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World Youth Day Tales of Faith (4959)

Pilgrims and volunteers overcome remarkable adversity to fulfill their WYD 2013 dreams.

07/27/2013 Comments (2)
Chris Kudialis

Alina Ramos poses with the four shirts she used to raise money for her trip to WYD 2013. In front of her is a daily journal she uses to document her experiences in Rio

– Chris Kudialis

RIO DE JANEIRO — When 15-year-old Alina Ramos heard about World Youth Day in July 2012, she made it a priority to attend.

It didn’t matter that Ramos, a Mexican-American from Raleigh, N.C., didn’t have a job or the financial situation at the time to even consider paying for her trip.

At a cost of $4,000 for the WYD trip, a week in Rio de Janeiro can lighten even the fattest pocketbooks. For Ramos’ family, and many others in the congregation at St. Michael the Archangel Church, such a figure is financially unimaginable without support.

But when St. Michael the Archangel offered a WYD sponsorship contest last fall, Ramos immediately entered.

The catch?

Ramos would have to present...READ MORE

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Archbishop Broglio Discusses Challenges for Catholics in the Armed Forces (3711)

The head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services reiterates his concern for greater conscience protection.

07/26/2013 Comments (9)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio

– milarch.org

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services is the spiritual leader of 1.8 million Catholics.

During a July 25 interview with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, he discusses emerging challenges to the religious freedom of Catholics in uniform in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Archbishop Broglio notes that Catholic chaplains may not be able to hold marriage retreats in the future, and he endorsed Louisiana Rep. John Fleming’s amendment that would strengthen conscience protections for military personnel.

Amid a...READ MORE

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Pope Asks World Youth Day Throng to ‘Pray for Sophie’ (4039)

The 21-year-old French pilgrim was killed in a bus accident July 17.

07/26/2013 Comments (1)

Sophie Morinière

– RadioNotreDame.com

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence to pray for 21-year-old pilgrim Sophie Morinière, who was killed in a July 17 bus accident on her way to participate in World Youth Day .

During the Pope’s welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day on July 25, where officials estimated 1 million youth gathered on the famous Copacabana beach, Francis expressed his condolences for those who were also badly injured just days before the event.

The bus, which was taking a group of pilgrims of St. Léon parish in Paris to Rio, collided with a truck close to Kourou in French Guiana, a country bordering north of Brazil.

Sophie had traveled from Paris to take part in World Youth Day in...READ MORE

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Embrace ‘Revolution’ of Faith, Pope Tells WYD Pilgrims (2800)

Highlights from Holy Father's addresses at WYD Welcome Ceremony

07/26/2013 Comments (1)


RIO DE JANEIRO — Faith “accomplishes a revolution” in the lives of believers, changing them by bringing their thinking and acting into line with Godʼs, Pope Francis told World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.

“Faith immerses us in his love and gives us security, strength and hope,” Francis taught during his homily for a Liturgy of the Word held as part of the eventʼs welcoming ceremony on Thursday, July 25.

“To all appearances, nothing has changed; yet, in the depths of our being, everything is different,” he said to the million-plus estimated youth gathered at Copacabana beach.

The Pope arrived at the ceremony after visiting a slum and meeting with Argentinian pilgrims....READ MORE

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Vatican Bishop: ‘Humanae Vitae’ Foresaw Today’s Technological Dangers (5163)

Pope Paul VI published the groundbreaking encyclical 45 years ago yesterday.

07/26/2013 Comments (11)
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Pope Paul VI

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ROME — On its 45th anniversary, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical that upheld the Church’s teaching on birth control is “incredibly up-to-date,” especially because it raises “the problem of a technocracy” which is “the main problem of our culture and our society,” says Bishop Mario Toso.

Bishop Toso, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said in a July 25 interview that the problems raised by technology is “a global social question. It goes beyond the relation of mankind with creation and the manipulation of life.”

Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth) on July 25, 1968, in the midst of rapid social and moral changes that were brought on by the...READ MORE

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Pope Picks Up the Pace in Rio, Says Vatican Spokesman (2990)

The Holy Father's energy level throughout his trip to Rio de Janeiro has been remarkable, according to Father Federico Lombardi.

07/26/2013 Comments (3)
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

RIO DE JANEIRO — Despite jet lag, rainy weather and an intense schedule, Pope Francis shows no sign of slowing down as he meets with young people gathered for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told reporters at the World Youth Day media center in Rio Wednesday that Pope Francis “hasn’t stopped at all,” and his continuous energy is “something that strikes all of us.”

The Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis has not lost any of his personal touch in Rio, even though his attention is demanded at every moment. Father Lombardi recalled when Pope Francis took time to meet with 30 cloistered nuns, who waited in the rain for him...READ MORE

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When Same-Sex 'Marriage' Affects Your Family; Hell: Oppression or Justice and Much More! (4120)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/26/2013 Comments (1)

When Same-Sex 'Marriage' Affects Your Family. Follow the link by Terry McDermott of Catholic Lane to read more.

When Same-Sex 'Marriage' Affects Your Family by Terry McDermott of Catholic Lane - BigPulpit.com

Why College Students Should Study Sacred Music – Dr. George Harne, Catholic Education Daily

Hell: Oppression or Justice? - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Living Gargoyles: The Medieval Art of Gurning – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Church Needs to Stop Being Comfortable, Be a Contradiction – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Was Saint Peter the ‘Other Man’ in Rome? The New Testament Mystery – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Ways to Understand Morality Is Not Rational – James Chastek PhL, Just Thomism

Pope Francis: When God Does Not Answer, We Become Impatient –...READ MORE

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New Scientific Discovery May Hold Key to Saving Infants With Down Syndrome (13036)

Massachusetts researchers have pioneered a method of ‘silencing’ the extra gene that causes the syndrome.

07/25/2013 Comments (13)

Dr. Jeanne Lawrence, professor of cell and developmental biology and pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

WORCESTER, Mass. — Scientists have unlocked a new discovery in Down syndrome research that could lead to revolutionary new therapies and even offer hope for mothers and fathers who find out their children have Down syndrome.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have pioneered a way to “silence” the activity of the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome. The discovery paves the way for new research and even opens up the possibility of “chromosomal therapies” for individuals with Down syndrome in the future.

“This is a whole new approach to understanding what goes wrong in Down syndrome cells,” said Dr. Jeanne Lawrence, who led the research team at UMass...READ MORE

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