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Pope Francis Will Visit Caserta Twice (1016)

The Holy Father will travel to the Italian city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living, in order to meet with local Catholics and to visit his old friend.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend.

In a statement released July 17, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added a day onto his already-planned trip to the city of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy to visit Pastor Giovanni Traettino, who is an old friend from his time in Buenos Aires.

The Holy Father will travel to Caserta in the afternoon of Saturday, July 26, where he has accepted the invitation of the diocese’s bishop, Giovanni D'Avise. Upon his arrival, the Pope will meet with local...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church (9160)

Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International, frames the narrative in Christ and authentic human identity.

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Same-sex attraction has become an inescapable issue in modern society — from the political and cultural efforts to mainstream it to fights over same-sex “marriage” and employment in the Church. The extremely clear, humane and rational teachings of the Church on human sexuality have never been more essential and never been more misunderstood and mischaracterized. In particular, the cross carried by those with same-sex attraction who wish to live as faithful Catholics has become heavier as the subject dominates mainstream culture.

Since 2008, Father Paul Check has been the executive director of Courage International, an apostolate providing support to people who have same-sex attraction but...READ MORE

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Iraq Now ‘Chaos,’ Says Chaldean Patriarch (1392)

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako urged Shiites and Sunnis in parliament to compromise on their differences and unite to save Iraq.

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Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako

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VATICAN CITY — Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Iraq has written a letter urging Iraqi government officials to “waste no more time” in electing new leaders, and he lamented the grim possibility of finding a peaceful solution to conflict.

“Only the president of the parliament was elected; and later, maybe next week, there will be an election for the president of the republic and also the prime minister,” Patriarch Sako told CNA July 16, following the July 15 election of Salim al-Jubouri as the new speaker of Iraq’s parliament.

“But you know many cities are not controlled by the government. It’s really chaos.”

Salim al-Jubouri’s election marks the end of a three-month deadlock in Iraqi...READ MORE

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Jesuits Work to Free Abducted Priest in Afghanistan (1296)

Father Alexis Prem Kumar was abducted June 2 while accompanying teachers on a visit to a school for refugees in the village of Sohadat.

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Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar

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KABUL, Afghanistan — More than a month after the kidnapping of Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar near the Afghan city of Herat, the Society of Jesus continues to advocate for his release.

“During this painful time, we have worked quietly to resolve this difficult situation. We have been in close contact with the Afghan authorities and the Indian Consul General in Herat, Afghanistan,” Jesuit Father Peter Balleis, international director of Jesuit Refugee Service, stated July 7.

“Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive, and he remains in Afghanistan.”

Father Kumar, 47, is from the Indian state...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ (4831)

Disney goes back to the same oil well once too often, running the world of Cars franchise into the ground.

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“It’s better than new!” a mechanically inclined character in Planes: Fire & Rescue says over and over, until it becomes the movie’s catchphrase.

Friends, it isn’t.

With this sequel to last summer’s spin-off from the franchise that descended from Pixar’s Cars, the World of Cars has left behind not only stock cars, the open road, specific real-world settings and Larry the Cable Guy, but racing itself. Practically nothing is left of John Lasseter’s original vision, except those blasted windshield eyeballs. In this melancholy year without Pixar, it’s worse than no reminder at all.

Like Planes last summer, Planes: Fire & Rescue is from DisneyToon Studios, which specializes in small-screen...READ MORE

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Popes Should Resign More Often; Pope Francis on War: No; Caesar's Thumb and Much More! (2722)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Popes Should Resign More Often by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic link to read more.

Popes Should Resign More Often by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis on War: “No” – Father Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Caesar’s Thumb - Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand

The Facebook Timeline and the Disintegration of Memory - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Illness of the Bended Walker – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

Marriage: A Catholic Understanding – Kerri Baunach, Catholic Sistas

Saint John Paul II’s Father Is a Role Model for All Men – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

The Right and Wrong Way to Talk About Rape – Misty, Catholic Sistas

Hands Off Iraq – John Zmirak, Aleteia

Is Praise and Worship Music “More Than a Feeling? - Mr. C, The Chant Café

Prayer as...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Senate Bill ‘Does Not Befit a Nation Committed to Religious Liberty’ (1554)

Although the bill failed to proceed today, more than 50 Senators supported the bill, which would have denied health-coverage conscience rights to employers.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley (l) and Archbishop William Lori speak at a 2012 USCCB conference.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have issued a strong rebuke of a Senate bill that would have denied conscience rights to employers in the field of health coverage.

“We are writing to state our strong opposition to the misnamed ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’ (S. 2578),” wrote Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston in a letter to all U.S. senators on Monday.

Archbishop Lori is the chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Cardinal O’Malley is the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“In short, the bill does not befit a nation committed to religious liberty. Indeed, if it were...READ MORE

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South Korea, a Land of Dynamic Catholicism, Awaits Pope Francis (3372)

The Holy Father’s Aug. 14-18 trip will be the first papal visit since Pope John Paul’s in 1989.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ apostolic voyage to South Korea will be the first papal visit to Asia in just over a decade.

The Holy Father is making the Aug. 14-18 trip for two principal reasons: to attend the sixth Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 Korean martyrs who were among 10,000 mostly lay Catholics killed in successive waves of persecution in 19th-century Confucian-dominated Korea.

But the visit, which has as its theme “Arise, Shine (Isaiah 60:1),” will also serve a number of other purposes that include encouraging the rapid growth in faith in the country and parts of the continent; giving hope to those suffering economic and other hardships; and promoting peace and...READ MORE

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