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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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An Ultra-Orthodox Jew walks past the Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem July 27. Christian leaders want Israel to step up protection of Christian sites. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

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The pope's 'staycation': Letters, trip preparation fill his days 
Returning to the Vatican in the midst of a heat wave after an eight-day, three-country trip to South America, Pope Francis took the kind of vacation he said he prefers: what has become known as a "staycation." With the exception of a July 21 meeting with a group of mayors from around the world and the Sunday recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis' schedule was cleared of meetings, audiences and public appearances July 13-Aug. 4.

Presidential candidates address poverty in videos to advocacy group
Seven presidential candidates have responded to a call from anti-poverty advocates by submitting brief videos outlining their plans to address poverty. The videos, delivered to an umbrella organization known as the Circle of Protection that includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, were made public July 21 by representatives of the group.

Vatican exhibition features relationship between St. John Paul II and Jewish people
An exhibition highlighting the relationship between St. John Paul II and the Jewish people opens this week at the Vatican. The exhibition, inaugurated at Xavier University in Ohio, has been on display in several US cities, in Rome, and in Krakow. It will be shown in the Charlemagne wing of St. Peter’s Square from July 29 through September 17.

Italian nuns come to aid of trafficking victims
PBS NewsHour has highlighted the work of Italian women religious in assisting victims of human trafficking, many of them from Nigeria. "The traffickers are cunning," said Consolata Missionary Sister Eugenia Bonetti. "They go into remote villages where there is no work or education, and offer 'come to Europe, nothing to lose'-– without the girls knowing the risk."

Blessed Serra described as missionary 'on fire' heeding Christ's call
To Andrew Galvan, Blessed Junipero Serra is a stalwart of faith and mission worthy of the title "saint." "He was all wood and nails. He was a tough dude. He fought, he defended, he wrangled, he was frustrated and he was frustrating," Galvan told Catholic News Service.  A descendant of tribal members from the San Francisco Bay region, Galvan traces his family roots to California's first Christians, thousands of whom were baptized and confirmed by the 18th-century Spanish missionary.

Why this former rock journalist authored a book about chastity
One day, when Dawn Eden was 31 years-old, she ventured into the section of a bookstore that she had never visited before. This journey into the store was somewhat out of character for Eden, who preferred listening to rock music instead of delving into books. Even more rare was the part of the bookstore she found herself in, because she had never been interested in what it had to offer – until her recent conversion to Christianity. It was a shelf of how-to books on living with sexual purity.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Apps, Maps, and Shrinky Dinks
Three weeks ago as my phone lay dying in its own pool of battery loss, I had to make a decision. Do I finally upgrade and join my comrades in the Smartphone lifestyle or do I continue with my Stegosaurs model maintaining an old school rap of reading paper maps and checking email on (gasp) a computer?

Tolkein Speaks: The Secret to a Happy Marriage
Tolkien was a romantic. When he met his future wife, Edith, at the age of 16, he was instantly smitten with her and immediately began an informal courtship, taking her to local tea houses on a regular basis. When the priest who acted as Tolkien’s guardian found out about his romance, however, he forbade him from having contact with Edith until the age of 21, so as not to distract from his studies. Tolkien reluctantly obeyed. For five long years, he waited for the one he knew was his soul mate. On the evening of his 21st birthday, he wrote a letter to Edith, declaring his love and asking for her hand in marriage. A week later, they were engaged to be married.

20 Kids Unimpressed With Pope Francis
The “Francis Effect” apparently hasn’t reached the kids yet.  Here are 20 hilarious kids who seem unimpressed with the Successor to Peter.

“Spiritual but not Religious” How Do You do That?
Maybe you go for a hike and think, “Gee this is really a nice day!” Do you smile at folks and think to yourself, “I can see the sunshine of eternity in their smile!” Maybe  you feel warm when you read that poem about walking on the beach and there was only one set of footprints and that’s when the Lord carried you?” Do you maybe light a candle from time to time and turn out the lights and feel spiritual for a time? Do you sit cross legged on the mountaintop and watch the sunrise?



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