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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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People gather outside Our Lady of Lebanon chapel in 2012 in the village of Harissa near Beirut. Muslims and Christians alike come to the shrine. (CNS photo/Jamal Saidi, Reuters)

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Encompassing 25 counties on the Llano Estacado and Rolling Plains of West Texas, the Diocese of Lubbock -- is a church of more than 136,000 Catholics who gather in 62 parish churches.  Ours is a delightfully diverse -- a truly "catholic" -- church.  Please feel free to visit us in person and discover how you might draw closer to Jesus Christ in our midst, living with us a life of sacramental grace and loving service.

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Vatican official calls for greater international effort to combat climate change
Addressing the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Assembly, a Vatican official welcomed the call for universal health coverage in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Msgr. Jean-Marie Mupendawatu, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, also called for a greater international effort to combat climate change for the sake of global health.

Texas parish aids 35,000 migrants in 2 years
“The families are arriving because it’s impossible to live in their home countries,” said Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. “They know their child runs a high risk of being killed, of being kidnapped, of being taken away, and they’ve seen this happen to other people, so they figure out: we have to go.”

Pope Francis' message for Corpus Christi: Let yourself be broken for others
In breaking bread for his disciples Christ gave an example of what it means to allow oneself to be broken for the good of others, Pope Francis said on the feast of Corpus Christi, explaining that it is the Eucharist which gives us the strength to do this. “Jesus was broken; he is broken for us. And he asks us to give ourselves, to break ourselves, as it were, for others,” the Pope said May 26, during his homily for the Mass of the feast, said before the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome.

St. John XXIII's aide dies at 100 
The former secretary to a saint and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals died May 26 at the age of 100. Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St. John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan. Cardinal Capovilla was born in Pontelongo, Italy, on Oct. 14, 1915, and ordained to the priesthood in 1940.

Fatima facts: Vatican shepherds the flock away from conspiracy claims
When then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met the press in 2000 for the formal release of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, he said he knew many people would be disappointed. Almost 16 years later, at the beginning of a yearlong preparation for the 100th anniversary of the apparition of our Lady of Fatima in 2017, now-retired Pope Benedict XVI is still dealing with people not convinced the secret is really out.

Exorcist says there's a demon that targets the family
There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, said exorcist César Truqui, a priest who participated in a course on exorcism Rome last year. Fr. Truqui warned that everything that is harming the family, including divorce, pleases the devil. Speaking to the Italian weekly Tempi in 2015, the priest said that there is “a demon who specializes in the attack on the family, also cited in the story of Tobias, called 'Asmodeus.'”


Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Four Corners | South: 'The numbers keep growing'
The Catholic Church in the United States has its roots in the South. The first recorded Mass in the continental U.S. is said to have been celebrated in the mid-16th century by priests who accompanied Spanish settlers and soldiers to Florida. Through the 16th and 17th centuries, Spanish priests established missions in Florida and Texas, while Spanish explorers and settlers established Catholic communities in South Carolina and Georgia. The French settled Louisiana in the late 17th century, making Catholicism that region’s dominant religion.

Can you tell the difference between mental illness and possession?
Recognizing the difference between a person who’s possessed and a person struggling with a mental illness or other infirmity is a vital part of the ministry of exorcism, according to a long-time exorcist and priest. Father Cipriano de Meo, who has been an exorcist since 1952, told CNA’s Italian agency ACI Stampa that typically, a person is not possessed but is struggling with some other illness.

“Since I’m Saved, I Can Live How I Want?”
Someone showed me a video online a few weeks ago and I have not been able to get the scene out of my mind. It was a recording of a Christian street preacher talking and debating with variety of students on a college campus in Texas. The dialogue I witnessed was shocking and upsetting, not because of the occasional anti-Catholic comments made by the evangelist and not because of his sometimes insensitive method of sharing the Gospel, but because of the gravely distorted understanding of the role of Jesus’ saving work held by many of the outspoken students. The preacher was emphasizing the importance of repentance and turning away from sin, avoiding immorality and striving for holiness.



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