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Archbishop-Designate Aquila Prepares to Take the Reins in Denver (5444)

The fifth archbishop of the ‘Mile High Archdiocese’ will be installed July 18.

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VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Samuel Aquila, as the new archbishop of Denver, will continue to firmly and publicly uphold the Church’s teaching, just as he did in his previous Diocese of Fargo, N.D.

Speaking to Register correspondent Edward Pentin July 2, the archbishop stressed that when Catholics in public life go against the magisterium, “all it does is weaken the faith and cause confusion among the laity when no action is taken.”

In Rome to receive the pallium June 29 from Pope Benedict XVI, the archbishop also discussed his hopes as shepherd of Denver, the many gifts Denver has to offer to the universal Church, and his reflections on receiving the pallium. He will be installed the...READ MORE

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Tired of Changing Diapers?, The First Anglican Ordinariate for Wales, Redeeming Economics, and More! (1686)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Tired of Changing Diapers, Surrender to the Duties of Motherhood. Click on the link by Colleen to read more.

Tired of Changing Diapers, Surrender to the Duties of Motherhood – Colleen, Catholic Sistas

The First Anglican Ordinariate for Wales – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Redeeming Economics – Brian Douglass, The Distributist Review

Fr. Robert Barron Comments on "Bad Religion" by Brandon Vogt of the BrandonVogt.com blog – Big Pulpit

Faith, Family, and Special Needs – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

How Many Souls will be Saved? – Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Canon Law Was Not the Problem – Michael Kelly, Catholic World Report

The Mutineers of the Barque of Peter – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

Multi-Tools: What’s in Your...READ MORE

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Miracle Could Lead to John Paul II's Canonization (49859)

Colombian man's testimony has been sent to the Vatican. He says he was 'miraculously cured' from Parkinson's.

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Official beatification portrait

The testimony of a Colombian man who says he was “miraculously cured” of Parkinson's disease through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II could allow for the canonization of the Polish Pope.

According to the newspaper El Tiempo, the case involves Marco Fidel Rojas, the former mayor of the town of Huila, whose testimony has now been sent to the Vatican office heading the sainthood cause for the late Pontiff.

Recounting his story to the Colombian paper, Fidel remembers experiencing the first symptoms of the disease in December 2005. After a series of examinations, doctors determined he had suffered a stroke, which led to the development of Parkinson's.

Little by little, the...READ MORE

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New Study: Grant Decisions Show Promise Lies in Ethical Stem-Cell Research (1491)

Report on one of the world's largest funders of stem-cell research reveals that an emphasis on results has led to a shift in funding towards morally acceptable work.

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A new report on one of the world's largest funders of stem-cell research reveals that an emphasis on results has led to a shift in funding towards morally acceptable work with adult stem cells.

In the field of stem-cell research, the “predominant progress” is being made by non-controversial adult stem cells, said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which serves as the education and research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List.

Donovan told EWTN News on July 16 that an analysis of scientific funding over several years suggests that morally acceptable types of stem-cell research offer the greatest promise for a wide variety of effective therapies and...READ MORE

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Canadian Bishop Under Fire for Opposing HPV Vaccine (13369)

Calgary spokeswoman urges Catholic school board to disobey the Bishop Fred Henry.

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Calgary Bishop Fred Henry

– Diocese of Calgary

CALGARY, Alberta — Never one to shrink from a fight, Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary is taking on the public health establishment that wants to give thousands of Catholic girls the human papilloma virus vaccine, which protects against the sexually-transmitted disease.

The media-savvy bishop may be found as often on the “left” of the political spectrum on economic issues as on the “right” on matters of sexual morality, but he can always be found. When he was targeted last month by an ad hoc group of lawyers, doctors and bioethicists for barring the doors of the city’s tax-funded Catholic schools to public health officials, he gave as good as he got.

Juliet Guichon, a spokeswoman for the...READ MORE

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What Christ Can Teach Superheroes (6174)

The theology of do-gooder movies.

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This past decade has seen a plethora of movies dealing with superheroes: the Batman films, The Green Lantern, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, etc. But the most popular — at least judging by box-office receipts — has been the Spider-Man franchise. Since 2002, there have been four major movie adaptations of the Marvel Comics story of a kid who gets bitten by a spider, undergoes a stunning metamorphosis, and then “catches thieves just like flies.”

What is it about these stories — and the Spider-Man tale in particular — that fascinate us? May I suggest that it has something to do with Christianity; more precisely, with the strange hybrid figure around which all of the Christian...READ MORE

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Tips for Single Girls: Send the Right Message, On Discernment and Avoiding Rash Judgement, and More! (2687)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Tips for Single Catholic Women: Send the Right Message. Click on the link by Catherine Rose to read more.

Tips for Single Catholic Women: Send the Right Message – Catherine Rose, It’s Fun to Be a Girl

On Discernment and Avoiding Rash Judgment – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Answering Anti-Catholic Bloggers by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington blog – Big Pulpit

Let Your Children Decide Their Own Beliefs, Not! – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

How the Church Would Rule the World – Peter Freeman, Crisis Magazine

15 Centuries of Sacred Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Anna Karenina – Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

White Dove Accompanies Coffin of Beloved Cardinal – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

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Chen Guangcheng's Escape Marks New Era of Outrage Against Forced Abortions in China (5074)

Researcher charges that the U.N. Population Fund, a partner in the Gates Foundation birth-control campaign, ‘is directly responsible for forced abortions … in China.’

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

In May, Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ (l), and Pastor Bob Fu of ChinaAid spoke during a congressional hearing with Chen Guangcheng.

– Alex Wong/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — When Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese human-rights lawyer, sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in April, the headlines generated by his escape from house arrest accomplished the unthinkable: global recognition that China has maintained its policy of forced abortion, despite a campaign of denial by Beijing’s government and its allies in global family-planning organizations.

Since Chen’s subsequent arrival in the United States, a cascade of fresh accounts of forced abortion, transmitted through social media, have solidified his legacy and elicited an awkward strategy of damage control.

Last week, Chinese officials announced a “resolution” to one well-publicized case that...READ MORE

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