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Local Catholics Mourn Loss of 19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona (3691)

‘It’s in our Catholic DNA to help,’ says one priest, as parishes across Arizona mobilize to assist victims of the deadly fire.

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Julie Rogers, evacuated from her home, stays at a Red Cross shelter in Prescott, Ariz.

– Courtesy of Julie Rogers

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Shock, disbelief and depression have overcome Catholics in this small city, which is home to 19 elite young firefighters killed this week while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

“God allows bad things to happen to good people, and I don’t think anyone knows the true answer as to why,” said Father Darrin Merlino, parochial administrator of Sacred Heart parish in Prescott, Ariz. “I don’t know that there is anything I can say to comfort people. This has been the worst two weeks of my priesthood.”

Nineteen of the 20 members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting unit died on the night of June 30, after the Yarnell fire engulfed them.

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Milwaukee Archbishop Releases Abuse Documentation (3811)

Archbishop Jerome Listecki hopes the documents will aid abuse survivors and families in understanding the past and reviewing the present.

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MILWAUKEE — Archbishop Jerome Listecki has released almost 6,000 pages of documents related to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s handling of sex-abuse cases, saying the documents will help the Church face up to mistakes and prevent abuse.

“My hope in voluntarily making these documents public is that they will aid abuse survivors, families and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in southeastern Wisconsin to continue moving forward,” Archbishop Listecki said.

“We can never tell abuse survivors enough how sorry we are for what they endured. My apology goes out to all who have been harmed, and I continue to offer to meet with any individual abuse...READ MORE

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Slain Syrian Priest Remembered at Mass in Rome (4208)

Father Francois Murad offered his life for peace in Syria and around the world.

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Israeli troops train in Golan Heights, Syria, on June 12

– Uriel Sinai, Getty Images News

ROME — Father Francois Murad, a monk killed last week in the ongoing violence in Syria, is being prayed for and remembered at a Mass in Rome on July 4.

The Mass, to be said by Bishop Matteo Zuppi, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, will also intercede for peace in Syria. Bishop Zuppi will say the Mass on Thursday evening at the parish of Sts. Fabian and Venancio.

After the Mass, Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land, will give a testimony.

Father Murad was reportedly killed on June 23 at the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony of Padua in Ghassenieh, a village near Jisr Ash-Shughur in northern Syria.

Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the...READ MORE

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Take Courage in Your Weakness, Pope Francis Teaches (5525)

The Pope encourages Catholics to battle temptations by going to Christ with humility.

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Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI hall June 7.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his homily at daily Mass in the Vatican’s St. Martha House, Pope Francis said Christians must have the courage to flee from the temptation to sin by turning to the Lord when they are weak.

“We are weak, but we must be courageous in our weakness. And often our courage must be expressed in escaping without looking back, so as not to fall into the trap of wicked nostalgia,” he said on July 2.

“Do not be afraid, and always look to the Lord,” he added.

The Mass was concelebrated by Cardinal Manuel Montiero de Castro, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, and by Archbishop Beniamino Stella, president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. It was...READ MORE

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Faith Groups Unite to Stress Need for HHS Mandate Exemptions (2840)

Archbishop Lori and more than 100 other religious leaders and scholars from a variety of faith traditions signed an open letter emphasizing the risks to religious freedom posed by the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.

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From the religious-freedom press conference, July 2. From l to r: Anne Hendershott, Archbishop William Lori, Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, Russell Moore and Yui Mantilla.


WASHINGTON — More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate.

“As the Catholic bishops have said from the very beginning, the underlying issue with the HHS mandate is not about any specific teaching,” stated Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.

“In fact, other signatories on the letter do not share our view on contraception and probably disagree with us in many other ways, but they understand the core religious-freedom issue at stake here,” he explained.

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Cardinal Burke Takes on the Modernist Agenda (12487)

People of goodwill are under constant attack, the U.S. cardinal tells a gathering in Rome.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks to members of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute June 28 in Rome.

– Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke has rallied all people of goodwill to take a firm stance in protecting and promoting human dignity, warning that it is under “constant attack in an ever more secularized world.”

In a forceful keynote address to members of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens June 28, the Roman Curia’s most senior U.S. cardinal said belief in the dignity of all people is the most fundamental means of the New Evangelization.

He singled out for criticism U.S. politicians who are constantly pushing to liberalize restrictions upon abortion, observing they are backed by “powerful lobby groups with vested interests, such as Planned...READ MORE

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How to Convert 7 Billion People 10 Years at a Time, Give Without Taking and Much More! (3560)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How to Convert 7 Billion People Ten Years at a Time. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall, PhD, to read more.

How to Convert 7 Billion People Ten Years at a Time by Taylor Marshall, PhD - BigPulpit.com

Give without Taking – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Marriage Lives in the Hearts of Children – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Saint Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap DD, Truth and Charity Forum

I Am Not Ready For Heaven: The Things I am Embarrassed to Admit - Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Aurea Luce Hymn Revised by Pope Urban VIII (1632) – Zephyrinus

On Satan’s Ephemeral Victories, Our Response - David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

William Morris as Inspiration for Tolkien’s Literary Art - Tom Riley, Crisis Magazine


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SDG Reviews ‘The Lone Ranger’ (23015)

Another iconic hero bites the dust in Hollywood’s latest deconstruction, awash with buffoonery, crude humor and brutal violence.

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— Walt Disney Pictures

I’ve seen many movies that were objectively worse than The Lone Ranger. Very few have made me angrier.

This is not because I have any personal attachment to the character. Like most people my age, I don’t. I do care about the fraternity of iconic heroes in masks and capes of which he is a member: Zorro, the Green Hornet, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man. While some of these (notably Batman) have been more ambiguously portrayed than others, generations of children have looked up to these figures as much for their high moral codes as their prowess and cool accoutrements.

Even more than Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger is the poster child for our culture’s terminal inability to offer children today...READ MORE

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