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Vatican Releases Working Document for Synod on New Evangelization (3069)

The gathering of bishops will coincide with the inauguration of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

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VATICAN CITY — “People are yearning for a principle in life that inspires hope, a hope which will permit them to look to the future with eyes filled with faith and not the tears of despair,” says the working document for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

“As a Church, we have this principle and source of hope — Jesus Christ, who was crucified and is risen, living among us through his Spirit, who allows us to experience God.”

The document, known as the Instrumentum Laboris, was published June 19 at the Vatican and aims to serve as the basis for discussion and reflection for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: “The New...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate, Religious Liberty and the Martyrs of Tyburn (3747)

A transcript of Archbishop William Lori’s homily at the Mass inaugurating the Fortnight for Freedom.

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Baltimore Archbishop William Lori

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A few years ago, due to inclement weather that grounded many international flights, I found myself stranded in London during the week just before Christmas. Worse things than that can happen to a traveler, but the unexpected pleasure of a week in London enabled me to visit places I hadn’t seen for many years — not Harrod’s or even Windsor Castle, but places such as Tyburn Hill, where many English martyrs laid down their lives in witness to the faith, including St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher.

I was deeply moved to stand on the spot where, in 1535, Thomas More and John Fisher were beheaded because they refused to comply with the Act of Supremacy, a law that made King Henry VIII head...READ MORE

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Politicians’ Patron Beckons the Faithful to Remain Faithful (1363)

Feature for St. Thomas More's feast day from our June 17 issue: St. Thomas More Cathedral Stands as Beacon of Honor at D.C.’s Doorstep

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St. Thomas More

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At the gateway to the D.C. Beltway, on the road bound for the corridors of politics, stands a cathedral named for a politician saint. Overlooking busy Route 50 in Virginia, a main artery into downtown Washington, stands Arlington’s St. Thomas More Cathedral. A life-size statue of Jesus stands on a pedestal over the road, arms outstretched in blessing. Unobtrusive, many commuters might not even notice the cathedral, but it is a vital leaven for society in the shadow of our nation’s capital.

The cathedral is a “home away from home” for many northern Virginia Catholics who work for the federal government and are temporarily assigned to Washington. The State Department’s Foreign Service...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Opens Fortnight for Freedom at Baltimore Basilica (5320)

More than 1,000 people throng historic church to hear a rousing sermon on religious liberty.

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The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore was jammed with people for the opening Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom.

– Sean Caine/Archdiocese of Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Just a few hours before one of the most important nights in recent history for the Church in the United States, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore walked quietly on the grass in the shadow of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary alongside his golden retriever Noble.

Even in the oppressive heat and with the responsibility of launching a nationwide 14-day campaign of prayer, fasting and penitence against federal government policies, Archbishop Lori seemed to be a man at peace, prepared to address the packed congregation at the basilica and a vast television audience tuned into EWTN’s coverage of the Fortnight for Freedom.

People...READ MORE

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Newlyweds Flock to Rome for Papal Blessing, Learning from a Sainted Bibliophile, and much more! (1272)

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Newlyweds Flock to Rome for Papal Blessing. Click on the link by David Kerr to read more.

Newlyweds Flock to Rome for Papal Blessing - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Learning from a Sainted Bibliophile who Died for the Faith - Brandon Vogt

Admiral to Chaplain "Get in Line" or "Resign" on Gay Marriage by Jean McCarthy - Big Pulpit

World’s ‘Biggest’ Gay Pride March Shrinks Drastically: Politicos Abandon - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

Solemn Mass in Aiken, South Carolina - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

New Film: "Restless Heart" (St. Augustine of Hippo) - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Undemocratic Scramble Toward Same-Sex Marriage - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Quæritur: Can Any Priest Hear a Confession on an Airplane or...READ MORE

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Stacy Thomlison: Nebraska Plaintiff in Legal Challenge to HHS Mandate (4441)

A Register Fortnight for Freedom profile

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– Courtesy of Stacy Thomlison

LINCOLN, Neb. — In 2008, Stacy Thomlison joined a Holy Land pilgrimage led by Scott Hahn, and she fell in love with the Catholic faith.

The experience ultimately led the registered nurse to leave her “dream job” and boyfriend in New York, enter the Church and join the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) as a missionary at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

“As I walked where Jesus had walked, God really grabbed my heart, and he said, I want you back, and I want all of you,” Thomlison, 31, recalled.

“The world tells you that money, fame and power will make you happy, and I had all of that in New York and felt empty inside. Working for Focus, my heart is now full...READ MORE

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Latin Mass at the Pantheon, What Millennial Catholics Believe, Just How Long is a Cubit, and more! (2152)

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The Extraordinary Form Mass (TLM) at the Pantheon! Click on the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

The Extraordinary Form Mass (TLM) at the Pantheon! - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

What Millennial Catholics Believe - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Just How Long is a Cubit? (Noah's Ark) - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Supreme Court Take Notice: Two Sociologists Shift the Ground of the (Gay) Marriage Debate by Matthew J. Franck - Big Pulpit

What is Food Justice? - Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Who Burned the Witches - Sandra Miesel, Crisis Magazine

Can I Fulfill Sunday Mass obligation with Mass on Monday Evening? - Fr. Z's Blog

Evolution, Human Dignity, & Crafting Public Policy - W. Ross Blackburn, Crisis Magazine

Philanthropy and State Power -...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Defending Religious Freedom Starts With Hearts Open to God's Will (2846)

Philadelphia shepherd's June 20 address to 2012 Catholic Media Conference.

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While defending their freedom in public life, Catholics must also renew the Church spiritually, starting in their own lives, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a June 20 address to journalists.

“Politics and the courts are important. But our religious freedom ultimately depends on the vividness of our own Christian faith; in other words, how deeply we believe it and how honestly we live it,” the archbishop told attendees of the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in downtown Indianapolis.

In his remarks to reporters and other Catholic media professionals, the Philadelphia Church leader observed that religious freedom “is an empty shell if the spiritual core of a people is...READ MORE

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