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Pope Francis: Does Jesus Attract Our Hearts ʻLike a Magnet’? (5639)

‘What is the force that holds the family together? It is precisely the love of God,’ the Holy Father said.

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VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus address from Rome, Pope Francis encouraged listeners to reflect upon the day’s Gospel in which Jesus reminds his disciples to treasure the things of heaven, and the Pope asked them if they let God enter fully into their lives.

“We can ask ourselves: Where is my treasure? What is the most important reality for me, the reality that attracts my heart like a magnet? Can I say that it is the love of God?” Pope Francis asked the crowds in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 11.

Sunday’s Gospel reading, the Pope said, reveals that a Christian “is one who carries within himself a great and profound desire” for “a meeting with the Lord.”

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Mystery Priest in Missouri Rescue Revealed (41267)

Father Patrick Dowling says he was the priest on the scene, but he can't explain some mysterious events reported by rescuers.

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Father Patrick Dowling


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The mysterious priest who gave anointing to a Missouri woman trapped in her wrecked car has been identified as Father Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City.

“I thank God and the amazingly competent rescue workers,” Father Dowling stated in a comment on Catholic News Agency’s original article on the Aug. 4 incident. (The priest also recounted his story in a comment posted at NCRegister.com for the National Catholic Register.)

“I thank them for making me welcome in such a highly charged situation and allowing me to minister as a priest,” he said.

Katie Lentz was trapped in her older-model Mercedes after being struck by another vehicle that passed into...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Groups Continue to Battle IRS Scrutiny (5298)

Despite President Obama’s promise to amend IRS misconduct, pro-life organizations say little has changed.

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CHICAGO — President Barack Obama expressed outrage after an audit went public May 14, showing a pattern of IRS harassment of conservative groups seeking nonprofit tax-exempt status. The whistle was blown. The media reported it, and Obama promised serious action, “so that such conduct never happens again.”

Yet pro-life organizations say little has changed. They endure harassing IRS questions about their prayers, months after the scandal broke, and IRS agents continue telling them to promote abortion as part of their ministries.

“Even after the scandal went public, it was nonstop,” said Peter Shinn, director of Cherish Life Ministries in Arlington, Va. “They continued stiff-arming us...READ MORE

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Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ; Sacrifice vs. Selfishness and Much More! (6464)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ. Follow the link by Kathy Schiffer to read more.

Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

Drawing Closer to God, Simply Through Listening - Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Newsweekly

A Woman’s Guide to Loving a Man. . . Catholic Style - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Sacrifice vs. Selfishness - Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Humility and Devotion Through Veiling - Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Does Self-Interest Equal Sin? - Samuel Gregg, Aleteia

Our Enemy, The Hospitals – God and Caesar

A Brazilian Reader Notes Two Incidents from World Youth Day - Mark P. Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!

Unlikely Convert - Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

The Appeal of Organic and Natural -...READ MORE

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Abortions in Argentina Predicted to Increase With Down Syndrome Tests (6336)

An Argentinian pro-life group fears new procedure will lead to more abortions and fewer persons born with Down syndrome.

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Argentina's national seal

BUENOS AIRES —  A new test to detect Down syndrome in unborn children after nine weeks of pregnancy could lead to an increase in abortions in Argentina, warns the pro-life group ArgentinosAlerta.

While the test could help parents and doctors be better prepared to care for a newborn child with a genetic condition, the organization warned that prenatal genetic testing has “regressed” to the point that it is usually used not to help the baby, but to end his life.

The test requires a small blood sample from the mother in order to reveal the baby’s sex and the presence of any genetic disorders, including Down syndrome.

“Scientific studies show that, far from aiming to ‘protect the baby,’...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogger Thomas Peters ʻOverwhelmed’ by Prayers After Neck Accident (11348)

The blogger’s wife said her husband and family are grateful as he fights his way through an uncertain recovery.

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Thomas Peters

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WASHINGTON — A young Catholic blogger known for his defense of the faith in the public square is thankful for prayers and support as he begins the long process of recovery following a severe accident.

“Rehabilitation will not be easy, and there are no answers for how much Thomas will be able to rehabilitate,” said Natalie Peters in a statement collaborated with Thomas, her husband, who suffered a devastating neck injury while swimming.

However, Natalie Peters told Catholic News Agency that she and Thomas “have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers” and encouragement coming from family, friends and supporters in the weeks since his accident.

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Charles LiMandri: Lawyer on the Front Lines of the Culture Wars (5152)

The counselor who defended the Proposition 8 petition drive and the Mount Soledad Cross case in court takes the helm of his own firm.

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Charles 'Chuck' LiMandri

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SAN DIEGO — The culture wars that continue to rage in the U.S., fanned by legal battles over the redefinition of marriage or religious symbols and speech in the public square, can make for unpredictable bedfellows.

Take Charles “Chuck” LiMandri, a San Diego trial lawyer whose specialty includes religious-freedom litigation. Once the West Coast counsel for the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center, LiMandri is now the president and chief counsel of his own public interest firm, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund.

Over the past decade, he has been involved in a slew of high-profile cases, from Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that had effectively banned same-sex...READ MORE

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'Disinformation' and a Dubious Source (15840)

BOOK REVIEW Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa's story defames a legendary Vatican diplomat and undermines positive Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations.

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CNSAS/ Romanian archives of Securitate

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa (right) months before he defected to the U.S. in 1978.

– CNSAS/ Romanian archives of Securitate

Editor's note: A letter to the editor by Father Peter Gumpel was received contesting use of his quote in this review. The letter, the editor's response and the writer's response are posted at the end of the review.



Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom

By Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ronald Rychlak

WND Books, 2013

350 words, $25.95

To order: www.wnd.com


The Soviet era is a deeply tragic chapter in the Catholic Church’s history.

Though Christianity triumphed — the Gospel view of individual dignity trounced Marx’s materialism and class struggle — we lost so much: thousands of devout Christians, including bishops murdered and...READ MORE

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