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Christian Sportscasters Come Under Fire for Opposing Homosexuality (6406)

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is criticized but keeps his job, unlike a Canadian Catholic sports anchor who also defended traditional marriage.

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NEW YORK — U.S. sportscaster Chris Broussard came under fire after condemning homosexuality recently in the context of the “coming out” of pro basketball player Jason Collins, but he appears to have weathered the storm.

Canadian sports anchor Damian Goddard suffered a very different fate: Last month, a Canadian human-rights tribunal upheld his firing in 2011 for tweeting support of traditional marriage two years ago.

Now, Goddard is urging American Christians to stand up for their rights, in order to prevent the United States from following Canada’s lead in enforcing politically correct views on homosexuality in the public square and the workplace.

The pitfalls for a sportscaster in...READ MORE

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Francis Upholds Tradition, Pope on When Christians Lack Difficulties, Something Is Wrong and More! (2497)

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Indian Film 'Christaayan' Depicts Life of Jesus (4254)

The six-hour Hindi-language film, seven years in the making, makes a favorable debut.

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NEW DELHI — Christaayan, a new Indian-language film on the life of Jesus, is being hailed by secular media outlets as “Jesus Christ, Indian Superstar.”

The English-language daily newspaper DNA (Daily News Analysis), based in Mumbai, wrote glowingly about the six-hour “Bollywood” film, produced and directed by Divine Word Missionary Father George Kannanayil, and compared it to Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

Hindi-language media outlets also have praised the film, set in an Indian milieu. The dialogue is in Hindi, with English subtitles. Fewer than 25% of the 17 million Catholics in India speak Hindi, which is the dominant tongue in northern and central India.


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Legion of Christ, Regnum Christi Begin Stage of Prayer and Penance (2948)

Representatives of Regnum Christi will soon hold a meeting in Rome, while, this summer, territorial assemblies will be held to revise the draft of the Constitution of the Legionaries.

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ROME — The Legionaries of Christ and the members of Regnum Christi will enter a period of atonement and prayer in preparation for upcoming events that will determine the future of their spiritual family.

The announcement was made in a May 28 letter signed by Father Sylvester Heereman, the vicar general and acting director general of the Legion, along with Gloria Rodríguez and Jorge López, directors of the female and male branches, respectively, of the consecrated members of Regnum Christi.

“It is a great joy to be able to send you this letter as the feast of the Sacred Heart approaches — a celebration of one of the pillars of our spirituality,” the letter explained. “What is the...READ MORE

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Holy See Decries Intolerance ‘In the Name of Tolerance’ (3263)

Bishop Mario Toso pointed to severe restrictions on Christian speech and conscience that can become the grounds of a criminal complaint in many European countries.

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WASHINGTON — A statement from the Holy See warned that prejudice against Christianity is growing in Europe, often under the guise of “tolerance.”

“Intolerance in the name of ‘tolerance’ must be named for what it is and publicly condemned,” said Bishop Mario Toso. “To deny religiously informed moral argument a place in the public square is intolerant and anti-democratic.”

“Or, to put it another way, where there might be a clash of rights, religious freedom must never be regarded as inferior,” he explained.

Bishop Toso delivered a statement of the Holy See at the high-level Conference on Tolerance and Non-discrimination held in Albania May 21-22. The gathering was convened under the...READ MORE

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Church in Northern Arabia Longs for ‘Place to Worship’ (3580)

Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Kuwait, said a major concern for his vicariate is promoting religious freedom for Christians in the area.

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Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Northern Arabia

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WASHINGTON — As he oversees the missionary territory of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, apostolic vicar Camillo Ballin outlined Catholics’ need for religious toleration as well as a physical home for ministry.

A native of Italy, Bishop Ballin set out to study Arabic and Islam in order “to discover another world” after his ordination as a priest of the Comboni Missionaries.

In a May 29 interview with Catholic News Agency, he noted that his travels have taken him to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan and eventually to his 2005 appointment as apostolic vicar of Kuwait.

His vicariate — otherwise known as an ecclesiastical jurisdiction within the Church, where a hierarchy is not yet...READ MORE

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Dark Moment Reminded Pope to Seek God’s Will Above Success (4172)

The Pope preached that Christianity without the cross is a religion that is more concerned with apparent victory than with the Father’s plan.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Martha's chapel on May 29.

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VATICAN CITY — At his daily Mass in St. Martha’s residence May 29, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of a Church that is too concerned with “organization and success” by recalling a “dark moment” of his spiritual life.

“A Church that only thinks about triumphs (and) successes, does not know that rule of Jesus: the rule of triumph through failure, human failure, the failure of the cross."

“And this is a temptation that we all have,” the Pope told employees of the Vatican city state governorate.

For Pope Francis, the Gospel reading from St. Mark reminded him of when “I was in a dark moment in my spiritual life, and I asked a favor from the Lord.”

“Then, I went to preach the...READ MORE

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Religious Orders to Release Records of Abusive Los Angeles Priests (2662)

Los Angeles County Superior Court set a September deadline for the public release of the documents.

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LOS ANGELES — Catholic religious orders will soon release confidential files about priests accused of sex abuse who were assigned to work in Los Angeles, fulfilling part of a settlement agreement with victims.

The files involve orders including the Salesians, Vincentians and Marianists and will begin to be released as early as June. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias set a September deadline for the public release of the documents.

Victims’ attorney Raymond Boucher told the judge that most orders came forward “with a positive attitude,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “We want to get this behind us,” Boucher said, adding that the first records' release could happen in...READ MORE

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