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Blessed Junipero Statue in the Capitol Is Safe — For Now (2159)

The legislative measure calling for its removal has been shelved because of the U.S. visit of Pope Francis, who will canonize Father Serra on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C.

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The statue of Father Junipero Serra inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.


LOS ANGELES — An effort to remove the statue of Blessed Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.

A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931. However, a proposal in the state legislature would have removed it and replaced it with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a vote on the proposal was postponed after the lawmaker who authored it, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, noted the timing of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States this fall, where he will formally declare Blessed Serra a saint. The senator has requested...READ MORE

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Cardinal Parolin: ‘It’s Time to Act’ on Climate Change (1424)

The Vatican Secretary of State hopes Laudato Si will have a beneficial impact on this year’s international discussions on the issue.

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks July at the Vatican-sponsored ‘People and Planet First’ in Rome.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical will have a strong impact on the United Nations’ three major gatherings this year, and will inspire global powers not only to talk, but to act.

The cardinal spoke to CNA July 2, saying he hopes the effect of the encyclical on the U.N. meetings “will be especially concrete in climate change impact.”

“We have discussed a lot about the problem of climate change; now it is time to act. I think this is exactly what the Pope is requesting from us, to act and to start to change our lifestyle to preserve our common house which is the earth.”


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A Fourth Saint for the Little Flower Family? (1430)

The cause for Leonia Martin, one of St. Therese of Lisieux's sisters, was officially opened yesterday in Caen, France.

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Leonia Martin took the name Sister Francoise-Therese when she entered religious life at the Monastery of the Visitation at Caen, France.

– leoniemartin.org

VATICAN CITY — With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin could be the fourth member of her family declared a saint as her own cause for canonization officially opens.

Leonia is the sister of St. Therese of Lisieux and the third daughter of Blessed Louis and Zelia Martin, who are set to be the first couple ever to be canonized at the same ceremony, which will be held Oct. 18 in the Vatican.

The event will take place fewer than three weeks after the Oct. 1 feast of their daughter, and doctor of the Church, St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

Yesterday at 9:30am Leonia’s cause was officially opened by Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of...READ MORE

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Francis’ Voyage to South America Sheds Light on Poor Nations (1210)

NEWS ANALYSIS: During next week’s homecoming to his native continent, the Holy Father will visit three of its least-known Catholic countries — Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.

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Pope Francis embraces President Rafael Correa Delgado of Ecuador during their April 28 meeting at the Vatican.

– © L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is poised to give us a geography lesson on small nations and their social challenges during his July 6-12 visit to three of South America’s least-known Catholic countries, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.

It’s a long-awaited homecoming for the Holy Father.

He has not visited Spanish-speaking Latin America since February 2013, when he flew from Buenos Aires to Rome for the papal conclave, expecting to be gone 20 days (although he went back to the continent to attend World Youth Day in Portuguese-speaking Brazil two years ago).

As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was a prominent leader of the Latin-American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM) — and especially...READ MORE

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New Secretariat Is Vatican’s Latest Attempt to Improve Communications (1631)

The creation of the Secretariat for Communications, announced by Pope Francis June 27, will attempt to create a more centralized, efficient model.

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Msgr. Dario Viganò, the head of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications

– CNA/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — On the heels of a strong critique of the Holy See’s current communications structures by the head of a commission tasked with assessing them, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has set up a new centralized body to better coordinate the Vatican’s media operations.

The Holy Father promulgated a motu proprio June 27 instituting a Secretariat for Communications in order to “respond in an ever more efficacious manner to the needs of the mission of the Church.”

The new dicastery will be headed by a prefect, Msgr. Dario Viganò, an Italian expert filmmaker and videographer, who currently heads Vatican Television Center (CTV).

The news comes just a month after Lord...READ MORE

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Pope on Greek Economic Crisis: Human Dignity Must Be at the Center of Political Debate (1627)

The country’s unemployment rate is above 25%, and individuals are unable to remove more than $70 a day from ATMs.

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Pope Francis greets Greek pilgrims at a general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

– 2014 CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayer for the people of Greece, shortly after the nation defaulted on a significant loan payment on its more than $300-billion debt.

“The news from Greece regarding the economic and social situation of the country is worrying,” Father Federico Lombardi, Holy See press officer, said in a July 1 statement. “Pope Francis invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.”

Greece faces a debate over the role of austerity measures, such as pension cuts and tax hikes, as it negotiates new financial bailouts with its creditors. The country’s unemployment rate is above 25%, and individuals are unable to remove...READ MORE

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Pontifical University Plans to Offer Degree in Child Protection by 2016 (1145)

A new one-semester diploma course in the protection of minors is being offered by the Center for Child Protection in Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University.

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The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, which will offer a diploma course in minor protection in 2016.

– CNA/Luigi Santoro via Wikimedia Commons

ROME — The Pontifical Gregorian University will offer an intensive one-semester diploma program on the safeguarding of minors and the prevention of sex abuse by clergy, beginning in the spring of 2016.

The course is being offered by the Center for Child Protection in Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and is set to welcome its first round of applicants in February 2016.

“There are not courses like this diploma in pontifical universities in Rome. Certainly, programs in secular universities and in the U.K. have them, but (this is a) first in pontifical and Catholic universities,” Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said at the June 24 announcement of the course.

Father Zollner is the president...READ MORE

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‘These World Crises Are Crises of Saints’ (4047)


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This 15th-century painting by the Limbourg brothers represents St. John on Patmos and the saints in heaven as linked by prayer with their fellow Christians on earth.

– Wikipedia

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right. As many of us heard the news, our thoughts immediately turned to our families. What would this mean for our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as for future generations?

Indeed, a belief in marriage as a union of one man and one woman who are open to new life goes so deep for many Catholics that it is almost impossible to contemplate a culture and legal system that advance a different model of human flourishing.

We worry that our families will be punished for their religious beliefs. Even worse, we fear they will learn to reject the inconvenient truths of the faith regarding...READ MORE

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