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12 Keys to a Sacramental Marriage
Andrew and Terri Lyke

This couple advises husbands and wives: Allow God to shine through your marriage.

The Rite: The Story Behind the Film
By Matt Wielgos and John Feister

Curiosity about exorcism led a journalist to take a class in Rome, then write a book. Now it’s become a film starring Anthony Hopkins.





Changing How We Pray
A veteran liturgist explains what changes we will see in the Mass later this year. By Father Lawrence E. Mick

Stress: A Pathway to Prayer
Stressed? Forget the quick fixes. Turn to God. By Kathy Coffey

Dr. Miguel Díaz: U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
Hunger, human rights and peace are only three issues that occupy the talents and energy of this Cuban-born, former theology professor. By Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.

Fiction: Juggling Act
Life takes practice. By Mary C. Perham


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Oliver Plunkett: The name of today's saint is especially familiar to the Irish and the English—and with good reason. The English martyred Oliver Plunkett for defending the faith in his native Ireland during a period of severe persecution. 
<p>Born in County Meath in 1629, he studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland. Four years later, in 1673, a new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began, forcing Archbishop Plunkett to do his pastoral work in secrecy and disguise and to live in hiding. Meanwhile, many of his priests were sent into exile; schools were closed; Church services had to be held in secret and convents and seminaries were suppressed. As archbishop, he was viewed as ultimately responsible for any rebellion or political activity among his parishioners. 
</p><p>Archbishop Plunkett was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle in 1679, but his trial was moved to London. After deliberating for 15 minutes, a jury found him guilty of fomenting revolt. He was hanged, drawn and quartered in July 1681. 
</p><p>Pope Paul VI canonized Oliver Plunkett in 1975.</p> American Catholic Blog Evil will always exist, and it will enter our lives unexpectedly and without consent. But how deeply that darkness will touch us is up to us; our will is our own. The dark affects our bodies but not necessarily our souls. Our lives can be taken. But they can also be given.

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St. Junipero Serra
This Franciscan friar was instrumental in founding many of California’s mission churches.

Vacation
Enter the holiday spirit by sending an e-card to schedule a summer cookout!

Sts. Peter and Paul
Honored both separately and together, these apostles were probably martyred during the reign of the emperor Nero.

Wedding
Help the bride and groom see their love as a mirror of God’s love.


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