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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  • Clinton's VP pick, a Catholic, faces criticism for stand on abortion

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Only a week after Donald Trump chose as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was raised a Catholic and today is evangelical, Hillary Clinton chose as her vice presidential running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a practicing Catholic who ...

    Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is seen in Miami July 23.
  • WYD pilgrims try to grasp the grimness of Auschwitz camps

    OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) -- Walking into the Auschwitz concentration camp, Stephanie Dalton felt a chill up and down her spine.

    She called it the spirit of those who died at the hands of the Nazis more than 70 years ago.

    "You could tell the people's presence (was) still ...

    A World Youth Day pilgrim looks inside a building during a July 25 visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • 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 ...

    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.
  • Criminal charges against archdiocese dropped

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Standing before reporters and cameras July 20, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis failed in its handling of the case of Curtis Wehmeyer, a former priest who pleaded guilty in two courts of abusing three ...

    Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis addresses the media at a news conference July 20.
  • 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 ...

    Children from the Kufiyah Dabke Troupe dance at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington July 16.
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Joachim and Anne: In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names <i>Joachim</i> and <i>Anne</i> come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died. 
<p>The heroism and holiness of these people, however, is inferred from the whole family atmosphere around Mary in the Scriptures. Whether we rely on the legends about Mary’s childhood or make guesses from the information in the Bible, we see in her a fulfillment of many generations of prayerful persons, herself steeped in the religious traditions of her people. </p><p>The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family that looked forward to the next generation even while retaining the best of the past. </p><p>Joachim and Anne—whether these are their real names or not—represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure.</p> American Catholic Blog My hope is that my children reach beyond me in character. I don’t want to be their moral ceiling. That makes me responsible to guide and discipline them in directions I don’t always follow. And above all, to show them mercy for their human frailty, as I ask them to show me that same mercy for mine.

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World Youth Day
The 2016 WYD theme is “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

Star Trek Beyond
Fifty years after its debut on television, "Star Trek" bursts onto the big screen again in its 13th feature-film outing.

While the bad luck dreaded by triskaidekaphobes fails to curse the aesthetics of this latest production, there is an unwelcome -- though fleeting -- ...

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