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U.S. Ambassador Demands Investigation Into Catholic Cuban Dissident's Death (3930)

A chorus of voices have demanded an independent investigation into the 2012 vehicle crash that killed Cuba's leading dissident voice against the Castro government.

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Ambassador Samantha Power

– U.S. State Department

HAVANA — Samantha Powers, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has called for an investigation into the death of Catholic Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, who died in Cuba last year under mysterious circumstances.

Diplomatic sources said Ambassador Power spoke with the Cuban chancellor, Bruno Rodriguez, during a lunch hosted on Tuesday by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for the delegations that took part in the U.N. Security Council debate.

News of Power's conversation with Rodriguez follows claims by Spanish political operative Ángel Carromero that Paya was deliberately killed by Cuban secret service agents rather than in an...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Summer Break Includes Impromptu Visits to Vatican Workers (6303)

The Holy Father is also forming his plan for Curial reform, according to a Vatican source.

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Pope Francis visits with Vatican workers on Aug. 9.

– CNA/L’Osservatore Romano

ROME — This summer, the Vatican is finding out what it’s like to have a pope in residence during the hottest weeks of the year, which, for Francis, seems to include visiting workers and planning for the fall.

On Aug. 9, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to the area of Vatican City known as the industrial area for the small city state that involves a power plant, carpentry shop, warehouse, metal-working shop and the offices of the newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, among other things.

He arrived shortly after 9am, greeting each worker with "buongiorno” (good morning) and a smile, according to the Vatican’s newspaper.

Then he asked how the work is done, how the machines function and how...READ MORE

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Flawed Legal Theory Behind Vatican Sex-Abuse Suits, Lawyer Says (6334)

Efforts to sue the Vatican claim Holy See controls all priests, receives information about all priests’ activities and makes ‘specific decisions’ about their placement.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — After the withdrawal of yet another abuse lawsuit against the Vatican, the Holy See’s lawyer said that such efforts are based on “erroneous ideas about the Catholic Church” that unravel under close scrutiny.

Jeffrey Lena, the U.S. counsel for the Holy See, said the case John V. Doe v. Holy See is “the third case of its kind against the Holy See to disintegrate in the face of legal and factual challenge.”

He said the lawsuit “should never have been filed” and that it was based on “factual misstatements and fallacious syllogisms that misled the public for years.”

He said other cases against the Vatican begin with “very strong complaints” stating apparent facts about...READ MORE

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Before Pope Francisʼ Election, Conclave Warned of Europeʼs Dying Faith (5445)

Cardinal Prospero Grech told cardinals the conclave was both a ‘strong moment of grace’ and ‘the maximum responsibility.’

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Cardinal Prospero Grech

– Augustinians.net

VATICAN CITY — When cardinal electors met at the beginning of the 2013 conclave, they received a sober warning from their fellow Cardinal Prospero Grech. The non-elector cardinal told them that the Church needed the New Evangelization more than ever in the face of Europeʼs loss of faith and a pope who could keep the Church together in the face of crisis.

“In the West, at least in Europe, Christianity itself is in crisis,” Cardinal Grech told the 115 cardinal electors in the Vaticanʼs Sistine Chapel March 12. “There is a rampant secularism and agnosticism which has diverse roots.”

“You feel, therefore, the urgency of the New Evangelization, which begins with the pure kerygma (Gospel...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Planes' (11548)

Pixar Ultra-Lite: DisneyToon’s “World of Cars” installment is simple, agreeable fare for the whole family.

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What has become Disney/Pixar’s “World of Cars” franchise originally began with John Lasseter’s love of cars and stock-car racing, as well as his nostalgia for historic Route 66 and the American West of the past it represents. Lasseter’s personal enthusiasm for the subject matter elevated the 2006 film, making it better than it had a right to be.

Then, though, the popularity of one of the supporting characters — and fondness at Pixar for the actor who voiced him — took over the franchise. Larry the Cable Guy’s Mater the tow truck starred in the short Mater and the Ghostlight, got his own Disney Channel series, Mater’s Tall Tales, and went on to upstage Lightning McQueen as the true...READ MORE

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Sainthood on the Horizon for G.K. Chesterton? (15772)

An investigation has begun into whether to open the cause for canonization of the English writer and convert.

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G.K. Chesterton

– National Portrait Gallery/Wikimedia Commons

Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England is seeking to open an investigation into whether he should be declared a saint.

Opening the annual conference of the American Chesterton Society at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., society president Dale Ahlquist said that Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, “is seeking a suitable cleric to begin an investigation into the potential for opening a cause for Chesterton.”

Speaking to the Register, Father Ian Ker, author of G.K. Chesterton: A Biography, published by Oxford University Press, reacted to the announcement by saying, “The Church is looking...READ MORE

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Evangelization Blocked by Our Own ‘Hesitancy’ to Convert (4341)

Cardinal O'Malley gave the keynote address on the New Evangelization in Pope Francis' pontificate at the Knights of Columbus’ supreme convention in San Antonio.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley gives a keynote address during the Knights of Columbus' supreme convention in San Antonio Aug. 6.

– Knights of Columbus

SAN ANTONIO — The biggest obstacle to the success of the New Evangelization is the reluctance of individual Catholics to let themselves be converted by the faith, according to Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

This dynamic is a “hesitancy to accept that each one of us has the obligation to further our own personal conversion and at the same time to share our faith,” the archbishop of Boston told Catholic News Agency Aug. 7.

He emphasized that many Catholics “don’t feel equipped” to share the Gospel and that “we need to help them to be disciple-makers and to have the confidence and also a sense of responsibility” to spread the faith.

“This Year of Faith is a wonderful opportunity for us; the...READ MORE

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Mysterious Priest Showed Up to Pray With Missouri Crash Victim (57920)

As responders struggled to remove Katie Lentz from her wrecked car, a priest appeared and prayed with her, then vanished.

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After emergency responders spent an hour trying to remove a young woman from her wrecked car near Center, Mo., a priest appeared with anointing oil and prayed with her, and then inexplicably vanished.

“He came up and approached the patient and offered a prayer,” Raymond Reed, the New London, Mo., fire chief explained to KHQA-TV about the Aug. 4 incident.

“A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.”

Once the victim, Katie Lentz, was removed from her car and put into an...READ MORE

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