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Sunday, August 30, 2015
  • Pope Francis on Families
    Pope Francis cares deeply about the health and happiness of today’s families. Just seven months into his papacy, he announced that he would host an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the pastoral challenges facing modern families. The discussions on ...
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    For Pope Francis, the family is the cornerstone of our faith. Here he offers 10 reasons why.
  • Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of US society

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- American parishes are not so monolithic anymore.

    Traditionally European parishes, once the hallmark of the American Catholic Church, have become places where immigrants from Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia have increasingly felt at home.

    It's an indication of the ever-changing face of the U.S. ...
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    People walk outside San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel, Calif.
  • Voting Rights Act at 50: Questions remain on who gets to vote

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Even after a half-century of election law that was intended to settle the question of who is eligible to vote in the United States, contentious issues remain on who gets that right.

    The battles, just like those before the bill was signed into law ...
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  • 72 men start lives as seminarians in Rome

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" bellowed across an immaculately groomed sports field not far from St. Peter's Basilica, a new class of U.S. seminarians faced off against their peers in a fraternal game of softball.

    The onlooking fans, who included Vatican officials ...
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  • Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28 in the Vatican residence where he was awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.

    Passionist Father ...
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    Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, pictured in 2009.
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Jeanne Jugan: 
		<p>Born in northern France during the French Revolution—a time when congregations of women and men religious were being suppressed by the national government, Jeanne would eventually be highly praised in the French academy for her community's compassionate care of elderly poor people.</p>
		<p>When Jeanne was three and a half years old, her father, a fisherman, was lost at sea. Her widowed mother was hard pressed to raise her eight children (four died young) alone. At the age of 15 or 16, Jeanne became a kitchen maid for a family that not only cared for its own members, but also served poor, elderly people nearby. Ten years later, Jeanne became a nurse at the hospital in Le Rosais. Soon thereafter she joined a third order group founded by St. John Eudes (August 19).</p>
		<p>After six years she became a servant and friend of a woman she met through the third order. They prayed, visited the poor and taught catechism to children. After her friend's death, Jeanne and two other women continued a similar life in the city of Saint-Sevran. In 1839, they brought in their first permanent guest. They began an association, received more members and more guests. Mother Marie of the Cross, as Jeanne was now known, founded six more houses for the elderly by the end of 1849, all staffed by members of her association—the Little Sisters of the Poor. By 1853 the association numbered 500 and had houses as far away as England.</p>
		<p>Abbé Le Pailleur, a chaplain, had prevented Jeanne's reelection as superior in 1843; nine year later, he had her assigned to duties within the congregation, but would not allow her to be recognized as its founder. He was removed from office by the Holy See in 1890. </p>
		<p>By the time Pope Leo XIII gave her final approval to the community's constitutions in 1879, there were 2,400 Little Sisters of the Poor. Jeanne died later that same year, on August 30. Her cause was introduced in Rome in 1970, and she was beatified in 1982 and canonized in 2009. </p>
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American Catholic Blog The joy of the Lord is our strength. Therefore, each of us will accept a life of poverty in cheerful trust. We will offer cheerful obedience from our inward joy. We will minister to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor with cheerful devotion. If our work is done with joy, we will have no reason to be unhappy.

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We Are Your Friends
Several scenes in the tepid, noncommittal drama "We Are Your Friends" are set around a drained backyard swimming pool in which only a small puddle of polluted water remains. It's an appropriate image for the film's moral context.

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Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
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Doubt can lead us to question, to reflect, to understand reality at a deeper level.
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