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Pope Benedict Reminds the Faithful to Praise God Always (1498)

June 20 papal audience highlights.

06/20/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI says the life and writings of St. Paul should remind all Christians that the surest guide through the trials of life is prayer.

“Paul’s prayer invites us to contemplate the unfolding of God’s saving plan in history and to discern the signs of its presence in our own lives and in the life of the Church,” the Pope said during his June 20 general audience. “In our own prayer, may we praise the mystery of our election in Christ, and open our hearts and lives ever more fully to the transforming presence of the blessed Trinity.”

Pope Benedict delivered his remarks to thousands of enthusiastic pilgrims who were gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Continuing his weekly...READ MORE

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Spousal Privilege, What to Expect When You're Converting, Classical Music Review, and more! (1733)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/20/2012 Comment

Spousal Privilege. Click on the link by Mary Walker to read more.

Spousal Privilege - Mary Walker, Truth & Charity

What to Expect When You’re Converting - Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Classical Music Review: Eccentrics, Anomalies, & Forgotten Gems - Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

The Significance of Altar Rails and the Holy Mass by Fr. Evan Harkins of Pray the Mass - Big Pulpit

Pics from New FSSP Parish in Ottawa - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Irish Church is on the Path to Renewal - Michael Kelly, Catholic Herald

It’s Time to Remember What Men Have Forgotten - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Killing Mercy - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

It’s Not About Sex Abuse: More Proof of SNAP’s Hidden Agenda - Dave Pierre, The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Brings Eucharistic Congress to a Close (1136)

Cebu City in the Philippines will be the site of the 2016 event.

06/20/2012 Comments (1)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, papal legate to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, meets with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

– IEC2012

DUBLIN, Ireland — The 50th International Eucharistic Congress came to an enthusiastic conclusion with a video message from Pope Benedict XVI being answered with a standing ovation from a packed Croke Park Stadium throng.

Touching on a recurring theme throughout the Congress, namely the sex-abuse scandal and subsequent cover up by the hierarchy in Ireland, the Holy Father said that those guilty of the “appalling” crimes had understandably damaged the Church’s credibility in Ireland.

He also went on to reveal that the next International Eucharistic Congress will be held in 2016 in Cebu City, the Philippines.

The sixth day of the Congress (June 15) was dedicated to considering the...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Files Formal Comment on HHS Mandate (3943)

Letter calls for respect for individual conscience rights.

06/20/2012 Comments (7)
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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 1.8-million-member Knights of Columbus are the latest voice calling on the federal government to rescind a mandate that many view as a violation of religious freedom.

On the eve of the Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period in which Catholics will pray, sacrifice and study issues of religious freedom, the Knights filed a formal comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the department overseeing implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

That law called for certain “preventive services” to be provided through employer health plans, with no cost-sharing on the part of employees. The services covered include contraceptives,...READ MORE

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EWTN Celebrates Fortnight for Freedom With New Website and TV Shows (2831)

Programs focus on patron saints and more

06/20/2012 Comment

EWTN has a new website for the latest news, programs, photos and prayers on the subject of religious liberty, our most cherished freedom: ReligiousLiberties.org.

In addition, shows celebrate religious liberty. EWTN's executive vice president and COO, Doug Keck, joins EWTN Live host Father Mitch Pacwa at the top of the hour during the show at 8pm Eastern today, Wednesday, June 20, to provide insight on some of EWTN’s upcoming programs celebrating religious liberty and the upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom,” which starts June 21 and runs through July 4. 

St. Thomas More, who died “the king’s good servant and God’s first,” is a religious-freedom role model and one of two patron saints of...READ MORE

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A Cool Vatican Stamp, The Foundation of Friendship, The Necessity of the Viaticum, and much more! (1729)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/20/2012 Comment

A Cool Vatican Stamp of Jesuit who Reformed the Julian Calendar. Click on Fr. John Zuhlsdorf's link to read more.

A Cool Vatican Stamp of Jesuit who Reformed the Julian Calendar - Fr. Z's Blog

Getting it Right: The Foundation of Friendship - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Necessity of Viaticum & the Duty of Priests - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Traditional Sisters Big Hit with Trendy Teens by Lidia Wasowicz of Catholic San Francisco - Big Pulpit

Are Vouchers for Catholic Schools the Answer? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Pope, the King and the Lateran Treaty - The Mad Monarchist

Big Week for Communist China - Rocye, Ignitum Today

The Orthodoxy of Catholic Ecology - William L. Patenuade, Catholic World Report

Good Government, Bad...READ MORE

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Egypt’s Christians in a 'Wait-and-See' Mode (1629)

Uncertainty from presidential election puts Copts on edge.

06/20/2012 Comment
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Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood react to speeches at a gathering to celebrate a premature victory for their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo June 19. Egyptian candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq contested in the second round of voting for the country's president held over two days of voting last weekend. Despite official results not having been announced, the Muslim Brotherhood are claiming victory for their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi.

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The fact that not all the votes had been counted before Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidency, declared victory on Monday was of little comfort to the country’s sizeable Christian minority, which fears an Islamic takeover.

The uncertainty surrounding the election — by Tuesday, both Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, the former prime minister and Morsi’s old-guard competitor, said they had won — has left Egyptians, and especially the country’s 8 million to 10 million Coptic Christians, deeply worried about the future.

The presidential runoff was the final step in an exhausting months-long election process that followed the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak...READ MORE

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Faith Community Strives to Open Minds on Immigration (2237)

Catholics, other immigrant advocates welcome Obama decision not to deport certain undocumented immigrants.

06/19/2012 Comments (17)
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President Obama responds to a question from Neil Munro of the Daily Caller after he interruped the president while Obama delivered remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcement about deportation of illegal immigrants in the Rose Garden at the White House June 15. With the DREAM Act unable to gain traction in Congress, Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting some young people who came to U.S. as children of illegal immigrants.

– Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immigrant advocates are cautious, but they see signs of hope for comprehensive immigration reform, given recent political developments.

On June 15, President Barack Obama announced a new policy that the federal government will not deport some young undocumented immigrants, which could help him in an election year with Latino voters, while putting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on the defensive.

The president issued his policy just three days after 150 evangelical Christian leaders endorsed an overhaul of immigration policy and called for a bipartisan solution that transcends the polarization, name-calling and misrepresentations...READ MORE

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