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White Sox Catcher Celebrates Family on All-Star Break (7864)

Tyler Flowers’ daughter is an answer to prayer.

07/15/2013 Comments (12)
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Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers

– Ron Vesely/Chicago White Sox

As the American League All-Stars take on the National League All-Stars in Flushing, N.Y., tomorrow, Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers will be relaxing with family in his hometown of Woodstock, Ga. Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2005, Flowers made his major-league debut for the White Sox in 2009.

Neither Flowers (.205 batting average) nor the White Sox (37-55 win-loss record) as a team have had a stellar season thus far, so Flowers sees the All-Star break as a way to get recharged for the second half of the season.

His wife, Nancy, has been a tremendous influence on renewing the faith of his baptism, and their daughter, Mia, is no less than an answer to prayer....READ MORE

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Pope Francis: God Desires ‘Good and Generous’ Hearts Full of Mercy (3209)

The Holy Father reflects on the Good Samaritan parable.

07/15/2013 Comments (2)

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — In his first Angelus message from Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis said God desires “good and generous” hearts full of mercy for those in need.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, said Pope Francis, “Jesus shows that the heart of this Samaritan is good and generous and that, unlike the priest and Levite, he practices the will of God, who desires mercy more than sacrifice.”

“God always wants this: mercy,” added the Pope, expanding on his prepared remarks. “God well knows our pain, our difficulties, and even our sins! (Yet) he gives us his merciful heart. And this — what the Samaritan did — shows God’s own compassion: mercy towards those who are in need.”

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Can I Have a Job at a Lutheran Church?  God on the Basketball Hoop:  Catholic Imagination and More! (3838)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Quæritur: Can I Have a Job at a Lutheran Church? Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Quæritur: Can I Have a Job at a Lutheran Church? via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

God on the Basketball Goal: Catholic Imagination – Karen Ullo, Tuscany Press

Saint Bonaventure’s Life of Saint Francis of Assisi: The Real Deal – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Miracles, Science and Divine Intervention – Deacon Harbey Santiago

Coptic Oriental Orthodox Christians Stand To Lose In Egypt Again – Byz Pulpit

Beacons of Light: Blessed Louis and Marie-Azélie "Zelie" Martin – Philip Kosloski, Into the West

Indwelling of the Trinity in the Souls of the Just – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Two Males, No Men – God & Caesar

When You’re Not Married to a Saint - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand


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St. Kateri Affirms Indigenous Catholics and All the Faithful (5691)

Reflections on ‘Model of Holiness’ on Her First Post-Canonization Feast Day

07/14/2013 Comments (8)

Editor's note: Learn about the life of the first Native-American saint on EWTN in a docudrama that covers everything from young Kateri Tekawitha’s life and faith to the miracles that resulted in her canonization. See what it was like to walk In Her Footsteps at 9pm ET, Sunday, July 14.


When Pope Benedict XVI canonized St. Kateri Tekakwitha last October, she became the first American-Indian saint.  

This Sunday, July 14, marks her first feast day since her canonization.

“It has been an affirmation of who we are,” said Sister Kateri Mitchell, a full-blooded Mohawk with the Congregation of St. Ann. She is the executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference in Great Falls, Mont., a...READ MORE

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Ireland Legalizes Abortion; Law Will Lead to Its Increase, Vatican Official Says (5807)

Formerly pro-life nation makes anti-life decision.

07/12/2013 Comments (7)
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Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau

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ROME — A scientist from the Pontifical Academy for Life says Ireland’s new abortion law will result in an increased number of children being aborted, especially because it does not involve enough doctors in the decision-making process.

Ireland voted today to legalize abortion in cases where there is "a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, including the threat of suicide." 

“I would have liked to have had this law with a motion of at least three doctors, even in an emergency,” Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau of France said July 12.

“We are not in Tamanrasset [Algeria] or in Fulsara [India]. We are in Ireland, so you could have three doctors. And at three you make the right...READ MORE

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Lone Star State Showdown Reflects Cultural Battle Over Abortion (5288)


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Image from the protest at the Texas capitol

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Last week, in Texas, a group of pro-life activists stood in the Texas State House singing Amazing Grace. They were surrounded by a group of pro-choice activists who began chanting, “Hail Satan!” in response.

This raw moment revealed everything we need to know about the cultural battle in which our nation finds itself.

Of course, no one actually believes that the protesters in Texas worship Satan per se. By chanting they did not mean to convert onlookers to devil worship. But their chants were designed to mock and disturb people of faith, and their activism is designed to challenge the values system that people of faith represent.

The showdown in the Lone Star State provides a great...READ MORE

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Vatican Freezes Funds of Suspended Accountant (2982)

Msgr. Nunzio Scarano was arrested June 28 by Italian police.

07/12/2013 Comment

The Institute for Religious Works or the Vatican Bank as it is commonly known.


VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced that it has frozen the funds of a senior accountant who is accused of laundering money through the so-called Vatican Bank.

“By court order on the 9th of July, the Vatican promoter of justice has frozen funds at the IOR attributed to suspended Vatican employee Nunzio Scarano as part of an ongoing investigation by the Vatican judicial authorities,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said July 11.

Father Lombardi also revealed that the bank, officially called the Institute for Religious Works, has hired the Promontory Financial Group to conduct “an objective review” of the “facts and circumstances of the accounts in question,” as well as “all...READ MORE

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Faith, Family and Film: Mainstream Movie-Making With a Message (4885)

Forthcoming Moms’ Night Out Celebrates Christian Values With Humor

07/12/2013 Comment
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– Moms' Night Out Facebook

I have a confession to make: I don’t watch television. Reality TV doesn’t move me, crime dramas are a dime a dozen, and today’s sitcoms are just not funny.

Movies are my thing. Netflix is my friend. My queue is stacked well over 100 titles deep. Lately, I’ve been delving into the classics — films from the 1940s all the way to the ’60s. I’ve rediscovered great acting, profound storytelling and a level of morality rarely found in modern productions. I’ve gained a new appreciation for Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis.

The industry abandoned the Motion Picture Production Code in 1968 in favor of the current rating system, resulting in a sharp decline of family-friendly...READ MORE

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