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The Great Charter at 800: Why it still matters

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Five Ways Catholics Engage the Culture

To simply accept the culture as being invulnerable to Catholic prayer and action is both cynical and ignorant. The history of the Church testifies over and over to the impact believers have on the course of events and the shape of the culture. The cynicism, of course, is merely a pretext for either sloth- indifference to seeking what is good - or cowardice, in unwillingness to seek the good in the face of danger.

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A Hill Worth Dying On

Those Catholics in politics who ask whether -this is a hill worth dying on- are usually reluctant to die on any hill, much less recognize the moral high ground in the first place

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Deal Hudson: Why Social Conservatives Should Become Cultural Conservatives

Though much that can be said about a cultural conservative is a matter of common sense, the one thing that must be said at the start is this: to believe in the protection of human life, to be pro-life, means that you care about all of life, all of human existence, from beginning to end, encompassing the life of an individual in a society.

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Vatican celebrates Pope's anniversary with virtual book

In honor of the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican website has published a special online book, compiled of various phrases he has spoken throughout the year.

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Legislators ask for strengthening of military religious freedom

A U.S. senator and a congressman have urged the Secretary of Defense to reissue military rules to strengthen religious freedom protections for military service members who fear reprisals for their beliefs.

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Catholic Archbishop: Wake Up! Religious Liberty at Risk in USA

Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is calling on Americans to wake up and recognize that the Founding Fathers' vision of religious freedom is now threatened by the federal government.

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The Pope's New Curriculum

Pope Francis is showing himself too savvy to outright contradict anything recent popes have said. Instead, he's taking a different page out of the Vatican II playbook that's been neglected of late, and it's putting a smile on Catholic faces.

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Pope Francis Encourages Oppressed and Persecuted Christians in Middle East

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Roman Curia, said he carries greetings of Pope Francis not only for Christians, but for all inhabitants of the region.

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Pope Francis: 'long faces cannot proclaim Jesus'

Pope Francis began by commenting on the daily readings. In the first, the prophet Zephaniah,exclaims: "Rejoice! Cries of joy, the Lord is in your midst."

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Eucharist nourishes, sustains and should transform people, pope says

In the Eucharist, Jesus makes himself the food that nourishes and sustains Catholics, even when the road gets rough, Pope Francis said before leading a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome.

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Pope Francis’ Wisdom

The Church and the world are obviously fascinated with our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, and desire to know everything they can about him.

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Cardinal Wuerl, former Pittsburgh bishop, meets with Pope Francis in Rome

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C. and former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, met with Pope Francis Wednesday in Rome, Vatican and archdiocese officials said.

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The language of shaming: Pope Francis urges profound change to global economic system

In his candid speeches and sermons, the new pope "forges a moral vocabulary on economics" to remind church leaders — and followers — of their responsibility to the poor.

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The paradox of Pope Francis

It is astonishing how, from the first minute of his election, Pope Francis chose a new style: unlike his predecessor, no miter with gold and jewels, no ermine-trimmed cape, no made-to-measure red shoes and headwear, no magnificent throne.

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In shift, Pope Francis walks procession

Pope Francis has again broken with the practice of his predecessors, walking the full length of an annual 1.5 kilometer (mile-long) procession from one Roman basilica to another.

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US Catholics to join Pope Francis in Eucharistic Adoration

Many U.S. dioceses and individual parishes will join Pope Francis in simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration June 2 that is uniting Catholics in prayer around the world.

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Countdown to the Conclave, Day 3: The Media and the Conclave. Shall We Laugh?

Who needs morning coffee when you can read the latest stupidity about the Conclave scheduled to commence in the Vatican next week? It's enough to evoke peals of laughter or growls of anger. Being seasoned Catholic journalists who have "been there done that" we prefer the former, knowing that the latter shows more respect than is due.

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Abortion is Devastating the African American Community, Is Anyone Noticing?

African American women have 40 percent of the nation’s abortions, but make up only 13 percent of the population.

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Countdown to the Conclave, Day 2: Framing the Conclave

Our advice to all of you is to employ Cartesian doubt to 90 percent of what you hear about the Conclave, except from sources such as Father Morris and Ambassador Flynn. You will find that most of what you are hearing is like the ball of wax that the philosopher Descartes in his Meditations held up to the fire and watched it evaporate, change shape, and turn into liquid, until nothing remained.

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