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Friday, July 31, 2015
  • Cardinal Dolan in op-ed criticizes Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In an op-ed piece published July 29 in the New York Daily News, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York took issue with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump without explicitly naming him. He recalled teaching college students ...
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    Opponents and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump demonstrate outside a Los Angeles hotel July 10.
  • Box believed to be Catholic artifact found at site of Jamestown church
    JAMESTOWN, Va. (CNS) -- The identities of four men discovered almost two years ago at the site of Jamestown's historic 1608 church have been identified and one of the men had been buried with a silver box that is "likely a Catholic reliquary." The Smithsonian ...
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    This artifact found at Jamestown, Va., is likely a Catholic reliquary with bone fragments, container used to hold holy water.
  • Presidential candidates outline plans to address poverty
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Seven presidential candidates have responded to a call from anti-poverty advocates by submitting brief videos outlining their plans to address poverty. The videos, delivered to an umbrella organization known as the Circle of Protection that includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, ...
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    In this June 16, 2014, file photo, a homeless man sits on a sidewalk in New York City.
  • House limits number in chamber to hear papal address to Congress
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- House members voted July 28 to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress. The vote, which was part of a procedural measure, excludes former members of Congress and ...
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    During his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress, becoming the first pope to do so.
  • The pope's 'staycation': Letters, trip preparation fill his days

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Returning to the Vatican in the midst of a heat wave after an eight-day, three-country trip to South America, Pope Francis took the kind of vacation he said he prefers: what has become known as a "staycation."

    With the exception of a July ...
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    Pope Francis waves as he leads general audience in St. Peter's Square.
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Love of God and love of others are the two great commandments: Templeton Prize-winner Jean Vanier shows that these are the same thing. In his chapter-by-chapter book, Vanier explains how Jesus taught this lesson throughout his ministry.

Vanier includes stories from his work with L'Arche that express the great privilege we have of developing our relationships with one another and with God.

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Ignatius of Loyola: The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His conscience was deeply touched, and a long, painful turning to Christ began. Having seen the Mother of God in a vision, he made a pilgrimage to her shrine at Montserrat (near Barcelona). He remained for almost a year at nearby Manresa, sometimes with the Dominicans, sometimes in a pauper’s hospice, often in a cave in the hills praying. After a period of great peace of mind, he went through a harrowing trial of scruples. There was no comfort in anything—prayer, fasting, sacraments, penance. At length, his peace of mind returned. 
<p>It was during this year of conversion that Ignatius began to write down material that later became his greatest work, the <em>Spiritual Exercises</em>. </p><p>He finally achieved his purpose of going to the Holy Land, but could not remain, as he planned, because of the hostility of the Turks. He spent the next 11 years in various European universities, studying with great difficulty, beginning almost as a child. Like many others, his orthodoxy was questioned; Ignatius was twice jailed for brief periods. </p><p>In 1534, at the age of 43, he and six others (one of whom was St. Francis Xavier, December 2) vowed to live in poverty and chastity and to go to the Holy Land. If this became impossible, they vowed to offer themselves to the apostolic service of the pope. The latter became the only choice. Four years later Ignatius made the association permanent. The new Society of Jesus was approved by Paul III, and Ignatius was elected to serve as the first general. </p><p>When companions were sent on various missions by the pope, Ignatius remained in Rome, consolidating the new venture, but still finding time to found homes for orphans, catechumens and penitents. He founded the Roman College, intended to be the model of all other colleges of the Society. </p><p>Ignatius was a true mystic. He centered his spiritual life on the essential foundations of Christianity—the Trinity, Christ, the Eucharist. His spirituality is expressed in the Jesuit motto, <i>ad majorem Dei gloriam</i>—“for the greater glory of God.” In his concept, obedience was to be the prominent virtue, to assure the effectiveness and mobility of his men. All activity was to be guided by a true love of the Church and unconditional obedience to the Holy Father, for which reason all professed members took a fourth vow to go wherever the pope should send them for the salvation of souls.</p> American Catholic Blog When we are angry with someone we put up a wall between us and this person. And so we deprive ourselves of that person’s love. Included in this love—which is probably the warmest love you can ever receive—is the love of God. So, I hope when the time is right, you can let the wall come down and let God love you.

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ENTERTAINMENT
Pixels
All those misspent hours of youth, spending quarters on mindless video games, are finally put to use in "Pixels" (Columbia), a manic comedy about an alien invasion of Earth by 3-D characters from the arcade.

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Doubt can lead us to question, to reflect, to understand reality at a deeper level.
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