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Abortion Survivor Gives Eloquent Testimony at Rome’s March for Life (2603)

This year’s march drew an estimated 40,000 participants on May 10.

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Mary Rathke speaks at Rome's March for Life on May 10.

– Martha Calderon/CNA

ROME — One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year's March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life and not abortion.

“Many people use the reason for rape to accept abortions,” said the Michigan native in a May 10 interview with CNA.

Rathke, 35, was conceived when her mother was raped on her way home from work.

“They say that it is the rapist’s baby, that it is a monster’s baby and that no one would want this child,” she said.

“I am not a monster’s baby. I am not the rapist’s baby. I am my mother’s child, and I’m a child of the most high God, and I am made in his image.”

Rathke, now a pro-life advocate, was one...READ MORE

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Will a Call to Mercy Wake Hearts to the Homeless? (1856)

The Holy Father’s call for a Year of Mercy challenges Christians in D.C. to “move from indifference to compassion” in the face of people on society’s margins.

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Enzio ‘Denzel’ Sudler said he wants a job so he can get out of his sheltered situation, but he keeps getting turned down from work on construction crews in D.C.

– Peter Jesserer Smith

WASHINGTON — Every day, John Sterling trusts in the goodness of God, the kindness of friends and the few strangers who notice him at Union Station to survive in Washington.

Unlike the many hundreds upon hundreds of tourists, students and professionals walking by him with haste every day in the heart of the nation’s capital, Sterling is blind.

In the prime of his life, Sterling suffered a devastating accident. The black, 65-year-old former mechanic lost his sight in 1991, when a car battery blew up in his eyes. Unable to see, he became homeless later, when a neighbor he trusted pocketed his rent money instead of mailing it to the landlord. Sterling said, through all his sufferings, his...READ MORE

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Hopelessness and Heroin — What Fueled the Baltimore Riots, and What Now? (1689)

A grotesque cycle of poverty, drugs and incarceration confronts the Church in Baltimore, which is coming to grips with its own failures and need to reassess how it can give hope to a deeply wounded city.

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Baltimore on May 1, 2015

– Addie Mena/CNA

BALTIMORE — As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is working to reach a wounded community with a long history of pain and little hope.

Baltimore “is a place of many strengths, a lot of beauty, a lot of goodness, but it also has long-standing systemic problems,” Archbishop William Lori told Catholic News Agency.

The city erupted in anger after Gray, an African-American, died April 19 of severe spinal and neck injuries sustained while in police custody. His death sparked mass protests and some violent riots, but those who live in the city say that rather than being an isolated tragedy, it was the climax of decades of...READ MORE

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Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to You, I May Come Back to the Church (2803)

Cuba’s Communist leader made the comment following his audience yesterday with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis meets with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Vatican May 10.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, the president of the Caribbean nation suggested he could return to the Church in the future.

“I will start praying again and return to the Church” if the Pope continues what he has been doing, Raul Castro said on Sunday.

Castro is president of Cuba and the younger brother of Fidel, the leader of Cuba's communist revolution. He spoke to the press a few hours after his meeting with Pope Francis.

The Cuban leader also said he was impressed with the Pope’s “wisdom and modesty,” adding that he reads all of his speeches.

The May 10...READ MORE

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Pope: Jesus and Mothers Show Us the Path to Love (966)

The Holy Father also greeted those gathered for the Rome March for Life: “It is important to collaborate together in order to defend and promote life.”

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VATICAN CITY — On Sunday, Pope Francis extended a special greeting to all those around the world who were celebrating Mother's Day, after offering advice on loving to the point of laying down one's life.

“We remember all mothers with gratitude and affection,” the Pope said to the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square under the hot sun for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer on May 10.

Speaking to the mothers after granting the apostolic blessing to those present, he noted that the applause from the crowd embraced all mothers: “those who live with us physically, but also those who live with us spiritually.”

The Pope also greeted those who were beginning to gather around the Vatican...READ MORE

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Keeping a Cool Head on Pope Francis’ Environment Encyclical (8506)


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The human race may (or may not) be responsible for the rise in global temperature over the past several decades. We may be in the hottest years since records were kept, or the observed “pause” in the rise in global temperatures since 1998 may give us pause as to what, precisely, is going on.

But one thing is certain: A number of people, of quite different views, have been busily heating up the debate in anticipation of the June release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who heads the Pope’s specially selected advisory committee of nine cardinals, responded to questions last month in an appearance at Georgetown University and made a point of...READ MORE

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Ways Millennial Catholics Experience the Church Differently, Scripture on Praying and Much More! (2376)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Eight Ways Millennial Catholics Experience the Church Differently by Lucy West of Epic Pew link to read more.

Eight Ways Millennial Catholics Experience the Church Differently by Lucy West of Epic Pew - Big Pulpit

Does Scripture Teach Us to Pray for Departed and Pray to the Saints? – Joe Heschmeyer

Monks Being Monks - Dominic Cassella, Epic Pew

Spiritual Work of Mercy to Instruct the Ignorant – Monsignor Charles Pope

Vatican Heavies Silence Climate Heretics at U. N. Papal Summit by James Delingpole of Big Government - Big Pulpit

The Truth About Mary Magdalene – Pastor Iuventus, Catholic Herald Magazine

Of God and Godparents – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Cardinal Sarah ‘Scandal’ of Confusion Between Good and Evil Made by Priests – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

Saint Bridget: Half...READ MORE

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Five Simple Lessons About Priests, Tips for Getting Comfortable With Evangelization and Much More! (2720)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Five Simple Lessons About Priests by Cynthia Buttjer of The Dead Philosopher’s Society link to read more.

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Stakes High for May 22 Irish Vote on Marriage – Michael Kelly, OSV Newsweekly

Missed Conceptions – Karen Reep, Catholic Stand

The Battle Britain’s Christians Need to Fight – Tim Montgomerie, Catholic Herald Magazine

Tips for Getting Comfortable With Evangelization – Jeff Mirus PhD, Catholic Culture

New In-Depth You Tube Series on Accompanying Gregorian Chant – Ben Yanke, The Chant Café

Quæritur: ‘Getting Rid’ of Hosts – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Real Culprit Is Our Outlaw Judiciary – Robert Lowry Clinton, Crisis Magazine

Spanish Film Brings Story of ‘Three Rebel Monks’ to Life – Catholic News...READ MORE

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