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Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Vatican Finances (6325)

‘For the Prevention and Countering of Money Laundering, the Financing of Terrorism and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction,’ issued Aug. 8, strengthens the Holy See’s supervisory powers.

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VATICAN CITY — In a further bid to counter and prevent financial crime within the jurisdiction of the Holy See, Pope Francis today issued a decree to tighten Vatican safeguards on money laundering.

The Pope’s latest “motu proprio” (“on one’s own initiative”) strengthens the supervisory powers of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority “in response to a recommendation of the Moneyval Committee,” the Vatican said.

Moneyval is a European watchdog group that carried out a review of the Institute of Works of Religion — better known as the Vatican Bank — last year.

The new decree aims to prevent and counter not only money laundering, but also cites its associated crimes of financing...READ MORE

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Priests Race to Scene of Deadly Argentina Explosion (5501)

The archbishop of Rosario has urged Catholics to show solidarity by offering their prayers and support for the suffering city.

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Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Rosario, Argentina.

– Wikimedia Commons/Pablo Flores

BUENOS AIRES —  A local explosion has rocked the city of Rosario, leaving 12 people dead, 60 wounded and many more missing. Archbishop Jose Luis Mollaghan of Rosario, Argentina, has called for hope and solidarity with the suffering and related how the Church was immediately on the scene of the disaster.

Around 9:35am local time on Aug. 6, a natural gas explosion erupted in an apartment building in Rosario, destroyed entire facades and filled the surrounding streets with smoke. Emergency officials estimated the blast was felt up to 40 blocks away.

“This is a very tough moment that has left many wounded and dead. The city has been surprised by this real tragedy,” Archbishop Mollaghan...READ MORE

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Steppe Sisters: Consolata Missionaries Celebrate 10 Years in Mongolia (7328)

The missionary order is fulfilling a 700-year-old request from Kublai Khan to evangelize the Mongol people.

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Consolata Mission Mongolia

– Consolata Mission Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — For the past 10 years, the Consolata Missionaries have been the sisters of the steppe, evangelizing a people searching for God and helping improve their lives in Mongolia, where more than 20% live on less than $1.25 a day.

“People here naturally have been searching for God and looking for meaning to their way of life,” Sister Sandra Garay, an Argentine member of the Consolata Missionaries serving in Mongolia, told Catholic News Agency. The community is celebrating a decade of their presence in Mongolia, bringing the consolation of Mary to those in spiritual and material need.

The ancient homeland of Genghis Khan and the Golden Horde of centuries past, Mongolia...READ MORE

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Georgetown’s Father James Schall Has Retired — or Has He? (8243)

The storied Jesuit political philosopher has officially left academia, but he has three new books out this fall.

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Father James Schall

– Georgetown University

LOS GATOS, Calif. — Jesuit Father James Schall roams around the room, as he explains the relationship between Revelation and reason before a Catholic group in San Jose, Calif.

“Revelation is addressed to reason,” Father Schall tells his audience.

“God created a being that could share in his Trinitarian life. Our end is not a natural end. It is a supernatural end. The universe follows from that — it was created so that human beings can participate in the life of the Trinity, which is not natural to them.”

His wide-ranging meditation draws on Aristotle and Plato, G.K. Chesterton and Pope Benedict XVI. For the moment, the dining room might as well be his old classroom at Georgetown...READ MORE

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A God Greater Than Golf (6616)

Dominican Brother Peter Hannah shares how his life changed from putting to preaching.

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Dominican Brother Peter Hannah

– Courtesy of Brother Peter Hannah

If things had gone according to the dream of his youth, Dominican Brother Peter Hannah would have been playing in this year’s PGA Championship. The tournament, which runs Aug. 8-11 in Rochester, N.Y., showcases the best players in the game, and it is the final leg of professional golf’s four major tournaments (the other three being the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open).

While the PGA Championship was something Brother Peter had hoped to play in one day, God, as they say, had other plans.

Instead of focusing on golf, Brother Peter’s mind is now intent on the feast of St. Dominic, Aug. 8. The founder of the Dominicans inspired Brother Peter, 35, to join his order and become a...READ MORE

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Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing 21st-Century Opponents, The Holiness of G.K. Chesterton and More! (4153)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing 21st Century Opponents. Follow the link by Jeff Miller to read more.

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing 21st Century Opponents by Jeff Miller - BigPulpit.com

The Holiness of G. K. Chesterton May Soon Be Recognized – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Poor In Spirit – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

National Black Catholic Congress Day of Reflection on Aug. 10 – The Daily Vine

A Catholic Amway To End Sweatshop Economics – Francis, Catholic Stand

Do We Trust the Church’s Judgment—Or Our Own? - Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Genetic Adam and Eve Lived in the Same Time? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Defending Michelangelo’s Horned Moses – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

7 Weaknesses for Today’s Catholics – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today


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Baltimore Ravens’ Kicker Pursues an Upright Life (10856)

Justin Tucker says he gains strength from the Catholic Church to face life’s challenges.

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Justin Tucker

– Baltimore Ravens photographer Shawn Hubbard

Last season, rookie placekicker Justin Tucker made all 42 of his point-after-touchdown attempts (PATs) and 30 of his 33 field-goal tries. He kicked the game-winning field goal on three occasions, most memorably during the Ravens’ double-overtime victory against the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. This feat was followed by victories over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Curiously enough, however, last season almost never happened for Tucker, 23. Despite an outstanding collegiate career for the University of Texas Longhorns, none of the 32 teams in the NFL selected him in the 2012 Draft. As a result, he had to prove...READ MORE

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U.S. Failing to Address Terror Against Nigerian Christians, Warns Expert (4999)

Despite the attacks on Christians by allies of al Qaeda, the U.S. State Department has not taken strong measures in Nigeria.

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Paul Marshall

– CNA/Hudson Institute

WASHINGTON — As bombings against Christian churches in Nigeria continue, a religious-liberty scholar is calling on the U.S. government to recognize the scope of the persecution of Christians and take steps to end the violence.

Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, explained that Nigeria has experienced “increased religious violence and attacks on Christians for about 12 years.”

The religious-liberty expert told Catholic News Agency that the violence has been “worsening a great deal in the last three years, with the rise of Boko Haram, an al Qaeda-affiliated militia that has been targeting Christians, amongst others.”


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