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Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • Pope talks airstrikes, his health, possible US visit
    Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single ...
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    The pope's yellow pin shows solidarity with 300 students killed last April.
  • Young Adults Bear Brunt of Unemployment, Say US Bishops

    In their 2014 Labor Day statement, the U.S. bishops denounced the fact young adults have "borne the brunt" of unemployment and underemployment in this country and around the world.    "Our younger generations are counting on us to leave them a world better than the one ...
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    Women sew at UTC Aeroscape Systems in Phoenix (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
  • Pope Urges Evangelization by Dialogue and Openness
    Speaking at the execution site of anonymous Korean martyrs, Pope Francis told Catholic bishops and young laypeople from across Asia to evangelize their continent through dialogue and openness, even with others suspicious or intolerant of the church. But he also urged them to challenge aspects of ...
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    Dialogue and openness are needed on a continent where three percent of the people are Catholics.
  • Pope Spends Extra Time with Asian Youth
    About 6,000 young people from 30 Asian countries had Pope Francis all to themselves for several hours Aug. 15.    The youths said they felt inspired after Pope Francis went off script to answer questions from pre-selected participants, watched a re-enactment of a modern-day prodigal son ...
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    Teen takes a selfie with Pope Francis (CNS photo/ Paul Haring)
  • Healing after teen's shooting 'in Jesus' hands,' says parishioner
    FERGUSON, Mo. (CNS) -- Against the backdrop of demonstrations and unrest, some of it violent, that has followed the Aug. 9 killing of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, members of a local Catholic parish did perhaps the only thing they could -- ...
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    Ferguson, Mo., priest leads prayer vigil for peace after shooting of teenager
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Pius X: Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children. 
<p>The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at 68, one of the 20th century’s greatest popes. </p><p>Ever mindful of his humble origin, he stated, “I was born poor, I lived poor, I will die poor.” He was embarrassed by some of the pomp of the papal court. “Look how they have dressed me up,” he said in tears to an old friend. To another, “It is a penance to be forced to accept all these practices. They lead me around surrounded by soldiers like Jesus when he was seized in Gethsemani.” </p><p>Interested in politics, he encouraged Italian Catholics to become more politically involved. One of his first papal acts was to end the supposed right of governments to interfere by veto in papal elections—a practice that reduced the freedom of the 1903 conclave which had elected him. </p><p>In 1905, when France renounced its agreement with the Holy See and threatened confiscation of Church property if governmental control of Church affairs were not granted, Pius X courageously rejected the demand. </p><p>While he did not author a famous social encyclical as his predecessor had done, he denounced the ill treatment of indigenous peoples on the plantations of Peru, sent a relief commission to Messina after an earthquake and sheltered refugees at his own expense. </p><p>On the 11th anniversary of his election as pope, Europe was plunged into World War I. Pius had foreseen it, but it killed him. “This is the last affliction the Lord will visit on me. I would gladly give my life to save my poor children from this ghastly scourge.” He died a few weeks after the war began and  was canonized in 1954.</p> American Catholic Blog If we have been saved and sustained by a love so deep that death itself couldn’t destroy it, then that love will see us through whatever darkness we are experiencing in our lives.
 
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