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Pope at Angelus: ‘Do Not Be Afraid; Just Have Faith’

 Francis Says Believers Are to ‘Touch’ Christ Confident of His Saving Grace

By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Vatican City State,June 28, 2015 (

If you are in need of healing, reach out to Christ for His saving grace. Pope Francis explored this theme today during his Angelus address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square at noon.

The Pope recalled Mark’s Gospel today which shows two instances where two people were saved by their faith. The first involved a twelve-year-old daughter of one of the synagogue’s official. He fell at the feet of Jesus and begged him: ‘My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.’ (Mark 5:23). In the meantime, news came that the girl died. To this, Jesus said, ‘Do not be afraid; just have faith’ (v. 36). Jesus entered the house, sent all the crying people away, turned to the dead child and said, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise!’ Immediately, the girl got up and began walking.

“Here,” the Pope highlighted, “we see the absolute power of Jesus over physical death, that, for Him, it is like a sleep from which one can awaken.”

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US Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex “Marriage”

Mandating Marriage Redefinition “A Tragic Error” Says US Bishops Conference President

By Junno Arocho Esteves

Rome,June 26, 2015 (

Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today,” he wrote. “Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail.” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

The United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage” across the country today. Five of the Supreme Court justices ruled in favor, while four dissented. While the decision will overturn state bans on same-sex “marriages”, it allows opponents of the ruling three weeks to ask for reconsideration.

“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority ruling.

However, in his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that the question of same-sex “marriage” had “nothing to do” with the Constitution.

“Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us,” he wrote. “Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.”

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Pope Francis: Protect Marriage to Not ‘Scandalize the Little Ones’

During General Audience, Speaks on Wounds Within Families

Reaffirming the value of marriage, Pope Francis has spoken about the sufferings within families and how this can take a toll on children.

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Recalling Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus warned adults not to scandalize little ones, the Pope underscored how the faithful must maintain and protect the bond of marriage. He called on Christians to realize the impact that wrong choices can have on the spirit of children.

While admitting that wounds may lead some to separate, the Holy Father said we thank God for the many that–sustained by their faith and love for their children–stay together and remain true to their conjugal bond.

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Question About Giving More Than One Host to a Communicant

Giving More Than One Host to a Communicant

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, Professor of Liturgy and Dean of Theology at the Regina Apostolorum University.

By Father Edward McNamara

Rome, June 23, 2015 (

Q: Is it ever permitted to give a communicant more than one Eucharistic host at a time? The question arose because when taking Communion to the sick in a nursing home, sometimes one of the people who were on the list to receive Communion do not receive for various reasons — physical inability to receive due to an upset stomach, or mental confusion such that they do not recognize Jesus in the Eucharist. Since the Communion distributor does not have a key to return the extra host to the locked church, would it be allowed to give two hosts at once to someone else who can receive? — G.D., Dayton, Ohio

A: I would say that there are no particular norms on this point and that rather a common sense solution can be applied.

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Pope Francis: Blood of Martyrs Is Seed of Unity in Church

Vatican City State, June 19, 2015     

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of unity in the Church and the instrument of the building up of the kingdom of God, which is a kingdom of peace and of justice.” Pope Francis made this statement when addressing the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphram II, this morning in the Vatican. …

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