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Philippines' Constitutional Framer: More People, More Glory to God (4827)

Hilario Davide speaks of the Catholic island nation's secret to happiness in spite of poverty.

07/03/2012 Comments (8)
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– Courtesy of Hilario Davide

At a time of crisis, Hilario Davide Jr. answered the call of his country to serve with honor and integrity, drawing on his Catholic faith for moral strength and spiritual guidance.

In 1986, when the bloodless People Power revolution in the Philippines ousted corrupt President Ferdinand Marcos, Davide played a central role in constructing a new democratic government. He served on the constitutional drafting commission and headed the Commission on Elections to reform and oversee the electoral system.

In 1991, he was named to the nation’s Supreme Court and became chief justice in 1998. He later served as Philippine ambassador to the United Nations and now, retired from public life, he is...READ MORE

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Pope: 'Jesus Came to Heal the Human Heart' (1737)

Holy Father's July 1 general audience.

07/02/2012 Comments (1)

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Jesus Christ’s miraculous healing of the daughter of Jairus and a woman who suffered from a hemorrhage should inspire health-care workers to care for the entire person, physical and spiritual, Pope Benedict XVI said July 1.

“In this invaluable service, one must first be professionally competent -- it is a primary, fundamental requirement -- but this alone is not enough,” said the Pope in his Sunday Angelus address.

“This service, in fact, is first and foremost about human beings who need humanity and heartfelt attention,” he told thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square beneath a baking Roman sun.

The Pope advocated that those who tend to the sick and elderly have a...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Amazing Spider-Man' (10939)

The web-slinger returns in a half-baked reboot that has some good ideas, but undermines the hero’s moral center.

07/02/2012 Comments (27)

“Where are you coming from, Spider-Man? Nobody knows who you are!”

So went the lyrics to “Spidey Super Stories” on PBS’ The Electric Company — possibly my earliest introduction to the web slinger, unless it was the 1967 animated series, which I watched in reruns every day. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know who Spider-Man was. Over the years I’ve seen him imagined and reimagined in different ways, and, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed them all, from the classic Marvel Universe comic books to the new Ultimate Marvel series; from the live-action 1970s CBS series starring Nicholas Hammond to the recent Spectacular Spider-Man animated series (one of my favorites).

In principle, I’m...READ MORE

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One Day This Woman Will Be a Saint, The Response of God to Mysteries of Evil and Death, and more! (3096)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/02/2012 Comments (1)

One Day This Woman Will Be a Saint. Click on the link on Big Pulpit.

One Day This Woman Will Be a Saint by Paul Williams of the Catholic Herald – Big Pulpit

The Response of God to the Mysteries of Evil and Death – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Five Ways to Shush the Church Chatter – Andrew Sciba, Truth & Charity

NFL Coach Shows Faith Through Missionary Work in Peru – Carlos Espinosa, Living The Faith On A High Wire

Responding to a Former Catholic, Michael Greiner - David L. Gray, DavidLGray.info

Submerged in the Ocean - David Paul Deavel, Catholic World Report

What Can St. Catherine Teach Us About Purgatory? – Jimmy Akin, JimmyAkin.com

17th Century Lace Paraments – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Overcoming Envy – Elizabeth...READ MORE

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Catholicism in the South: Once a Strange Religion, Now Forging Ahead With Evangelical Fervor (25234)

A group of nuns stop at a gas station and ask for directions. A local woman asks for prayers. This scene would have been unimaginable 50 years ago.

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SHELBY, N.C. — The day after a newspaper in the small town of Shelby, N.C., reported that the Te Deum Foundation had acquired nearby land for a new Catholic seminary and monastery, a group of nuns in habits stopped at a local service station.

Fifty years ago — 10 years ago and, to some extent, even today — many Southerners regarded Catholics as unsaved and Catholicism as a non-Christian mystery religion.

But that day, everyone at the station greeted and welcomed the sisters. One woman even asked the nuns to pray for her injured nephew.

This acceptance marks a sea change in the Southern Baptist and evangelical Protestant-dominated South, where Catholics make up less than 10% of the...READ MORE

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Fortnight Sunday Readings Stress Culture of Life (822)

User's Guide to Sunday, July 1.

07/01/2012 Comment

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Sunday, July 1, is the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). July 4 is Independence Day, the completion of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom.”

2 Kings 22:8-13, 23:1-3; Psalm 119:33-37, 40; Matthew 7:15-20

Our Take
Today’s readings are highly appropriate for the Fortnight for Freedom. That’s the special two-week period of prayer, fasting and reflection the Church is undergoing to promote religious freedom in America in light of several recent federal challenges to Catholics’ rights.

The fortnight started on June 21, the vigil of the feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher. It ends on July 4. For EWTN coverage and specials for the fortnight, click...READ MORE

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Unalienable Rights (1791)

Publisher's Note from July 1 issue.

07/01/2012 Comment

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”: the “unalienable rights” granted to us by God, as ratified by the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

I can’t think of a better way to prepare for Independence Day than to go back and revisit what the founders of this country had in mind when proceeding with their auspicious venture. Just a simple rereading of the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution provides sharp focus into the past — and the present.

Religious freedom — which one bishop called “the pre-eminent social-justice issue of our time” — is as germane today as it was to the framers of the Constitution.

That is why the Fortnight...READ MORE

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Children Make a Joyful Noise for the Lord (7516)

July 1 issue feature on an early-childhood music program.

07/01/2012 Comment
Making Music Praying Twice

– Making Music Praying Twice

A group of parents sits comfortably in a circle on the floor, some with babies in their laps, some with toddlers or kindergarteners next to them or moving around the circle. A teacher, seated on the floor with the rest, leads parents and youngsters in a cheerful greeting song, tapping and swaying to the rhythm. Then the class participants fold their hands, bow their heads, and sing Ave Maria.

This is Making Music Praying Twice, a Catholic early-childhood music program. Early-childhood music classes have achieved huge popularity throughout the United States. Parents are attracted by the benefits of early music exposure and the desire to have fun with their children.

Making Music...READ MORE

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