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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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Members of the Sisters of the Child Mary use microscopes to review glass plates as they measure star positions for a collaborative photography project the Vatican participated in to catalogue the stars and create a photographic map of the heavens. At right a member of the order records star coordinates in a ledger. Sisters Emilia Ponzoni, Regina Colombo, Concetta Finardi and Luigia Panceri worked on recording star coordinates from glass plates between 1910 and 1921. (CNS photo/courtesy Vatican Observatory)

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Knowledge is empty unless it leads to love, Pope Francis says
On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others. “It’s not automatic that whoever frequents the House of God and knows his mercy knows how to love their neighbor. It’s not automatic,” the Pope said April 27.

US House commission holds hearing on ISIS genocide
Testifying before the commission were David Saperstein, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State; Robert George, chairman of teh US Commission on International Religious Freedom; Congressman Frank Wolf; Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; and Douglas Irvin-Erickson, director of the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University.

Pope's zucchetto sold at charity auction for over $18,000
The funds from the auction, conducted on the Catawiki site, will go to Save the Child’s Heart, an Israeli charity that serves children in the developing world. The winning bid was only a bit more than half the price that was commanded by another zucchetto worn by the Pontiff, which was auctioned on Ebay in 2014 with a winning bid of close to $35,000. Auction experts said that the price drop might be attributable to the fact that Pope Francis has donated several of the skullcaps to charity, thus increasing the available supply.

Be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis advises
In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by discerning new movements and directions without being immediately closed off from them. Francis asked Mass-goers at the Santa Marta chapel April 28 how the Church responds when faced with something new, and perhaps never done before, clarifying that this is “not worldly newness, like fashions and clothes, but the newness and surprises of the Spirit, because the Spirit always surprises us.” The answer, he said, is “by meeting, listening, discussing and praying before the final decision.”

Bishop supports medical marijuana in letter to lawmakers 
Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize medical marijuana. In a letter April 26 to House and Senate members, Bishop Pates said a comprehensive bill was needed to "give Iowans the ability to produce a safe and consistent treatment as well as provide a legal avenue for physicians to recommend it to those who are in need."

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Fr. Mike Schmitz, Forfeit Your Justice League Membership Card!
When I saw the title for Fr. Mike Schmitz latest video, I shook my head…Not another person bashing Batman vs. Superman (BvS)! I have heard more than enough criticism. It was a good movie. Was it a great movie? No. All three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films were better. But, that does not mean it was a bad movie. There is plenty to be excited about in this movie. First, a gray Batsuit! For real. That matters. Look at how awesome it is…

Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand
If mementos of an ordinary man had that powerful an effect, is it any wonder that something of a saint, an elder brother or sister in the Church, something tangibly connected to those in the holiness Hall of Fame, could and should have an effect upon our faith lives today as Catholics?

Schrödinger’s Family: An Open and Closed Case for Family Discernment
When our first son was born, we received hand-made stockings with our names on them for Christmas. I loved these stockings. They were well made and just the style I would have chosen. So when we found out that I was pregnant with our second son the next year, you can imagine how I panicked. Could I get another stocking? Would it match the others? What if it looked differently? This new baby was a monkey wrench thrown into my Type A Christmas decor planning.

She Shall Crush Thy Head: 6 Examples of Women “Crushing” the Heads of Men in Scripture
One condition of the Fall was that God would place enmity between the woman and the serpent – but the phrase explaining the enmity and what will happen due to that enmity has been a matter of much debate. To wit, should it read he shall crush thy head or she shall crush thy head or eventhey shall crush thy head? Notice older translation below from the Douay-Rheims Bible…



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