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A Pilgrim at Auschwitz (3262)

Pope John Paul II offered an answer to the horror of the Holocaust. Part 3 of Joan Frawley Desmond’s journal of her pilgrimage to Poland.

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Worldpics / Shutterstock.com

A Polish postage stamp commemorates St. Maximilian Kolbe, a priest martyred at Auschwitz.

– Worldpics / Shutterstock.com

“Can it still be a surprise to anyone that the Pope born and brought up in this land, the Pope who came to the See of St. Peter from the diocese in whose territory is situated the camp of Oswiecim (Auschwitz), should have begun his first encyclical with the words “Redemptor Hominis” and should have dedicated it as a whole to the cause of man, to the dignity of man, to the threats to him, and finally to his inalienable rights that can so easily be trampled on and annihilated by his fellowmen?”

Pope John Paul II offered this anguished reflection during his 1979 visit to Auschwitz, located about an hour’s drive from his birthplace in Wadowice.  His words exposed the devastating impact of the...READ MORE

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Fertility & Gender, A Tale of Two Irelands, What Does Evangelization Look Like, and much more! (3139)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Cardinal Burke: In Today’s Society "Morality Has Ceased to Exist". Read John-Henry Westen's article to learn how to return morality in the public space.

Eight Tips for Catholic Men - Randy Hain, The Integrated Catholic Life™

What Does Evangelization Look Like? - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Fertility & Gender: An In-Depth Survey - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Home Truths for a Liberal Society - Sergio Belardinelli, MercatorNet

Cardinal Burke: Today’s Society Morality Has Ceased to Exist - John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews.com

Sorry, Mr. Weigel, You’re Wrong About Ireland - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

A Tale of Two Irelands - Joseph Pearce, Ink Desk

Catholic Hospital in Colorado Should Fire Abortion Practitioner - Gerard Nadal PhD, Catholic Lane

The Liturgical Impact of Homosexuality in the Priesthood - Louie...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal burke, catholic blogosphere, evangelization, fertility, gender, george weigel, homosexuality, ireland, liturgy, morality

Bishop Trautman Gets His Own Bobblehead (2601)

A priest from the Diocese of Erie, Pa., came up with the idea. The bishop and the diocese's preists all have one, and parishioners are asking for one, too.

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Father John Detisch via CNA

– Father John Detisch via CNA

ERIE, Pa. (CNA) — Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie, Pa., and every one of his priests, now has a bobblehead doll in his likeness, thanks to one priest who wanted to show appreciation for his service.

Father John Detisch of Sacred Heart Catholic Church told CNA on Aug. 4 that he ordered 180 bobbleheads for the 29th annual convocation of the diocese’s priests in June. The date of the gathering fell near the bishop’s 75th birthday.

The priest kept the gifts secret until the event, where he distributed the dolls in individually wrapped boxes. He made sure that the priests opened their boxes all at once.

The sight of the figures caused a “wave of hysteria” from the clergy.

“Bishop Trautman...READ MORE

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Michigan Bishops Address Immigration (2223)

They highlight problems of policy and voice 'deep concern' about effectiveness of current system.

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Archdiocese of Detroit website

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit

– Archdiocese of Detroit website

LANSING, Mich. EWTN News) —The Catholic bishops of Michigan have voiced “deep concern” about the effectiveness of the U.S. immigration system and the lack of a consistent federal policy. They said failed policy, not undocumented immigrants, should be blamed for immigration problems.

“We encourage members of the Michigan Legislature to reject measures that impugn immigrants — especially the undocumented; and we encourage the Michigan congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., to contribute to federal efforts that seek to fix the nation’s immigration system,” the seven bishops of the Michigan Catholic Conference said in a July 19 statement.

They acknowledged the state’s authority to...READ MORE

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House Passes Bill to Establish Middle East Religious-Freedom Envoy (2541)

On Aug. 2, four days after the bill's passage, an early-morning car bomb attack struck a Catholic church in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, injuring 23 people.

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– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — The House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill that would establish a special envoy for religious freedom in countries such as Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The U.S. government needs an individual who can respond and focus on the critical situation of religious minorities in these countries, whose basic human rights are increasingly under assault,” said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., the bill’s sponsor, on July 29. “If the international community fails to speak out, the prospects for religious pluralism and tolerance in the region are bleak.”

If the position is established, the special envoy will monitor religious-rights violations and minority communities’...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' (7785)

Sci-fi reboot is smart and exciting, but is it a nihilistic fantasy?

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20th Century Fox

– 20th Century Fox

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a smartly made, effective movie — but what sort of movie is it, exactly?

An origin story, oh yes, like so many others this summer, including X-Men: First Class, Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger. Like First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a prequel/reboot to an existing cinematic franchise; and, like both First Class and Captain America — the best popcorn action movies of the summer — Rise tells a well-crafted back story about biologically enhanced beings.

In a number of respects, Rise of the Planet of the Apes plays as a sort of mirror image of Captain America. Instead of a research project intended to create an army of...READ MORE

Filed under andy sirkus, dignity of the human person, humanity, james franco, movies, planet of the apes, sdg reviews

Famine in Africa, Keep Praying for Souls, How to be a Good Confessor, and much more! (3169)

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Heartbreak and Hunger in Somalia. Click on Marry DeTurris Poust link to read this terrible tragedy.

Heartbreak and Hunger in Somalia - Marry DeTurris Poust, Our Sunday Visitor

. . . News.va: Famine in Somalia spreads to three more areas . . .

Kenyan Bishops Launch Emergency Fund to Assist in Famine - Agenzia Fides

African Famine: Inhuman to Remain Indifferent - News.va/L’Osservatore Romano

The Archbishop Who Organized Two WYD’s - Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, La Stampa

. . . World Youth Day Madrid: A Day That Will Make History . . .

Never Give Up! Keep Praying & Working for Souls! - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

How to be a Good Confessor - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

The Question of Government Size & Scope - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/In...READ MORE

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Madrid 'Is Abuzz' With World Youth Day Excitement (2847)

Papal nuncio says the faith fest is exactly what young people — and Spain — needs.

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ROME (CNA) — When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Spain for World Youth Day mid-August, he will find a country gripped by economic crisis. Despite that, the papal nuncio to Madrid says Spanish enthusiasm for the papal visit is undiminished.

“Spain is waiting for the Holy Father with great desire and hope that he will also assist a recovery on a spiritual level,” said Archbishop Renzo Fratini to Vatican Radio Aug. 4, adding that in Madrid itself “there is great expectation, and the whole city is abuzz.” 

Spanish unemployment is currently the highest in the industrialized world, with nearly half of all young people unable to find work.

Spain “is going through a crisis of values and...READ MORE

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