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Sunday, July 24, 2016
  • Pope issues rules to help contemplative women's mission

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an effort to help contemplative women religious renew their life and mission in the church and the world, Pope Francis issued a series of new rulings dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy.

    The new rulings include a mandate that "initially, all monasteries are ...
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    The Carmelite Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent in Nairobi, Kenya, ask their U.S. visitors to sign their guest book in this 2011 file photo.
  • Catholics seek to change narrative of violence in Holy Land

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The event was designed to show the daily life and culture of those who live in the Holy Land, an area as beautiful and historic as it is conflict-ridden. And it did just that when one of the Palestinian Christians who was supposed to be present ...
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    Children from the Kufiyah Dabke Troupe dance at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington July 16.
  • Cardinal: St. Mary Magdalene is reminder of need for adoration

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are called to be like St. Mary Magdalene, who adored Christ upon finding him, an action that has somewhat lost its meaning in the church, said Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

    He said the July ...
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    St. Mary Magdalene is depicted in a stained glass window in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
  • Baton Rouge Catholics promote peace after shootings
    BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- As tragic events have unfolded in the Baton Rouge area, the Catholic community has been at the forefront of helping to spread the message of peace.

    From holding prayer services to opening churches to hosting community meetings, Catholic leaders have been involved ...
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    Members of the St. John the Baptist Church choir in Zachary, La., sing at a prayer service July 17.
  • New Yorkers gather to pray for local nun missing in Austria

    EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (CNS) -- Two weeks after a recently retired nun from Long Island, N.Y., disappeared while vacationing alone in Europe, more than 200 people gathered to pray for her at an evening service July 20 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, where she lived.

    While the event was promoted ...
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    Members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, N.Y., pray for Sister Eileen Christie July 20.
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Sharbel Makhluf: Although this saint never traveled far from the Lebanese village of Beka-Kafra, where he was born, his influence has spread widely. 
<p>Joseph Zaroun Makluf was raised by an uncle because his father, a mule driver, died when Joseph was only three. At the age of 23, Joseph joined the Monastery of St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon, and took the name Sharbel in honor of a second-century martyr. He professed his final vows in 1853 and was ordained six years later. </p><p>Following the example of the fifth-century St. Maron, Sharbel lived as a hermit from 1875 until his death. His reputation for holiness prompted people to seek him to receive a blessing and to be remembered in his prayers. He followed a strict fast and was very devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. When his superiors occasionally asked him to administer the sacraments to nearby villages, Sharbel did so gladly. </p><p>He died in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Christians and non-Christians soon made his tomb a place of pilgrimage and of cures. Pope Paul VI beatified him in 1965 and canonized him 12 years later.</p> American Catholic Blog Bluntly put, children are amateur and immature observers. In the short term, they aren’t always attracted to even the best of examples. Only as they move beyond childhood do they come to fully appreciate and emulate their parents’ ways. Much of good parenting doesn’t make its mark until years later.

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