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Spokane Bishop Urges Catholics to Reflect on Meaning of Marriage Ahead of Referendum (2148)

In November, Washingtonians will vote to approve or reject the state law redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.

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Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., urged Catholics to demonstrate respect for individuals with same-sex attraction, while supporting the authentic definition of marriage in an upcoming referendum.

“My genuine hope is that we all can value the coming vote on Referendum 74 as an opportunity to have a substantial public debate regarding this critical issue, carried on with respect, honesty and conviction,” Bishop Cupich wrote in an Aug. 3 letter made available to parishioners in his diocese.

In November 2012, Washingtonians will vote to approve or reject the state law redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. 

Bishop Cupich asked Catholics to give “careful consideration” to...READ MORE

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Napa Institute Equips Catholics for the 'Next America' (4303)

Formation of the individual Catholic a main focus at second gathering in California.

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Father Robert Spitzer (l) greets Archbishop Charles Chaput at the podium during a session of the Napa Institute

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NAPA, Calif. — Individual formation as a Catholic is integral to making the collective Church stronger and better able to engage the increasingly secular culture.

Several speakers stressed this important factor at the Napa Institute’s second annual prayer-and-apologetics conference.

The theme was “Equipping Catholics in the Next America” — an emerging secular America that is much more hostile to Christian faith and witness than it has been in the past.

Held July 26-29 at Catholic entrepreneur Tim Busch’s elegant Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.’s wine country, the conference’s mission was to equip lay and religious leaders to defend and advance the faith in today’s...READ MORE

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Milwaukee Archbishop Prays for Sikh Community After Deadly Shooting (1406)

'It is in times like these that we turn to God, who is the consolation and hope for all of us,' Archbishop Listecki said in reference to Aug. 5 temple tragedy.

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Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki expressed sorrow and promised his prayers after a gunman fatally shot six people at a local Sikh temple before being killed by police.

“Our prayers go out to the congregation at the temple and to the entire Sikh community,” Archbishop Listecki said in an Aug. 5 statement responding to the Sunday morning murders, committed by Wade Michael Page at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

“It is in times like these that we turn to God, who is the consolation and hope for all of us,” the Milwaukee archbishop reflected.

The archdiocese expressed its closeness to victims as well as families, friends and emergency responders involved in the shooting.

Several...READ MORE

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‘We Are All Guadalupanos!’ (1878)

Keynote address of Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles Aug. 5 at the Guadalupe Celebration at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Greetings again, my dear Guadalupanos!

I want to tell you a little story about one of the newest blesseds in our Catholic Church. She was a woman of our times. She lived for almost all of the 20th century.

This holy woman came of age during the dark time in Mexico, during those long decades beginning in the 1920s — when it was a crime to believe in Jesus Christ and to want to worship him.

Many of you saw the great movie For Greater Glory, which came out earlier this year. As we know, this movie was a true story about the time of the persecution of the Church in Mexico.

As you probably know, thousands of refugees from the Cristero War found a home here in Los Angeles. Many of them...READ MORE

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How to Sabotage your Love Life, How to Understand Sexual Thoughts in the Light of Faith, and More! (3398)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How to Sabotage your Love Life. Click on the link by Amanda Teixeira to read more.

How to Sabotage your Love Life – Amanda Teixeira, Focus

Sexual Thoughts: How to Understand Them in Light of My Faith? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Will Cardinal Dolan Create Scandal and Confusion in the Church? by David L. Gray – Big ulpit

Catholic but Mentally Ill – Anthony Schefter, Catholic Lane

Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View – Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse

How to Respond to: I Know Someone Who’s Taking Birth Control for Medical Reasons and It Cured Her – Marie, Catholic Sistas

Cracking Down on the LCWR: Is Orthodoxy the Only Problem? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Why Don’t We Call Moses and Elijah “Saint”? - Jimmy...READ MORE

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Heartbreak in Havana (2867)

News Opinion: The Suspicious Death of Catholic Lay Leader Oswaldo Paya and a Vibrant Young Colleague

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Cuban veteran rights activist Oswaldo Paya in a 2003 photo.

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Two years ago, I traveled to Cuba for the Register to learn firsthand about the living faith on the island. Little had been written about the Church in Cuba since Pope John Paul II’s dramatic, historical visit in 1998.

Making no contacts before arriving in Havana, I relied on God to lead me to his most faithful servants.

That’s how I came to spend memorable days with the extraordinary — pious and brave — lay Catholic leader Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, whose honesty and calm intelligence proved that moral leadership still existed on the island.

I was led to Paya by an admiring seminarian, Harold Cepero Escalante, who had turned to the Church as “the only institution that can challenge...READ MORE

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Guadalupe Message Resounds at Los Angeles' Massive Marian Festival (3901)

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LOS ANGELES — The Virgin Mary will accompany the Church in the New Evangelization, just as she did during the first preaching of the Gospel in the Americas, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez told around 100,000 devotees at the Aug. 5 Guadalupe Celebration.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe is calling us today, my brothers and sisters,” the archbishop said in his keynote address to one of the largest Catholic gatherings in U.S. history at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. “She is calling us to greater faith, to greater love, to greater hope.”

“She is calling us to dedicate our lives to the loving plan of God. To everything for his glory,” he said, stressing the Virgin Mary’s message to honor God...READ MORE

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Olympic Bronze Medalist Transformed Through Crucible of Suffering (7282)

Illness and injury help Mario Ancic realize identity as child of God.

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Mario Ancic of Croatia during the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

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If things had gone according to his original plan, Mario Ancic would have been playing tennis at the Olympic Games in London this week. However, his life took a different course than he expected.

The 6-foot-5-inch Croatian was riding high at the end of 2006. He was already an Olympic bronze medalist, a Wimbledon semifinalist and Davis Cup champion. He was ranked among the top 10 players in the world and was set to have an outstanding year in 2007.

However, just when things looked brightest, a mysterious illness took hold of Ancic, and he spent the next few years trying to overcome it. Initially, he saw his suffering as the worst thing that could happen to him. But he eventually came...READ MORE

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