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Pope: When Jesus Healed Blind Man Who Cried Out to Him, It Was ‘an Encounter of Mercy’ (1412)

‘We must allow ourselves to be called by Jesus, to be healed by Jesus, forgiven by Jesus and to follow behind him,’ the Holy Father said June 15.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Wednesday that we must listen to the cries of the poor and needy, resisting the temptation to close our hearts because we are “bothered” by their constant pleas for help.

Reflecting on the miracle in Chapter 18 of Luke’s Gospel, in which Jesus heals a blind man who cries out to him on the side of the road, Francis noted how the man had “a strong voice,” but the people around “rebuke him to keep quiet, as if he didn’t have the right to speak.”

“They don’t have compassion on him, but, rather, they are bothered by his cries,” the Pope said, asking: “How many times do we, when we see so many people in the street, needy people, sick and with nothing to eat,...READ MORE

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Bishop Robert Barron: Priests, in Vision of Pope Francis, Are Mercy Messengers (2870)

‘I think (the Pope) sees the mercy emphasis as the best way to renew the priesthood for our time,’ the auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles said recently during the Jubilee of Priests.

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ROME — During the recent Jubilee for Priests in Rome, Bishop Robert Barron sat down for an interview with CNA, where he discussed Pope Francis’ view on the meaning of the priesthood.

“In the vision of Pope Francis, (priests) are the key players in communicating the Divine Mercy to the world. He sees that as our primary mission,” Bishop Barron said June 3.

“I think (the Pope) sees the mercy emphasis as the best way to renew the priesthood for our time.”

Bishop Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, was invited to give a catechesis to the English-language participants during the June 1-3 Jubilee of Priests.

Before being appointed auxiliary...READ MORE

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In Case You Missed It: Young Nuns Are a Trend (5901)

There is a young and vital presence of religious sisters, novices and postulants in U.S. Catholic life, a new survey has found. The postulants’ average age is 27, while novices have an average age of 29. Temporary professed sisters have an average age of 32.

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WASHINGTON — There is a young and vital presence of religious sisters, novices and postulants in U.S. Catholic life, a new survey has found.

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious has released its latest survey of its 120 member communities in 137 U.S. dioceses.

Mother Mary Agnes Donovan, council chairperson and superior general of the Sisters of Life, said the council is “blessed” to have both older and younger institutes in its membership.

“The presence of the well-established communities lends a wisdom and guiding presence to the newer communities,” she said. “I am sure that without the mentoring support and generosity of these superiors, communities such as ours would...READ MORE

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Church of the Nativity’s Face-Lift Reveals Ancient Treasures (5317)

Pilgrims who visit next Easter will be able to see the extraordinary work that has been done to the roof, walls and 900-year-old mosaics.

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Courtesy of Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church

Above, the restored angel; below, a rediscovered mosaic.

– Courtesy of Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church

BETHLEHEM — Christians planning on making a Holy Land pilgrimage — for many, a once-in-a-lifetime journey — may want to wait until Easter 2017, when the scaffolding used to restore the ancient Church of the Nativity is expected to come down.

While the $15-million repair, conservation and restoration of the church, which is revered as the site of Jesus’ birth, will not be absolutely completed for another couple of years, due to a funding gap, pilgrims who visit next Easter will be able to see the extraordinary work that has been done to the roof, walls and 900-year-old mosaics.

For nearly 1,700 years, pilgrims have flocked to the stone church marking the spot where Tradition holds that...READ MORE

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Judge Drops Misdemeanor Charge Against Planned Parenthood Investigator (2302)

David Daleiden still faces a felony charge for forging a driver’s license to conduct his sting on a Texas Planned Parenthood facility.

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HOUSTON — A county court on Tuesday dismissed a misdemeanor charge against David Daleiden, the man responsible for undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood, although related felony charges against him and his co-investigator, Sandra Merritt, are still pending.

“The dismissal of the first indictment today sends a strong message to Planned Parenthood and their political cronies that colluding to suppress the First Amendment rights of citizen journalists will never work,” said the Center for Medical Progress, the group founded by Daleiden.

The “swift dismissal” of the charge against Daleiden is evidence that “the indictments from a runaway grand jury in Houston were a...READ MORE

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Vatican: Lay Movements Are ‘Great Gift’ to the Church (1009)

Iuvenescit Ecclesia (The Church Rejuvenates) is the first major document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since Pope Francis’ election in March 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog has issued a new document affirming that while some might be hesitant in the face of new lay movements in the Church, they are a “great gift” in ecclesial life.

However, at the same time, the document stressed that these movements must respect the authority of the Church’s hierarchy, both local and universal.

Lay movements “are not to be considered optional in the life of the Church,” but are “to be considered as gifts of indispensable importance for the life and mission of the Church,” read the document, published June 14.

“In the essential work of the New Evangelization, it is now, more than ever, necessary to recognize and value the...READ MORE

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ACLU Blame Claim: Christians Caused Orlando Shooting (5211)

Bishop John Noonan of Orlando tweeted on Monday, ‘Jesus calls us to remain fervent in our protection of life and human dignity and to pray unceasingly for peace in our world.’

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ORLANDO, Fla. — After a gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union pointed their finger toward Christians in blame.

But leading Christians from organizations across the country rejected this characterization, stressing that while they disagree with “gay marriage,” they promote the dignity of every human life, no matter what someone’s sexual orientation is.  

Early Sunday morning, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando. He took hostages and engaged in an hours-long standoff with police, before being killed. At least 49 people were killed and...READ MORE

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Oh, Canada: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Now Just Another Medical Procedure (3806)

NEWS ANALYSIS: After the national parliament failed to meet a court-ordered deadline this month, doctor-directed death is no longer a crime anywhere in Canada.

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Supreme Court of Canada.in Ottawa.

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TORONTO — Canada has officially crossed the boundary into a place in which the sick, the suffering and dying can be legally dispatched by lethal injection or a glass of liquid poison.

On June 6, the nation’s laws against assisted suicide and euthanasia evaporated by order of the Supreme Court of Canada, stemming from a ruling made in February 2015. The court gave Canada’s Parliament until June 6 of this year to create new legislation. But as the deadline was missed, euthanasia is no longer considered a crime. Indeed, assisted suicide now carries the same status as any other medical procedure.

In Canada, as elsewhere, supporters of the practice have used the terms “death with dignity” and...READ MORE

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