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Agency seeks donations for emergency aid for fleeing Iraqi Christians

Agency seeks donations for emergency aid for fleeing Iraqi Christians

A U.S.-based international Catholic agency July 28 issued a plea for emergency funds to help tens of thousands of Christians forced to flee their homes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin

Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin

Going by the pseudonym “X,” Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century.

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Meeting 200 Pentecostals, pope renews friendship, talks unity

Meeting 200 Pentecostals, pope renews friendship, talks unity

- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the pope, “my beloved brother,” to his partially built church in Caserta.

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Local News

Dunrovin Retreat Center celebrates 50 years

Dunrovin Retreat Center celebrates 50 years

Youth, adults reap spiritual benefits of facility.

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Pax Christi finalist converted to, immersed herself in Catholic Church

Pax Christi finalist converted to, immersed herself in Catholic Church

Sara Schultz is religious educator, lector at Mellen parish.

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Spiritual director guides relationships with God

Spiritual director guides relationships with God

Jane Dietzman serves those overwhelmed by ‘busyness.’

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Faith

How is the Lord drawing you closer?

How is the Lord drawing you closer?

I enjoy watching little children at petting zoos as they try to get close enough to an animal to actually pet it.

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Cajetan (Aug. 7)

Cajetan (Aug. 7)

Born in Vicenza, Italy, Cajetan earned a doctorate in civil and canon law at the University of Padua.

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July 27, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 27, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for Sunday, July 27 to Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

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Culture

Books show Blessed Mother still very much relevant today

Books show Blessed Mother still very much relevant today

“Mary: Virgin, Mother and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics” by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2014). 160 pp., $9.95. “Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces” by Julie Cragon. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2014). 145 pp., $15.99. “Mary: Help in Hard Times — Stories and Prayers” by Marianne Lorraine […]

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‘Valiant Hearts’ displays the horror of war

‘Valiant Hearts’ displays the horror of war

A video game in which a character is introduced, tutored in combat, then quickly knocked out cold and captured by the enemy would usually be considered a failure. But then, “Valiant Hearts” is no ordinary title.

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Lucy

Lucy

No one can accuse French writer-director Luc Besson of having made a dull film in “Lucy” (Universal).
But giddy sci-fi notions pepper his bizarre action thriller, while harsh events unfold amid its gritty setting, making this breakneck outing a suitable ride only for those grown-ups with seasoned judgment.

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For some Mideast Catholics, church is anchor of hope amid violence

For some Mideast Catholics, church is anchor of hope amid violence

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1,000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities.

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Look to St. Kateri as model of walking humbly with God, bishop advises

Look to St. Kateri as model of walking humbly with God, bishop advises

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The bishop of Fargo urged Native American Catholics to continue to look to the “unknown maiden in the wilderness” as their role model in walking humbly with God.

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Speakers: Using native languages in prayer, song helps preserve culture

Speakers: Using native languages in prayer, song helps preserve culture

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

n the 75th anniversary of the Tekakwitha Conference, Native American Catholics came together again to review the past, plan for the future and recharge their faith.

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Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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Peter Chrysologus (July 30)

Peter Chrysologus (July 30)

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Peter Chrysologus circa 380 – circa 450 feast – July 30 Born in northeastern Italy, Peter was a deacon before Emperor Valentinian III named him archbishop of Ravenna, capital of the Western empire, about 425. The empress heard his first sermon as bishop and became a patron regarding building projects and church reforms. Many of […]

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