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Military Chaplains: ‘A Calling Within a Calling’ (5012)

The Archdiocese for the Military Services’ co-sponsorship vocations program is helping to form future chaplains to alleviate the current extreme shortage.

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Catholic Chaplain Cpt. Carl Subler (l) blesses a U.S. Army commander before a military operation at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services is brutally candid about the extreme shortage of military chaplains.

“We are a country at war, and the need for military chaplains is very grave,” Archbishop Broglio told the Register.

“Approximately one-fourth of men and women wearing uniforms are Catholic, and we have nowhere near enough chaplains for that number of people. Many don’t have a priest to meet their needs.”

In the wake of 9/11, the number of active-duty Catholic chaplains has dropped from 400 to fewer than 260. These men are responsible for an estimated 1.8 million Catholics serving in the five branches of the U.S. military...READ MORE

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Being Christian Means Risking Following Jesus, Pope Teaches (5521)

Pope asks for prayers for the Church, that it ‘will continue to grow, unite, to walk in the fear of God and with the security of the Holy Spirit.’

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Pope Francis delivers his homily.

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VATICAN CITY — Lukewarm Christians try to build a Church that conforms to their own common sense and see too much risk in following Jesus, Pope Francis said.

“They are Christians of good sense only: They keep their distance. Christians, so to speak, who are ‘satellites,’ that have a Church small in size. To quote the words of Jesus in Revelation, (they are) ‘lukewarm Christians,’” the Pope said at the April 20 morning Mass in the chapel of St. Martha’s residence.

“They walk only in the presence of common sense. ... This is a temptation (to use) just worldly prudence,” he added.

He delivered his homily on the Gospel reading from John 6 in which Jesus declares that unless believers...READ MORE

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My Husband Isn't My Girlfriend, Women Marrying Young, The Illusion of Success and Much More! (3635)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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My Husband Isn’t My Girlfriend. Follow the link by Erin Franco of The Catholic Wife blog to read more.

My Husband Isn’t My Girlfriend by Erin Franco of The Catholic Wife blog - Big Pulpit

Another Episcopal Attack on Catholic Blogs – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

On Women Marrying Young – Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

The Illusion of Success – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

What Type of Spiritual Poverty Do You Suffer From? - Anabelle Hazard Esq, Catholic Stand

Singing the Gospel – Fr. Edward McNamara LC, E.W.T.N. News

Latest Updates on Pope Francis - Big Pulpit

Why the Church Would Be So Ridiculous as to Oppose IVF - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Hysterical Hatred and the Halls of History – Michael Coren, The Catholic World Report

Gary B. Agee, Author of ‘A Cry For...READ MORE

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Egyptian Police Accused of Siding With Cathedral Attackers (3058)

The attack also drew condemnation from Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who said he regarded any attack on churches as 'a personal attack' against him.

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Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of Assiut

CAIRO, Egypt — A media representative for Egypt’s Catholic bishops echoed concerns that police sided with Islamic extremists who attacked a funeral service en masse at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.

“The police must have been aware of the situation, so why were the police not in front of the cathedral?” asked Father Rafik Greiche of the Egyptian Catholic bishops’ conference.

He told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that the police “only arrived two hours later, and then they protected the attackers.” Muslim extremists had previously threatened to disrupt the service, the priest said.

The April 7 funeral was for four Christians killed in a gunfight that...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Ordains 10 Priests, Tells Them: Minister With Constant Joy (4087)

The Holy Father reminded the men, ‘You are pastors, not functionaries.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis ordained 10 men as priests on Sunday, reminding them that they should carry out their ministry with “constant joy and genuine love.”

“Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns, but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries,” the Holy Father told the newly ordained.

The Mass of ordination began at 9:30am in St. Peter’s Basilica, and the crowd was large enough that it spilled out into the square, where the crowd followed along on large screen TVs.

The ceremony fell on the 50th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for...READ MORE

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High-School Grads Make ‘Newman Connection’ with College Ministries (3897)

Students find Catholic faith communities before arriving on campus.

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– NewmanConnection.com

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Catholic parishes are celebrating Masses for their graduating high-school seniors — but studies show that nearly one out of every three seniors in those pews will leave the Catholic faith during their college career, and even more will stop practicing it.

However, campus ministers believe a new high-school outreach program from the Newman Connection will give them a vital tool in stemming the loss of young Catholics from the Church and promote the New Evangelization on America’s college campuses.

The Newman Connection, a nonprofit company that provides support and resources to Newman Centers throughout the United States, has launched a new national outreach program...READ MORE

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Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis, Convert Impacted by Thomas More Col. and More! (7523)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the CMR blog to read more.

Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis by Matthew Archbold of the CMR blog - Big Pulpit

Student Converts to Catholicism, Impact of Thomas More Col. – Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society/Catholic Education Daily

France: Wave of Pro-Marriage Demonstrations - Big Pulpit

Lalemant Propers: The Graduale Romanum in English – Jeff Ostrowski, New Liturgical Movement

Free Sex and the City? – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

C. D. F. and L. C. W. R.: Reform, Not Inquisition – Mary, Catholic Sistas

Do Stephen Hawking Followers Care About Evidence – Stacy Trasancos PhD

A Look at Biblical Texts in Opposition to Contraception – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

This is My...READ MORE

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‘Becoming Sister Mary Grace’ Encourages Vocations in Girls (5349)

New book is timely for World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

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Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

– Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

When they couldn’t find vocation stories for children, Father Jeffrey Kirby and Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz decided to write their own.

In 2010, they published Becoming Father Bob for boys, which quickly became a success.

But that was only the start.

This January, during Catholic Schools Week, they released their latest book, aimed at elementary and middle-school girls: Becoming Sister Mary Grace.

“Principal Peggy Wertz and I worked alongside a great illustrator and saw Becoming Sister Mary Grace come alive,” said Father Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Wertz is principal of St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken, S.C., where illustrator Alice Judd...READ MORE

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