Missouri House Votes to Stop Sale of Aborted Baby Body Parts

The Missouri House of Representatives has bolstered an omnibus pro-life bill being debated in the Missouri Legislature in order to help prevent the trafficking of the body parts of unborn children who have been aborted. Last week the House adopted a more comprehensive version of a bill previously approved by the Missouri Senate in response to a special session call by Governor Eric Greitens.  The Governor issued the call for an extraordinary session to deal with a number of issues involving abortion regulation and conscience rights. The legislation adopted by…

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Pope Francis marks 25th anniversary of episcopal ordination

On June 27, Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop, celebrating Mass with members of the College of Cardinals in the Pauline Chapel of the apostolic palace. Commenting on the day’s readings, the Holy Father remarked that the patriarch Abraham “was more or less our age” when he heard the Lord’s call. But he rejected the charge that the hierarchy is “the ‘gerontocracy’ of the Church.” Rather, he said, “we are grandfathers, to whom our grandchildren look.” He went on to say that as grandfathers,…

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Cardinal Nichols ordains seven new priests

Cardinal Vincent Nichols ordained seven men to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday. The cardinal described priests’ ministry in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, saying how clergy prayed for the dead and sprinkled holy water on the debris. “This, for me, is a most remarkable image of priesthood, etched in sharp detail against that blackened, towering skeleton,” he said.

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Reading for Wednesday, Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr. Liturgical Colour: red First Reading : (Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 105: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9) Gospel: (Matthew 7: 15-20)

First Reading : (Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 105: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9) Gospel: (Matthew 7: 15-20)   First Reading : (Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18) Now when these things were done, the word of the Lord came to Abram by a vision, saying: Fear not, Abram, I am thy protector, and thy reward exceeding great. And Abram said: Lord God, what wilt thou give me? I shall go without children: and the son of the steward of my house is this Damascus Eliezer. And Abram added: But to me thou hast…

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Body of missing Indian priest found on Scottish beach

Edinburgh police have found the body of an Indian priest serving in Scotland on a beach in East Lothian. Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira went missing around 13:00 on June 20. He was last seen in his parish house at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Corstorphine, and parishioners reported him missing when he didn’t come to mass Wednesday morning, according to the BBC. Police found the body of the 33-year-old priest on the beach at Dunbar three days later on Friday. The cause of death is currently unknown.…

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Vatican’s Chief Exorcist Warns That Yoga Causes ‘Demonic Possession’

The Vatican’s top exorcist has spoken out in condemnation of yoga and fantasy novels, branding them as “Satanic” acts that lead to “demonic possession”. Father Cesare Truqui has warned that the Catholic Church has seen a recent spike in worldwide reports of people becoming possessed by demons and that the reason for the sudden uptick is the rise in popularity of pastimes such as watching Harry Potter movies and practicing Vinyasa. Professor Giuseppe Ferrari, who has recently attended a meeting in Rome where Catholic authorities and delegates discussed how to deal with this alleged demonic…

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Muslim Terrorists desecrate Catholic chapel in the Philippines

Last week, members of a terrorist group destroyed a Catholic chapel, desecrating consecrated hosts and religious icons, during a nine-hour long attack on the town of Malagakit in southern Philippines. The June 21 attack was reportedly carried out by about 300 gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, known as BIFF, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. In the siege they also robbed houses and stores at gunpoint, causing the displacement of hundreds of residents. Residents were also forced to flee after being caught in a fire-fight between…

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