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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 child attends a special Mass at Mission San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif., May 16. The service paid homage to "Senor de los Milagros" ("Lord of the Miracles"), a representation of the crucified Christ from the Mexican state of Michoacan. Scores of migrant workers from Michoacan have labored in California's agriculture industry. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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Pope Francis to handpick new doctor ahead of Cuba, US trip
As the five-year term for Pope Francis' personal doctor comes to an end, the Pope is expected to choose a new one soon who will accompany him during his upcoming visit to Cuba and the United States. Patrizio Polisca, doctor to Benedict XVI and president of the medical commission for the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was until recently the Pope’s personal doctor and head of the Vatican City State's healthcare services. Francis decided at the end of May not to renew Polisca's term as papal doctor and head of the Vatican’s healthcare services, leaving his position open as of Aug. 1.

House limits number allowed in chamber to hear papal address to Congress
House members voted July 28 to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress. The vote, which was part of a procedural measure, excludes former members of Congress and former House officers and chaplains from attending the papal address. Those allowed to attend include: members of Congress, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court justices, current House officers, the librarian of Congress, architect of the Capitol and department heads. The vote also approved of "other persons as designated by the Speaker."

Exhibit honors how St. John Paul changed Catholic-Jewish relations 
Helping to inaugurate an exhibit at the Vatican, the chief rabbi of Rome noted just how much "times have changed." "Seeing in St. Peter's Square the banner announcing the exhibit with an image of a pope -- that's normal -- but a pope shaking hands with a rabbi? That's not normal. It's a sign of how times have changed," said Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni.

Prelate welcomes judge's decision on detention of migrant children
A federal judge has ruled that the US government's detention of Central American children in privately-operated facilities violated commitments the US made in a 1997 legal agreement on the detention of migrant children. Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, welcomed the decision. "I welcome the ruling of the court and urge the administration to comply with it expeditiously," he said. "Appealing the decision would only prolong a flawed and unjust policy of treating this vulnerable population as criminals."

Archbishop, EPA administrator write joint op-ed on climate change
Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago has joined Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in writing an op-ed article entitled "We have a moral obligation on climate change." "The fight against climate change isn’t a sprint — it’s a marathon," they wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. "But with continued leadership and committed action from the archdiocese, from Chicago, and from congregations and communities across America, we can turn the challenge of climate change into an opportunity to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future."

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Spiritual Direction: For Saints and Sinners
Can you recall any saints that ascended to holiness all on their own? It’s hard to think of saints as solo travelers. We usually think of St. Francis and St. Clare as a pair and St. Monica and St. Augustine were mother and son. This October, Bl. Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will also be canonized. Countless saints were married to another holy person or in religious communities that enabled them to have a strong Christian community. We need companions on this journey that is often unclear and spiritual direction can be very beneficial as we continue in our relationship with God.

The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love
Five years ago, I heard about a couple of other women praying to St. Anne for her intercession that they would, “find a man, as fast as we can!” One woman in particular, I had heard, had met her then-fiance (now husband) after praying the St. Anne Novena. It didn’t take me too long to decide I wanted to pray it, too, and that maybe I would also find a good Catholic man to date.

Why Satan Hates the Brown Scapular
July 16th is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, so it is fitting to examine a mighty spiritual weapon connected with this devotion to the Blessed Mother: the Brown Scapular. There are many “promises” to the wearers of this scapular, but we must always keep in mind that the Brown Scapular is NOT a lucky “charm” that grants someone access to eternal life no matter what kind of life they live.

The Little Stories We Tell Ourselves
We tend to prefer theory to reality because theory is simple and changes easily at our whim. It’s amazing what I can do with geometrical figures on paper. It’s much less amazing what I can do with actual brick and mortar or wood and nails. We tend to prefer meta-narratives because they’re simple, they don’t confuse us, and by means of them we can gain a certain sense of control over a confusing, chaotic, and complex world.



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