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Vatican City, Jun 28, 2017 / 07:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After years of fighting allegations of sexual abuse and negligence in handling abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top finance man, will be charged on multiple counts of abuse, Australian police announced Wednesday.

Pell, who has fervently denied the allegations, will be charged on summons, and will be required to return to Melbourne in July order to answer the charges.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Victoria police were the ones who decided to charge the cardinal. In a June 29 statement, Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said Pell [...]

Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report
Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2017 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With an estimated 20 million victims of human trafficking today, all governments must step up their enforcement efforts, a new report by the State Department insists. “We are all confron... [...] [...]
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report

Stockholm, Sweden, Jun 28, 2017 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When thinking of the “peripheries” of the Church, many think of places such as Latin America, Africa, or maybe Asia. However, in Wednesday's consistory Pope Francis sought out a periphery that slips the minds of many: Sweden.

Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm told Vatican Insider he was “somewhat shocked” to get the news of his elevation, saying that “(w)e must also be happy that Sweden and all Scandinavia can be said to have entered the map of world Catholicism, as the gates of the Catholic Church open more to [...]

Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report
Rome sizzles in summer heat. The sun glares down remorselessly on shoppers thronging the streets around St. Maria del Populo, where the priest has just finished celebrating the last morning Mass. I had wanted to enjoy [...] [...]
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report
London, England, Jun 28, 2017 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A final appeal to allow continued life support for a U.K. baby whose parents want to seek experimental treatment in the U.S. has been rejected by the European Court of Human Rights. According ... [...] [...]
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report

National Catholic Register

"America's most complete Catholic news source. A Service of EWTN."
By Edward Pentin | Newly minted Cardinal Anders Arborelius is not only the country's first cardinal, but also the first ethnic Swede to be made bishop since the Reformation. In this June 28 interview with... [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register
By Daniel Mattson | Since coming back to the Church after having a same-sex relationship, I have often been asked to speak to young people about the Church's teaching on chastity and homosexuality. These are challenging... [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register
By Edward Pentin | The Holy See has stressed the Secretariat for the Economy will continue its work after Pope Francis gave its prefect, Cardinal George Pell, a leave of absence to defend himself in court against sexual assault... [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register
By Tito Edwards | The Devil Preys on Idle Souls - Todd Nolan, Catholic Stand No, Not Every Lifestyle Is Sinful Fr. James Martin, S.J. – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture Conscience is Our Constant... [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register
By Fr. Dwight Longenecker | In front of St. Peter's Basilica, like two gigantic guardians of the faith, stand St. Peter and St. Paul. St. Peter the fisherman. St. Paul the intellectual. Peter the rough working class man who... [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register

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USCCB Media Blog

"Features commentary, documents and other resources related to the work of the Conference, the bishops' priorities, the Catholic Church and society in general."
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
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Tue, Oct 04, 2016
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(CNS/photo/Esteban Biba, EPA) By Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Catholics know that every person is made in the image of God. Everyone is due our respect [...]
Tue, Sep 27, 2016
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Wed, Sep 21, 2016
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USCCB – Noticias en español

WASHINGTON—Después de que la Cámara de Representantes aprobara la Ley de Atención de Salud de los Estados Unidos (AHCA, H.R. 1628), Mons. Frank J. Dewane, obispo de Venice, Florida, y presidente del Comité de Justicia Nacional y Desarrollo Humano de los Obispos de los Estados Unidos, llamó al Senado a eliminar las disposiciones nocivas del proyecto de ley cuando la cámara lo someta a consideración.

"Incluso con los esfuerzos para mejorar el proyecto de ley antes de su aprobación, la Ley de Atención de Salud de los Estados Unidos sigue conteniendo importantes defectos, particularmente en lo que respecta a cambios en Medicaid que ponen en riesgo la cobertura y la [...]

Fri, May 05, 2017
Source: USCCB – Noticias en español

WASHINGTON—El cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, arzobispo de Galveston-Houston y presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB), ha emitido una respuesta a la orden ejecutiva del presidente Donald J. Trump firmada esta mañana.

La declaración completa del cardenal DiNardo es la siguiente:

La orden ejecutiva de hoy comienza el proceso de aliviar la seria carga del mandato del HHS. Colaboraremos con la Administración para asegurar que se proporcione un alivio adecuado a las personas con creencias religiosas profundamente arraigadas acerca de algunos de los fármacos, dispositivos y procedimientos quirúrgicos cuya facilitación el HHS ha tratado de exigir a personas de fe en los últimos años. Agradecemos [...]

Thu, May 04, 2017
Source: USCCB – Noticias en español

Una reflexión pastoral del Comité Administrativo de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU.

WASHINGTON—El Comité Administrativo de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB) ha emitido la siguiente reflexión pastoral en solidaridad con aquellos que se han visto obligados a abandonar sus hogares debido a la violencia, conflictos o miedo en su tierra natal. En la declaración, los obispos exhortan a cada uno de nosotros a hacer lo posible para acompañar a los migrantes y los refugiados que buscan una vida mejor en los Estados Unidos.

El texto completo de la declaración del Comité Administrativo de USCCB puede encontrarse a continuación:

La palabra [...]

Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Source: USCCB – Noticias en español

WASHINGTON—El Presidente Donald J. Trump emitió una Orden Ejecutiva dirigida al programa de admisión de refugiados a los Estados Unidos y a la migración al país, en general. Esta Orden Ejecutiva prácticamente cierra el programa de admisión de refugiados por 120 días, reduce el número de refugiados que pudiesen ser admitidos este año a los Estados Unidos de 110,000 a 50,000 individuos y suspende indefinidamente el reasentamiento de los refugiados sirios. Además, da prioridad a las minorías religiosas que padecen de persecución religiosa, y reduce la prioridad de todas las demás personas que huyen de la persecución; prohíbe temporalmente la admisión de personas a los Estados [...]

Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: USCCB – Noticias en español
¿Cuándo te vimos forastero y te acogimos? Mateo 25:38

WASHINGTON—El cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, de Galveston-Houston, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB), y el arzobispo José H. Gómez, de Los Ángeles, vicepresidente de la USCCB, han emitido la siguiente declaración conjunta con respecto a la reciente orden ejecutiva sobre la nueva política de refugiados anunciada por el presidente Donald Trump el pasado viernes. La orden ejecutiva del presidente Trump suspende la entrada de refugiados a los Estados Unidos durante 120 días. La orden también detiene indefinidamente la admisión de refugiados sirios y, durante 90 días, bloquea el ingreso de personas de siete países predominantemente musulmanes.

A [...]
Tue, Jan 31, 2017
Source: USCCB – Noticias en español

Word on Fire

Fr. Barron's Articles

Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna and her now husband, Nelson. While we rejoice in their love for each other, the fact that they have now become living symbols of Christ the Bridegroom's ecstatic love for his Bride, the Church is reason, in the very deepest sense, to give thanks. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries
The theme that I have chosen for a retreat I'm hosting in Dublin is “Pope Francis Speaks to Priests.” I have culled a number of motifs from the Pope's numerous talks, sermons, and lectures to priests, seminarians, and bishops. Allow me, in the course of this brief article to say just a few words about each one. [...]
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries
With great profit and pleasure I'm currently reading Alec Ryrie's new book “Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World”. Ryrie's characterization of Martin Luther offers fresh insights on how the great “Solas” of the Reformation can be both celebrated and legitimately criticized. [...]
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries
I would like to situate what Kathy Griffin did in a wider context, for it is but a particularly brutal example of what is taking place throughout our society, especially on university campuses, namely, a deterioration of rational argument. [...]
Tue, Jun 06, 2017
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries
Robert Cardinal Sarah's recent book “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise” centers around the unhappy role that noise has come to play in our culture and more specifically in the Church. As I read the sections of his book dealing with the importance of silence during Mass, I often found myself nodding vigorously. [...]
Tue, May 30, 2017
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries

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Today, on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the Word on Fire blog features an excerpt from Episode 5 of the "CATHOLICISM" series, titled "The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure." Watch the excerpt here. [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: Word On Fire – Blog Feed
Today, Matthew Becklo discusses the metal band, 'The Angelus' and their unique ability to display the great virtue of hope in times of darkness. [...]
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Word On Fire – Blog Feed
How often do we listen to that voice inside our head that doubts our capacity for grace and holiness? That fear can undermine our ability to be who we are meant to be for others. Today, Ricky Jones offers a reflection to challenge us to overcome that fear and be a blessing to everyone in our life. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
Source: Word On Fire – Blog Feed
Sports and family are two aspects of human life that can teach us so much about who we are and the need for virtue to authentically live our vocation and call to evangelize. Today, Jared Zimmerer chats with Corey Robinson, who brings knowledge and experience of using the culture of wrestling as an avenue to reach the periphery and embue the Christian ethic into the lives of those he coaches. [...]
Mon, Jun 26, 2017
Source: Word On Fire – Blog Feed
Today's feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is also the day of prayer for the sanctification of priests. Today, Fr. Billy Swan offers a reflection as a priest about the need for the merciful heart of Christ and allowing Christ to perfect our imperfections. [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Word On Fire – Blog Feed

Catholic Digest

Faith

Take some time this Independence Day to teach your family about the early history of the Catholic Church in the United States. May God bless America!

 

Charles Carroll of C... [...]

Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Faith

DEAR FATHER: 


Several years ago we lost our son. I am questioning the concept of one heaven, with all the... [...]

Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Faith

The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul is June 29. Here are five prayers to these two apostles. Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us! 

 

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Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Faith

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 23 this year. Here are five facts that you may not know about this important feast of our Lord.

 

1. ... [...]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Faith

 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is June 18 this year. Many parishes will host Corpus Christi processions. In Rome, Pope Francis will celebrate a 7 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran; fo... [...]

Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Faith

Family

Food & Fun

The long, relaxing days of summer do not mean you have to take a vacation from learning about our Catholic faith. Take these books to the pool or beach and see what you learn while taking that much-deserved break. 

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Tue, May 30, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Food & Fun

From the very earliest days of cinema, the life of Jesus, and especially his passion and resurrection, was a favorite subject of filmmakers.

 

Few of the earliest films were more than a ... [...]

Tue, May 30, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Food & Fun

First-time filmmaker Robert Eggers' extraordinary horror film The Witch begins with an earnest, gravel-voiced dissident named William (Ralph Ineson) boldly defying a grim-faced panel of Puritan judg... [...]

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Food & Fun

1. Attend Mass at a cemetery 

Some Catholic cemeteries offer Mass on Memorial Day. To find one near you, contact your diocese or parish. 

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Food & Fun

May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Two of the books covered here will teach you more about Mary and draw you closer to her and her Son. “And coming to her, [the angel Gabriel] said, “Hail, fa... [...]

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Food & Fun

Catholic Culture

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We ought not to kid ourselves about the difficulties same-sex attracted people face in bearing witness to the positive ways they have found to deal with their temptations, including the help they have received from their Lord and Savior and His Church. This issue is coming to the fore as Catholic men and women who are same-sex attracted strive to find ways to assure the world that embracing the “gay lifestyle” is neither a good option nor the only option. We may praise God for their witness, but we would be foolish to underestimate the depth of their trial or [...]

Fri, Jun 09, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture

When we read Scripture repeatedly, we almost always find something spiritually significant that we had not noticed before. The Holy Spirit enlightens us in different ways at different times. Over the past few days I've had this experience with the Book of Exodus.

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Mon, Jun 05, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture

I have added the head of the Society of Jesus to my list of alleged persons who cannot possibly be real. It was not enough that Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal insisted in February that we must discern the meaning of Christ's teachings for ourselves, and that the Holy Spirit might lead us to an understanding which differs from the teachings of the Catholic Church. Now the Black Pope has said that Christians “have formed symbolic figures such as the devil to express evil”, which may simply be a product of one's social environment. Formerly I had [...]

Fri, Jun 02, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture

Guess what? The dismissal of moral norms is a modern form of legalism. This point was made brilliantly last week by Russell Shaw writing in the Arlington Catholic Herald:

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Tue, May 30, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture

I suspect we all know people who are so invested in their jobs that they have little time for anything else. This may be how they define success, which is in itself unfortunate, but there can be a similar imbalance in the Christian life. Have you also known lay persons who work so hard in various apostolates that they seem somehow out of balance? Or have you encountered priests and religious whose particular apostolic work consumes nearly all of their time? Perhaps you even find yourself caught in this same trap.

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Tue, May 23, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture

Catholic Relief Services

Action Center Alerts

Speak out for those in need. Tell Congress to protect humanitarian & development assistance for refugees. [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: CRS – Action Center Alerts
Please remain committed to the Paris Climate Accord! [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: CRS – Action Center Alerts
Exija al Congreso que proteja la ayuda exterior contra el cambio clim�tico. [...]
Thu, Jun 08, 2017
Source: CRS – Action Center Alerts
Exija al Congreso que apoye a los refugiados con asistencia internacional. [...]
Wed, Jun 07, 2017
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Proteja el presupuesto de asistencia internacional contra el tr�fico de personas. [...]
Tue, Jun 06, 2017
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Stories from the Field

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Peru as they endure hardships brought about by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides.

Light a candle and join us in prayer at the CRS Virtual Votive Chapel.


There are significant needs in the Diocese of Chulucanas (Province of Piura)—made worse by the continuing rain. A local coordination body—including the local government, the diocese, local community based organizations, and private enterprise—is carrying out assessments of the nearby communities. While CRS is not working in that area, we are supporting Caritas Peru and the diocese in their [...]

Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Source: CRS Blog
Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

By The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski

Editor's Note: At the recent meeting of the CRS Board of Directors—the USCCB-appointed group of bishops, religious, and laity tasked with governing and supporting the work of CRS—Archbishop Thomas Wenski (Miami) celebrated mass for his fellow bishops, board members and CRS staff. What follows is his homily. The “Charmaine” he refers to is fellow board member Charmaine Warmenhoven.

Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

A picture speaks a thousand words—which is why, today, we are most effective when we can accompany words with images. That's why we use PowerPoint—and incorporate photos, graphs, maps and other visuals into [...]

Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: CRS Blog
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Friends,

New CRS President Sean Callahan carries Siad as he and his family cross the border from Serbia into Croatia. Photo by Andrew McConnell for CRS

Never has the Catholic Relief Services mission been more critical to Americans and, particularly, to American Catholics. As I assume the leadership of CRS, it is a time of great uncertainty in our country and around the world. More families than ever are displaced from their homes; there is greater and greater inequality in the global marketplace; and many of us are frightened that our lives can be irrevocably altered by a single, senseless, violent act.

And [...]

Thu, Dec 29, 2016
Source: CRS Blog
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Dear Friend,

Carolyn visits with children fleeing ISIS in northern Iraq in 2014. Photo by Rawsht Twana/Metrography for CRS

It was 5 years ago that we began this conversation, and now, this marks my last letter to you as president of Catholic Relief Services. Thank you for joining CRS to rebuild livelihoods, restore hope and make God's promises real for many who have lost much. You have given me energy and inspiration to be worthy of our mandate, of the people God entrusts to us for our care. Thank you for making us part of your faith journey.

I have learned [...]

Mon, Nov 28, 2016
Source: CRS Blog
Photo by Carl D. Walsh for CRS

Photo by Carl D. Walsh for CRS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a system designed to allow the user to interact with geographical data, in order to better manage, learn from and present the available information. The technology is used by CRS to make our projects more efficient and effective.

The third Wednesday in November (November 16 this year) is recognized by the National Geographic Society as GIS Day. The graphic below demonstrates CRS' use of GIS to more effectively fulfill our mission of assisting the poor overseas. The graphic is available as a PDF in [...]

Wed, Nov 16, 2016
Source: CRS Blog

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