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The Singing Nuns: Dominican Sisters to Release 'Mater Eucharistiae' (7575)

The sisters’ songs of Marian devotion will be released Aug. 13 by De Montfort Music.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A community of Dominican nuns plans to release soon an album of 15 songs centered on Marian devotion that seeks to help listeners encounter God through beautiful sacred music and get a taste of Dominican life at prayer.

“This music is just a little way for us to get into peoples’ homes,” said Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, vicaress general of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

“No matter how much we wish we could go everywhere, obviously you can’t, so this is another outreach to bring God to those who just want him,” Sister Joseph Andrew said. “Sacred music always speaks to the soul and helps us become more reflective and prayerful, and I...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Honor Three Women with ʻPeople of Life’ Award (2178)

This year’s recipients were honored for work ranging from the legal field to health care to post-abortion ministry.

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WASHINGTON — Three Catholic women leaders from diverse fields in the pro-life movement were recognized for their contributions with the 2013 People of Life Award for their lifelong dedication.

Frances Hogan, Sister Jane Marie Klein and Barbara Thorp received the award Aug. 4 at the Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB’s pro-life committee, presented the awards.

Since 2007, the annual People of Life Award is given to persons who demonstrate Blessed John Paul II’s call in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Value...READ MORE

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When You Can't Receive Holy Communion: Go Anyway Or. . .; The Decline of the Family and More! (6339)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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When You Can’t Receive Holy Communion: Go Anyway, Or . . . Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog.

When You Can’t Receive Holy Communion: Go Anyway, Or . . . from Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

The Decline of the Family & the Death of Faith – Christopher White, The Catholic World Report

Want to be a Better Parent? Hang Up the Phone – Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

12 Political Cartoons Featuring Pope Francis – Saint Peter’s List

Byzantine Ecumenism – Byz Pulpit

Pope Francis Denounces Consumerism – The Catholic Herald

On Choosing a Book on the Lives of the Saints - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Christ, Not the Priest and Not Anyone Else, is the Center - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Following Jesus Causes Your Cells to be Healthy – Stacy Trasancos PhD


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Truth or Hoax? Alleged Eucharistic Miracle Under Investigation in Mexico (30983)

The parish priest said a ‘voice’ spoke to him before the miracle, and the Archdiocese of Guadalajara is investigating.

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The Eucharist exposed in a monstrance.

– CNA.

MEXICO CITY — The Archdiocese of Guadalajara is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that is reported to have allegedly taken place in late July.

Msgr. Ramiro Valdes Sanchez, vicar general of the archdiocese, said Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega had tasked him with directing the investigation into the alleged miracle.

“First of all the testimony needs to be gathered from three people who were present, obviously in this case from the pastor,” Msgr. Sanchez said.

According to Father Jose Dolores Castellanos Gudino, pastor of Mary Mother of the Church, he saw a flash of light and heard a voice while kneeling in prayer July 24 before the Blessed Sacrament.

“Ring the...READ MORE

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Hunger Strike Protests Solitary Confinement in California Prisons (4870)

California’s Catholic bishops have requested that state leaders investigate the alleged overuse of such detentions by prison officials.

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Aerial view of Pelican Bay Prison

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LOS ANGELES — A massive prisoner hunger strike in California state prisons has prompted calls from the Catholic Church and prisoner advocates for an independent investigation into the prolonged solitary confinement of prisoners — some of them held in isolation for decades — and a review of the reforms prison officials have attempted to put in place.

California is in the midst of a lengthy prison hunger strike, provoked largely over the state’s indefinite detention of prisoners in solitary confinement. It is the second hunger strike since 2011, and the California Catholic bishops have called upon state leaders to convene an independent commission to investigate the California Department...READ MORE

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Jamming the Papal Message (7545)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Vatican communications mishaps may be hampering Pope Francis’ capacity to evangelize at full effectiveness.

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Pope Francis arrives at Rio's Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport July 22.

– Watler Sanchez Silva/CNA

Pope Francis had a smashingly successful first foreign visit to Rio for World Youth Day. Sadly, most of the world missed it. Even worse — it was largely the Church’s own fault.

It’s called stepping on your own story, and it has been a big problem this year. It started with the shoes. You remember all the press attention paid back in March to what shoes Pope Francis would wear? It was not just a harmless irrelevance. An ironclad rule of communications is that you can only write/broadcast/blog about one thing at a time. So if you are talking about the papal shoes, you cannot at the same time be talking about what it means to wear the shoes of the fisherman. If there are relevant matters...READ MORE

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U.S. Senate Approves Ex-Catholic Relief Services Chief to Vatican Ambassador Post (7978)

Ken Hackett says he believes U.S. government and the Holy See can ‘really make a difference’ by working together on shared priorities.

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Ken Hackett

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ROME — A diplomatic vacancy at the Vatican almost one year old came to an end, now that the U.S. Senate has approved the former head of Catholic Relief Services, Ken Hackett, to serve as President Barack Obamaʼs new ambassador to the Holy See.

“We are overjoyed that the country will be represented by a man who, through his decades of service, has demonstrated his commitment to the dignity and sanctity of life and fighting global poverty,” said Carolyn Woo, who succeeded Hackett as president and CEO of the U.S. bishops’ international relief organization.

Woo said CRS looks forward “to working with the new ambassador as he engages the Vatican and Pope Francis towards the common goal of...READ MORE

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Family Merges Love for Christ and the Great Outdoors in New Mission (2796)

Camp Wojtyla taps into Blessed John Paul II’s idea of bringing youth to God through nature.

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Camp Wojtyla

– Ted Mast

DENVER — For Annie Powell, what began as a childhood dream has turned into a thriving Catholic summer camp that hosts students nationwide for outdoor weeklong excursions in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

“All right Lord, I guess that’s what I want to do: I want to create a summer camp that brings people to you and to your creation,” Annie Powell, founder of Camp Wojtyla, recalls telling God in prayer when she was 15.

Powell’s prayer turned into a reality in 2006, when she and her husband, Scott, established Camp Wojtyla under their direction.

“When we started dating, and then preparing for marriage, it really became sort of a mission for our marriage,” Powell told Catholic News Agency....READ MORE

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