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Tennessee's Catholic bishops urge governor to halt upcoming executions

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jed DeKalb, courtesy State of TennesseeBy Theresa LaurenceNASHVILLE,Tenn. (CNS) -- Bishops J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, Richard F. Stika ofKnoxville and Martin D. Holley of Memphis have written to Gov. Bill Haslam urginghim to "use your authority as governor to put an end to the fast-trackexecutions planned" in the state of Tennessee in the upcoming months."Itis within your power to establish your legacy as a governor of Tennessee whodid not preside over an execution on your watch," the state's three Catholicbishops wrote.Thelast person to be put to death by lethal injection in Tennessee was CecilJohnson in 2009, when Phil Bredesen was governor. The state has carried out atotal of six executions since 1976, five of those during Bredesen's tenure.InTennessee, the governor has sole authority to grant clemency to death-rowinmates.Thereare currently 62 men and one woman on Tennessee's death row.Thenext man scheduled to be executed by the state is Billy Ray Irick Aug. ...

Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

IMAGE: CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, ReutersBy MANAGUA,Nicaragua (CNS) -- As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-governmentprotesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishopssaid they would pray an exorcism prayer.Thebishops said July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting "as an act ofatonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against God."On that day, "We will pray the prayer of exorcism to St. Michael Archangel."OnJuly 15, the vehicle of Bishop Juan Mata Guevara of Esteli was shot as hetraveled to the city of Nindiri, where he had hoped to stop an attack by policeand paramilitaries. The bishop escaped unharmed but the vehicle's tires wereshot out and windows broken, said Father Victor Rivas, executive secretary ofthe Nicaraguan bishops' conference.Anattack July 14 at the nearby National Autonomous University of Nicaragua campusin Managua left two students dead and injured 15 more. Some of the fleeingprotesters sought shelter in Divine...

A good Christian shares the Gospel, pope says

IMAGE: CNS photo/Fabio Frustaci, EPABy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- All Christians are called to bemissionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money oreven with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said."A baptized person who does not feel the need toproclaim the Gospel, to announce Christ, is not a good Christian," thepope said July 15before reciting the Angelus prayer with an estimated 15,000 people gathered inSt. Peter's Square.Pope Francis was commenting on the day's Gospel reading,which told about how Jesus sent the disciples out two-by-two to preach and toheal in his name."It was a kind of apprenticeship for what they would becalled to do with the power of the Holy Spirit after the resurrection of theLord," the pope explained.Speaking only in the name of Jesus, he said, "theapostles had nothing of their own to proclaim and none of their own abilitiesto demonstrate, but they spoke and acted as emissaries, as messengers ofJesus.""Th...

After World War I, church changed mission approach, cardinal says

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- World War I and its aftermath changedthe map of Europe, but also dismantled the notion of the "statechurch" in a way that forced the Catholic Church to discover again theauthentic meaning of mission, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.After the war, Pope Benedict XV "was prompt in indicatinghow the missionary world must change paths, abandoning the colonial ideology inwhich it had been lulled and promoting autonomy, independence and ecclesial self-governancein all the areas outside Europe," said the Vatican secretary of state.Speaking at a conference July 12 anticipating the 100thanniversary of the end of World War I, Cardinal Parolin looked at the wide-rangingimpact of the war and its aftermath on the political map of Europe, and howthat affected the fates of peoples in the Middle East and in the countries ofwhat would become the Soviet Union.But he also spoke about Pope Benedict's 1919 apostolicletter "Maximum Illud" on t...

Charities' CEO visits border, hears immigrants' stories of fleeing danger

IMAGE: CNS photo/Michael Brown, Catholic OutlookBy Michael BrownNOGALES, Mexico (CNS) -- DominicanSister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, grewemotional talking about the harrowing stories she heard from immigrants aboutthe life they left behind to seek refuge in the United States."The suffering they are goingthrough is unimaginable," she said after listening to stories from familieswaiting to apply for asylum at the international border at Nogales in the Mexicanstate of Sonora.Sister Markham, who recentlycompleted a tour of a detention facility for children in McAllen, Texas, saidshe wanted to visit Nogales to get the whole story behind the current publicdebate over immigration."Their stories," she said, pausingto compose herself. "They are running for their lives. Literally, they left atgunpoint."She was joined July 11 at theNogales Port of Entry by Jesuit Father Sean Carroll, executive director of theKino Border Initiative, an organization that assists m...

Birth of an encyclical: Priest documents preparation of 'Humanae Vitae'

IMAGE: CNS photo/Libreria Editrice VaticanaBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Documents in the Vatican SecretArchives and the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithprove it was a "myth" that Blessed Paul VI largely set out on his ownin writing "Humanae Vitae," the 1968 encyclical on married love andthe regulation of births.In anticipation of the encyclical's 50th anniversary, PopeFrancis gave special access to the archives to Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, a professor at Rome's PontificalJohn Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences.The results of his research were published in Italian inearly July in the book, "The Birth of an Encyclical: 'Humanae Vitae' inthe Light of the Vatican Archives."In a note to reporters, Msgr. Marengo said his researchrevealed four little-known facts: Pope Paul approved an encyclical, "De Nascendae Prolis"("On a Child's Birth"), in early May 1968, but was convinced bytranslators in the Vatican Secretariat of State tha...

Update: Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children

IMAGE: CNS photo/Carlos Barria, ReutersBy Rhina GuidosWASHINGTON(CNS) -- Some of migrant children under age 5 separated from their families bythe government were reunited with loved ones July 9 with help from Catholicorganizations.Abouttwo dozen families in all were brought back together on that date with helpfrom the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services,Catholic Charities USA and a network of other agencies from around thecountry.Inall, the Catholic agencies will help reunite 55 families by mid-July and provideshort-term care, such as food and shelter, said Bill Canny, executive directorof MRS."Whatwe're trying to do is give people who have had a dose of bad, we're trying togive them a dose of good," said Canny in a July 12 interview with Catholic NewsService. "Protectionof families is a foundational element of Catholic social teaching and this momentcalls on all people of goodwill to lend a hand to reunite these children withtheir parents," said a j...

Papers, chafing under weight of newsprint tariffs, seek relief

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Mark PattisonWASHINGTON(CNS) -- Newspapers of every type, Catholic papers included, are seeking relieffrom the U.S. government after six months of increased costs due to tariffs onimported Canadian newsprint.TheCatholic Press Association, which includes English-speaking Canada, is a memberof the STOPP Coalition, which has pressed the Commerce Department for relief. STOPPis an acronym for Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers.Priceincreases due to the tariffs have socked the Pittsburgh Catholic three timesalready this year, according to Carmella Weismantle, advertising director andbusiness manager. "And we've been told more are coming," she said.The newsprinttariff is different from the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration ongoods produced elsewhere, most notably China. In the newsprint situation, a U.S.company, NORPAC, which owns a mill in Washington state, had complained thatCanada was unfairly subsidizing its newsprint production. The U.S...

Rich heritage: Black sisters, priests mark 50 years of shaping church

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy the JosephitesBy Dennis SadowskiWASHINGTON(CNS) -- Fifty years ago, JosephiteFather William Norvel thought it was time for black priests to come together.The year,1968, was a tumultuous one in American history. The country was struggling toimplement civil rights for blacks, protests of the Vietnam War became commonand some were violent, and young people rejected the authority of theirparents' generation.The black priestswanted to support each other. They also wanted to discuss how to respond to thetimes and gain the church backing to better evangelize black communities.Moreimportantly, they wanted to confront the racism they were experiencing withinthe church. The priests wanted to feel accepted for who they were: African-American clergy who could share a rich cultural heritage but were feeling suppressedby white-dominated church leadership.FatherNorvel and dozens of black priests met in Detroit in April in the first meetingof the National Black CatholicCl...

Bishops, journalists attacked at church in Nicaragua

IMAGE: CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, ReutersBy David AgrenCOPAN, Honduras (CNS) -- Nicaraguanbishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government July9 as violence in the Central American country escalated and affected theCatholic Church, which has provided humanitarian assistance in its parishes andhas tried to diffuse a worsening political crisis through dialogue.Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solorzanoof Managua and his auxiliary, Bishop Silvio Jose Baez, and Archbishop WaldemarStanislaw Sommertag, the apostolic nuncio, were among clergy from Managua pummeledas they attempted to protect St. Sebastian Basilica in the city ofDiriamba from an incursion by a pro-government mob. Bishop Baez and at leastone other priest were injured. Journalists also were attacked and had camerasand other equipment stolen.The bishops and clergy alsotried to free anti-government protesters inside the church as maskedindividuals and mobs outside chanted "murderers" at the prelates.Pro-gover...

Thought of the Day

Then he began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.

Matthew 11:20

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