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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5






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A U.S. World Youth Day pilgrim listens to Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley speak July 27 at Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

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'The world is at war,' but religions are not, pope says on way to Krakow
Reacting to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel, the Pope said that the killing was part of a pattern of violence. But he insisted that the violence is not inspired by religion. "All religions seek peace," he said. "It is others who want war." Pope Francis said that the world is now caught up in a war over "interests, money, natural resources, and the domination of peoples." 

Mass deportation of immigrants would be 'intrinsic evil'-- like abortion-- Texas bishop argues
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, has argued that American Catholics must not support the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, saying that the policy-- proposed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump-- would be morally unjustifiable. He explained, “This year, there is a proposal on the table to proceed with mass deportations of undocumented men, women and children. One cannot in conscience countenance a program of mass deportation. It is a brutal proposal. In some instances, particularly dealing with the Central American mothers and children, and deportations into some parts of Mexico, we are dealing with placing them in proximate danger of death.”

French bishops announce day of fasting, prayer after murder of priest
The Catholic bishops of France have designated Friday, July 29, as a day of fasting and prayer in response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by Islamic terrorists. "We need peace, we need fraternity, we need to build a society where people love each other, and we will continue this path,” said Msgr. Olivier Ribeadeau Dumas, the secretary-general of the French bishops' conference, in announcing the day of fasting and prayer. “The Catholic Church in France wants that.”

Pope urges Texas young people: ‘Play life to the full!’
Pope Francis has appeared in a video message to the youth of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, who had gathered at St. Anne Parish in Peñitas. “Play life to the full!” the Pope said. “Today, take life as it comes and do good to others. In the world today, a game is being played out in which there is no room for substitutes: either you’re in the team or you’re out.”

Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France
Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to escape in a moment of inattention by the terrorists and alert the police. However, they were not able to arrive in time to save the life of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel. Speaking to RMC Radio, the sister related the incident that led to the death of the first priest at the hands of ISIS in Europe and which left another person severely wounded.


Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Italians restore 900-year-old mosaics at Bethlehem church
An Italian team has completed restoration of Crusader-era mosaics in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The mosaics will only be unveiled publicly after work on lighting, electricity and a fire alarm system. The work involved removing the layers of centuries-worth of soot and dirt – a result of the smoke of candles lit by pilgrims coming to venerate the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus – from about 1.55 million tiny mosaic pieces that were reviewed and restored.

The oldest, most complete Gospel book on Earth is in Ethiopia
The astonishingly beautiful Garima Gospels are named after a monk, Abba Garima, who arrived in Ethiopia in 494, from Constantinople. Legend says he copied the Gospels in just one day because God delayed the sun from setting so the monk could finish his work. The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery, near Adwa, in northern Ethiopia at 7,000 feet.

Worthily Celebrating the Mass Outdoors: A Gallery of Reader-Submitted Photos
In response to my article "Worthily Celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Outdoors" (May 23, 2016), many readers sent me photos of their own. These included some of the most beautiful images of outdoor liturgies I have ever seen, as well as a couple of items of great historic interest. Without further ado, I now share them with NLM's readership.

WSJ Editorial Writer Sohrab Ahmari Is Converting to Catholicism
Ahmari was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to the U.S. when he was 13 years old. Though he earned a law degree from Northeastern University in Boston, he was inspired to start working as a journalist after the disputed 2009 Iranian election and subsequent protests. In his current position, Ahmari writes editorials, commissions, and op-eds for the WSJ’s European edition.




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