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John Paul II Relics Bless WYD Rio (3892)

The Pope who founded World Youth Days will have a very personal presence at this year’s event.

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VATICAN CITY — Everything is going according to plan for World Youth Day, as far as the Vatican is concerned, as hundreds of thousands of young people gather in Rio de Janeiro for this year’s premier Catholic youth celebration.

As well as working with WYD organizers on the ground, the Pontifical Council for the Laity is sending 10 officials to the event, alongside a number of cardinals from Rome. And Cardinal Stanislaw Ryłko, president of the Pontifical Council, arrived a week early, bringing with him relics of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Speaking to the Register July 12, Father Eric Jacquinet, director of the pontifical council’s youth section, said “preparations are going well” and...READ MORE

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U.S. Official: China, Russia and Uzbekistan Have Made Little Progress in Combating Trafficking (2249)

The annual State Department 'Trafficking in Persons' report was released June 19.

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WASHINGTON — A State Department official has testified before Congress, explaining that China, Russia and Uzbekistan have not made adequate progress in addressing human trafficking in recent years.

“Trafficking in persons affects every country in the world, and no government is doing enough to fight it,” Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, testified before a House subcommittee on Africa, global health and global human rights July 11.

The annual State Department "Trafficking in Persons" report was released June 19, and it details the state of trafficking in persons for sex, labor and other motivations in countries around the globe in the past year. 

In the...READ MORE

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White Sox Catcher Celebrates Family on All-Star Break (7688)

Tyler Flowers’ daughter is an answer to prayer.

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Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers

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As the American League All-Stars take on the National League All-Stars in Flushing, N.Y., tomorrow, Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers will be relaxing with family in his hometown of Woodstock, Ga. Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2005, Flowers made his major-league debut for the White Sox in 2009.

Neither Flowers (.205 batting average) nor the White Sox (37-55 win-loss record) as a team have had a stellar season thus far, so Flowers sees the All-Star break as a way to get recharged for the second half of the season.

His wife, Nancy, has been a tremendous influence on renewing the faith of his baptism, and their daughter, Mia, is no less than an answer to prayer....READ MORE

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Pope Francis: God Desires ‘Good and Generous’ Hearts Full of Mercy (3194)

The Holy Father reflects on the Good Samaritan parable.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — In his first Angelus message from Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis said God desires “good and generous” hearts full of mercy for those in need.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, said Pope Francis, “Jesus shows that the heart of this Samaritan is good and generous and that, unlike the priest and Levite, he practices the will of God, who desires mercy more than sacrifice.”

“God always wants this: mercy,” added the Pope, expanding on his prepared remarks. “God well knows our pain, our difficulties, and even our sins! (Yet) he gives us his merciful heart. And this — what the Samaritan did — shows God’s own compassion: mercy towards those who are in need.”

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Can I Have a Job at a Lutheran Church?  God on the Basketball Hoop:  Catholic Imagination and More! (3826)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Quæritur: Can I Have a Job at a Lutheran Church? Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Quæritur: Can I Have a Job at a Lutheran Church? via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

God on the Basketball Goal: Catholic Imagination – Karen Ullo, Tuscany Press

Saint Bonaventure’s Life of Saint Francis of Assisi: The Real Deal – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Miracles, Science and Divine Intervention – Deacon Harbey Santiago

Coptic Oriental Orthodox Christians Stand To Lose In Egypt Again – Byz Pulpit

Beacons of Light: Blessed Louis and Marie-Azélie "Zelie" Martin – Philip Kosloski, Into the West

Indwelling of the Trinity in the Souls of the Just – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Two Males, No Men – God & Caesar

When You’re Not Married to a Saint - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand


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St. Kateri Affirms Indigenous Catholics and All the Faithful (5651)

Reflections on ‘Model of Holiness’ on Her First Post-Canonization Feast Day

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Editor's note: Learn about the life of the first Native-American saint on EWTN in a docudrama that covers everything from young Kateri Tekawitha’s life and faith to the miracles that resulted in her canonization. See what it was like to walk In Her Footsteps at 9pm ET, Sunday, July 14.


When Pope Benedict XVI canonized St. Kateri Tekakwitha last October, she became the first American-Indian saint.  

This Sunday, July 14, marks her first feast day since her canonization.

“It has been an affirmation of who we are,” said Sister Kateri Mitchell, a full-blooded Mohawk with the Congregation of St. Ann. She is the executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference in Great Falls, Mont., a...READ MORE

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Ireland Legalizes Abortion; Law Will Lead to Its Increase, Vatican Official Says (5759)

Formerly pro-life nation makes anti-life decision.

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ROME — A scientist from the Pontifical Academy for Life says Ireland’s new abortion law will result in an increased number of children being aborted, especially because it does not involve enough doctors in the decision-making process.

Ireland voted today to legalize abortion in cases where there is "a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, including the threat of suicide." 

“I would have liked to have had this law with a motion of at least three doctors, even in an emergency,” Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau of France said July 12.

“We are not in Tamanrasset [Algeria] or in Fulsara [India]. We are in Ireland, so you could have three doctors. And at three you make the right...READ MORE

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Lone Star State Showdown Reflects Cultural Battle Over Abortion (5263)


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Image from the protest at the Texas capitol

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Last week, in Texas, a group of pro-life activists stood in the Texas State House singing Amazing Grace. They were surrounded by a group of pro-choice activists who began chanting, “Hail Satan!” in response.

This raw moment revealed everything we need to know about the cultural battle in which our nation finds itself.

Of course, no one actually believes that the protesters in Texas worship Satan per se. By chanting they did not mean to convert onlookers to devil worship. But their chants were designed to mock and disturb people of faith, and their activism is designed to challenge the values system that people of faith represent.

The showdown in the Lone Star State provides a great...READ MORE

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