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    'Grunt Padre' could be patron saint of Memorial Day

    Archbishop Timothy Broglio has formally closed the archdiocesan phase of the cause of canonization for Father Vincent Capodanno, a Maryknoll priest and Navy chaplain killed during a fierce battle in Vietnam almost 50 years ago at the age of 38. The chaplain was nicknamed the “Grunt Padre,” because of his personal care for and ministry to the “grunts,” meaning members of the infantry.

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    Catholic leaders blast Trump's budget proposals

    A budget proposal by President Donald Trump last Tuesday faces stiff opposition, including a number of Catholic leaders in the United States. Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, called its mix of cuts in support for the poor and increases in defense spending 'profoundly troubling,' while Sister Donna Markham of Catholic Charities termed it 'disastrous, albeit cruel.'

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    Deafening silence on Müller confirms key insight on Francis papacy

    German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recently had controversial things to say both about 'Amoris Laetitia,' the pope's document on the family, and on female deacons. The fact few have reacted confirms a key insight about Pope Francis, which is that his network of informal advisers is far more important than organizational charts.

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  • A supposedly anti-capitalist pope channels his inner entrepreneur

    A supposedly anti-capitalist pope channels his inner entrepreneur

    • May 28, 2017

    In terms of broad public perceptions, Pope Francis is often seen as hostile to Capitalism and no real friend of corporate culture. Yet on Saturday in Genoa, he delivered a reflection on business activity worthy of a graduate-level MBA program, among other things arguing that exploiting workers isn’t just immoral but also economically self-defeating.

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  • Pope in Genoa challenges the ‘worldliness’ of Catholic life

    Pope in Genoa challenges the ‘worldliness’ of Catholic life

    • May 27, 2017

    In a busy morning, Pope Francis said that the Church is interested in the “dignity of work” because even Jesus was a worker, acknowledged the role religious people have had in the drop in vocations by leading a worldly life, and challenged the young people of Genoa to question whatever the surrounding culture presents as normal, including the fact that the Mediterranean Sea has become a cemetery.

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  • Archbishop: Migration should be a choice, not ‘something forced’
    Archbishop: Migration should be a choice, not ‘something forced’
    • May 29, 2017

    “Helping distressed populations where they are, rather than procrastinating and hoping for the best,” Philippine Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, said, “is the most effective way to prevent their becoming involuntary migrants. It could also be the most cost effective way to help them and to spare them from all forms of exploitation.”

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  • Mourning in Manchester, religious and secular traditions meet and meld
    Mourning in Manchester, religious and secular traditions meet and meld
    • May 29, 2017

    “Many of the people who do not have a formal religion do have belief in God, in souls going to heaven, and in angels. They like pilgrimages and candles,” said Linda Woodhead, professor of the sociology of religion. “This is very different to the Protestant tradition in England. It is like a de-Reformation,” she said, referring to how Catholic practice and ritual was disapproved of after the English Reformation and Puritan era.

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