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Friday, May 29, 2015
  • President Obama Makes Unannounced Visit to Shrine

    MIAMI (CNS) -- The priest prayed an Our Father. The president lit a candle. And while gazing together at a revered image of Cuba's patroness, the priest reminded the president of the suffering of Cuba's people.

    "Only in the United States that's possible," said Father Juan Rumin ...

    US President Barack Obama walks with Father Juan Rumin Dominguez.
  • UN's inaction on nuclear weapons disappoints Catholic advocates
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A monthlong review of a key nuclear weapons treaty saw the nuclear powers stepping back from an opportunity to alter the status quo, much to the disappointment of Catholic peace advocates.

    The disappointment stems from the failure of the nuclear weapons states to ...

    US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the UN in New York.
  • No excuse for indifference to immigrants, pope says
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Church leaders cannot be indifferent to the plight of immigrants, and it is "inexcusable" not to promote cooperation between a host nation and countries of origin, Pope Francis told bishops from the Dominican Republic.

    "It is important to integrate immigrants into society ...

    Haitians protest in Port-au-Prince against a controversial court ruling in Dominican Republic.
  • Dublin archbishop responds to marriage vote

    DUBLIN (CNS) -- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the church needs a "reality check" after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage.

    Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by ...

    People in Dublin react as Ireland voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage May 23.
  • What Pope Francis thinks of prisoners
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison -- at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what ...
    Pope Francis greets inmates at Rebibbia prison in Rome.
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Madeleine Sophie Barat: The legacy of Madeleine Sophie Barat can be found in the more than 100 schools operated by her Society of the Sacred Heart, institutions known for the quality of the education made available to the young. 
<p>Sophie herself received an extensive education, thanks to her brother, Louis, 11 years older and her godfather at Baptism. Himself a seminarian, he decided that his younger sister would likewise learn Latin, Greek, history, physics and mathematics—always without interruption and with a minimum of companionship. By age 15, she had received a thorough exposure to the Bible, the teachings of the Fathers of the Church and theology. Despite the oppressive regime Louis imposed, young Sophie thrived and developed a genuine love of learning. </p><p>Meanwhile, this was the time of the French Revolution and of the suppression of Christian schools. The education of the young, particularly young girls, was in a troubled state. At the same time, Sophie, who had concluded that she was called to the religious life, was persuaded to begin her life as a nun and as a teacher. She founded the Society of the Sacred Heart, which would focus on schools for the poor as well as boarding schools for young women of means; today, co-ed Sacred Heart schools can be found as well as schools exclusively for boys. </p><p>In 1826, her Society of the Sacred Heart received formal papal approval. By then she had served as superior at a number of convents. In 1865, she was stricken with paralysis; she died that year on the feast of the Ascension. </p><p>Madeleine Sophie Barat was canonized in 1925.</p> American Catholic Blog When you go to Jesus, you’re not going to a God who only knows heaven; instead, you’re placing your hurting heart into pierced hands that understand both the pain of suffering and the glory of redemption.

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This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.
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Remember today all those who have fought and died for peace.

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"Shake, Rattle, and Roll" would be the ideal theme song for "San Andreas" (Warner Bros.), an eye-popping, ear-splitting 3-D chronicle of a California earthquake.

Yes, it's time for the "big one" -- make that big ones -- to strike the Golden ...

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