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Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions (25371)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, held at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

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ROME — A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October.

Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, at the invitation of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier.

One of the key topics discussed at the closed-door meeting was how the Church could better welcome those in stable same-sex unions, and reportedly “no one” opposed...READ MORE

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DC Court Decision Shifts Religious-Freedom Battle to Rights of Religious Nonprofits (1477)

COMMENTARY: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is wrong, but why it is wrong is just as important to understand.

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The cause of religious liberty suffered a defeat recently in the federal appellate court located in the nation’s capital. Whether it is a temporary setback or a reflection of elite opinion turning against the Constitution remains to be seen.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia refused to rehear as a full court the decision of a three-judge panel that rejected a lawsuit brought by the archbishop of Washington and several Catholic organizations challenging the contraceptive mandate imposed by the department of Health and Human Services. Although numerous cases have been brought across the country successfully challenging the mandate — including Hobby Lobby, which affirmed...READ MORE

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Practical Tips for Discerning God's Will, The New Evangelization Begins With Us and Much More! (1579)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/26/2015 Comment

Click on Three Practical Tips for Discerning God’s Will by Philip Kosloski of Put on the Armor of God link to read more.

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The New Evangelization Begins With Us – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Conspiracies and Catholicism: Saints – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

An Alternative to Catholic Sexual Ethics? – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Evangelium Vitae: False Freedom at the Root of Abortion – Stephanie Pacheco, Truth and Charity Forum

The Opening of the Catholic Mind – Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Has Christianity Failed in India?: Some Want You to Believe So – Philip Jenkins PhD, Aleteia∝

Why Should We Sing the Psalms at Mass? – Richard J. Clark, Views from the Choir Loft

The Landscapes of John...READ MORE

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How Catholic Ireland Became the First Country to Vote for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (6113)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Now, in essence, the Irish state is bound by its constitution to guard homosexual ‘marriage’ from attack.

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DUBLIN — The Republic of Ireland has become the first country in the world to vote for homosexual “marriage.” Once a beacon of hope for other countries fighting a rising tide of aggressive secularism, Ireland, through this decision, has moved into the vanguard of that very same secular revolution and now counts itself as one of a minority of European countries that will allow two men or two women to “marry.”

But the situation in Ireland may be worse than in other countries. Sixty-two percent of voters in last Friday’s referendum agreed to insert the following amendment into Article 41 of the Irish Constitution: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without...READ MORE

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Relics of Sts. John XXIII, John Paul II Light Fires of Faith in Thailand (921)

The silver- and gold-plated reliquary of St. John XXIII contains a small piece of his skin. The relic of St. John Paul II is a vial of his blood, set in a similar reliquary.

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Students venerate the relics of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II in Sriracha, Thailand.

– CNA/Antonio Anup Gonsalves

CHANTHABURI, Thailand — Scores of Catholic faithful are taking part in the Thailand tour of the sacred relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II.

“The visit of the relic is a blessing of God for us in our dioceses, as the saints are visiting us, and they light the fire of faith and hope,” Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri of Chanthaburi told CNA May 18.

The reliquaries of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II have been brought to various dioceses’ parishes for more than a year, with stops scheduled in 10 Thai dioceses.

The silver- and gold-plated reliquary of St. John XXIII contains a small piece of his skin. The relic of St. John Paul II is a vial of his blood, set in a similar reliquary....READ MORE

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Pope Calls Attention to Asian Migrants Abandoned at Sea by Human Traffickers (957)

According to the U.N., some 2,000 people are stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal and another 1,500 in the Andaman Sea.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has strongly called on the international community to help the scores of migrants who are currently trapped after attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

While around 3,000 migrants have managed to make their way to Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand, thousands more are believed to be stranded in the middle of the ocean.

“I continue to follow with great concern and suffering in my heart the stories of numerous refugees in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea,” the Pope said during his May 24 Regina Caeli address.

The migrants who remain stranded at sea were being transported by human traffickers. They were then abandoned on the boats by their...READ MORE

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34 Reasons to Never Visit the Vatican, What Church Ministry Should You Join and Much More! (3041)

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05/26/2015 Comment

Click on 34 Reasons to Never Visit the Vatican by Ryan Mayer of Epic Pew link to read more.

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Virtue Now Means Thinking the Right Thing, Rather Than Doing It – Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald Magazine

Quiz: Which Church Ministry Should You Join? - Tatiana Federoff, Epic Pew

What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was Eating Salt with Them? – Msgr. Charles Pope

Feminism Did Not Kill Chivalry – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

The Return of the (Pagan) Gods – Father Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Liberation Theology and the Smoke of Satan – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Quæritur: What’s With All the Kissing in the Extraordinary Form Mass? – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Edgy...READ MORE

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Pope at Pentecost: Respecting Creation a Must for All Christians (1213)

The remarks about man’s responsibility preceded the Pope’s upcoming encyclical on environmental matters.

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Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on the feast of Pentecost, May 24, 2015.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis used Sunday’s feast of Pentecost — the descent of the Holy Spirit — as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the Earth.

“The Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent from the Father, and the Creator Spirit who gives life to all things, are one and the same,” the Pope said.

“Respect for creation, then, is a requirement of our faith: The ‘garden’ in which we live is not entrusted to us to be exploited, but to be cultivated and tended with respect.”

Pope Francis, dressed in red vestments traditional for the Solemnity of Pentecost, made these remarks during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Reflecting on Adam, who himself was “formed from the...READ MORE

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