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War-Torn Colombia to Host 2014 World Congress on Divine Mercy (2714)

The South-American country’s bishops announce the conference as government and FARC rebel leaders finally sit down and talk peace.

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The Colombia bishops announce Bogota as host for the Divine Mercy Congress.

– Colombia Episcopal Conference

BOGOTA, Colombia – As Colombia’s government and communist rebels sit down for peace talks to resolve decades of brutal war, the bishops of the South-American country have revealed that the capital city of Bogota will host the next World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy in August 2014.

Bishop Julio Hernando Garcia of Istima Tado, who heads the committee charged with organizing the event, made the announcement during a press conference on Aug. 8.

He said the 2014 congress will be held Aug. 15-19, and it will serve as “a platform for healing the wounds of the conflict that has shaken the country for more than 60 years.”

“All of the problems that we are living through and experiencing...READ MORE

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ʻMarch on the Media’ Criticizes Abortion Bias in Reporting (4483)

Pro-life advocates call on major media outlets to stop self-censorship in reporting on abortion and to end ʻthe lionizing of abortion advocates.’

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Lila Rose of Live Action speaks during the March on the Media.

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WASHINGTON — Pro-life leaders from around the United States are challenging major media outlets to do a better job of informing society about the reality of abortion and not to hide the facts in their coverage choices.

“The media has flinched from the reality of abortion for decades,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action, which has worked through undercover videos to expose abuses within the abortion industry.

“We call on the press to end the censorship of what abortion actually does to our smallest children and women and end the lionizing of abortion advocates,” she said.

The Aug. 8 protest accused major media sources of bias in favor of abortion, particularly in underreporting...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Celebrate Global Growth, Honor Newtown Victims’ Parish (2872)

The Supreme Knight said each member must bring the charity of Pope Francis ‘into his home, his parish and his community.’

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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

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SAN ANTONIO — The Knights of Columbus are celebrating new record highs in charitable contributions, the further expansion of their order to Ukraine and Lithuania, and new awards that honored Catholics for their service in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre.

“We help change countless lives and communities around the world,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “Our charitable service not only helps the temporal needs of our neighbors, but our personal witness of charity can also evangelize as we live Christ’s commandment of love.”

Anderson announced the order’s record-breaking numbers at the beginning of their 131st Supreme Convention, held in San Antonio Aug. 5-8.The Knights had...READ MORE

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Giving Thanks to God for the Life of Judge Bill Clark (5409)

COMMENTARY: The former Catholic confidant of President Ronald Reagan died Aug. 10.

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Judge William P. Clark in 2001.

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Back in 2008, I wrote a piece for the Register titled, “Instrument of Peace,” with the subtitle, “Bill Clark, the Catholic Leader America Forgot.” It was about an extraordinary man that every U.S. Catholic should know about and pause to give thanks for — and certainly not forget. His name was William P. Clark, better known as Bill Clark or Judge Clark.

I shared an inspiring story of a man born in Oxnard, Calif., in October 1931, the son of ranchers and cowboys who became a rancher and cowboy himself. He attended Catholic prep schools and colleges and searched for his place in this world. That search ultimately took him to an Augustinian novitiate in New York in the fall of 1950,...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Attracted Catholic Outs Himself, Four Ways to Save Your Soul on a College Campus and More! (10199)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Same-Sex Attracted Catholic Blogger Outs Himself. Follow the link by Joseph Prever of the Steve Gershom blog to read more.

Same-Sex Attracted Catholic Blogger Outs Himself by Steve Gershom - BigPulpit.com

4 Ways to Save Your Soul on a College Campus – Louis Cona, Saint Peter's List

Signs of Hope in Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue – Byz Pulpit

Coptic Pope Cancels Bible Study; Fears for Safety – Mark Movsesian, First Things

A Young Widow On How to Treat Young Widows – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

Church Architecture: Architecture and Second-Hand Heresy – Mark Wilson, Catholic Lane

Reacquainting Oneself With the Latin Fathers – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Gospel of Work – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Regret – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

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Pope Francis: Does Jesus Attract Our Hearts ʻLike a Magnet’? (5648)

‘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 (41328)

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 (5320)

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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