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Mission Accomplished: Iwo Jima Veteran Who Became a Franciscan Missionary Comes Home (6913)

At the age of 91, Father Bede Fitzpatrick is retiring after 55 years of priestly service in Japan.

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Courtesy of Alastair Wanklyn

Franciscan Father Bede Fitzpatrick

– Courtesy of Alastair Wanklyn

TOKYO — A former U.S. Navy officer who served in the Pacific War and commanded a flotilla of landing craft during the invasion of Iwo Jima subsequently became a Franciscan missionary in Japan, ministering there for 55 years.

Father Bede Fitzpatrick, 91, retired in Tokyo on Aug. 1 this year. He can still recall the surge of  emotion prompted by his first glimpse of the Japanese mainland in 1945, during a voyage to Sasebo Naval Base.

“I can remember a certain excitement, because this is where Xavier went,” he said. St. Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Society of Jesus, arrived in Japan in 1549 at Kagoshima, about 120 miles from Sasebo.

“I went ashore one day. There was a little...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Couple to Sue Church of England for Marriage Rights (22734)

The Catholic Church and her officials could be subject to lawsuits under human-rights laws for refusing to solemnize the 'marriage' of same-sex couples.

08/05/2013 Comments (74)

LONDON — Following legislation that permits same-sex “marriage” in the U.K. yet prohibits the Church of England from performing the ceremony, two men are planning to sue to be able to marry in their church.

“We are happy for gay marriage to be recognized — in that sense, it is a big step. But it is actually a small step because it is something we still cannot actually do,” Barrie Drewitt-Barlow told the Essex Chronicle Aug. 1.

“We need to convince the church that it is the right thing for our community for them to recognize as practicing Christians.”

On July 17, the U.K.’s same-sex “marriage” bill became law, meaning that, beginning next year, same-sex couples — who can already...READ MORE

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Blessed Cardinal Newman and Littlemore Village, Trust in the Lord With All Your Heart and Much More! (2808)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/05/2013 Comment

Blessed Cardinal Newman and Littlemore Village. Follow the link by Father Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog to read more.

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Blessed Cardinal Newman and Littlemore Village – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart – Audrey C. Amort, Ignitum Today

On Inference from Success of Science to Naturalism being Probable – James Chastek PhD PhL, Just Thomism

Privacy In The Bible – John Morgan, Catholic Stand

Why It Matters What Is Read In High School – Russell Kirk, Crisis Magazine: Civilized Reader

Too Dumb for Parody – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Giving Thanks for the Separation of Church and State – Russell Shaw, The CWR Blog

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? – Deacon...READ MORE

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A Heart Full of Gratitude (3770)

A thankful new priest reflects on WYD Rio 2013 and the blessings of WYDs past on the feast day of the patron of priests, St. John Vianney.

08/04/2013 Comments (9)
John Kuklinski

From left to right: Fathers Mark Mary, John Paul Zeller and Father Miguel Marie at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio.

– John Kuklinski

World Youth Day is an experience of the universality of the Catholic Church. 

In other words, you can be walking down the street with a person of a different culture, while at the same time listening to him or her speaking in a different language, but still have a deep sense that, ultimately, we believe, pray and hopefully live the Christian faith in the same way. 

In the midst of enormous crowds from all around the world, we all profess the same creed. 

This is a profound experience for a young person, who has only been exposed to his or her local diocese or maybe even only his or her own small parish church. 

The Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro became a broader parish...READ MORE

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The Frankness of Francis (8238)


08/02/2013 Comments (24)
Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile on his way to attend the Via Crucis on Copacabana Beach during World Youth Day celebrations July 26 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

– Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Pope Francis’ World Youth Day messages were overshadowed by his comments on respecting those who are homosexual and reiterating the Church’s No to women’s ordination from the press conference he gave to reporters on the plane from Rio de Janeiro to Rome. And Catholic bishops and commentators went into high gear correcting the secular media’s misinterpretations of Francis’ words.

But the presser wasn’t a departure from the theme of the 28th World Youth Day (“Go, and make disciples of all the nations”), nor from Pope Francis’ message the week of July 22-28. It was his message lived out.

“We cannot keep shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the...READ MORE

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Cardinal George Defends CCHD Canceling Group’s Funds Over Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (9239)

Chicago's archbishop slammed the ‘intellectually and morally dishonestʼ Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights for turning the Churchʼs concern for the poor into ‘an excuse to attack the Church’s teaching on the nature of marriage.ʼ

08/02/2013 Comments (82)
Knights of Columbus

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago

– Knights of Columbus

CHICAGO – Cardinal Francis George has defended the Churchʼs decision to cut off funds from a state immigrant coalition, and he accused its leaders of betraying both the Church and their own members by openly supporting the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

The board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights “broke faith with its member organizations when it publicly supported so-called ʻsame-sex marriage,ʼ” said Cardinal George in a July 29 statement.

“For its own political advantage, it introduced a matter extraneous to its own purpose and betrayed its own members, who were not consulted,” he said.

The Immigration Coalition published a statement...READ MORE

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A Francis-can World Youth Day (6788)

The Holy Father’s pastoral passion energizes millions of Catholics in Rio de Janeiro and beyond.

08/02/2013 Comment
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

At a World Youth Day 2013 that culminated with one of the largest crowds — an estimated 3.5 million people — ever to assemble for a papal Mass, Pope Francis returned to his native South America July 22-28 for a momentous week filled with unique story lines for both the Holy Father and the event itself.

From the moment Pope Francis arrived in Brazil, the stage was set for an unprecedented WYD. Described as Rio’s “first pilgrim” by Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, the Argentine Pope arrived at 4pm local time July 22 night to cheers from tens of thousands of pilgrims from across the world.

“He left Latin America and now returns as the first pilgrim of World Youth Day,” Archbishop Tempesta...READ MORE

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Sloveniaʼs Two Archbishops Resign Over Billion-Dollar Investment Collapse (4274)

Pope Francis urged the two archbishops to step down for their role in saddling the Archdiocese of Maribor with a $2-billion financial disaster that sent shock waves through the country.

08/02/2013 Comments (2)
Slovenian Bishops' Conference

Archbishops Anton Stres (left) and Marjan Turnsek (right) announce their resignations at a July 31 news conference.

– Slovenian Bishops' Conference

ROME — The only two archbishops in Slovenia have resigned at the urging of Pope Francis, over their role in the collapse of two financial companies that left the Archdiocese of Maribor on the hook for their billion-dollar debts.

“I hope and pray to God that this step I have taken will help restore credibility to the Slovenian Church, as it deserves it,” Archbishop Anton Stres of Ljubljana said in a statement on July 31.

Archbishop Marjan Turnšek of Maribor also resigned his office on July 31, and he said at a joint news conference with Archbishop Stres that he hopes “this gesture can contribute to the renewal of the Slovenian Church and give its representatives more strength in...READ MORE

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