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Bishop Zubik at Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass: Be ‘Footnotes’ for Christ (1308)

By their living witness, Catholics should point to Jesus, Pittsburgh shepherd said on July 4.

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WASHINGTON — On America’s 240th Independence Day, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh called on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth that is Christ.

“I would like to suggest, on this Fourth of July celebration, as we mark the end of our Fortnight for Freedom of 2016, that we take a look at how you and I are called to be footnotes — and footnotes to the truth that is none other than Jesus Christ himself,” Bishop Zubik exhorted the congregation at the July 4 closing Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom.

Using his undergraduate term papers as an example, the bishop explained that footnotes “help to embellish the truth of whatever is being conveyed. Footnotes strengthen the message that is...READ MORE

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Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, Military Chaplain, Is Step Closer to Beatification (2412)

Six historical consultants of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints have evaluated the documents in the case for completeness and accuracy. They approved them at a June 21 meeting in Rome.

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Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, who died in a POW camp during the Korean War, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2013 by President Barack Obama.

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WICHITA, Kan. — There’s good news in Kansas: Former Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun has taken a step closer to possible beatification and sainthood.

But for Scott Carter, coordinator for the Father Kapaun Guild, the story of the priest himself is the real news.

“If someone who grew up so close to us, in circumstances fairly similar to us, is able to achieve sainthood, it’s inspiring,” he told CNA June 30.

“It really makes the faith hit home. It really brings it to life and makes us realize that everything we talk about, the Gospel, Jesus’ promises, all of this is real and it is possible to achieve.”

Carter reflected on the impact that Father Kapaun’s life still has on the Catholic...READ MORE

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Congressional Panel Members Recommend Criminal Investigation of Late-Term Abortion Business (2373)

Republicans on the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, formed in response to the Planned Parenthood undercover videos, questioned the abortionist’s ties to the University of New Mexico.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, at the April 20 hearing.

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WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House committee that is investigating the fetal body parts harvesting industry are accusing a late-term abortion business and the University of New Mexico (UNM) of breaking federal law.

In a letter released on June 23, Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., accused the university of violating a federal statute preventing “valuable consideration” for the donation of unborn baby parts. Likewise, wrote Blackburn, the university violated a state law regulating the use of body parts for research.

UNM has a long-standing relationship with late-term abortionist Dr. Curtis Boyd and his Southwest Women’s Options abortion...READ MORE

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Francis to Make Private Pilgrimage to Assisi to Celebrate Franciscan Feast Day (1162)

The Pope will make the trip early next month to commemorate the eighth centenary of the dedication of the Portiuncula chapel, the site where the Franciscan order began.

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VATICAN CITY — On Monday, it was announced that Pope Francis will make a private pilgrimage to Assisi early next month to celebrate the eighth centenary of the dedication of the Portiuncula chapel, the site where the Franciscan order began.

On Aug. 4, the Pope will visit the small chapel, which is located within the larger Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, according to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. The visit was announced July 4 by Bishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi and representatives of the Franciscan order.

The papal pilgrimage will come two days after the 800th anniversary of the “Pardon of Assisi,” a Franciscan feast that...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: ‘Peace in Syria Is Possible!’ (1764)

Holy Father, in July 5 video message, called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict but aid it with arms. He also said the Syrian conflict is a situation of ‘unspeakable suffering’ and ‘saddens my heart a lot.’

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VATICAN CITY — In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict but at the same time fund the war through the sale of arms.

“While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters,” the Pope said in his video message, published July 5.  

He noted that some of the countries supplying the weapons “are also among those that talk of peace. How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand and strikes you with the left hand?”

Francis encouraged people of all ages throughout the world to use the Year of Mercy as an occasion to “overcome indifference...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh (1242)

On Sunday, he also prayed for the conversion of those ‘blinded by hate’ who commit such acts of violence. His Angelus address ended with a note of encouragement to the faithful: ‘There is a great need for Christians to witness the Gospel with joy in their everyday life.’

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VATICAN CITY — On Sunday, Pope Francis remembered the victims of attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh over the weekend and prayed for the conversion of persons “blinded by hate” who commit such acts of violence.

“I express my closeness to the families of the victims and the wounded in yesterday’s attack in Dhaka, and also of that which took place in Baghdad,” the Pope said during his weekly post-Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square.

“Let us pray together for them, for the departed, and let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of the violent, blinded by hate.” He then led the crowds in the Hail Mary.

During the horror, 165 people were killed and more than 200 wounded, after a pair of bombs...READ MORE

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God Writes the Script for Franciscan Foundress’ 75th Anniversary (15386)

Mother Rosemae Pender, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, died unexpectedly during her jubilee Mass, but her legacy of joyful religious life rooted in Christ remains.

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MERIDEN, Conn. — Mother Rosemae Pender, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, passed away unexpectedly during the June 26 Mass for her 75th jubilee.

With the community’s new chapel packed with more than 260 friends, religious and priests, Mother Rosemae renewed her vows; she then presented the constitutions of the community to Archbishop Emeritus Henry Mansell of Hartford, the principal celebrant.

Soon afterward, she suffered a heart attack and died before the end of Mass. She was 94.

“It was an incredible experience of profound sadness and profound joy that came together in that moment filled with God’s presence,” said Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti, vocation director for the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls Mother Angelica ‘a Holy Woman’ (2853)

The Holy Father after viewing a video produced by EWTN, about how American priest Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo helped his elderly mother meet the Holy Father.

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Pope Francis points to heaven after viewing a picture of Mother Angelica during his March 30 general audience, which took place three days her death.


VATICAN CITY — After speaking to Catholic News Agency about how he recently helped his elderly mother to meet Pope Francis, Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo was able to show the Pope himself a few clips of the interview.

Francis’ response after seeing the video? “He was visibly happy and asked who did it,” Msgr. Figueiredo told CNA July 2, adding that when he told the Pope it was EWTN, Francis immediately replied, “Mother Angelica. A holy woman.”

The snippets shown to the Pope portray both he and Msgr. Figuieredo looking at photos beside the latter’s mother, Sarah, as well as a scene where she walks away from the camera “as if the happiest creature on earth,” the priest said.

Sarah rejected her...READ MORE

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