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New Joliet Bishop Conlon Talks About Being Sent to Serve by Christ (3490)

Homily: 'The one sent must remain faithful to the sender.'

07/22/2011 Comments (1)
Diocese of Joliet

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet, Ill.

– Diocese of Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. (EWTN News) — During his installation Mass, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet, Ill., stressed the need for bishops to be humble, courageous and conscious of their role as someone sent by God.

“I did not seek to be a bishop, nor am I worthy to be one,” he said in his homily. “This is all someone else’s idea. And, although God may use human instruments, in the end, it is his idea.”

“With Christ Jesus, the ultimate apostle, as the model, nothing central to our faith starts with us: not the Scriptures, not the sacraments, not the doctrines, not the moral principles. Nor can we treat God’s household as though it were our own,” he continued.

The bishop’s installation took place at...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Captain America: The First Avenger' (7945)

Old-fashioned heroism highlights rousing action movie.

07/22/2011 Comments (20)

– Marvel

Early in Captain America: The First Avenger, we find Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in a darkened movie theater unhappily protesting the boorish, disruptive behavior of another patron. “Hey, you wanna show some respect?” he appeals, not too hopefully.

How can any film lover resist such a hero? How many ringtones will echo in theaters showing Captain America this weekend? How many flashing handheld screens will distract viewers while their neighbors text or tweet about the movie or about what they had for dinner? A hero who champions respect, civility and silence in movie theaters is surely a hero for our times, even if the year is 1943 and there are no mobile phones yet. Why don’t more of us...READ MORE

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A Fatherly Figure, Swiss Initiative to Defund Abortion Gains, Shrines to Guadalupe, and much more! (2385)

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A Fatherly Figure - Robert Royal, Catholic World Report

For the Work of On-Going Personal Conversion (Part I) - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Pope: Healthy Secularism in a Society is When Life & Family is Made Important - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Swiss Initiative to Defund Abortion Gains 111,000 Signatures - Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com

Los Angeles’s Shrines to the Virgen de Guadalupe - Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times

Why So Many Atheists are on the CNN Belief Blog - Father Robert Barron, The Integrated Catholic Life™

The Great Scientology Implosion: Author Details Church on the Decline - Ruth Davis Konigsberg, Time Magazine

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Virtual Pilgrimage to World Youth Day Uses Facebook, Reform within Continuity, and much more! (1884)

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Archbishop Chaput Reflects on His Time in Denver (2852)

'Grateful' for his past, he prepares for 'new adventure' in Philadelphia.

07/21/2011 Comments (6)
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Archbishop Charles Chaput dons a Phillies hat at the July 19 press conference announcing his new appointment.

– Archbishop Chaput Facebook page

DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Charles Chaput said on July 20 that he was “very grateful” for his time in Denver and that it would be “very difficult” for him to leave the city for his new post in Philadelphia.

“I have a great love for the people of the Archdiocese of Denver,” Chaput said at a July 20 press conference, one day after his new appointment was announced. “It’s going to be hard — very, very hard for me to leave.”

Two weeks before the public announcement, Chaput received notification that Pope Benedict XVI was appointing him the next archbishop of Philadelphia. His installation will take place Sept. 8, the date on which the Church commemorates the birth of the Virgin...READ MORE

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Gary Cooper's Authenticity (8736)

The screen legend had the human warmth and grace to make his conversion to Catholicism seem natural.

07/21/2011 Comments (15)

Gary Cooper is probably best known for playing beleaguered Marshall Will Kane in High Noon.

– Wikipedia photo

Hollywood icon Gary Cooper, who died 50 years ago this year, had a refreshing authenticity that makes his conversion to Catholicism only natural.

Contrary to frequent reports asserting otherwise, his conversion was not prompted by illness. “No way,” his daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, said. “He was coming to this on his own, in his own time … bits and pieces of his own life that he wanted to put together in a new way.”

“He had a very real spirituality,” Maria said, “that wasn’t an ‘ism’ … that, I think, he was born with, that he grew up with, living out West in nature [and] having a very strong affinity to the American-Indian culture and spirituality.”

Born May 7, 1901, in Helena, Mont.,...READ MORE

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Catholic Leaders Defend DOMA and Oppose Immoral Health Coverage (3936)

Cardinal DiNardo and bishops' policy advisor speak up for Church teaching.

07/21/2011 Comments (17)

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– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA) — The U.S. bishops “strongly oppose” a proposal to mandate coverage of surgical sterilization and all FDA-approved birth control in private health-insurance plans nationwide. The mandate would undermine the good of women and children and the consciences of heath-care providers, one leading bishop said.

“Pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

The health-care legislation passed in 2010 directed the Obama administration to create a list of preventive services for...READ MORE

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William Roper on Saint Thomas More, New Ohio Bishop Tackles Big Catholic Issues, and much more! (2317)

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