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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
  • Serra canonization should be call to respect cultures, superior says

    ROME (CNS) -- The canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra honors a famous missionary who was motivated by love of God, but it also is a call to recognize how the process of evangelization must respect peoples and their cultures, said the head of the Franciscan order.

    Father ...
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    San Gabriel Arcangel Mission was the fourth mission established by Blessed Junipero Serra.
  • 'Women Betrayed' rallies urge defunding of Planned Parenthood

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Pro-life advocates from across the Salt Lake Valley rallied peacefully in front of Planned Parenthood July 28, calling for state and federal officials to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood.

    The crowd joined pro-lifers across the nation in holding a "Women Betrayed" rally, an ...
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    Jesse Craig, vice president of Right to Life at the University of Utah, speaks at the Women Betrayed event in Salt Lake City.
  • 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.
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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.

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John Vianney: A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies. 
<p>His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. But his vision of being a priest urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with the books, John was ordained. </p><p>Situations calling for “impossible” deeds followed him everywhere. As pastor of the parish at Ars, John encountered people who were indifferent and quite comfortable with their style of living. His vision led him through severe fasts and short nights of sleep. (Some devils can only be cast out by prayer and fasting.) </p><p>With Catherine Lassagne and Benedicta Lardet, he established La Providence, a home for girls. Only a man of vision could have such trust that God would provide for the spiritual and material needs of all those who came to make La Providence their home. </p><p>His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. Unless a man was dedicated to his vision of a priestly vocation, he could not have endured this giving of self day after day. </p><p>Many people look forward to retirement and taking it easy, doing the things they always wanted to do but never had the time. But John Vianney had no thoughts of retirement. As his fame spread, more hours were consumed in serving God’s people. Even the few hours he would allow himself for sleep were disturbed frequently by the devil. </p><p>Who, but a man with vision, could keep going with ever-increasing strength? In 1929, Pope Pius XI named him the patron of parish priests worldwide.</p> American Catholic Blog The most beautiful and spontaneous expressions of joy which I have seen during my life were by poor people who had little to hold on to. –Pope Francis

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More countless than the drops in an ocean are the repetitions down the ages of those gracious words: “Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.”
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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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