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Only the Humble Are Happy

I have some things in common with Mary Magdalene: I’m a sinner, I’ve been oppressed by several demons, and when I didn’t expect it I heard a voice that gave me great joy. The voice I heard wasn’t that of Our Resurrected Lord outside his empty...

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HHS Delays Enforcement of Title X Protect Life Rule

WASHINGTON - The Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly delayed enforcement of the new Protect Life Rule, which bars public money from taxpayer-funded facilities that refer patients for abortions. The Associated Press reported...

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Car Crash Reveals Santa Rosa Priest Embezzled $95,000

SANTA ROSA - When EMTs rushed to the scene of a Santa Rosa car accident June 19, they found Father Oscar Diaz, a local pastor, stuck in the car with a broken hip and other injuries. They also found $18,305.86, in cash. Diaz told police the money...

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Missionary Priest Says Plight of Iraq’s Christians Continues to Worsen

Father Benedict Kiely has just returned from northern Iraq to ascertain the current plight facing what remains of the country’s ancient Christian community there and discover what can be done to help them. In this July 15 interview with the...

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Pope Francis Petitions Assad to Protect Weak and Defenseless in Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, with concern for the humanitarian crisis in bombarded Idlib, has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to safeguard the weak and defenseless civil population in his country. “The Holy Father asks the president...

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Moon Landing Should Inspire ‘Even Greater Goals,’ Pope Francis Urges

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, encouraging Catholics to look to that great event for inspiration to overcome injustices and mistreatment of the weak. “Fifty years ago yesterday man set foot...

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Iraqi Archbishop: ‘The Faith Is Alive’ Despite ISIS’ Devastation

Five years ago this summer, Christians in the Nineveh Plain of Iraq were driven out from their ancient homelands by ISIS, literally overnight. In just a few hours, the Islamic State terrorist group emptied the plain of more than 100,000...

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Faith on the Road: Vacation Opportunities to Visit Remarkable Churches

One of the blessings of our Catholic faith is the extensive opportunities to keep our Sunday obligation and to visit some amazing sacred places, too — including on vacation. For instance, this past spring I tagged along on my husband Mark’s...

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Lessons From Mary and Martha: Jesus Must Be the Center of All Charity and Service

Sunday, July 21, 2019, is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C). Mass readings: Genesis 18:1-10A; Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42. Today’s readings remind us of the centrality of Christ as we learn to love our...

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Mission to the Moon: Apollo 11 at 50

On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins boarded Apollo 11 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and embarked on a historic mission to land a man on the moon. Days later, on July 20, Armstrong set foot on lunar soil and...