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Cardinal George Defends CCHD Canceling Group’s Funds Over Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (9373)

Chicago's archbishop slammed the ‘intellectually and morally dishonestʼ Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights for turning the Churchʼs concern for the poor into ‘an excuse to attack the Church’s teaching on the nature of marriage.ʼ

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Knights of Columbus

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago

– Knights of Columbus

CHICAGO – Cardinal Francis George has defended the Churchʼs decision to cut off funds from a state immigrant coalition, and he accused its leaders of betraying both the Church and their own members by openly supporting the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

The board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights “broke faith with its member organizations when it publicly supported so-called ʻsame-sex marriage,ʼ” said Cardinal George in a July 29 statement.

“For its own political advantage, it introduced a matter extraneous to its own purpose and betrayed its own members, who were not consulted,” he said.

The Immigration Coalition published a statement...READ MORE

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A Francis-can World Youth Day (7008)

The Holy Father’s pastoral passion energizes millions of Catholics in Rio de Janeiro and beyond.

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CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

At a World Youth Day 2013 that culminated with one of the largest crowds — an estimated 3.5 million people — ever to assemble for a papal Mass, Pope Francis returned to his native South America July 22-28 for a momentous week filled with unique story lines for both the Holy Father and the event itself.

From the moment Pope Francis arrived in Brazil, the stage was set for an unprecedented WYD. Described as Rio’s “first pilgrim” by Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, the Argentine Pope arrived at 4pm local time July 22 night to cheers from tens of thousands of pilgrims from across the world.

“He left Latin America and now returns as the first pilgrim of World Youth Day,” Archbishop Tempesta...READ MORE

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Sloveniaʼs Two Archbishops Resign Over Billion-Dollar Investment Collapse (4733)

Pope Francis urged the two archbishops to step down for their role in saddling the Archdiocese of Maribor with a $2-billion financial disaster that sent shock waves through the country.

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Slovenian Bishops' Conference

Archbishops Anton Stres (left) and Marjan Turnsek (right) announce their resignations at a July 31 news conference.

– Slovenian Bishops' Conference

ROME — The only two archbishops in Slovenia have resigned at the urging of Pope Francis, over their role in the collapse of two financial companies that left the Archdiocese of Maribor on the hook for their billion-dollar debts.

“I hope and pray to God that this step I have taken will help restore credibility to the Slovenian Church, as it deserves it,” Archbishop Anton Stres of Ljubljana said in a statement on July 31.

Archbishop Marjan Turnšek of Maribor also resigned his office on July 31, and he said at a joint news conference with Archbishop Stres that he hopes “this gesture can contribute to the renewal of the Slovenian Church and give its representatives more strength in...READ MORE

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Boy Who Made Pope Francis Cry Gets a ʻHero’s Welcome’ at School (7547)

Nathan de Brito’s parish priest predicted others will also be inspired to become priests.

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Radio FM Cancao Nova

Pope Francis embraces, cries with Nathan during WYD

– Radio FM Cancao Nova

RIO DE JANEIRO —– The young boy who told Pope Francis he wanted to be a priest and brought the Holy Father to tears during World Youth Day was greeted with cheers from his classmates when school resumed on July 30.

Brazil’s O Globo TV network reported that Nathan de Brito, 9, came into school in the city of Cabo Rio wearing his World Youth Day apparel and a cross, when his schoolmates broke into applause and gave him “a hero’s welcome.”

“Everyone already knew about his desire to be a priest and wanted to know about his encounter with the Pope and how he found the courage to get past the security guards,” the network reported.

His friends said they were excited to know that one of...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Wolverine’ (10387)

In a dreary movie summer of oversized spectacles, Hugh Jackman’s latest outing as the popular Marvel mutant is a refreshingly human-scaled — though violent — action movie.

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20th Century Fox

– 20th Century Fox

Summer action spectacles, including superhero movies, have been ratcheting up the stakes so high that apocalypticism has become routine. These days, it’s a rarity to find a popcorn action spectacle or superhero film in which the fate of the planet, the country or at least one metropolis is not at stake, with brawling heroes and villains leveling buildings and ravaging cities, while perhaps some sort of doomsday weapon threatens even more catastrophic destruction.

The Wolverine, with Hugh Jackman reprising his best-known role as Marvel Comics’ popular mutant antihero, is that rarity. It’s true that Wolverine, or Logan as he’s also called, isn’t in the same power league as Superman or even...READ MORE

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The Back-Alley-Abortion Objection, 10 Things You Should Know About Adoption and Much More! (3670)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/02/2013 Comment

The Back-Alley-Abortion Objection. Follow the link by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers blog to read more.

The Back-Alley-Abortion Objection by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers blog - BigPulpit.com

10 Things You Should Know About Adoption - Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

A Catechesis on Conscience and Its Counterfeits – Jeff McLeod PhD, Catholic Stand

The Wearing of Mantillas. . .So Unfair - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

H. H. S. Mandate and Religious Freedom - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Who Was the First Apostle to Be Martyred? – Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

Parents as Lay Ministers - Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

Episcopal Parking, Violators Subject to Canon 1340 – Ben Yanke, From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

A Beautiful Salve...READ MORE

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The ‘Messy,’ Alluring Grace of Pope Francis (16411)


08/01/2013 Comments (82)
Vatican Radio/Facebook

Pope Francis is greeted July 24 by a crowd gathered outside St. Francis of Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

– Vatican Radio/Facebook

Pope Francis has lost none of his ability to surprise.

On his seven-day journey to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, he eschewed traditional security protocols (which allowed a crowd to mob the traffic-trapped mini popemobile), wandered into Rio’s slums, accepted drinks from strangers on the street and, just for the fun of it, added a meeting with young people to an already packed schedule. At the impromptu July 25 meeting, in the Cathedral of San Sebastian, Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks that capture not only his wish for the young, but the essence of his papal approach. 

Francis said, “What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew...READ MORE

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St. Pius XII? Pope Francis Mulling It Over, Says Vatican Source (8169)


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Pope Pius XII

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reportedly is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of John XXIII.

A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told Catholic News Agency July 25 that, “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’s canonization, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.”

According to the normal procedures, Pius XII would be beatified once a miracle attributed to his intercession is officially certified by a team of doctors and recognized by a commission of cardinals.

But if Pope Francis decides to go ahead without a miracle, he could “even canonize...READ MORE

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