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Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism Again; Lord, To Whom Shall I Go and More! (344)

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07/08/2015 Comment

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Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism Again by Jo Anna Wahlund of Catholic Stand - Big Pulpit

Losing the Culture War With Ugly Liturgical Music - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Staying Catholic: ‘Lord, to Whom Shall I Go?’ - Denise J. Hunnell MD, Catholic Stand

Persecution, Past, and Present: Candida Moss’s Unintentional Gift to Christians - Glenn Moots, Public Discourse

Catholicism in the Daredevil (TV Series) - David Rummelhoff, Epic Pew

Five Ways To Nourish Your Spiritual Life Today - Jeannie Ewing, Cora Evans

Vocations Make Us Tired, Weary, Joyful – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

The Women Whose Voices the Pro-Choice Lobby Does Not Want to Hear - Francis...READ MORE

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Holy Land Franciscans Pray for Safe Return of Abducted Priest (678)

Father Dhiya Aziz was taken by militants in Syria on Saturday.

07/07/2015 Comment
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A bullet-riddled bust of St. Ephrem in the remains of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox parish in Homs.

– Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need

LATAKIA, Syria — The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya Aziz, who was abducted by militants in Syria on Saturday.

The Custody of the Holy Land has stated that it lost contact with Father Aziz on July 4. He is a Franciscan priest of the organization and was parish priest at Yacubiyeh, a village in Syria's Idlib province, more than 56 miles northeast of Latakia.

“Some militants of an unknown armed brigade, perhaps connected with Jahbat al-Nusra, came to take him away for a brief interview with the emir of the place. From that moment, we do not have any more news, and we are unable to trace his...READ MORE

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‘Evangelize Not With Grand Words ... but With the Joy of the Gospel,’ Pope Says (608)

“Evangelization does not consist in proselytizing, but in attracting by our witness those who are far off, in humbly drawing near to those who feel distant from God and the Church, those who are fearful or indifferent,” the Holy Father said July 7.

07/07/2015 Comment
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Pope Francis waves to the crowds gathered in Quito, Ecuador, on July 7.

– L'Osservatore Romano

QUITO, Ecuador – In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received.

“We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with the joy of the Gospel, which fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope said July 7.

“Evangelization does not consist in proselytizing, but in attracting by our witness those who are far off, in humbly drawing near to those who feel distant from God and the Church, those who are fearful or indifferent.”

Proselytizing, he said, is but a...READ MORE

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Rocked Yet Recovering: Regnum Christi Continues Process of Renewal (1250)

Lay members of the movement founded by disgraced Father Marcial Maciel are discussing their identity, spirituality and mission, as they prepare to submit a draft revision of their statues to the Vatican in 2016.

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ATLANTA — For Nancy Nohrden and other consecrated women in Regnum Christi, the scandal involving their once-revered founder forced them to examine why they had joined the movement and to seek their answers from God, not themselves.

“It was a lot of soul-searching in my personal prayer,” said Nohrden, director of consecrated women for North America, “and having Our Lord himself confirm what was essential to why I was here, which was belonging totally to him in the consecrated life and giving him the initiative to just confirm the call that this is the specific place he was calling me to live out that particular vocation.”

Nine years after the scandal broke and after much reflection,...READ MORE

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Putin's Russian Orthodox Christian Holy War; Catholics You'll Hear on the Radio and More! (1512)

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07/07/2015 Comment

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Russian President Putin’s Orthodox Christian Holy War And The Disintegration Of The ‘Russian World’ by Paul Coyer - Big Pulpit

Vibrant Catholicism: A Life of Constant Prayer – Jeffrey A. Mirus, Catholic Culture

Catholics You’ll Hear on the Radio - Jessica McAfee, Epic Pew

Norcia Monks Rebuild the Foundations of Christian Culture – R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine

The Gift of Sacrifice – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Does the Church Accept or Reject Modern Art? – Philip Kosloski, Put on Armor of God

John the Baptist and Public Scandal – Father Mark A. Pilon, The Catholic Thing

Review: Sir Saint Thomas More’s Prayer Book – Quartermaster of the Barque

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Louis and Zélie Martin Model ‘A Simple Spirituality Achieved in Daily Life’ (2373)

The vice postulator of St. Thérèse’s parents’ canonization cause discusses the couple’s sanctity, the miracle attributed to them and their Oct. 18 canonization.

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Louis and Zélie Martin will formally join their daughter, doctor of the Church St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in the communion of saints on Oct. 18 at the Vatican. Pope Francis, on March 18, officially recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of the husband and wife, and on June 27, he approved the decrees for their canonization at a consistory of bishops.

Carmelite Father Antonio Sangalli, the vice postulator of the cause for the canonization of the Martins, opened the investigation into their lives of sanctity immediately after hearing of the miracle in early 2008. The Martins were beatified on Oct. 19 of that year.

Father Sangalli recently spoke to the Register about the miracle,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Visits an Old Friend in Ecuador (1171)

Jesuit Father Francisco Cortés, better known as 'Paquito,' renewed his 30-year friendship with the Holy Father at a meeting on July 6.

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A woman is wheeled past a banner with an image of Pope Francis at Samanes Park, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

– AP photo/Fernando Vergara

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — “Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Jesuit Father Francisco Cortés, when asked how he would receive Pope Francis when he visits him in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The priest, who, in a few days, will be 91, was very excited about his get-together with his old friend. The occasion was set up for July 6 at the Javier School, where Pope Francis was to have lunch with his Jesuit brothers.

Father Cortés, better known as “Paquito,” was born in Malaga, Spain, on July 10, 1924, and came to Ecuador in 1963, serving since then at the Javier School in Guayaquil.

According to the Spanish-language El Universal newspaper, the priest met then-Father Jorge Bergoglio...READ MORE

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Pakistani Police Save Christian Couple From ‘Anti-Blasphemy’ Mob Attack (990)

The illiterate couple used as a sleeping mat an advertisement awning that bore college slogans that allegedly included Arabic inscriptions from the Quran. A local barber and two clerics accused the couple of committing blasphemy, and a mob gathered in an attempt to lynch them.

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A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

– CNA/Magdalena Wolnik

LAHORE, Pakistan — Last week, police saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country.

“Muslims of the town gathered there and dragged the poor couple, who didn’t know what they had done. They were being beaten to death,” local police chief Sohail Zafar Chattha said, according to Agence France Presse.

The attack took place in the village of Makki in Punjab province on June 30.

The couple, who are both illiterate, used as a sleeping mat an advertisement awning that bore college slogans. These slogans allegedly included Arabic inscriptions from the Quran. A local barber and two...READ MORE

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