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Vatican Bank Director, Deputy Announce Resignations (3751)

Since 2010, the management of the Institute for Religious Works has been working hard to bring processes in line with international standards for anti-money laundering.

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The Institute for Religious Works, or the Vatican Bank, as it is commonly known, on June 28.

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VATICAN CITY — Paolo Cipriani, director of the Vatican Bank, resigned today, along with his deputy, Massimo Tulli, “in the best interest of the Institute [for Religious Works] and the Holy See,” according to a Vatican statement.

The Vatican Bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, has begun the process of finding permanent replacements to fill the positions.

Meanwhile, Ernst von Freyberg, who was appointed president of IOR’s supervisory board in February, as part of the group’s reform, has been appointed interim director, and his interim deputy will be Rolando Marranci.

Antonio Montaresi fills a newly created position, chief risk officer, to oversee...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' First Encyclical to Be Released July 5 (2363)

The encyclical, begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis, is entitled Lumen Fidei, which means 'The Light of Faith.'

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Pope Francis greets the faithful on May 8.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ first encyclical will be published on Friday, July 5, the Vatican has announced.

The encyclical was begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis in recent months. It is entitled Lumen Fidei, which means “The Light of Faith.”

The papal document will be presented at a press conference by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

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Courage Conference to Minister to Those With Same-Sex Attraction (6877)

The Courage apostolate aims to help those who have same-sex attraction and want to live according to Catholic teaching, which recognizes homosexual acts as grave sins.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Courage apostolate’s upcoming annual conference seeks to strengthen the faith and the confidence in Christ of Catholics who have same-sex attraction, helping them to live their call to chastity.

“The Church finds herself in the unhappy situation of having to say ‘No’ to things she knows to be contrary to the human good,” Father Paul Check, director of Courage, told Catholic News Agency July 1. “But whenever there’s a ‘No,’ and of course Our Lord also said ‘No’ to certain things in the Gospel, there has to be a corresponding ‘Yes.’”

“The ‘Yes’ is the outstretched hand of fraternal charity that the Church offers to men and women with same-sex attraction and to...READ MORE

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7 Things to Know About Pope Francis' First Encyclical, Redeeming Disney and Much More! (6944)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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7 Things to Know about Pope Francis’ First Encyclical. Follow the link by Kevin Cotter of Focus Blog to read more.

7 Things to Know about Pope Francis’ First Encyclical by Kevin Cotter of Focus Blog - BigPulpit.com

Our Allies, the Syrian Muslim Rebels, Behead a Catholic Priest In Front of a Cheering Crowd – Fr. Z’s Blog

Redeeming Disney - Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Why Arm Our ‘Allies’ Who Beheaded a Catholic Priest? – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Facing Death as a Catholic: We Who Remain - Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Why the Church Cannot Walk Away from ‘Marriage’ – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law

Saints Peter and Paul Vespers at the London Oratory – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Is the Eucharist Truly Jesus’ Body and Blood? – Tim Staples, Catholic...READ MORE

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Catholic Leaders Decry U.S. Arms to Syrian Rebels (9917)

Christians, Minorities Caught in Crossfire

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Bishop Nicholas Samra, head of the Melkite Catholic Church in the United States.

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WASHINGTON — Church leaders warned that more blood, martyrs and the end of the Church in Syria is the price Syria will pay if the U.S. decides to go ahead with plans to arm the rebel forces.

Syria’s two-year civil war between forces allied with ruling President Bashar al-Assad and the rebel opposition has devolved into a sectarian Shia-Sunni conflict with Christians and other minorities caught in the crossfire.

“We’re seeing what looks like an extermination of Christianity,” Bishop Nicholas Samra, head of the Melkite Catholic Church in the United States, told the Register. “It’s not a healthy situation to help either side militarily at this point.”

Bishop Samra said that Syria’s...READ MORE

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The Judicial Outcome on Prop. 8: A Fundamental Attack on Democracy? (4403)

The popular will of the people of California on marriage was thwarted because of the refusal of state officials to defend the ballot initiative in court.

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Pro- and anti-Proposition 8 protesters rally in front of the San Francisco City Hall in 2009 as the California Supreme Court holds a session to determine the definition of marriage.

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WASHINGTON — Executive branch officials at the state and federal government levels are increasingly ignoring laws they dislike, especially those pertaining to the defense of marriage.

This trend places citizens who support existing laws that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman in a bind because they may not have legal standing to defend those laws in court when their elected officials refuse to do so.

“This is a devastating trend across the courts on a wide array of legal issues,” Peter Breen, executive director and legal counsel of the Thomas More Society, told the Register.

In decades past, executive-level leaders would refuse to enforce laws only for grave...READ MORE

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How to Avoid Cooperating With Evil in Public Life, God in a Meaningless Universe and Much More! (2876)

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How Catholics Can Avoid Cooperating with Evil in Public Life. Follow the link by James Kalb, JD, to read more.

How Catholics Can Avoid Cooperating with Evil in Public Life by James Kalb, JD - BigPulpit.com

God in a Meaningless Universe – James Chastek PhL, Just Thomism

Five Books for Summer – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Is Chivalry for Men Passé? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Fortnight for Freedom: John Carroll’s Prayer – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

On “Severe Penances” – Fr. James V. Schall SJ PhD, The Catholic Thing

The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood - Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Foolishness! – Stephen Bullivant, Strange Notions

Why Read the Church Fathers? – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

We Need to Pray for Our Clergy – Amanda...READ MORE

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Navy Chaplain Honored in Vietnam Despite Communist Objections (5658)

Bishop Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri of Da Nang said Mass in honor of Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno’s 55th anniversary of priestly ordination.

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Ted Bronson and Bishop Joseph Tri stand in front of a banner of Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno in Vietnam, June 2013.

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DA NANG, Vietnam — Bishop Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri of Da Nang recently said Mass in honor of Father Vincent Capodanno, a U.S. chaplain killed during the Vietnam War, and he encouraged his people to ask the priest’s intercession.

Ted Bronson, a retired Navy Captain, told Catholic News Agency June 26 that Bishop Tri “is a brave bishop, fostering Capodanno under the umbrella” of Vietnamese communism.

The Mass, said on June 14, marked the 55th anniversary of Father Capodanno’s priestly ordination. Father Capodanno was ordained for the Maryknoll Missionary order, and he later became a chaplain for the U.S. Navy.

While with Maryknoll, Father Capodanno served in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and then...READ MORE

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