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Members of the Pellegrino family walk forward to present a candle during a prayer vigil led by Pope Francis "to dry the tears" of the suffering in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 5. The family lost a son and brother. Pictured are siblings Chiara and Raffaele, and parents Domenico Pellegrino and Giovanna Astarita. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Pray the Rosary daily, Pope tells youth
Following his May 4 general audience, Pope Francis recalled that the month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asked young people to pray the Rosary daily, and called upon the sick to turn to Mary. Addressing Polish pilgrims, he said that “God gives to your nation, through the Virgin Mary, an admirable help and protection, so that thanks to her intercession, the faith may enjoy continuing freedom and your homeland may develop in peace.”

USCCB committee chair calls on Obama to reduce nuclear weapons arsenal
“We are deeply concerned about the administration's proposal to spend more than $1 trillion building a new generation of nuclear warheads, missiles, bombers and submarines,” Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a joint statement that was also signed by the presidents of the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Theology of tears: For pope, weeping helps one see Jesus
Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has been sharing a theology of tears: tears of compassion, compunction and consolation. Although Pope Francis does not mask his emotions in public, he rarely is seen to cry. One obvious exception was in Albania in September 2014 when he came face to face with a priest who had been imprisoned and tortured for his faith under the country's communist regime. After a long embrace with the priest and some whispered words, the pope turned from the congregation to wipe the tears from his eyes.

Alberta bishop grateful for no deaths as 
As firefighters fought to save Fort McMurray from a wildfire that threatened to destroy the northern Alberta city, a bishop gave thanks that there had been no loss of life. St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio, whose diocese includes Fort McMurray, also said in a May 4 statement that the city's St. Paul Church is rumored to have been destroyed in the blaze that forced the evacuation of the city's entire population the previous day. There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.

SDG Reviews ‘Captain America: Civil War’
For comics fans, The Avengers offered the geeky thrill of seeing Thor’s hammer come down on Captain America’s shield. The airport battle goes way beyond that, as heroes team up and square off in various combinations, with powers complementing or countering one another in unexpected ways. Other key Marvel ingredients include lightness of tone, humor, banter and the characters’ varying chemistry or lack thereof. All of these are reflected in the Leipzig Airport battle, where many of the combatants know and care about one another, and even the newcomers know the others by reputation.


Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere


Nine wonderful reasons to be Catholic
Following my recent blog on David Aaronovitch’s memoir, there was a comment by someone going by the name “Terry Mushroom”. I don’t always read all the comments following blogs, but Terry’s was so good I actually wrote it down (a first for me) and wish to share it here for those who might have missed it. Someone had asked Terry the reasons for his faith and this is what he replied…

You’ll Never Guess Where “May the Fourth Be With You” Came From
May the 4th might seem like an ordinary day to many, but for sci-fi fans, it’s a pretty fun occasion to celebrate Star Wars. Star Wars geeks come together on this day to make a unanimous pun on the movie’s famous line, “May the Force be with you”, instead saying “May the Fourth be with you.” It’s not as simple as it looks, though, and if you didn’t know it, there’s some fun for Catholics on this day as well. Here’s some things you might not have know about May the Fourth.

Godly Lessons from the T-ball Field
My five-year-old son was preparing for his very first t-ball game, scheduled that very next day. We were running errands together and since I had him in the car alone, I took this opportunity to get a read on how he was feeling about this upcoming game. I reminded him that he had been practicing, he had friends on the team and I was sure he would have fun. I asked him how he was feeling about his game tomorrow.  He replied, “I am a little nervous because what if I do not know what to do all the time?”

What’s the Goal of the Catholic Church? The Answer May Surprise You
Why did Christ establish one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church? Why did the eternal Son of God become incarnate of the Virgin Mary, call the Twelve, establish them on the rock that is Peter, give them the power to proclaim his Kingdom and even to absolve sins, and empower them with the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth? In other words, why did Jesus ascend into the heavens and leave his Church to finish the mission? To answer these questions, it can help to ask another question: What does God love most? What is God’s goal?

 

 

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