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Francis Has Not Contradicted Benedict’s Reforms, Say Franciscans of the Immaculate (15649)

The order’s spokesman said the danger of 'heresy and disobedience,' not the traditional Latin Mass, deserves blame for the Vatican decree.

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Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in a liturgical procession.

– MaryMediatrix.com

ROME — The Vatican congregation in charge of religious life has issued a decree appointing a commissioner with the approval of Pope Francis to resolve the internal divisions plaguing the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI) but has touched off a firestorm of controversy by restricting the order’s celebration of the Mass in the extraordinary form.

However, FFI leaders dispute allegations that Pope Francis is rolling back Pope Benedict’s liturgical reforms, and they say the decree is a necessary, temporary measure.

“More than 80% of the friars appreciate the intervention of the Church,” Father Alfonso Bruno, a spokesman for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, told Catholic...READ MORE

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Pope’s Remarks on Women in the Church Call for Deeper Theology, Says Expert (10835)

Catholic analyst says Pope Francis’ call for a “more profound theology of women” goes beyond women's ordination and builds on the teachings of Blessed John Paul II.

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Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association

– EWTN News.

WASHINGTON — Recent comments by Pope Francis on the role of women in the Church not only assert that their status does not depend on ordination, but call for a developed “theology of women,” says a Catholic analyst.

“He’s acknowledging that a lot has changed with the modern world for women and that maybe the Church hasn’t spoken as much as it could to the issues that women are facing,” said Ashley McGuire, senior fellow of The Catholic Association, a D.C.-based non-partisan policy group.

McGuire told Catholic News Agency that Pope Francis also put to rest “any question as to whether or not he’s going to change Church teaching.”

Pope Francis spoke on the role of women in the Church...READ MORE

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Bible Belt Parish Builds God’s Kingdom (10430)

An ‘extraordinary’ South Carolina parish models the New Evangelization — by offering both forms of the Roman rite daily.

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John Olson

Prince of Peace parishioners process with the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi 2013. More than 400 parishioners took part in the procession.

– John Olson

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Deep in the heart of the Bible Belt lies Greenville, S.C., home to Bob Jones University and many devout evangelical and fundamentalist Christians with an ingrained animus against Catholicism. So that makes it even more interesting that a Catholic parish, led by a former Baptist from Greenville who converted to Catholicism as a teenager, may serve as one model example of the New Evangelization down South.

Home to two full-time priests with advanced degrees in dogmatic theology who both ably offer both forms of the Roman rite and sacraments, Prince of Peace Catholic Church has nearly 2,000 households on its parish roster. The church is attracting families from diverse...READ MORE

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Demise of Legitimate Political Authority, Singers in Choir Synchronize Their Heartbeats and More! (2836)

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The Demise of Legitimate Political Authority. Follow the link by Christopher Manion of Crisis Magazine to read more.

The Demise of Legitimate Political Authority by Christopher Manion of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Singers in a Choir Synchronize Their Heartbeats – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Breaking! Nancy Pelosi’s Guardian Angel Is “Calling It Quits”! - LarryD, The American Catholic

The Problem of Evil – Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Fertilizer for Your Faith Seeds - Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Apologetics with Saint Ignatius of Antioch - Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Beyond Pious Platitudes - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Archbishop Romero’s First Pastoral Letter – Carlos X., Super Martyrio: The Martyrdom Files

Women Sterilized in Prison Like Animals Who Shouldn’t...READ MORE

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Catholics Begin to Build New Church in the Emirates (2770)

New church will serve thousands of Catholics living and working around the Arab capital.

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St. Joseph's Cathedral of Abu Dhabi

Bishop Paul Hinder blesses the cornerstone of a new UAE church.

– St. Joseph's Cathedral of Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Catholics in the town of Mussafah in the United Arab Emirates have begun construction on a new church dedicated to St. Paul.

Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, blessed the church’s cornerstone on June 29 in the presence of the local Catholic community, including priests and religious missionaries.

“God dwells in each person ... and with faith and love [is] gathering us together in this new church,” Bishop Hinder said. The bishop said he hoped the love of Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit would enable the “speedy” completion of the church, expected to be finished in two years.

Mussafah is an industrial town southwest of the...READ MORE

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Humanae Vitae at 45: An Epic War (10415)


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When Joseph Ratzinger stepped out on the balcony and became Pope Benedict XVI, I fell in love with him immediately. I actually felt a bit like an unfaithful spouse: I had loved Pope John Paul II so much, how could I so quickly transfer my allegiance? I didn’t love Pope Francis immediately, but I have come to do so quickly.

Pope Francis is just the pope we need at this time. He never ceases exhorting us to grow close to Christ and to take his message out to the world. He wants us to build the civilization of love so beautifully described by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Sadly, for the last 45 years, there has been so much division within the Church that we have not been able to...READ MORE

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Woman Recalls Deep Pain and Joy of Immigrating to America (2685)

Sofía González, 20, recounts hardest thing in her journey was having to leave her family and return to Mexico for two years, which she had not seen since her eighth birthday and had no ties for her.

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Felipe Romero

Sofia Gonzalez near the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico.

– Felipe Romero

ST. LOUIS — A young woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Guadalajara, Mexico, remembers the 11 years of paperwork granting them legal status in the country as a “huge, painful [and] interesting process.”

In February, 20-year-old Sofía González was able to return to St. Louis, after U.S. immigration laws sent her away from her family and back to Mexico for nearly two years.

González told Catholic News Agency that she is happy now to be living the life she had hoped for while growing up in the United States.

“I finally have that after so many years,” she said. "Itʼs a blessing, and I have to remind myself what a blessing it is and how many other folks who are so...READ MORE

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Krakow or Bust in 2016, Say WYD Rio Youth (4857)

Youth plan to make the sacrifices to get to Krakow, saying World Youth Day is 'an experience that money cannot buy.'

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Matias Gonzalez and Arturo Fernandez from Argentina at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 28.

– Walter Sanchez Silva/CNA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Young pilgrims at Rio de Janeiro’s World Youth Day said that traveling to Krakow, Poland, in 2016 for the next event “will be a great challenge,” but they insist that “we’ll be there.”

Arturo Fernandez, who is from the Diocese of Morón in Argentina, told Catholic News Agency that young people “will do as much as possible to attend the next World Youth Day. We get together and pray hard to be able to go.”

Fernandez said that being part of World Youth Day in Rio “has been an experience that money cannot buy.”

“There are many people who want to be near the Pope, and that has touched us greatly,” he said. “We’ve been able to hear it, see it, and we have been around him...READ MORE

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