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Cartoon: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet; Would You Die for the Sun? and Much More! (3466)

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07/10/2013 Comment

Cartoon: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more of the fine Catholic cartoonist Jason Bach.

Cartoon: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

Costa Rican Woman Speaks of Pope John Paul II Miracle – The Catholic Herald

Scandalous Priest and Glorious Martyr – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How Pope John Paul II Restored Liturgical Sanity – Jeffrey Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

The Nine Teresas of Carmel – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Lord, Keep Your Hand Over My Mouth - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington blog

Would You Die for the Sun? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

10 Unexpected Benefits to Homeschooling – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What. . .

My Encounters With the Devil - Emmanuel Joseph,...READ MORE

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Saintly Inspiration: Lejeune Foundation Reports Progress (4333)

The U.S. foundation, named in honor of Servant of God Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, seeks funds to advance its mission of helping people with Down syndrome.

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Called the “Father of Modern Genetics,” Dr. Jérôme Lejeune discovered the extra gene that causes Down syndrome and devoted his life to treating, caring for and defending the dignity of persons with chromosomal defects.

A few years after his death, on Easter Sunday 1994, a foundation named for him was formed in his home country of France to carry on his work, continuing to care for those with Down syndrome and funding research to find a cure.

The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, launched in the United States two years ago, held its first public fundraiser June 13, which was attended by his widow, Birthe Lejeune, in the French Consulate in New York City. The headquarters...READ MORE

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Murdered Syrian Priest’s Friend Feels Closeness of Martyrdom (4734)

Memorial Mass honors slain Franciscan.

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CNA/Estefania Aguirre

Father Ibrahim Alsabagh

– CNA/Estefania Aguirre

ROME — Franciscan Father Ibrahim Alsabagh says that remembering the June 23 killing of his friend, a Syrian priest, at a Mass in Rome made him realize how close martyrdom is.

“My first reaction was of bitterness because I had met him personally, and I know how much good he did,” said Father Alsabagh, a Syrian Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land. “Also because it made me realize how close martyrdom is.”

“But on the other hand, I also felt joy and a little bit of envy,” he told Catholic News Agency July 4, following the memorial Mass for Father François Murad, held in Rome.

The evening Mass was celebrated by Bishop Matteo Zuppi, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, at...READ MORE

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Consistory to Pick John Paul II, John XXIII Canonization Date Set for Fall (7315)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the canonization would follow approximately three months after the consistory.

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Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican Press Office spokesman

– CNA/David Uebbing

VATICAN CITY — The director of the Holy See Press Office said July 5 that the consistory of cardinals that will discuss the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II may be held in September, with the ceremony taking place a few months later.

“There will be a consistory in autumn, possibly in September, but we still don’t know the exact date,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Catholic News Agency shortly after it was announced that Pope Francis has approved the causes for the canonization of his two predecessors in the See of Peter.

The consistory (gathering of cardinals) “will be the official occasion in which the Pope and the cardinals will make the...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Concerns Remain Over Final Contraception Mandate (5865)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York explains in a July 3 statement that, based on a preliminary analysis of the mandate, there’s no reason for the Church to stop fighting for religious freedom.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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WASHINGTON — After an initial analysis of the finalized HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops are warning that, despite changes, the regulation still threatens the Church’s ability “to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”

“Although the conference has not completed its analysis of the final rule, some basic elements of the final rule have already come into focus,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In a July 3 statement, he explained that, so far, the conference “has not discovered any new change that eliminates the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts.”

The statement came in response to...READ MORE

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A Christian’s Ground-Zero View of Revolution in Egypt (6797)

The spokesman for Egypt’s Catholic Conference discusses the Morsi regime, the June 30 revolution and what it all means for minorities living in the heavily Muslim country.

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Catholic Information Service of Africa

Father Rafic Greiche

– Catholic Information Service of Africa

CAIRO — A popular uprising, backed by Egypt’s Army, has deposed the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. As interim President Adly Mansour guides the formation of a new constitution, Egypt’s Christians hope that they will have full inclusion in Egyptian society after enduring some of the worst religious persecution in decades.

Christians make up 10% of Egypt’s 85 million population, and most belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, led by Pope Tawadros II. They have endured decades of religious discrimination from Egypt’s military rulers until the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but they have suffered even more under the Islamist government of Morsi and the...READ MORE

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Dead Baby Talking; Zombies, Sin and Salvation; 5 Things Parishes Can Do To Retain Families and More! (3981)

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07/09/2013 Comment

Dead Baby Talking. Follow the link by Marcus Allen Steele to read more.

Dead Baby Talking by Marcus Allen Steele - BigPulpit.com

Zombies, Sin, and Salvation - Father Robert Barron, Strange Notions

5 Things Parishes Can Do To Stop Losing Young Families - The Schmidt’s, Catholic Stand

Democracy, the Death of Truth, and the Growth of Tyranny - Brian Jones, The CWR Blog

Got Evidence? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

A Prayer to Saint Gerard - Fr. O, An Irish Ordinariate

The Syro-Malabar Church Is a Gold-Mine of Potential Saints – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Who’s Afraid of the Latin Mass? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Don’t Forget Me Guardian Angel - Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

Vatican Bank Scandal Just What Church Needs Right Now -...READ MORE

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'Lumen Fidei': Guidance for an Increasingly Irreligious World (7504)

In a clear, profound and beautiful way, the new encyclical explains why faith in God remains the only authentic way to make sense of life.

07/08/2013 Comments (5)
CNA/Stphen Driscoll

– CNA/Stphen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), is being widely acclaimed for the beauty, clarity and profundity of its teaching. 

“I believe it will be incredibly helpful to those trying to make sense of a world which appears to have lost faith in God but puts its faith instead in technology, celebrities and material possessions,” said Father Paul Haffner, professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 

The 80-page encyclical, released by the Vatican July 5, begins with Pope Francis explaining that Benedict XVI had “almost completed” it before he stood down and that it supplements Benedict’s previous ones on the two other...READ MORE

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