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Family Vacation: A Survivors Guide, Mothers Plea: Why God Delays Answering My Prayers?, and More! (1872)

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Family Vacation: A Survivor’s Guide. Click on the link by Shiela to read more.

Family Vacation: A Survivor’s Guide – Shiela, Catholic Sistas

Mother’s Plea: Why God Delays Answering My Prayers? – Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Obama Sends FBI After Jill Stanek’s Son Over Pro-Life Activities by Jill Stanek of LifeSiteNews – Big Pulpit

UK’s Christian Inheritance Missing from Olympic Opening Spectacle – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Chick-fil-A, Same-Sex Marriage, and Tolerance - Big Pulpit

The Hobbit Is Officially A Trilogy – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

When NCB Meets NCG (Nice Catholic Girl) – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

The “Lundberry Cope” – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Ordained Baptist Becoming Catholic –...READ MORE

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Catholic Relief Services Emphasizes Faithfulness to Church Teaching (5748)

U.S. bishops' overseas relief agency responses to recent concerns over funding.

07/30/2012 Comments (24)

Catholic Relief Services has said that it took steps to fight against the possibility of scandal due to its funding of an aid group that provides contraception in other countries.

The U.S. bishops' overseas relief agency responded to recent concerns over its funding of CARE, an international humanitarian organization that provides relief to the needy in developing nations but also offers contraception and early abortion-inducing drugs.

The funding from the bishops' group went towards programs providing food, water and sanitation to the poor and needy in Central America and Africa.

Catholic Relief Services has said that this funding was carefully restricted to morally acceptable...READ MORE

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Perpetual Adoration Launches at the Olympics (3163)

Catholic Church marks the 30th Olympiad with prayer and faith-filled events.

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Today marked the launch of a major Olympic event that you won’t find in the official Games brochure: 24-hour Eucharistic adoration.

“We’re flying the flag for Christ, if you like,” said Franciscan Father Francis Conway of St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Stratford, the Catholic church closest to the Olympic Village in London’s East End.

“We will have Eucharistic adoration from 9am to 6pm, when another East End parish will take over from 6pm till late, and then a third parish will continue through the night until we take over again at 9am,” Father Conway explained.

The two other parishes participating are Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena in Bow and St. Antony of Padua in Forest...READ MORE

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Chick-fil-A Backlash 'Important Moment' for Religious Freedom, Catholic League Head Says (14267)

Two mayors want to ban fast food store for its support of traditional marriage.

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A man passes by a Chick-fil-A restaurant July 26 in Springfield, Va.

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NEW YORK — The attack on Chick-fil-A — in retaliation for the company’s president expressing support for traditional marriage — has outraged and alarmed the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Bill Donohue said the controversy surrounding a small fast-food chain could mark “a very important moment” for the ability of Christians to publicly defend their moral convictions.

“We have the chief executives of two American cities who want to punish the president of a private company simply because he supports traditional marriage,” Donohue told the Register. “This is beyond belief.”

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a store in...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Calls for End to Violence in Syria (1366)

The Holy Father also discussed Christ’s feeding of the 5,000 from the July 29 Gospel. He described the episode as 'a sign of God’s immeasurable providence in the Eucharist.'

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Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday.

“I ask God to give the wisdom of the heart, especially for those who have the greatest responsibilities, so that no effort is spared in the quest for peace, including the international community, through dialogue and reconciliation, for a proper political settlement of the conflict,” said the Pope to pilgrims at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo July 29.

His comments come as government forces and rebels battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The armed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011 and has since...READ MORE

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Born-Again Virgin, Husbands Love Your Wives-Speak Well of Her, Leah Libresco Interview, and More! (3282)

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Catholic Identity Is at Heart of Peru University's Clash With Vatican (7486)

The Holy See denies institution right to call itself 'Pontifical' and 'Catholic.'

07/29/2012 Comments (15)
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The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

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The Holy See’s denial of a top Peruvian university’s right to call itself “Pontifical” and “Catholic” is the latest battle  — but unlikely the last — in a long conflict over what it means to be a Catholic university.

“The Holy See, with decree of His Eminence, the Secretary of State [Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone], under a specific pontifical mandate, has decided to remove from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru the right to use in its name the titles ‘Pontifical’ and ‘Catholic,’ in accordance with canon law,” the Vatican announced July 21.

The decision followed months of discussions between the university’s rector, Marcial Rubio, and Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone....READ MORE

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Mix-and-Match Morality (7895)

July 29 issue editorial on the perils of ill-formed conscience.

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When billionairess Melinda Gates announced her plans to bring contraception to more than 100 million impoverished women, she presented herself as a practicing Catholic inspired by a commitment to social justice inculcated during her high-school years at the Ursuline Academy in Dallas.

Indeed, her high school has since defended her decision to transgress Catholic teaching on contraception: “Melinda Gates leads from her conscience and acts on her beliefs as a concerned citizen of our world,” read a statement released by the Ursuline Academy.

We have been here before.

Such policies are often presented as the inevitable outcome of a choice between impossibly high-minded doctrines and a...READ MORE

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