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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • Holy Land Bishops Criticize 'Collective Punishment'
    JERUSALEM (CNS) — Catholic leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticized Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians. "Using the death of the three Israelis to exact collective punishment on the Palestinian ...
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    People carry the body of a Palestinian boy whom hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his family's house in Gaza City July 9.
  • From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push Factors for Migrants
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — Giovani Melendez, 31, fled this Central American capital with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family — Melendez, his wife, and ...
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    A member of the Salvadoran national police is seen July 1 holding an infant who arrived back in San Salvador from Mexico.
  • Pope, Giving Palliums, Says Focus on Following Jesus
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After placing woolen bands, called palliums, over the shoulders of 24 archbishops from around the world, Pope Francis urged them to trust in God and not seek refuge in power or prestige. "Trust in God banishes all fear and sets us ...
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    Pope Francis greets Metropolitan John of Pergamon, head of the Orthodox delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
  • Pope Condemns Mafia, Says Members Are Excommunicated
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the stronghold of an Italian crime syndicate believed to be richer and more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia, Pope Francis said, "Those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do, are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!"
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    Pope Francis greets people as he visits Cassano allo Ionio, Italy, June 21.
  • Let the World Cup Celebrate Solidarity and Peace, Pope Says
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the World Cup was about to kick off, Pope Francis called on fans and competitors to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in ...
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    Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue glows green to help kickoff the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Bridget: From age seven on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. 
<p>She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children (the second eldest was St. Catherine of Sweden), she lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death. </p><p>Bridget constantly strove to exert her good influence over Magnus; while never fully reforming, he did give her land and buildings to found a monastery for men and women. This group eventually expanded into an Order known as the Bridgetines (still in existence). </p><p>In 1350, a year of jubilee, Bridget braved a plague-stricken Europe to make a pilgrimage to Rome. Although she never returned to Sweden, her years in Rome were far from happy, being hounded by debts and by opposition to her work against Church abuses. </p><p>A final pilgrimage to the Holy Land, marred by shipwreck and the death of her son, Charles, eventually led to her death in 1373. In 1999, she, Saints Catherine of Siena (April 29) and Teresa Benedicts of the Cross (Edith Stein, August 9) were named co-patronesses of Europe.</p> American Catholic Blog In prayer we discover what we already have. You start where you are and you deepen what you already have and you realize that you are already there. We already have everything, but we don’t know it and we don’t experience it.
 
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