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Parents of Kidnapped Journalist Grateful for Pope’s Words (2626)

Freelance reporter, Austin Tice disappeared in August 2012 near the Damascus suburb of Daraya where he was reporting on the Syrian conflict.

06/05/2013 Comment
Courtesy of the Tice family

Austin Tice

– Courtesy of the Tice family

HOUSTON — The parents of kidnapped American journalist Austin Tice have appealed again for his release, voicing gratitude for Pope Francis’ words on behalf of all abducted victims in the Syrian conflict.

“It is a tremendous comfort to know the Holy Father is praying for the people of Syria, and that he has personally appealed to the humanity of kidnappers to release their victims,” Marc and Debra Tice of Houston told Catholic News Agency June 3.

On Monday, Pope Francis denounced the “scourge of kidnapping” in Syria and appealed to captors’ humanity to free the victims. Those recently abducted in the country include two Orthodox Christian bishops.

The Pope’s message was personally...READ MORE

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Surprised by What Catholics Are Like, Gregorian Chant Will Save the World and Much More! (3919)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/05/2013 Comment

Surprised By What Catholics Are Like. Follow the link by Anja H. Oliveira of the Catholic Herald website to read more.

Surprised By What Catholics Are Like by Anja H. Oliveira of the Catholic Herald website - BigPulpit.com

Gregorian Chant Will Save the World – Ryan, The Back of the World

Same-Sex 'Marriage' and the Catholic Psychologist - Marsh Fightlin, Catholic Stand

Ten Homeschool Books I Can’t Live Without – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

The Value of Sacred Music – Tim Drake, Catholic Education Daily

Pope Francis: Speak the Language of Truth in Love – The Catholic Herald

Bishop Dominique Rey and “Liturgical Renewal” – A. Speciale, Vatican Insider

Healing the Modern Family, with Faith, and a Fish – Elizabeth Scalia, First Things/On the Square

Lessons from France on the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ ‘Economic Examination of Conscience’ (11550)

The Holy Father on faith and the marketplace.

06/04/2013 Comments (25)
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has castigated the idolatry of money that plagues many societies today and called for solidarity with the poor and financial reform along ethical lines.

Speaking May 16 on receiving the credentials of the new ambassadors to the Holy See of Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana, the Pope called for an examination of today’s society’s relationship with money.

Humanity, he said, is facing “something of a turning point.” He praised achievements in health, education and communications, but noted that most people in the world today face insecurity and, with it, “dire consequences.”

“Fear and desperation grip the hearts of many people, even in...READ MORE

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Pope Prays That Christians Avoid ‘Road of Corruption’ (4279)

The Pope prays that God would grant Christians the grace to ‘walk in the paths of holiness’ as they seek sanctity in their own lives.

06/04/2013 Comments (2)
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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on May 22.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday warned about corrupt Christians who think they are “strong” and “independent of God,” emphasizing that Catholics should instead take saints as their models.

“How bad are the corrupt in the Christian community! May the Lord deliver us from sliding down this road of corruption,” the Pope said in his June 3 homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence in Vatican City.

Attendees at the Mass included priests and collaborators of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Cardinal Angelo Amato, who heads the congregation, concelebrated the Mass.

Pope Francis distinguished between saints, sinners and “corrupt persons” in a reflection on the...READ MORE

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Mobile Ultrasound Aims to Reach Abortion-Vulnerable Women (3204)

The new ultrasound unit, housed in a large recreational vehicle, aims to provide free ultrasounds in zip codes with a high proportion of women more likely to undergo abortions.

06/04/2013 Comments (2)
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Life Choices' new ultrasound RV parked in Denver on May 31.

– Kevin Jones/CNA

DENVER — A network of pro-life pregnancy centers in Colorado is the latest to take to the streets with a mobile ultrasound unit that it hopes will help women choose life and reject abortion.

“We want to go to where the women are in their daily routines. Instead of waiting for women to find us, we’ll find them,” said Rick Thielen, executive director of the Longmont, Colo.-based Life Choices.

“We’ll meet them where they are and hopefully show them that what they are really carrying is life and isn’t just a mass of tissue, as pop culture wants to tell them.”

Life Choices’ new ultrasound unit, housed in a large recreational vehicle, aims to provide free ultrasounds in zip codes with a...READ MORE

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Delaware Abortionist Deemed ‘Danger to the Public’ (3881)

Pro-life leader said the U.S. abortion industry is wrought with abuse and unsanitary conditions.

06/04/2013 Comments (4)

DOVER, Del. — The Delaware State Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has filed a complaint against local abortionist Timothy Liveright for unsafe and unsanitary conditions in his facility.

During this year alone, Liveright’s procedures at his Planned Parenthood business have sent five women to the emergency room, prompting the board to label him a “clear and immediate danger to the public.”

Two of Liveright’s former employees, Joyce Vasikonis and Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, testified before the Delaware state Senate citing “meat-market style assembly-line abortions” as the reason they quit their jobs.

Vasikonis said the clinic was using instruments on patients that were not...READ MORE

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Does Dawkins Understand Fractions? 'Lauda Sion: My First Chant; Fall in Love Again and More! (2529)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/04/2013 Comment

Does Richard Dawkins Understand Fractions. Follow the link by Dr. Bob Drury of the Have No Wine blog to read more.

Does Richard Dawkins Understand Fractions by Dr. Bob Drury of the Have No Wine blog - BigPulpit.com

Lauda Sion: My First Chant - Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Is Baptism Really Necessary? - Godwin Delali Adadzie, Catholic Stand

Fall in Love . . . Again - Mike Eisenbath, Catholic Lane

Priest of the Lusitania – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Our New Holy Father Does Not Lack Steel - Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald

How does Cloistering Serve God at the Highest Level – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Brick By Brick: New Extraordinary Form Mass in a Small Town - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Quest to Keep Africa Pro-Life – Leila Miller, Little Catholic...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Archdiocese Announces 24 Parishes to Merge (2665)

The archdiocese said the mergers were driven by factors including demographic change, a decrease in Mass attendance, a lack of priests to staff the parishes and ‘increasing economic challenges.’

06/04/2013 Comments (5)

Archbishop Charles Chaput at the March for Life in Washington.


PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday announced the merger of 24 parishes into 10, saying the changes will “ultimately strengthen parish communities.”

“It is hoped that the result will be revitalized parishes throughout the archdiocese that are better equipped to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of future generations,” the archdiocese said June 2.

Parishioners at the merging parishes were told about the changes at weekend Masses and in mailed letters. Archbishop Charles Chaput approved of the changes, which were recommended by the archdiocese’s strategic planning committee.

The archdiocese said the mergers were driven by factors including demographic change,...READ MORE

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