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Scores Die in Santiago de Compostela Train Crash (3538)

Pope Francis, ‘deeply moved’ by the tragedy, unites his prayers to those of the victims’ families.

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A firefighter works at the scene of a train crash that killed at least 77 people on July 24 at Angrois near Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

– Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — Pope Francis is praying for the victims and families of the 77 people who have died in a train derailment near the Spanish pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela yesterday evening.

The incident occurred at 8:41pm yesterday when the train was about two miles away from the Santiago de Compostela station, according to a July 25 statement from the train operator Renfe.

Spanish journalist Miguel-Anxo Murado told the BBC’s John Humphrys that “the train driver admitted to going too fast” and explained that he was traveling more than double the speed limit for the stretch of track he was on.

The train’s speed sent its eight carriages careening off the...READ MORE

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Worldwide Marriage Encounter Mourns Passing of Founder (2601)

Couple recalls how Father Chuck Gallagher strengthened and saved countless marriages all over the world.

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Father Chuck Gallagher

– CNA/Courtesy of Diane and Dick Baumbach

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Father Chuck Gallagher, the priest who sparked the expansion of faith-based marriage enrichment retreats for millions of couples all over the world, died July 21 at the age of 85 in New Jersey.

“He taught us so much about loving each other, loving the world and how to be better people,” said Diane Baumbach, who attended a Marriage Encounter weekend with her husband in 1973.

“He’s just been so important in our lives,” she said. “We think his memory and legacy will be with us for centuries.”

Diane and her husband, Dick Baumbach, told Catholic News Agency they were so moved by their own Marriage Encounter weekend that they eventually began working for the...READ MORE

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Robert George to Head U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (7094)

The July 23 appointment highlights the Catholic scholar’s striking influence on Washington policy debates, spanning global human rights as well as marriage and pro-life advocacy.

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Robert George

– The Witherspoon Institute

PRINCETON, N.J. — Robert George, a Princeton professor of jurisprudence and a leading Catholic public intellectual, was elected as the new chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

The commission’s outgoing chair, Katrina Lantos Swett, announced George’s appointment July 23.

“Our bipartisan commission is united in its admiration for professor George’s skills as an advocate and leader of the international religious-freedom movement. The commission is eager to continue its work under his able leadership,” said Lantos Swett.

The news underscores George’s striking influence on Washington policy debates, spanning global human-rights issues as well as marriage and...READ MORE

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Baker Who Refused Cake for Same-Sex 'Marriage Faces Year in Jail, Fears in Egypt and Much More! (4725)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Baker Who Refused Cake For Same-Sex 'Marriage' Faces Year In Jail. Follow the link by Pat Archbold to read more.

Baker Who Refused Cake For Same-Sex 'Marriage' Faces Year In Jail by Pat Archbold - BigPulpit.com

11,000 Late-Term Abortions a Year in the U.S. – Ben Johnson, Catholic Lane

Taking Saint Thomas Aquinas Serieslessly – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: Pope Benedict Is ‘el Viejo’, a Wise and Humble Man – John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

They Will Know Us By Our Latin – er, Our Love – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Holy Household of Louis and Zélie Martin, the Parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux - Christopher J. Lane, Crisis Magazine

Little Ways To Show Jesus You Love Him – Byz Pulpit

Christian Fears Persist in Egypt – Giorgio Bernardelli, Vatican Insider

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Pope Rearranges Rio Schedule to Greet Argentinian Youth (2530)

The change to allow the Holy Father to meet with fellow Argentines ‘required some modifications and changes in the overall program.’

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Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi speaking at a July 23 WYD press briefing in Rio de Janeiro.

– InterMirifica.net

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis has modified his World Youth Day schedule to plan a meeting this Thursday with several thousand young people from his home country of Argentina.

“The Pope expressed a desire to meet them, and the young people expressed a desire to meet the Pope,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.

He announced the meeting at a July 23 press briefing, at which he discussed the Pope’s activities from the day.

Tuesday was a free day on the Holy Father’s schedule, after he arrived in Brazil on Monday. Father Lombardi explained that the Pope used the day to celebrate a private Mass at his residence and then meet with cardinals and other advisers.

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Vaticanista Publishes Lurid Tale Surrounding Vatican Bank Appointee (9596)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Msgr. Battista Ricca is accused of homosexual scandal, but papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi calls the allegations ‘not credible.’

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The Institute for Religious Works, popularly known as the Vatican Bank.

– File photo/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Conflicting reports surround allegations that a priest, appointed last month as an interim prelate of the institution colloquially known as the Vatican Bank, has ties with a “gay lobby” operating within the Holy See.

On July 3, respected Vatican analyst Sandro Magister alleged that Msgr. Battista Ricca had a relationship with another man — the “intimacy” of which was “so open as to scandalize numerous bishops, priests and laity” of Uruguay, where he served in the nunciature from 1999 to 2004.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi July 19 rejected the allegations as “not credible.”

Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Ricca, a 57-year-old Vatican diplomat, temporary...READ MORE

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‘God Acts, and He Surprises Us,’ Pope Tells WYD Massgoers (4065)

The Holy Father exhorted the faithful gathered at Mass today at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida to be open to God's call.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during the 28th World Youth Day.

– EWTN

APARECIDA, Brazil — Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude that marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in his homily at Brazil’s National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his first World Youth Day Mass.

“God always surprises us, like the new wine in the Gospel we have just heard. God always saves the best for us,” Pope Francis said at a Mass July 24, after he had venerated the shrine’s image of Our Lady.

“But he asks us to let ourselves be surprised by his love, to accept his surprises. Let us trust God.”

Pope Francis came to Aparecida, “the house of the Mother of every Brazilian,” about 160 miles west of Rio de Janeiro, earlier today by helicopter. He was...READ MORE

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Keeping the Faith and the Peace in a ‘Favela’ (2563)

Residents credit their Catholic faith and sound government policies for the new atmosphere of hope that’s transforming their Rio shanty town.

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Favela resident David Bispo stands outside of his restaurant.

– CHRIS KUDIALIS

RIO DE JANEIRO — At first glance, the favela known as Babilônia appears to be nothing more than an impoverished wasteland on a small mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach.

But a deeper look and an afternoon spent with some of the shanty town’s 3,500 residents gives light to a community characterized by strong Christian roots and, for the first time in its 80-year history, hope for the future.

Since the 1990s, pictures of Babilônia show men with machine guns and rifles standing on street corners and makeshift roofs. Known as the Terceiro Comando and Comando Vermelho, these drug-trafficking groups dictated everything from the hours Babilônia’s residents could leave...READ MORE

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