravo.

She launched Birth Choice as a pregnancy-resource center in 1986, but 21years later converted the three existing sites into fully licensed medical clinics that provided — in addition to pregnancy tests and some prenatal care — screening for cervical cancer and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

“When I started doing that, a lot of people said, ‘She’s lost...READ MORE

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Korea Trip Fulfills Pope’s Seminary Hopes (908)

While still in priestly formation, the young Jorge Bergoglio asked his order’s leader to send him to Asia as a Jesuit missionary.

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists Aug. 14 on the papal flight en route to South Korea.

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SEOUL, South Korea — As a young man and a Jesuit still in formation, Jorge Bergoglio longed to become a missionary in the Far East, like St. Francis Xavier and so many of his confreres in the Society of Jesus.

Pope Francis revealed this himself on June 7, 2013, during a meeting with some 8,000 students of Jesuit schools in Italy and Albania.

“What I liked about the society is its missionary outreach, and I wanted to be a missionary,” he said in response to a question about why he was drawn to the Society of Jesus in particular.

“When I was studying theology, I wrote to the general, who was Father Arrupe, asking him to dispatch me, to send me to Japan or to some other place. However, he...READ MORE

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Hundreds Unite at Denver Interreligious Prayer for Peace (898)

Archbishop Samuel Aquila co-hosted the Aug. 11 event in response to the murder and persecution of religious minorities by the Islamic State.

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Program for the interreligious peace prayer service held Aug. 11 in Denver's Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

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DENVER — An estimated 900 people of the three Abrahamic religions packed the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver Aug. 11 for an interreligious prayer service for those suffering in the Middle East.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila hosted the event, together with the ecumenical and interfaith office of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, in response to the murder and persecution of Christian, Jewish, Shia Muslim and Yazidi minorities at the hands of the Islamic State, a Sunni organization in Iraq and Syria.

Father Andre Mahanna, director of the Maronite eparchy’s interfaith office, opened the service, explaining that the danger of persecution...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Praises Korea’s ‘Undiminished Hope’ in Opening Address (2270)

The Holy Father arrived in Seoul Thursday for an apostolic visit that continues through Aug. 18.

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Pope Francis greets members of the South Korean bishops' conference upon his arrival Thursday in Seoul.

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SEOUL, South Korea — In the opening speech of his four-day apostolic voyage to South Korea, Pope Francis underlined the importance of transmitting values to the next generation and said peace is achieved through diplomacy and dialogue rather than the “fruitless” use of force.

Addressing state authorities in English at the presidential palace Thursday afternoon, the Holy Father said it was a “great joy” to come to Korea and praised the country’s rich cultural heritage. He noted the “land of morning calm” has been “tested through the years by violence, persecution and war,” but he said that despite these trials, the country has “an undiminished hope for justice, peace and unity.”

“What a...READ MORE

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What Did the Saints Say About Islam, What Is God Calling You to Study, Lepanto and ISIS and More! (4465)

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Follow the What Did the Saints Say About Islam? by Andrew Bieszad of One Peter 5 link to read more.

What Did the Saints Say About Islam? by Andrew Bieszad of One Peter 5 - BigPulpit.com

Condemn Violence; Cowards – Fr. Z’s Blog

What Is God Calling You To Study? – Todd Nolan, Catholic Stand

Vatican Asks Muslim Leaders to Rebuke Islamist Barbarity – Francis X Rocca, The Catholic Herald

History Repeats Itself: Lepanto & the Current ISIS Crisis by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

Iraqi Christians ‘Dying in Crowded Refugee Camps’ – Simon Caldwell, The Catholic Herald

ISIS, Robin Williams & “Those Who Mourn” – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

International Community Is Failing Its Obligation – Lord Alton of Liverpool, The Catholic Herald

Father Ireland & the Fifth Minnesota – Donald R. McClarey...READ MORE

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