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‘God Acts, and He Surprises Us,’ Pope Tells WYD Massgoers (4201)

The Holy Father exhorted the faithful gathered at Mass today at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida to be open to God's call.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during the 28th World Youth Day.


APARECIDA, Brazil — Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude that marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in his homily at Brazil’s National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his first World Youth Day Mass.

“God always surprises us, like the new wine in the Gospel we have just heard. God always saves the best for us,” Pope Francis said at a Mass July 24, after he had venerated the shrine’s image of Our Lady.

“But he asks us to let ourselves be surprised by his love, to accept his surprises. Let us trust God.”

Pope Francis came to Aparecida, “the house of the Mother of every Brazilian,” about 160 miles west of Rio de Janeiro, earlier today by helicopter. He was...READ MORE

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Keeping the Faith and the Peace in a ‘Favela’ (2581)

Residents credit their Catholic faith and sound government policies for the new atmosphere of hope that’s transforming their Rio shanty town.

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Favela resident David Bispo stands outside of his restaurant.


RIO DE JANEIRO — At first glance, the favela known as Babilônia appears to be nothing more than an impoverished wasteland on a small mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach.

But a deeper look and an afternoon spent with some of the shanty town’s 3,500 residents gives light to a community characterized by strong Christian roots and, for the first time in its 80-year history, hope for the future.

Since the 1990s, pictures of Babilônia show men with machine guns and rifles standing on street corners and makeshift roofs. Known as the Terceiro Comando and Comando Vermelho, these drug-trafficking groups dictated everything from the hours Babilônia’s residents could leave...READ MORE

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Pope’s Encyclical a Bold Call to Proclaim Faith, Says Indian Cardinal (2953)

Between Blessed John Paul II and Pope Francis, a ‘great harvest of faith’ is taking place in Asia, according to Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias

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BANGKOK — The archbishop of Bombay, India, has praised Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) for exploring the “valuable richness” of faith and giving an “answer to the present challenges to faith.”

Lumen Fidei,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias told Catholic News Agency July 22, is a “challenge to us not to take our faith for granted, but to understand our faith, to live it ethically and proclaim it confidently.”

Cardinal Gracias said he appreciated Pope Francis' “down-to-earth, direct approach,” pointing to the Pope's statement that the encyclical was “written by four hands.”

The encyclical has the “theological depth” and insights of Benedict XVI, as well as the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: WYD Catechesis Will Explore ‘Beautiful Themes’ (2482)

Pilgrims will divide into language groups July 24-26 for catechesis, led by more than 250 bishops from around the world.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Held at each World Youth Day as an opportunity to provide formation for participants, the three catechesis sessions in Rio will delve into the Church’s missionary character, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

This year’s talks will explore “beautiful themes” centered around the call of all Christians to evangelize, the cardinal told Catholic News Agency on July 23.

Pilgrims will be divided up into language groups on the mornings of July 24-26 for catechesis, one of the major teaching elements of World Youth Day.

More than 250 bishops from around the world will be leading the catechesis sessions, stationed at different locations throughout the city.


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Modesty: Who Is Responsible? Finding God at the Beach: Dr. Peter Kreeft Interview and Much More! (4379)

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Modesty: Who Is Responsible? Follow the link by Dr. Frank Moncher of Catholic Lane to read more.

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How Ireland Traveled From a Pro-Life Ethos to Legalized Abortion (7157)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The path to Ireland’s first abortion law is a tale of political betrayal, bullying and abuse of conscience.

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Young Irish pro-lifers keep vigil outside Ireland's Dáil (Parliament) on July 12, the day it passed a bill legalizing abortion.

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DUBLIN, Ireland — In 1983, the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to amend their Constitution to explicitly acknowledge the right to life of the unborn.

Thirty years later, a law allowing state-funded abortion for threatened suicide, without time limits, has just passed.

Critics predict that the bill, which was passed by Ireland’s Dáil (Parliament) on July 12 and by the Seanad (Senate) on July 23, will allow easy abortion access to any woman who claims her pregnancy has led to suicidal thoughts. The Irish Bishops' Conference condemned the legislation as “a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.”

According to Cora Sherlock, deputy chair of Ireland’s Pro-Life Campaign,...READ MORE

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Prostitutes Find Compassion, New Start in Project Dawn Court (4345)

Catholic speaker Dawn Eden says city’s program reflects Judeo-Christian teaching “that people can change, people can grow.”

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Dawn Eden (third from left) with Project Dawn Court staff and associates.

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PHILADELPHIA  —  A Philadelphia treatment court has received praise for offering hope and healing to women seeking to turn around their lives after being charged with repeat prostitution offenses.

“I think it’s a tremendously helpful approach,” author and speaker Dawn Eden said. “When I heard the graduates give their stories, stories of healing and hope, I really felt the presence of God in the room.”

Eden gave the July 9 commencement speech to the women graduating from Project Dawn Court, an initiative run by the City of Philadelphia to help women with repeat prostitution offenses. The program is modeled on the highly successful Philadelphia Treatment Court, founded in 1997 to help...READ MORE

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Do U.S. Economic Policies Fuel Latin-American Immigration? (5518)

As Congress debates immigration reform, lawmakers are devoting little attention to reducing immigration by assisting source nations more effectively.

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Undocumented immigrants rest at the U.S. Border Patrol detainee processing center in McAllen, Texas, on April 11.

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WASHINGTON — While Congress hotly debates the fate of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States, few have paid attention to the factors that push migrants to take the dangerous journey from their home countries to find work in the U.S. — or how U.S. economic policies toward Latin America may shoulder part of the blame.

Nearly 11.1 million immigrants live and work without legal papers in the U.S. Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, who leads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ advocacy of comprehensive immigration reform, has urged Congress to enact legislation this year.

The Democrat-controlled Senate has already passed a comprehensive...READ MORE

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