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Vatican City, Aug 20, 2017 / 08:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis prayed for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Spain, Burkina Faso and Finland, asking the Lord to bring peace and to end the violence of terrorism around the world.

After praying the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis led the 10,000 people present in St. Peter's Square in a moment of silence and in a 'Hail Mary' for those killed or wounded in the most recent terrorist attacks.

“In our hearts we bear the pain of the terrorist acts that in recent days have caused many victims [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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Wau, South Sudan, Aug 20, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the civil war in South Sudan heightens, millions are fleeing their homes for safer ground, which many have found at St. Mary Help of Christian's Cathedral in Wau, the country's second largest city.

“Those who flee believe that even rebels still fear God and would not slaughter civilians in the backyard of a church,” said Fr. Moses Peter, a priest at St. Mary's, according to IRIN News.

“Many other churches have also taken in hundreds of people,” he said.

South Sudan has been in the middle of a [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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On the Readings for Sunday, August 20, 2017 [...] [...]
Sat, Aug 19, 2017
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Nairobi, Kenya, Aug 19, 2017 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With violent protests and several deaths in the wake of Kenya's Aug. 8 presidential election, the nation's bishops have lamented the violence and called for respect for the democratic process.

The re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta was announced Aug. 11, and international observers called the vote free and fair. Kenyatta's challenger, Raila Odinga, claims the election was rigged.

At least 24 persons have been killed during violent protests in the wake of the vote, according to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. Anti-riot police shot protesters, and some children [...]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
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A key check against papal freedom turning into license, albeit a check harder to pin down than are neatly drafted canons, is “Tradition”. [...] [...]
Sat, Aug 19, 2017
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By Steven D. Greydanus | Note: Last week, after the so-called “Unite the Right” white-identity rally in Charlottesville degerated into murderous violence, I looked ahead to this Sunday's... [...]
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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By Anna Abbott | Contraception and abortion are falsely promoted as “women's health”, so to confront this deceptive form of “medicine,” a courageous doctor has gone to the front lines. The Women's Wellness and Fertility Center,... [...]
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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By Nicholas Wolfram Smith | Jane and Patrick married in their early 20s and were eager to start a family. They both imagined children would come easily and that they would have a... [...]
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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By Tom Hoopes | Sunday, Aug. 20, is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Mass Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 Everyone has experienced it:... [...]
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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By Tito Edwards | Serving the Poorest of the Poor, Photo of the Day – Aleteia Therese of Lisieux: Brevity of Life, Glory of Heaven, Beauty of Suffering – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction On Going... [...]
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Today, Jared Zimmerer discusses the growth of mixed martial arts as entertainment and points out that modernity, in secularizing everything, has also effected the way we view martial arts. [...]
Fri, Aug 18, 2017
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Scanning headlines full of hatred, confusion, and fear, the group just wanted "to make something joyful." Matt Becklo explains. [...]
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What do pornography and dwindling vocations both suggest about men's greatest fear? Father Damian Ference, who works closely with young men in high school and the seminary, shares his observations. [...]
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As we celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady, Fr. Billy Swan offers a reflection on why this dogma has profound consequences on our understanding of human dignity. [...]
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The great martyr, St. Maximillian Kolbe, was an effective evangelist and preacher of the Gospel. Today, Ricky Jones offers a few of the reasons he was so profoundly effective. [...]
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Almost nobody knows the problem that lies at the heart of the recent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia. For those who have not followed the action, white supremacists held a rally there which led to widespread outrage, the escalation of rhetoric, and some violence. President Trump is facing near universal denunciation (again!) for suggesting that there are good people on all sides, and that responsibility for crossing the line into violence is shared.

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Fri, Aug 18, 2017
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The Scriptural book of Joshua, which immediately follows the Pentateuch and begins to recount Jewish history after Moses, is typically remembered for a few dramatic moments. The book recounts the stopping of the waters of the Jordan River so that the people could cross into the promised land—a miracle like that performed when crossing the Red Sea in the flight from Egypt. Here too we learn of how Jericho was delivered to Joshua by walking around the city each day for seven days and blowing trumpets. And while many are puzzled by it, nobody forgets the day Joshua made the [...]

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