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American Churches 20 Years from Now, Planned Parenthood Skirts Laws Around the Globe, and Much More! (1678)

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08/26/2015 Comment

Click on American Churches 20 Years from Now by Zachary Gappa of Catholic Lane link to read more.

American Churches 20 Years from Now by Zachary Gappa of Catholic Lane - Big Pulpit

Planned Parenthood Skirts Laws Around the Globe – Rebecca Oas Ph. D., Catholic Lane

Selling Baby Body Parts: What a Difference a Video Makes – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

The Italian Church Must Stop Carrying Out Mafia Funerals – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald Magazine

How to Deal with Social Media Outrage Fatigue – Constance T. Hull, Epic Pew

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer – Connie Rossini, Catholic Spiritual Direction

This Light, Momentary Affliction – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

On the Participation of the Clergy in a Non-Concelebrated Mass – Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New...READ MORE

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Aspen: Skiing, Mountain Beauty and a Hub for the New Evangelization? (1333)

Priest cycles across the U.S. to build awareness of Aspen Catholic Institute, which is teaming up with the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation.

08/26/2015 Comment
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Dan Burke of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and Father John Hilton of the Aspen Catholic Institute at an Aug. 14-16 event in Aspen, Colo.

– Stowman Stines

ASPEN, Colo. — He earned the nickname “the pedaling priest” as he biked 3,500 miles across the northern United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in June and July to draw attention to his parish in Aspen, Colo.

Father John Hilton’s journey from Anacortes, Wash., to Bar Harbor, Maine, aimed to highlight an ambitious plan he has to set Catholics’ hearts on fire for Christ and arm them for the New Evangelization.

“A priest riding across the country is unusual, maybe extraordinary,” the tall, lean 59-year-old pastor told the Register. “The message is that God’s calling everyone to do something extraordinary and to get people to ask, ‘What is the extraordinary thing God’s...READ MORE

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Pope: ‘Mother, Father: Teach Your Children How to Pray’ (1213)

Children should learn prayer with “the same spontaneity” as when they learn to say “Daddy” and “Mommy,” so that it stays with them forever, the Holy Father said Aug. 26.

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The Pope greets a baby during his general audience on Aug. 26.

– L'Osservatore Romano via CNA

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray.

Delivering his address to pilgrims and visitors, gathered under the hot sun for the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father stressed the importance of teaching children how to show love for God through prayer.

“It is beautiful when mothers teach their little children to blow a kiss to Jesus or to Our Lady. What tenderness there is in this,” he said.

“In that moment, the child's heart is transformed into a place of prayer. And this is a gift of the Holy Spirit.”

However, in off-the-cuff remarks, the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic families, faith, family life, pope francis, prayer, prayers, teaching children the faith

Conn. Ruling Against Death Penalty Draws Mixed Reaction (1141)

Capital-punishment opponents praised the decision, but critics accuse the state’s Supreme Court of judicial activism and Gov. Dannel Malloy of political duplicity.

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Convicted murderer Michael Ross is viewed on a stage at the Osborn Correctional Facility in Enfield, Conn. The state executed Ross by lethal injection May 13, 2005.

– 2005 Spencer Platt/Getty Images

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision this month that declared its death penalty law to be unconstitutional drew not only praise from capital punishment opponents in the Constitution State, but also charges of judicial activism.

Connecticut abolished the death penalty in 2012. The law, however, did not apply retroactively to the 11 individuals who were already on death row at the time. The high court determined this was a violation of equal protection and due process.

The state Legislature and Gov. Dannel Malloy passed the law with that caveat because of two convicted murderers who were sentenced to death for a horrific 2007 armed home invasion in Cheshire, about 25...READ MORE

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A Bishop’s Job Is Hardly Ordinary (2204)

At 92, Bishop René Henry Gracida — a friend of St. John Paul II — says, ‘God (still) has work for me to do.’

08/26/2015 Comments (11)
Photos courtesy of Bishop Gracida

– Photos courtesy of Bishop Gracida

Retired bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas, Bishop René Henry Gracida has released his autobiography, An Ordinary’s Not So Ordinary Life, available through Amazon.

In it, the 92-year-old bishop tells the story of his growing-up years during the Depression in New Orleans, surviving as a U.S. airman in 32 bombing raids over Europe during World War II, his time in the nation’s oldest Benedictine monastery and service as bishop in three American dioceses.  

Despite his advanced age, he is still an active blogger (visit Abyssum.org and TheHuffingtonRiposte.blogspot.com) and speaker, especially opposing what his friend St. John Paul II termed “the culture of death.”

“At the urging of friends, I...READ MORE

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Amid Threat of Violence, Catholic Charity Provides Sense of Stability in Mali (880)

Catholic Relief Services, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helps provide 80,000 daily lunches to students.

08/26/2015 Comments (2)
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BAMAKO, Mali — Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and hungry school students, while calling for more humanitarian aid to help stabilize the country.

“Only last week, two CRS staff were stopped in Timbuktu while traveling by car; they were blindfolded and forced to kneel, and then all of their belongings were stolen,” Niek de Goeij, CRS country representative in Mali, told CNA Aug. 24. “They lived to tell the story, but this had a major impact on them, and it affects how and where we can work in the country.”

CRS has been working on programs in Mali since 1999. About 118 of CRS’ 125 Mali employees...READ MORE

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Every English-Speaking Mass Should Be Like the Mass of the Anglican Ordinariate and Much More! (2703)

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08/26/2015 Comment

Click on Every English-Speaking Mass Should Be Like the Mass of the Anglican Ordinariate’s Divine Worship by Devin Rose of St. Joseph’s Vanguard link to read more.

Every English-Speaking Mass Should Be Like the Mass of the Anglican Ordinariate’s Divine Worship by Devin Rose of St. Joseph’s Vanguard - Big Pulpit

Ways and Means: Planned Parenthood Videos a Salvific Good – Erin Brownback, The Anchoress

Experiments on Intact Whole Live Fetuses; Connection to Infant Formula – Stacy Trasancos Ph.D., Catholic Stand

No, There Were No Ashley Madison Clients From the Vatican! – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Book Review: The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition) – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

16 Practical Tips for Creating and Maintaining Your Daily Prayer Habit – Saint Peter’s List

Tomorrow Maybe I Will Be Human: When Is A Baby a Baby? – Laura...READ MORE

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India Waffles on Pornography (1516)

The chairman of the Indian bishops’ Commission for Social Communications decries the government’s reversal of a ban on pornographic websites.

08/25/2015 Comments (2)

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BANGALORE, India — The Church in India has called for spreading awareness about the evils of pornography, along with measures curbing its dissemination, after the government of India took a U-turn this summer following a ban on a list of pornographic websites.

“Certain curbs [on pornography] are essential to safeguard the youth and the future,” Bishop Salvadore Lobo, chairman of the Commission for Social Communications of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), told the Register on Aug. 20.

“There is no control on certain media products and services like the Internet. Controls must be imposed to prevent their corruptive influence, especially on the youth,” commented the shepherd...READ MORE

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