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Second synod is set for Oct. 2015

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri

July 7, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Representatives of the world's Catholic bishops, meeting in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the Church's pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican Oct. 5-19, bringing together the presidents of national bishops' conferences, the heads of Eastern Catholic churches and Vatican officials.

Jesuit a pioneer in media literacy

Fr. John Pungente

July 7, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Jesuit Father John Pungente has been fighting media illiteracy for half a century, and for his work the Marshall McLuhan Initiative has awarded him and the Jesuit Communication Project its Medium and Light Award. Pungente and the JCP were selected as this year's recipients of the award for "their longstanding dedication to media literacy in the tradition of Marshall McLuhan's lament, 'I don't want them to believe me. I just want them to think,'" said Howard Engel, director of the McLuhan Initiative.

Catholic blogger writes for those 'at the intersection of the cross'

July 7, 2014
JULIE ASHER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Catholic blogger Heather King is asked who her readers are, she describes them as "anyone with a bleeding heart who lives at the intersection of the cross." King is a book author and essayist who also has a blog, shirtofflame.blogspot.com. She told the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte how she embraced sobriety after years as a "falling down drunk," why she decided to become a Catholic and what led her to give up practising law to follow a "sacred call" to become a writer.

World Cup should promote solidarity, says Pope Francis

World Cup Soccer Ball

June 23, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
and LISE ALVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis called on fans and competitors at the World Cup to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in the stands and on the field: "Let no one become isolated and feel excluded! Watch out! 'No' to segregation, 'no' to racism!"

St. Vincent de Paul Society takes stronger advocacy role

Peter Ouellette

June 23, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will become a stronger advocate for the poor as well as continuing its longstanding charitable work of providing food, furniture and clothing to those in need. "We are recognizing that the idea of giving to those living in poverty is a wonderful short-term solution, but it does not change the situation of those living in poverty," says Peter Ouellette, president of the Western Region of the society.

Prostitution bill receives crucial second reading

June 23, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – After only five hours of debate, the federal government's prostitution bill passed a June 16 second reading vote by 139 to 117, with no support from the New Democratic, Liberal or Green parties. "For the first time in Canadian history, Bill C-36 will amend the Criminal Code and shift the burden of criminality from the sellers to the buyers," MP Joy Smith said in a statement.

Round up the whole parish and embrace RCIA inquirers

Nick Wagner and wife Diana Macalintal

June 23, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The work of forming new Catholics is not just the job of the RCIA team but of the whole parish. That was one key message delivered to RCIA members from across Western Canada by Nick Wagner and his wife Diana Macalintal, founders of TeamRCIA, a California-based ministry that offers a variety of online and in-person training for Church ministers and volunteers.

Only God can bring peace to Holy Land

June 23, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. "More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it," the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens.

Beatitudes provide a guide to Christian living, says pope

June 23, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Being a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the "how-to" manual is found in the Beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spells out the consequences awaiting those who fail to help others in need. Jesus offers a guide to life that is "so simple, but very difficult," the pope said June 9 during his morning Mass.

Sports holds lessons for life – pope

June 23, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis urged athletes to live life the same way they play sports: Don't hog the ball, don't fall back on defence and make sure to keep it fun. He also called on policymakers and communities to guarantee all kids have access to sports, education and jobs early on in life, "and I guarantee that there will be no addictions to drugs, alcohol and many other vices."