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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
  • Summer mission lets young adults focus on faith and service

    SALINA, Kan. (CNS) -- Ten years ago, Father Gale Hammerschmidt, then a seminarian, said he had no idea what to expect from Prayer and Action, a summer mission project he helped launch.

    "I was hoping we could do one week a summer," he said.

    The popular program has ...
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    Volunteers with the Prayer and Action summer mission program pray with Father Jarett Konrade in Stockton, Kan., June 4.
  • Observers: Pope to affirm and challenge politicians during visit

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner -- two high-profile Catholic politicians -- the visual of Pope Francis' Sept. 24 address to Congress will signal an evolving narrative.

    The improbability of a pope standing before a ...
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    Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner are pictured in 2013 during a joint meeting of Congress.
  • Former nuncio dies while awaiting sex-abuse trial

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Initial results of the autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was awaiting trial in the Vatican on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography, indicate he died late Aug. 27 of a "cardiac incident," the Vatican said.

    The ...
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    Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was found dead Aug. 28 in a Vatican residence.
  • Pope begs governments to act to stop anti-Christian persecution

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "Do something to put a stop to the violence and oppression," Pope Francis asked the international community after calling attention once again to the fate of persecuted Christians, especially in the Middle East.

    After reciting the Angelus Aug. 30, Pope Francis told ...
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    Syrian refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border, Aug. 21.
  • Pope Francis on Families
    Pope Francis cares deeply about the health and happiness of today’s families. Just seven months into his papacy, he announced that he would host an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the pastoral challenges facing modern families. The discussions on ...
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    For Pope Francis, the family is the cornerstone of our faith. Here he offers 10 reasons why.
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John Francis Burté and Companions: These priests were victims of the French Revolution. Though their martyrdom spans a period of several years, they stand together in the Church’s memory because they all gave their lives for the same principle. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1791) required all priests to take an oath which amounted to a denial of the faith. Each of these men refused and was executed.
<p>John Francis Burté became a Franciscan at 16 and after ordination taught theology to the young friars. Later he was guardian of the large Conventual friary in Paris until he was arrested and held in the convent of the Carmelites.
</p><p>Appolinaris of Posat was born in 1739 in Switzerland. He joined the Capuchins and acquired a reputation as an excellent preacher, confessor and instructor of clerics. Sent to the East as a missionary, he was in Paris studying Oriental languages when the French Revolution began. Refusing the oath, he was swiftly arrested and detained in the Carmelite convent.
</p><p>Severin Girault, a member of the Third Order Regular, was a chaplain for a group of sisters in Paris. Imprisoned with the others, he was the first to die in the slaughter at the convent.
</p><p>These three plus 182 others—including several bishops and many religious and diocesan priests—were massacred at the Carmelite house in Paris on September 2, 1792. They were beatified in 1926.
</p><p>John Baptist Triquerie, born in 1737, entered the Conventual Franciscans. He was chaplain and confessor of Poor Clare monasteries in three cities before he was arrested for refusing to take the oath. He and 13 diocesan priests were guillotined in Laval on January 21, 1794. He was beatified in 1955.</p> American Catholic Blog Our Lord has a very special love for the chaste. His own mother and St. Joseph and St. John, the beloved disciple, were chaste. We desire to be chaste because we belong to Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God. We want to be chaste because of the work we do as coworkers of Christ. Our chastity must be so pure that it draws the most impure to the Sacred Heart of Christ.

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