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Prelates rue recent court decisions on marriage

Catholic News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:44
Prelates around the country have criticized recent court rulings declaring that the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unconstitutional. "Recent court decisions ...

HOME ALONE? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 29, 2014

St. Martha
Jeremiah 14:17-22 | Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 | John 11:19-27 | or Luke 10:38-42

"Lord, do You not care that my sister left me to serve alone!" —Luke 10:40, RSV-CE

Martha was serving alone. Many Christians also feel quite alone in their service to the Lord and His people. Martha complained to Jesus that He should get Mary to help her (Lk 10:40). We also pray to Jesus that He will get someone to help us. ... More

European court: no 'human right' to same-sex marriage

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:25
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that member nations are not required to "grant access to marriage to same-sex couples," in a complicated case involving a transgendered ...

Vatican prelate voices fears for Iraqi Christians, during visit to California

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:16
The prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Eastern Churches condemned religious violence, and offered prayers for the embattled Christians of Iraq, as he presided at the Divine Liturgy ...

In new interview, Pope speaks on leisure, family rest on Sunday

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:11
Pope Francis reflected on his youth, spoke about the importance of leisure to family life, and the brutality of warfare in a newly published interview. Speaking to the Argentine weekly ...

Colombian bishop welcomes rebel group's transformation into political party

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:03
The move by former guerilla groups to form political parties is a step toward peace for Colombia, Bishop Julia Cesar Vidal Ortiz told the Fides news service. The bishop, who has served ...

Family of Jesuit abducted in Syria issues appeal on anniversary of his disappearance

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:57
The family of an Italian Jesuit priest who was kidnapped in Syria has issued an appeal, as the anniversary of his disappearance arrives. Father Paolo Dell'Oglio was apparently captured ...

5 killed in bombing of Catholic church in Nigeria

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:05
At least five people were killed, and several others seriously injured, when a Catholic church was bombed in Kano, in northern Nigeria, on July 27. The explosion at St. Charles church ...

In talk to Evangelical congregation, Pope apologizes for Catholic hostility

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:59
Pope Francis apologized for Catholic cooperation in campaigns against Pentecostalists and Evangelicals, during a visit to a Protestant congregation in Caserta on July 28. The Pope was ...

After investigation of diocese in Paraguay, Vatican suspends ordinations

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:45
The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports. Following an investigation of the diocese led by ...

Pontiff recalls World War I centenary: �no more war!'

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:51
At the conclusion of his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis recalled that July 28 marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I. "As we remember this tragic event, I hope that ...

�Read the Gospel and find Jesus,' says Pope

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:42
During his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel from the Mass of the day (Mt. 13:44-52). "Whoever finds [the kingdom of God] has no doubts, ...

Cardinal Marchisano dead at 85

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:31
Cardinal Francesco Marchisano died on July 27 at the age of 85. In a telegram of condolence, Pope Francis described him as "generous in his vocation as a priest and bishop, solicitous ...

Pope Francis: Jesus is the treasure, Jesus is the pearl

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:12
Pope Francis concluded his brief apostolic journey to Caserta on July 26 by celebrating evening Mass in the piazza in front of the city's royal palace. Preaching about the parables of ...

Pope says priests should be men of prayer who are close to the people

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:54
On July 26, Pope Francis made an apostolic journey to the southern Italian region of Campania and arrived by helicopter in Caserta, a city of 80,000. The visit to Caserta was the ...

Monday, July 28, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

�No official confirmation' of papal trip to Philadelphia

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 05:17
A day after Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that "Pope Francis has told me that he is coming" to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, the ...

Papal condolences following plane crash in Mali

Catholic News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 02:23
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, has sent condolences on behalf of Pope Francis following an Air Algérie plane crash in Mali that left 118 dead. The Pope ...

SEEDING IS BELIEVING - One Bread, One Body, Jul 28, 2014

Jeremiah 13:1-11 | Deuteronomy 32:18-21 | Matthew 13:31-35

"The reign of God is like a mustard seed which someone took and sowed in his field." —Matthew 13:31

The Lord is looking for someone to sow a mustard seed. Physically, this is light work, for thousands of mustard seeds weigh almost nothing. However, sowing a mustard seed is hard work spiritually. When someone sows a mustard seed, he appears to ... More

How to Read the Bible

Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.
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