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Archbishop Aquila Recognizes Courage of Shooting Victims (1707)

'Christ himself is the one who has conquered sin. He has conquered death,' the archbishop said. 'By recognizing that, one’s heart can be moved to forgive the perpetrator of this kind of violence.'

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Archbishop Aquila was ready to comfort mourners at July 20 Mass for the victims.

– Denver Archdiocese Facebook

Those who offered their lives to save their loved ones in the recent Colorado theater shooting exemplified the Christian virtues of courageous sacrifice and selfless love, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver.

Such acts of courage testify to “the natural goodness that is present within the human person,” he told EWTN News July 24.

Stories of heroism are beginning to emerge from Aurora, Colo., where one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history took place early on July 20.

Twelve people were killed and 58 more injured when a gunman entered the theater during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire on the crowd.

Reports have emerged that four of...READ MORE

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Pope's Vacation Reflects Purpose of Rest (1886)

Bishop of Castel Gandolfo, Italy, says having the Pope so close during the summer months 'is a great joy.' He says the Pope puts an emphasis on the value of time off, which should be for recreation for the heart, the spirit and the mind.

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Castel Gandolfo

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Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Castel Gandolfo, Italy, said that with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for his summer vacation, the happiest time of the year begins for the diocese.

In a July 15 interview with CNA, Bishop Semeraro reflected that having the Pope so close during the summer months “is a great joy.”

“The people of Castel Gandolfo feel it is like having someone from the family visit who fills us with affection,” he said. “Obviously, for us, this time when he is physically present makes our prayers that much more intense.”

Bishop Semeraro said that this summer the Pope will devote the month of July to working on the third volume of his discourse on the life of Jesus and that...READ MORE

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Major League Soccer All-Star Rediscovers Beauty of Catholic Faith (12476)

Columbus Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven pursues soccer career with proper perspective.

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Eddie Gaven holds newly baptized son while St. Joseph looks on.

– Courtesy of Eddie Gaven

Eddie Gaven is in his 10th season of Major League Soccer. His career includes an MLS All-Star Game appearance in 2004 and an MLS Cup victory with the Columbus Crew in 2008. These are impressive accomplishments for anyone, but what makes them even more so is that Gaven is only 25.

In 2003, the Hamilton Township, N.J., native was the youngest player up to that point to sign an MLS contract. He was only 16 at the time. While Gaven’s soccer career was pursued with youthful zeal, his Catholic faith was left to decay.

The restoration of his faith started when his beloved game of soccer was briefly taken away from him. He was out with an injury, which left him with plenty of time to think...READ MORE

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Defense Bill Supports DOMA (1557)

House amendment will prohibit the use of military facilities or funding for military chaplains to perform same-sex 'marriages.'

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the 2013 defense appropriations bill that would ban money from being used in violation of federal law prohibiting same-sex "marriage" in the military.

The amendment was introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who said that it is “a much-needed solution to a problem started by an administration that's prone to ignoring the law.”

In a statement released shortly after the legislation passed, King explained that his amendment “prohibits the use of both military funds and facilities for same-sex marriages.”

“The military is an entity of the federal government, and federal law states that marriage is between a man and a woman,”...READ MORE

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Msgr. William Lynn Gets 3-6 Years for Role in Philadelphia Sex-Abuse Cases (3192)

District attorney hopes case will be a warning to others; archdiocese says lesson has already been learned.

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Msgr. William Lynn

– Reuters/Scott Anderson

PHILADELPHIA — Msgr. William Lynn, the 61-year-old Philadelphia priest at the center of a landmark sexual-abuse court case, was sentenced to three-six years in prison for his role in the archdiocese-wide scandal.

The July 24 sentence drew criticism from the defendant’s lawyer as extreme. It is close to the maximum three and a half to seven years requested by Philadelphia’s District Attorney Seth Williams. Both Msgr. Lynn’s attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, and a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said they thought the sentence was too harsh.

A jury June 22 found Msgr. Lynn guilty on one of two counts of child endangerment for knowingly placing minors in danger when he reassigned...READ MORE

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The Amy Welborn Interview, God Calls God Chooses God Cures, Into His Eucharistic Presence, and More! (2293)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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“Little Volcanoes”: An Interview with Amy Welborn. Click on the link by Dorian Speed to read more.

“Little Volcanoes”: An Interview with Amy Welborn – Dorian Speed, Dappled Things

God Calls, God Chooses, God Cures – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Invited Into His Eucharistic Presence – Sr. Mary Ignatius OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

How Did Jews at the Time of Joseph and Mary Know that the Messiah was Near? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Hawaii Planned Parenthood Helps Patients Get Sex-Selection Abortions – Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews

The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name – Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Cardinal Tong: China-Vatican Dialogue Crucial to Resolve Situation of Imprisoned Shanghai Bishop – Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider...READ MORE

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila's Denver Return Marred by Tragedy (3737)

The new archbishop of Denver is dealing with the aftermath of the Aurora theater tragedy just two days after his installation.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila was installed July 18 as the fifth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver. The appointment brings Archbishop Aquila home to the archdiocese where he was first ordained 36 years ago.

His first week has been a difficult one, given the tragedy at the Century Aurora 16 theater just two days after his installation. He spoke July 24 with Register senior writer Tim Drake about his installation and the Aurora tragedy.


How is the Church responding to the Aurora tragedy?

The Church has reached out to the victims and the wounded. The priests and deacons in Aurora have visited the hospitals and been present to the families who were impacted in different ways.


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Denver’s Catholic Community Calls on the Faith for Support in Wake of Shootings (11309)

Victims include parishioners, whose lives inspired non-Catholics.

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Alex Sullivan, who died in the Aurora shooting, is depicted in a memorial with his bride of one year.

– Dede Laugesen

AURORA, Colo. — Corey Callahan wept on Tuesday in front of 12 crosses at the memorial for victims of July 20’s massacre in Aurora, Colo.

On one cross was the name of his longtime best friend, 18-year-old A.J. Boik, who is one of at least two devout Catholics who were killed shortly after the 12:01am premiere of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

Callahan, a Buddhist, said Boik was a gifted and popular high-school baseball player who was known mostly for his uncompromising Catholic faith.

“He was the most faithful person I’ve known,” Callahan said. “Before every meal at school, he would always pray and cross himself.”

The two played baseball together from sixth grade...READ MORE

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