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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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Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29. Less than three months before the pope's trip to the United States, some wonder how critical he might be of U.S. culture and its economy. (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Catholic Center will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

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Vatican document: Rise in tourism creates opportunities for evangelization, conservation
The document explains that tourism creates opportunities for interactions between societies, noting that many tourists wish not only to see other cultures but to participate in them. The expansion of travel also could give rise to a shared interest in preserving the environment of tourist destinations, the Pontifical Council says—although noting that the impact of tourism on societies “can promote their conservation or, paradoxically, their destruction.”

Theology in action: How knowing the faith can help church, victims heal
The pope approved new procedures in June allowing the Vatican to investigate questions of accountability and he cemented the mandate of his own advisory body by approving the statutes of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. A number of bishops have stepped down the last two months after accusations they failed to protect minors and Vatican City State soon will bring to trial a former nuncio on charges of abuse and possession of child pornography under newly expanded laws.

Human dignity must be center of political debate – Pope on Greek debt crisis
“The news from Greece regarding the economic and social situation of the country is worrying,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, Holy See press officer, said in a July 1 statement. “Pope Francis invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.” Greece faces a debate over the role of austerity measures, such as pension cuts and tax hikes, as it negotiates new financial bailouts with its creditors. The country's unemployment rate is above 25 percent, and individuals are unable to remove more than $70 a day from ATMs.

Supporters of pope's ecological teachings gather in St. Peter's Square 
They marched a little more than a mile through Rome's city center, ending in St. Peter's Square, to demonstrate their support for the pope and his encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," published just 10 days earlier. Once in the square, they gave other pilgrims there leaf-shaped posters with excerpts from Laudato Si', as well as quotes on care for creation from other religious leaders.

Rome readies emergency-response plans for Jubilee Year
The City of Rome has designed emergency plans to respond to a terrorist attack, with the Vatican and the Roman Coliseum as two focal points that could be terror targets. The contingency plans include coordinated steps to divert traffic, allow quick access for emergency vehicles, and arrange evacuation and medical treatment for victims. The plans are being honed in preparation for the Jubilee Year, which is expected to draw millions of visitors to Rome.

Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

3 Simple Prayers for When Praying is Hard
Every Christian has at least one time in their faith journey when they feel spiritually dry. For some, this time in the spiritual desert lasts for a brief period of time and for others it lasts for a lifetime. While spiritual dry spells can encourage great spiritual growth, they are also a very trying time on a person’s soul. Spiritual dryness can lead to spiritual apathy which makes it hard to do the simplest tasks – even praying.

The Best “Christian” Band You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Twenty One Pilots is one of the hottest up-and-coming music acts today. In the four weeks they have been on the Billboard charts, their most recent release “Blurryface” has peaked at number one and still finds itself well into the top tier of the Top 200 Chart. This twenty-something duo came onto the scene as promising indie artists in 2009 and have slowly but surely been taking the world by storm. What’s more is that these two fellas are Christian and not just by name or association, but through the example they set in their music and in their willingness to be honest and open. Do their songs reference Jesus in every other phrase? No, that would be too easy. 

When “Prayer Requests” Become a Sly Form of Gossip
“Hey can you please pray for Jenny? She asked me to keep here and her husband in prayer and to have some others pray for them as well. They’re having some …  big marriage issues.”

I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again
Life is more about getting up than it is about not falling. So my father commented once, long ago, when (of all things) we were watching figure skating. It wasn’t just any figure skating, though, it was the return of Scott Hamilton after his battle with cancer. For those too young to remember, Scott Hamilton was an amazing figure skater who leaped to fame (literally) by perfecting a backflip on ice. He’d streak across the rink skating backwards at full speed and then suddenly—Pop!—amid a flash of ice digging toe-picks he was defying gravity, flying through the air backwards and flipping head over heels. It was awesome!



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