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After the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30th ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby sparked a backlash from abortion-rights advocates, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly went toe-to-toe with Patricia Ireland, the former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a stalwart supporter of Roe v. Wade.

NOW had placed Hobby Lobby, along with the Little Sisters of the Poor, on its “Dirty 100” list of employers who were accused of “using religion to justify discrimination, deny women’s equality.”

Kelly asked Ireland why NOW labeled the Little Sisters of the Poor and other HHS plaintiffs “dirty” — rather than simply identifying them as “groups with whom we disagree.”

“The dirty trick is that they...READ MORE

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Protestant Leader and Friend of Pope Passes Away (3917)

Tony Palmer, a longtime friend of Pope Francis, died July 20 following a motorcycle accident.

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LONDON -- Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

The Order of the Ark Community, an Internet-based Christian group overseen by Palmer, announced his July 20 death on its website.

Palmer was born in the U.K. and grew up in South Africa. He was a member of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, which views itself as “standing within the Celtic and Anglican traditions” of Christianity.

He knew the Pope from his time in Argentina, when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Palmer recounted his friendship with Pope Francis at a February...READ MORE

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‘Gender Identity’ Theory Seen as Threat to African Families (1355)

At a conference in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, African bishops and Vatican representatives discussed key issues affecting family life.

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Father Andrea Ciucci, an official with the Pontifical Council for the Family

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VATICAN CITY — Representatives from the Pontifical Council for the Family gathered in the Republic of the Congo with more than 40 bishops last week to discuss the state of families in Africa, highlighting both strengths and challenges they face.

“The bishops are very glad and positive about the family because it is really the structure of African society,” Father Andrea Ciucci told CNA July 11; however, “there are some problems not typically African but that Africa is learning from Europe and America.”

A priest of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Father Ciucci traveled last week to Brazzaville, the capitol of the Republic of the Congo, along with the council’s president, Archbishop...READ MORE

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Papal Visit to New York Next Year? (1409)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the invitation during a meeting yesterday with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio meets Monday with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican officials have discussed the possibility of a papal visit to New York with the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio.

The Italian-American politician, currently on a weeklong vacation to Italy, met Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Vatican on Monday in what officials say was a “brief and private” meeting.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the encounter provided an “obvious” opportunity for the mayor to formally invite Pope Francis to visit the city next year. The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett, told NY1 news channel it was “very important for the mayor to come here to make this request.”

Although a papal visit to the United States...READ MORE

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Sts. John Paul II, Gianna Molla World Meeting of Families Patrons (1705)

Archbishop Charles Chaput of the host city, Philadelphia, announced the news Sunday.

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PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced Sunday that Sts. John Paul II and Gianna Beretta Molla will be patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, being held in his city.

“St. John Paul II and St. Gianna have been chosen as the two worthy patron saints to guide all in preparation and participation of this international event, as they fully embody the history, mission and theme of the World Meeting of Families 2015,” Archbishop Chaput stated July 20 during Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

“Sts. John Paul II and Gianna had a deep and abiding commitment to strengthening the family and sustaining it with love. This historic event will...READ MORE

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New Book: Science Was Born of Christianity, Time to Abandon Comfort and Defend Essentials and More! (2302)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the New Book: Science Was Born of Christianity by Stacy Trasancos, PhD, link to read more.

New Book: Science Was Born of Christianity – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Miracles and Evangelism – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Time to Abandon Comfort and Defend Essentials by James Kalb of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Do You Want This Guy to Teach Your Kids Theology – New Emangelization

You Are My ATM: An Object Lesson – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

The Sign of the Scapular - Michelle Arnold, Catholic Answers

The White Rosary by Ryan Kraeger of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Patricia Ireland Blasted Over NOW's Attack on Little Sisters of the Poor - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Desperately Seeking Community – Chelsea Houghton, Catholic Stand

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No Catholic Divorce: Grounds and Obstacles to Annulments (11081)

The Church’s investigative process into the validity of marriages is strong, but many don’t know how the process works.

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CHICAGO — Deacon Patrick O’Toole remembered how far away he felt from the Church 17 years ago. He wasn’t a deacon then — his wife had left, divorced him and took his children. He felt broken and angry, until a meeting with a Catholic Church official corrected his many misconceptions about the Church, sacramental marriage and annulments and put him on the path to healing.

“He had the opportunity to help me understand what it was all about,” O’Toole said. “It prompted a whole conversion experience for me.”

O’Toole re-engaged with his faith and discovered the Church’s rich vision of sacramental marriage. He went through the process to obtain a declaration of nullity, commonly referred to as...READ MORE

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Argentine National Soccer Team Sends Autographed Jersey to Pope (1009)

‘Here’s the present the team sent to our Pope Francis!’ team member Maxi Rodriguez said in a post on his Twitter account.

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Argentine national soccer team members Maxi Rodriguez (l) and Lionel Messi hold the jersey the team sent to Pope Francis.

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VATICAN CITY — In a gesture of gratitude and affection, the Argentinian national soccer team, which lost July 13 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, sent Pope Francis an official team jersey autographed by each of its players.

“Here’s the present the team sent to our Pope Francis!” team member Maxi Rodriguez said in a post on his Twitter account, which featured a photo of himself and team captain Lionel Messi holding the jersey.

The Holy See expressed thanks for the gift on Thursday, noting that although Argentina did not win the final, the team “acknowledged it had faith that the pontiff would keep them in his thoughts throughout the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”

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