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The Amazon Smear of Pro-Marriage Advocates, The Catholic Side of Disney, True Happiness, and More! (196)

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09/05/2015 Comment

Click on The Amazon Smear of Pro-Marriage Advocates by Mark Bauerlein of First Things link to read more.

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Planned Parenthood Admits Altering Procedures to Get Better Fetal Samples – John Burger, Aleteia∝

Threats to Catholicism on College Campuses – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

A.C.L.U. Legally Forces Catholic Hospital to Sterilize – Jeff Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

When Jealousy Threatens Joy – Morgan McFarlin, Ignitum Today

A Synod Is Not a Council and Other Canonical Facts – David Salvato, The Catholic World Report

The Catholic Side of Disney – Anna Rose Meeds, Catholic Stand

Hell, Will Lots of People Go There? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Same-Sex ‘Marriages’, and Then...READ MORE

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UNLV Football Player Shows How to Stay Catholic in College (1242)

Marc Philippi credits his powerlifting father and home-schooling mother for maintaining stability and strengthening his faith.

09/04/2015 Comment
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Marc Philippi

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The University of Nevada-Las Vegas football team is trying to bounce back from a dismal 2014 record of 2 wins and 11 losses. On paper, this seems like a mighty challenge, but on the field, things are looking quite good. This fresh look is largely due to the team’s new head coach, Tony Sanchez. The 41-year-old won an amazing six state championships in six years (2009-2014) at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.

The first three of those state championships were made possible in part because of the efforts of Marc Philippi, now a UNLV fullback. Philippi, who shares the same first name (but not the same spelling) as his powerlifting-champion father, has always enjoyed football above other...READ MORE

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Trump’s Immigration Plan Undermines American Identity, Archbishop Chaput Says (1399)

'As Christians, our faith obligates us to protect migrant families,' he said at a Sept. 1 panel discussion. 'The duty and the privilege of that commitment apply to all of us equally.'

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Archbishop Charles Chaput (l) and Donald Trump

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PHILADELPHIA — Caught between poverty and violence in their homelands and deportation in the U.S., immigrants face a plight that cannot be ignored by Christians, said Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput.

He pointed to a proposal by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as particularly problematic.

“As Christians, our faith obligates us to protect migrant families,” he said Sept. 1. “The duty and the privilege of that commitment apply to all of us equally.”

“Migration is about human beings, so it has moral implications,” the archbishop added at a panel discussion on immigration in Philadelphia.

The event’s sponsors included the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the World Meeting...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Israeli President: ‘The Challenge Is to Unite’ (791)

The Sept. 3 audience focused on the political and social situation in the Middle East, giving special attention to the condition of Christians and other minorities.

09/04/2015 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace Sept. 3.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and address the plight of Middle-East Christians.

Pope Francis gave the Israeli president a new bronze medal at the Sept. 3 audience. On the medal was a depiction of a rock split into two parts, but joined by an olive tree. The medal bore the words: “Search for what unites. Overcome what divides.”

When the Pope gave the gift to Rivlin, he winked at the president. “There is some division, but the challenge is to unite,” Pope Francis said.

The audience focused on the political and social situation in the Middle East, giving “special...READ MORE

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A Brief Note to Pope Francis on America, Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy, Learn Latin and More! (1743)

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09/04/2015 Comment

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Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

St. Augustine: What Has Been Injured Shall Be Renewed – Scott Eric Alt, Catholic Stand

Planned Parenthood and Pontius Pilate – Edward Peters J.D., In the Light of the Law

Lives of the Saints Through Disney Princesses – Theresa Williams, Epic Pew

Abortion Leads to War – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

What Is Wrong With Latin? – H. L. Duncan, Catholic Stand

Conscience, Legislation, and the Culture of Death – Joe Kral, Truth and Charity Forum

Open the Door – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

A Time to Kill –...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: There’s No Rift Between Pope Francis and the U.S. Bishops (1613)

In a recent column, Philadelphia’s archbishop stressed that the U.S. Church is already living out the Pope’s call to care for the poor and needy.

09/03/2015 Comments (10)
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Pope Francis meets with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia during the Pope's weekly general audience on Nov. 19, 2014.

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PHILADELPHIA — Ahead of the papal visit to the U.S., some critics have painted a narrative pitting Pope Francis against the “conservative” American bishops —  but the archbishop of Philadelphia doesn't believe them.

Claims that that Church ignores the poor while obsessing over things like abortion and human sexuality are nothing new to members of the Catholic hierarchy, not even to the Pope himself, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said in a recent column.

“When Francis was an archbishop in Buenos Aires, Argentine political leaders reviled him publicly as ‘the leader of the opposition,’” Archbishop Chaput said. “When he defended Church teaching on issues like sexuality and...READ MORE

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Papal Letter on Absolution for Abortion Means 'Forgiveness Is Possible' (3055)

Post-abortion healing ministries welcomed the papal initiative, but it also sparked some questions among the faithful.

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A woman goes to confession at the Basilica of St. Mary Major`s during the during the Vigil for Life in March.

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SAN FRANCISCO — When Pope Francis announced that priests across the world would have the authority to absolve the sin of abortion during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the news drew applause from Mary Ann Schwab.

As the coordinator for Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Schwab regularly meets with women overwhelmed by guilt and grief following an abortion.

“The Pope’s action will make people aware that they can be forgiven, especially those whose guilt is so great they think it isn’t possible,” Schwab told the Register, noting that some women will only speak to counselors on the phone or ask for a priest in another parish, where they won’t...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy Indulgence Raises Canonical Questions (7844)

COMMENTARY: There are a few canonical ambiguities in the Holy Father’s letter that need clarifications so that his desires can be implemented appropriately.

09/03/2015 Comments (23)
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The Holy Father’s Sept. 1 letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, calls the faithful, once again, to contemplate God’s Divine Mercy made manifest through his Church, particularly in the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

There is much beauty and magnanimity in the letter, showing that Pope Francis, like his predecessors, is serious about helping to actualize the mercy of God to all, especially those on the peripheries.

All would do well to read carefully and work assiduously to make known and available the indulgences that are being granted to the faithful in dioceses, those visiting shrines and...READ MORE

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