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Pope: ‘Do I Have a Tired Heart That Only Wants a Good Bank Account?’ (4121)

The Holy Father advises people to focus on treasures they can take to heaven, like love, service, patience, goodness and tenderness.

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Pope Francis delivers his daily homily June 21 at the Vatican's St. Martha House.

– Vatican Radio/Facebook

VATICAN CITY — We have hearts that are restless and in search of treasure, Pope Francis said in his daily homily at the Vatican’s St. Martha House, and we should seek the treasure of a loving heart.

“What do I have, a tired heart that only wants to settle itself, three, four things, a good bank account, this or that thing?” he asked June 21. “This restlessness of the heart always has to be cured.”

In attendance at the Mass were members of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts as well as employees from St. Martha House and from the Roman cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

His reflections were prompted by Christ’s saying, “Where your treasure is, there also will your...READ MORE

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Despite Protests, Archbishop Assures Safety at World Youth Day (3860)

Brazilian intelligence officials have guaranteed that protests occurring in various Brazilian cities won’t affect WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has reassured young people planning to attend World Youth Day that the protests occurring in various cities in Brazil will not affect the massive event.

Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta told Vatican Radio June 21 he has spoken with Brazilian intelligence officials who have guaranteed that World Youth Day will be a safe event.

Millions have taken part in protests across Brazil in recent days, over an increase in the cost of public transportation, the high costs of the 2014 World Cup and demanding an end to government corruption.

Demonstrators have called for more investment in health care and education, rather than funding the soccer...READ MORE

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Christian College Is Granted Temporary Injunction Over HHS Mandate (2533)

Geneva College is contesting the controversial federal mandate: 'As a reformed Christian college, Geneva believes in the sanctity of life and objects, on biblical grounds, to being forced to provide the drugs through its insurance provider.'

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Geneva College in Pennsylvania has been given temporary relief from having to provide emergency contraceptives in its health-insurance plans, as required by the federal contraception mandate.

"The court has done the right thing in allowing Geneva College to suspend the enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate for the student health plan while the case moves forward," said Gregory Baylor, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the college.

The June 18 order by federal Judge Joy Flowers Conti of Pennsylvania's Western District protects Geneva College from including coverage for potentially abortion-causing drugs for its students for the...READ MORE

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Obama Wants to Eliminate Catholic Education? (25545)


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President Barack Obama meets June 17 with school children at Enniskillen Primary School in Northern Ireland.

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You may have seen the headlines: "U.S. President Undermines Catholic Schools After Vatican Prefect Praised Them." Or “Obama Offends Catholics in U.K.: Says Religious Schools Divisive.”

Well, let’s give the president the benefit of the doubt. He was speaking in notoriously divided Belfast, Northern Ireland, and said to his audience, “If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another, and fear or resentment are allowed to harden — that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.”

Let’s assume that he wasn’t exactly calling for an end to Catholic schools and that he wasn’t quite blaming...READ MORE

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Religious Orders Receive $23 Million for Retirement Aid (3595)

The USCCB’s National Religious Retirement Office distributed the funds to 439 religious communities throughout the country.

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WASHINGTON — More than $20 million has been distributed to U.S. religious communities to help care for their elderly and retired members this year.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of Catholics across the nation who faithfully support our senior religious each year,” said Sister Janice Bader, a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Mo., who serves as executive director of the National Religious Retirement Office.

“With this support, many religious communities have been able to transform their retirement crises into manageable concerns.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced on June 18 that the National Religious...READ MORE

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Congressman Attacks ‘Anemic’ U.S. Response to Christian Persecution (5335)

Rep. Frank Wolf, co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, urges the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities.

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mideast, urging the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities.

“America has always been a friend to the oppressed, the persecuted, the forgotten. But, sadly, today, that allegiance is in question, as religious freedom and human-rights abuses around the globe increasingly go unaddressed and unanswered,” Wolf said June 17 during a discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

“Looking to the Middle East, there is often societal and communal violence and repression against religious communities, which...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Monsters University' (11006)

A charming but underachieving Pixar prequel coasts confidently to an unexpectedly thoughtful finale.

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Revisiting the world of Monsters, Inc. in the prequel, Monsters University — set in the salad days of Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, who meet in college as fellow scaring majors — is perhaps a bit like pulling an old yearbook off the shelf. There are happy memories, pierced by regret and loss. We were young and foolish then, but vibrant and ambitious and full of promise. Not to mention thinner. What happened to our dreams?

A dozen years ago, Pixar was still a relatively new commodity. Before Pete Docter’s Monsters, Inc., their only non-Toy Story animated feature was the cheerfully competent A Bug’s Life, and their greatest triumphs were still ahead. Still, the studio exuded a...READ MORE

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10 Great Quotes From Pope Francis; New Fashion Trend: The Modest 50s Look Is Back and Much More! (7340)

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10 Great Quotes from Pope Francis. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer of Shameless Popery blog to read more.

10 Great Quotes from Pope Francis by Joe Heschmeyer of Shameless Popery blog - BigPulpit.com

New Fashion Trend: The Modest 50s Look Is Back – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Has Post-Vatican II Catechesis of Catholic Youth Failed? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Pontifical Mass by Archbishop Sample at Madeleine Cathedral – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

The Duties of Friendship - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Church Architecture Refined In Italy – Mark Wilson, Catholic Lane

The Cross for Joyful Living - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Chant Throughout the Ages: Veni Creator Spiritus – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Insidious Nature of Sin of...READ MORE

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