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Seven candidates move closer to beatification

Catholic News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:27
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has released a series of decrees testifying to the "heroic virtue" of seven people, who will now be eligible for beatification if a miracle is ...

Vatican plans reforms for media operations

Catholic News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:20
The Vatican has announced plans for a thorough review of media operations, designed to streamline the Vatican's systems of public communications, improve coordination among different media ...

Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations

Catholic News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:23
Cardinal George Pell has announced plans for a restructuring of the Vatican offices that handle financial affairs, and a major review of the Vatican's media operations. At a July 9 news ...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

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Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 | Psalm 105:2-7 | Matthew 10:1-7

"The reign of God is at hand!" —Matthew 10:7

In today's Gospel, Jesus chose twelve new men, His apostles (Mt 10:2-4). He commissioned them, and us, to be new Josephs, to be absorbed in distributing the Word of the Lord in times of famine and in times of plenty. The children of the New ... More

New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:31
The Vatican bank has completed the first phase of a sweeping reform, and now plans to begin the second phase with a completely new management team, the Vatican announced on July 8. The ...

Pro-lifers demand Catholic hospital in Wisconsin sack doctor with alleged abortion ties

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:01
Pro-life protestors in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, are demanding that a Catholic hospital sever its ties with a doctor who allegedly recommended an abortion. The protestors, led by Leif and ...

In Italian prisons, inmates question Pope's denunciation of organized crime

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:00
A bishop in Italy's Calabria region has denied reports that inmates at a local prison had stopped attending Mass to protest the denunciation of organized crime by Pope Francis. "There ...

Could Ukrainian Orthodox seek independence from Moscow patriarchate?

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:59
The secretary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Moscow patriarchate has issued new statements underlining questioning Russian hegemony, raising new speculation that the Orthodox could seek ...

Diocese denounces Louisiana court order for priest to break confessional seal

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:44
The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has vigorously denounced a ruling by the state's highest court that would compel a priest to violate the seal of confession or face possible ...

Italian government unveils new policies on assisted reproduction

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:21
Italy's health ministry has introduced new proposed guidelines for in-vitro fertilization, which would forbid payment for sperm donors and limit treatment to women under the age of ...

Egypt's Copts appeal to president to curb kidnapping

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:14
Kidnappings of Coptic Christians are on the rise in Egypt, the Fides news service reports, and members of the Christian minority have appealed to President Abdel al-Sisi to provide better ...

Catholic cathedral under siege by Islamic rebels in Central African Republic

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:10
Rebels of the Seleka militia have surrounded the Catholic cathedral in Bambari, in the Central African Republic, the Fides news service reports. The Islamic rebels reportedly fired on ...

Vatican newspaper raps processional honor to mob figure

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:05
The Vatican newspaper has denounced the gesture made by parishioners at a church in Oppido Mamertina, Italy, who detoured a religious procession to honor a convicted leader of the ...

Budgets for Holy See, Vatican City show small net surplus for 2013

Catholic News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:02
The Holy See showed a budget deficit of �24 million ($33 million) for the 2013 fiscal year, while the Vatican city-state, which operates on its own budget, ran a surplus of �33 million ...

The ITC’s compelling exploration of the sensus fidei—the sense of faith

Catholic Commentary - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:36

The International Theological Commission has just issued a study of “the sense of the Faith”—Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church. The Commission, composed of up to thirty of the best theologians from around the world, each with a five-year term, was established by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Its purpose is to serve as a resource for the Magisterium of the Church. Often its studies suggest important clarifications that need to be made in our understanding of Catholic doctrine. This latest document is no exception.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 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/

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Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13 | Psalm 115:3-10 | Matthew 9:32-38

"Cast away your calf, O Samaria!" —Hosea 8:5

After Solomon's death, Jeroboam seized control of the ten northern tribes of Israel. He knew his subjects would go south to worship in Jerusalem, thus eroding his power base and personal safety (1 Kgs 12:26-27). So Jeroboam sold out in order to ... More

The Gift of Peace - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

"PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL"
I am profoundly grateful to you for accepting my invitation ... to join in imploring from God the gift of peace. It is my hope that this meeting will be a path to seeking the things that unite , so as to overcome the things that divide. More

Papal commission on abuse holds first meeting

Catholic News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:27
A new commission set up by Pope Francis to coordinate the Church's response to the sex-abuse scandal met at the Vatican on July 6 and 7, under the leadership of Cardinal Sean O'Malley of ...
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