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Pope Francis Appoints New Vatican Secretary of State (6520)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the position that heads Vatican governance.

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VATICAN -- Pope Francis made a key appointment Aug. 31 at the Vatican, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new secretary of state.

“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office, along with the news of his appointment.

For the last four years, Archbishop Parolin has been serving as the Vatican's top diplomat, or apostolic nuncio, to Venezuela.

In the much-awaited appointment, Pope Francis has tapped him to replace current secretary of state, 78-year-old Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed in 2006...READ MORE

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Author Defends Orthodoxy After Controversial Article on Catholics and Same-Sex 'Marriage' (10163)

Joseph Bottom says his Commonweal essay may have been unclear, but he didn’t intend to diverge from Church teaching on marriage.

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HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — Author Joseph Bottum says that while parts of his controversial article on Catholic responses to “gay marriage” may have been unclear, he did not intend to suggest a divergence from Church teaching.

“I’m not dissenting from Church doctrine here in any way,” said Bottum, who wrote the essay “The Things We Share” in Commonweal last Friday.

Rather, he told CNA Aug. 26, “I am taking exception to some prudential judgment about the way in which we try and evangelize the world.”

In the more than 9,000 word essay, subtitled “A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage,” Bottum suggested that federal and state recognition of same-sex “marriage” is already so far advanced that...READ MORE

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Examining the Cult of Antihumanism (6943)

BOOK REVIEW: Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism

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Merchants of Despair:

Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists

and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism

By Robert Zubrin

Encounter Books, 2012

318 pages, $16.95

To order: amazon.com


The unexamined life is not worth living, said Socrates.  By the same token, the unexamined political position is not worth holding. 

Robert Zubrin’s book examines the philosophy that underlies one side of the struggle to value human life and dignity. It is not a “Catholic” book. If the author holds any religious convictions, the reader is given no hint. 

But it is a book that any Catholic who defends the value of the human person should not only read, but also underline and...READ MORE

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Western vs. Eastern Mysticism; Jane Austen: A Feminist Icon?; 10 Quotes about the Rosary and More! (7304)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Yoga Bare. Follow the link by Karl Keating, JD, of the Catholic Answers blog to read more.

Yoga Bare by Karl Keating, JD, of the Catholic Answers blog - BigPulpit.com

Jane Austen: A Feminist Icon? – Sydney Leach, Crisis Magazine

10 Quotes about the Rosary - Godwin Delali Adadzie, Ignitum Today

Decided to Homeschool but Super Scared? – Theresa A. Thomas, Catholic Lane

Dear Facebook: If This Isn’t Hate Speech, Then What Is? – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Pope Francis’ Great Restructuring of the Church – Russell Shaw, Aleteia

More of a Groupie than a Selfie, Pope Francis – Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester

The Academic Method of Drawing, ie Leonardo, the Results – David Clayton, By Way Of Beauty

The Death of Truth in Catholic Schools – Karol Henseler Orsborn MD...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints New Secretary General for Vatican City State Governorate (5950)

Legionary of Christ Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga will serve in the No. 2 administrator post under Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.

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Palace of the Governorate in Vatican City

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VATICAN — Pope Francis appointed Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, to be the new secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican city state.

The position is the Vatican’s No. 2 administrator, and it was vacated last Saturday, Aug. 24, when Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca was transferred to the Apostolic Signatura.

Father Vérgez will serve under the president of the Vatican City governorate, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.

Vérgez was previously the director of the Vatican’s papal telecommunications office for five years prior to his new appointment.

He has not been appointed as a titular bishop, which is customary for the position, possibly signaling a new...READ MORE

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Philippines Campaign Seeks to Help Typhoon Victims (4943)

Earlier this month, Manila and surrounding areas were devastated by severe flooding caused by a powerful typhoon, which intensified the effects of the area’s monsoon rains.

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MANILA — The Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines have organized a campaign to assist the nearly 1 million people in Manila and various provinces on Luzon Island affected by recent storms.

Earlier this month, Manila and surrounding areas were devastated by severe flooding caused by a powerful typhoon, which intensified the effects of the area’s monsoon rains.

Last week, it was reported by local authorities that roughly 60% of the capital was submerged, with more than 300,000 people affected by the flooding.

The campaign initiated by the Recollects, “One Heart,” began its efforts on the feast of St. Augustine.

The provincial of the Recollects in Manila, Fray Lauro Larlar,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Praises 'Month of Martyrs' in Korea (4873)

The Church in Korea remembers 8,000 Catholics killed for faith in Jesus Christ in the 19th century alone.

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Statue of St. Andrew Kim Taegon at the shrine of the Korean martyrs in Seoul.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis sent a message today to Church leaders in South Korea praising their decision to proclaim September as the “Month of Martyrs.”

“The Holy Father was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed the month of September 2013 the ‘Month of Martyrs’ in commemoration of those who laid down their lives for the Gospel in Korea,” said an Aug. 29 statement from the Vatican.

“His Holiness trusts that all who participate in pilgrimages during this month, aided by the prayers and example of the martyrs, will deepen their communion with the Lord Jesus Christ, who laid down his life,” stated the message, which was signed by Vatican Secretary of State...READ MORE

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Charity 5K Takes on New Meaning as Family Preps for Adoption (6311)

The Little Flowers Virtual 5K run inspires its founders to adopt a child of their own.

08/30/2013 Comment

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WASHINGTON — The organizer behind a charitable run to raise funds for orphans in China says the event has special meaning this year as her family is in the midst of adopting a child of their own.

“God has really opened a lot of doors and moved the process forward for us,” Katie Murphy, founder of the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K, told CNA. “The run has been a big blessing for us and even for our kids.”

When Murphy organized the race last year, it was to help support and raise awareness of the world’s 147 million orphans. At that time, she and her husband, Peter, had begun researching adoption for themselves after learning that they may no longer be able to have children.


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