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It’s fitting that Pope Francis would choose poverty as a theme for his 2014 Lenten message, as it has been a central theme of his papacy thus far. Just days after his election as pope he spoke of how he loved a Church that was both poor and for the poor. More recently, he spoke of poverty during the consistory in which he elevated 19 new cardinals, challenging them to reject the trappings of worldly power and focus their ministries on those most in need. 

For most Americans like...

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March 13, 2014
Mercy comes to life on the big screen in 'Noah'
By Raymond L. Flynn

The movie adaption of Noah had my wife Kathy saying while leaving the theater, "I am going home to read the Bible." A pretty inspiring reaction to a movie, I thought. Wouldn't it be nice if Hollywood made more movies like "Noah," which will have people leaving theaters saying things like that? 

When people watch this movie, I am convinced that it will lead to a broader discussion about the Bible among believers and non-believers alike. The last time a movie was made about a big and famous...

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March 06, 2014
Proclaiming Liberty to the Captives
By Kevin Burke

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. Luke 4:18

A series of large steel doors shut ominously behind me on the morning of Jan. 8, 2014, as I entered the Martin Correctional Institution (MCI) located in Indiantown, Fla. Many of the inmates here will spend a good portion of their lives behind the barbed wire walls of this maximum security prison. All have been involved in serious...

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February 24, 2014
Finding healing after abortion: one man's journey
By Kevin Burke

David's Story:

I started college at age 17 and found a job at a sporting goods store to pay my tuition. I was a successful high school athlete and knew sports, apparel and their related equipment thoroughly. I also had the arrogant swagger common to popular teenage athletes. I met Jessica when she came into the store, and we fell into a casual sexual relationship.

My mother is a devout Catholic, and my father was a convert to the Catholic faith. Though I knew right from wrong, it was a passing...

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February 10, 2014
German marriage
By Russell Shaw

When Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19.6), presumably he meant it. Certainly the Catholic Church believes he did, and that conviction is the basis for its solemn teaching that sacramental marriages are indissoluble.

But isn’t there such a thing as “Catholic divorce” – annulment, that is? Evidently not, since annulment – a declaration of nullity by a church court – isn’t the dissolution of a marriage but a...

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February 06, 2014
UN committee attacks Catholic Church
By Elyssa Koren

The United Nations Committee on theRights of the Child just issued a report chastising the Holy See forits failure to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Childon various grounds. In a clear overreach of its mandate, theCommittee lectures the Catholic Church on its teachings regardinghomosexual behavior and abortion.

The Convention on the Rights of theChild, in force since September 1990, embodies the internationalcommunity’s commitment to the protection of children. As noted...

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“Risky Business” could well have been an apt title for a film about someone engaged in speculating on U.S. Supreme Court decisions; but it probably would not have performed as well commercially as the Tom Cruise movie of the same name – at least, up until recently. This summer the Court will decide on the applicability of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception coverage mandate to for-profit corporations whose owners have religious objections to the...

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January 23, 2014
Universal destination
By Russell Shaw

“Universal destination” may sound like a fancy way of saying where we’re all headed, but this odd expression happens to be the name for a central principle of Catholic social teaching. It follows therefore that it is also central to Pope Francis’ much-discussed apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).

The point is important particularly in light of the announcement that the Pope and President Obama will meet in late March in Rome to talk – according to...

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January 16, 2014
Christians in Egypt: 'we are made to feel inferior'
By Jayson Casper

 Life is not easy in Egypt for Christians, and the strain is taking its toll. And beyond the reports of churches burned and homes attacked, there is also a more subtle subtler hardship affecting ordinary families. While not universal, mistreatment and discrimination are unfortunately common.

“Every day we leave our house, not knowing what will happen,” says Girgis, an Egyptian Catholic from Helwan—a city south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo—who prefers not to use his real...

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January 14, 2014
Beyond capitalism
By Reinhard Marx

A society in which the praise of greed is invited is on the road to alienation

Evangelii gaudium is a declaration of spiritual government, a document full of positive dynamism and encouragement to bear witness to the Gospel. Secular media have also welcomed the text very attentively, making reference especially to the socio-ethical aspects. The world debate over these affirmations of the Holy Father continues to be intense.

“Such an economy kills.” With this brief phrase, Pope Francis...

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