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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  • Pope: Christians should apologize for helping to marginalize gays

    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ARMENIA (CNS) -- Catholics and other Christians not only must apologize to the gay community, they must ask forgiveness of God for ways they have discriminated against homosexual persons or fostered hostility toward them, Pope Francis said.

    "I think the church not ...
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    Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Yerevan, Armenia, to Rome June 26.
  • SCOTUS strikes down regulations on Texas abortion clinics

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a 5-3 vote June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down restrictions on Texas abortion clinics that required them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and required their doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

    The case, Whole Woman's Health ...
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    Pro-life supporters pray at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court June 27 during protests in Washington.
  • Franciscan priest named apostolic administrator of Jerusalem

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem and appointed Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, former "custos" of the Holy Land, as the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

    The Franciscan will serve as apostolic administrator until ...
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    Pope Francis appointed Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa as apostolic administrator of the patriarchate.
  • Christianity is the 'religion of the future,' cardinal tells Irish audience

    DUBLIN (CNS) -- One of Pope Francis' top advisers said during a visit to Ireland that he believes the Christian faith is "the religion of the future" as he mapped out a role for the church in increasingly complex pluralist societies.

    Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, Germany, ...
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    Cardinal Reinhard Marx speaks at the Church and Pluralism conference at Trinity College.
  • Bishop tries out homelessness for 36 hours for charity

    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (CNS) -- Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home, but for Bishop Donald J. Bolen of Saskatoon and nine others, it was long enough to better understand what being homeless is really like.

    The bishop, who lives in ...
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    Bishop Donald J. Bolen talks with others who participated in the Sanctum Survivor challenge.
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Irenaeus: The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained, no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a desire to win over his opponents than to prove them in error. 
<p>As bishop of Lyons he was especially concerned with the Gnostics, who took their name from the Greek word for “knowledge.” Claiming access to secret knowledge imparted by Jesus to only a few disciples, their teaching was attracting and confusing many Christians. After thoroughly investigating the various Gnostic sects and their “secret,” Irenaeus showed to what logical conclusions their tenets led. These he contrasted with the teaching of the apostles and the text of Holy Scripture, giving us, in five books, a system of theology of great importance to subsequent times. Moreover, his work, widely used and translated into Latin and Armenian, gradually ended the influence of the Gnostics. </p><p>The circumstances and details about his death, like those of his birth and early life in Asia Minor, are not at all clear.</p> American Catholic Blog Remember this: the Lord wants us to be at peace, and the closer we are to Him, the more peaceful we feel. Peace is a good indicator that our actions are pleasing to Him. On the other hand, a persistent lack of peace typically indicates that the Lord is trying to get your attention. Give Him that attention, and He will show you what's up!

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