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Report Finds Catholic Population Growing in South Korea (3255)

The report, prepared by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea, states that there was an increase of 1.6% of Catholics in the past year.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Recent statistics indicate that the Catholic population in South Korea has increased over the past year.

Last month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea released a publication entitled Statistics of the Catholic Church in Korea 2012.

The report, prepared by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea, states that at the end of 2012, there were 5,361,369 Catholics in the country, an increase of 1.6% — or 84,959 individuals — over the last year.

This accounts for just over 10% of the total population. According to the report, these numbers have “slightly and consistently increased at a yearly average of 2-3% during the past 11 years.”

Just over half of South...READ MORE

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Church-Turned-Abortion Facility Now a Pro-Life Haven (3234)

Pro-life leaders, pastors and members of the community prayed specifically with the intention of reclaiming that building for God.

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– Anna Langova (CC0 1.0)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— An encounter with a pro-life center that had previously served as both a house of worship and an abortion clinic at different times in its history has left a lasting impression on one pro-life leader.

Although it may not be apparent to those who pass by, the building in Grand Rapids, Mich., that is now the headquarters of the pro-life organization LIFE International has a complex past.

The building was rented in 1994 by an abortionist who turned it into “the largest abortion facility in western Michigan,” David Bereit told CNA on June 12.

The National Director of the 40 Days for Life campaign, Bereit learned the history of the building in 2004, during a visit...READ MORE

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Pope Targets Longing for Past, ‘Adolescent Progressivism’ (3872)

The Pope says that the track the Church must follow is in continuous discernment of God’s will.

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L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis preaches on June 10 in the Casa Santa Marta chapel.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — The progress of the Church can be hindered by the dual temptations of wanting to remain in the past and “adolescent progressivism,” Pope Francis said.

The danger of a progressive approach to the Holy Spirit is that believers becomes “like teenagers, who, in their enthusiasm, want to have everything, and in the end? You slip up.” he said at the June 12 morning Mass.

“It’s like when the road is covered in ice and the car slips and go offtrack. ... This is the other temptation at the moment! We, at this moment in the history of the Church, we cannot go backwards or go off the track!” the Pope said.

The track the Church must follow, he said during his homily, “is that of...READ MORE

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Francis and the Secret Vatican 'Gay Lobby'; Casual Dress and the Body of Christ and More! (4706)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis and the Secret Vatican 'Gay Lobby'. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

Pope Francis and the Secret Vatican 'Gay Lobby' by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Casual Dress and the Body of Christ: A Plea for Bathrobes – Collin Garbarino, First Things/First Thoughts

A Discourse on Wanting to Shake Descartes – Stacy Trasancos PhD

You Want the Straight Dope on Homeschooling? – Matt Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Crash, Divine Providence? - Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

Modesty Sets Fire – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Rudyard Kipling, Boots - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Marriage is a Marathon, Not a Sprint – Barb Lishko, Catholic Lane

What Happens to Art When Belief in God has Withered Away – Francis Phillips,...READ MORE

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Zach Sobiech’s Simple Message — in Song — Affects Millions Worldwide (7613)

The musical lessons of one short life.

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Zach Sobiech

– Wikipedia

LAKELAND, Minn. — Zach Sobiech was virtually unknown in 2009, when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that took his life at age 18 on May 20.
But the Lakeland, Minn., teen’s positive attitude about facing death, humility and kindness touched millions of people across the globe, largely through his farewell song Clouds, which quickly became a YouTube sensation, garnering more than seven million views and capturing the No. 1 spot on iTunes the week after his death.
More than a thousand people attended his funeral at the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater, Minn. They joined his parents, Rob and Laura, and three siblings in singing the song that...READ MORE

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Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design; Modesty Is Honesty; The IRS and Pro-Lifers and More! (2685)

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Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design. Follow the link by Jimmy Akin of Strange Notions website to read more.

Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Jimmy Akin of Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

Modesty is Honesty – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

I. R. S. Scandal: I. R. S. Agent Lays Down the “Law” to Pro-lifers – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Spirituality for Widows - Ronda Chervin PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Relativism: Missing The Truth - Patrick Pierce, Catholic Stand

The Eucharist is Not a Pagan Invention – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

The Power of Communication: A Reflection on Euphemism - Ashley Noronha, Truth and Charity Forum

The Conspiracy of Pornography Exposed - Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Of Requiem Masses, Death, Prudence and...READ MORE

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Scottish Adoption Agency Celebrates Despite Closure Threat (2464)

St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society is in danger of closing due to its policy of placing children only with a married mother and father.

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St. Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland.

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Friends of the St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society gathered at Glasgow’s cathedral on June 9 to commemorate its years of service and to support the society’s adoption agency against the threat of forced closure.

Ronnie Convery, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland, said there was “a mood of celebration” at the annual Mass and reception at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

“Of course this year there is a storm cloud on the horizon, namely the threat from secularists to try to have the agency closed down,” Convery told CNA June 11.

“That galvanizes people, they feel bad that the service they have enjoyed from St. Margaret’s — and...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Church Rich in Praise, Not Wealth (2633)

Pope Francis based his homily on Matthew's Gospel where Jesus said: ‘freely you have received, freely give.’

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L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis preaches at the June 5, 2013 morning Mass in St. Martha's House chapel.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis pointed out that St. Peter did not have a bank account, as he warned against the dangers of a Church that finds its security in resources instead of the free gift of the Gospel.
“St. Peter did not have a bank account, and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to the sea to catch fish and find the money in the fish to pay,” said the Pope during Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House.
“Philip, when he met Queen Candace’s finance minister, did not think ‘ah, good, let’s set up an organization to support the Gospel,’” he added during his June 11 homily.
Instead, the Holy Father noted, Philip “preached, baptized and left.”
Pope Francis made his...READ MORE

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