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Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • 'The world is at war,' but religions are not, pope says

    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO KRAKOW, POLAND (CNS) -- The world, not religion, is waging a war in pieces, Pope Francis said.

    While it "is not at as organic" as past world wars, "it is organized and it is war," the pope told journalists July 27 on ...
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    Pope Francis gestures as he speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Rome to Krakow, Poland.
  • Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican ...
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    A policeman reacts after two assailants killed 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel and took five people hostage during a weekday Mass in France.
  • Piazza acknowledges his Catholic faith at Hall of Fame induction

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (CNS) -- Mike Piazza, the superstar catcher inducted July 24 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, gave credit to his Catholic faith for his success during his induction speech.

    "My mother gave me the greatest gift a mother can give a child. She gave ...
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    Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
  • Police raise security threat level in Krakow

    KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- Polish police have raised the official security threat level at World Youth Day in Krakow, after an Iraqi man was arrested with traces of explosives.

    However, a police spokesman said the category of "alpha," or high, was not linked to any "concrete threat," ...
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    Police officers stand guard during World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 26.
  • WYD pilgrims try to grasp the grimness of Auschwitz camps

    OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) -- Walking into the Auschwitz concentration camp, Stephanie Dalton felt a chill up and down her spine.

    She called it the spirit of those who died at the hands of the Nazis more than 70 years ago.

    "You could tell the people's presence (was) still ...
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    A World Youth Day pilgrim looks inside a building during a July 25 visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
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Leopold Mandic: Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers.
<p>A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight and a stomach ailment.
</p><p>Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church Fathers, to the clerics of his province for several years, but he is best known for his work in the confessional, where he sometimes spent 13-15 hours a day. Several bishops sought out his spiritual advice.
</p><p>Leopold’s dream was to go to the Orthodox Christians and work for the reunion of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. His health never permitted it. Leopold often renewed his vow to go to the Eastern Christians; the cause of unity was constantly in his prayers.
</p><p>At a time when Pope Pius XII said that the greatest sin of our time is "to have lost all sense of sin," Leopold had a profound sense of sin and an even firmer sense of God’s grace awaiting human cooperation.
</p><p>Leopold, who lived most of his life in Padua, died on July 30, 1942, and was canonized in 1982.</p> American Catholic Blog Good parenthood is a blend of yes and no. Knowing when to say no and enforce it leads to more yeses. No doesn’t shrink a child’s world; it expands it.

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