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Pope: Christ Provides a Freedom and Salvation ‘Identity Card’ (1676)

In his daily homily, the Holy Father reflected on the biblical account of Jesus curing a paralytic.

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Pope Francis (r) celebrates Mass July 4 at the Vatican's St. Martha House.

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VATICAN CITY — During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis explained that Christians are free because of Jesus, who gives them their identity as God’s children.

“We are saved in Jesus Christ, and no one can take from us this identity card,” said the Pope at the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha House. “Civil status: We are free!”

“This is how I identify myself, as a child of God; what a beautiful identity!” he remarked during his homily July 4.

The Pope explained that human beings are free because Jesus “made us sons, with the liberty of sons,” and that because of what he did, people can call God “Father.”

“We, who were slaves of sin, he has made us all free; he has healed us at...READ MORE

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Fortnight’s Final Homily: ‘Your Faith Is a Remedy for What Ails Our Society’ (5945)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s Fourth of July remarks at the 2013 'Fortnight for Freedom' closing Mass in Washington.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl waves July 4 to a crowd outside Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

– Archdiocese of Washington photo by Sarah Yaklic

WASHINGTON — The second annual "Fortnight for Freedom," organized by the U.S. Church to proclaim the importance of religious freedom in America, concluded today with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The "Fortnight for Freedom" closing Mass was concelebrated at the shrine with six other bishops and 72 priests, and it was attended by a congregation estimated at 5,500 people. 

Here is the full text of Cardinal Wuerl's homily:

Four years ago, I had the privilege and joy of participating in an event in southern Maryland that tells a story that we need to hear again today when we commemorate...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan’s Conclave: New E-Book Recounts His Experiences (2769)

The head of the New York archdiocese wrote Praying in Rome in response to many requests to share his story of the papal transition.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In a new e-book, Cardinal Timothy Dolan offers his personal insight into a momentous time in the Church’s recent history, from the resignation of Benedict XVI to the election of Pope Francis.

The head of the New York Archdiocese wrote Praying in Rome in response to the many requests he has received to share his experience of the transition from one pope to another.

Praying in Rome will be released in electronic formats on July 9.

On Feb. 11, the day that Benedict XVI announced his resignation, Cardinal Dolan was just finishing his morning prayers by reading Jesus of Nazareth.

“Every time I’d read a paragraph, I’d say to myself, ‘This guy [Benedict XVI]...READ MORE

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Patriotic Songs for God and Country (6526)

Hymns for the Fourth of July at Church and Elsewhere

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The Fourth of July is a good time for some stirring patriotic songs.

But more than stirring emotions, such songs reflect the religious roots of our country.

America, America the Beautiful, God Bless America and others are often sung as the recessional after Mass on patriotic holidays like Independence Day.


Harmonious History

The first to come along was America. It was sung for the first time on July 4, 1832.          

Also known as My Country ’Tis of Thee, this hymn was penned by Samuel Francis Smith in Massachusetts in 1831. While studying to be a Baptist minister, he wrote all five stanzas in just 30 minutes.

Smith set the song to a melody he enjoyed — the music for the...READ MORE

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The Mass We Make, Saint Bonaventure on Beautiful Represenations of Devils and Much More! (3481)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Mass We Make. Follow the link by Kathleen Pluth of The Chant Café blog to read more.

The Mass We Make by Kathleen Pluth of The Chant Café blog - BigPulpit.com

Saint Bonaventure on Beautiful Representations of Devils, Distortions and Ugliness – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

15 Major Heresies and Those Who Fought Them – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Requiem for the Ballerinas – Dr. Gerard Nadal, Catholic Lane

Why Is The Church Against I. V. F.? - Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Straw Man Scientism – Qu Quine, Strange Notions

Dual Wielding the Bible and the Catechism - Edmund Mitchell, Catholic Stand

Peter Kreeft Interview: The Simultaneous Rise of Militant Islam and Homosexuality – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Where is Your Joy? – Heather...READ MORE

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Catholicism and the American Founding (7635)


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Spirit of ’76 by Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1875.

– Wikipedia

There are two ways to look at Catholicism and the founding of the United States of America. The first, and most obvious, would be to inquire about the actual participation of Catholics in the founding. The second, which is the focus of this article, is to view the gifts the Catholic Church gave to the American founding long before there was a U.S.A.

A word about the first before going on to the second: It surely is worth knowing about Catholics who participated in the founding, precisely because nearly all historical treatments of our country’s origins give short shrift to Catholics. You may — or may not — have heard of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of...READ MORE

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Local Catholics Mourn Loss of 19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona (3593)

‘It’s in our Catholic DNA to help,’ says one priest, as parishes across Arizona mobilize to assist victims of the deadly fire.

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Julie Rogers, evacuated from her home, stays at a Red Cross shelter in Prescott, Ariz.

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Shock, disbelief and depression have overcome Catholics in this small city, which is home to 19 elite young firefighters killed this week while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

“God allows bad things to happen to good people, and I don’t think anyone knows the true answer as to why,” said Father Darrin Merlino, parochial administrator of Sacred Heart parish in Prescott, Ariz. “I don’t know that there is anything I can say to comfort people. This has been the worst two weeks of my priesthood.”

Nineteen of the 20 members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting unit died on the night of June 30, after the Yarnell fire engulfed them.

It was the worst loss of...READ MORE

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Milwaukee Archbishop Releases Abuse Documentation (3520)

Archbishop Jerome Listecki hopes the documents will aid abuse survivors and families in understanding the past and reviewing the present.

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Archbishop Jerome Listecki


MILWAUKEE — Archbishop Jerome Listecki has released almost 6,000 pages of documents related to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s handling of sex-abuse cases, saying the documents will help the Church face up to mistakes and prevent abuse.

“My hope in voluntarily making these documents public is that they will aid abuse survivors, families and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in southeastern Wisconsin to continue moving forward,” Archbishop Listecki said.

“We can never tell abuse survivors enough how sorry we are for what they endured. My apology goes out to all who have been harmed, and I continue to offer to meet with any individual abuse...READ MORE

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