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Gnosticism Is All Around Us

I once gave a lecture in a Northwestern diocese—up in the morning, back to San Diego in the afternoon, the entire trip taking only ten hours—and came away with a renewed sense that things were turning around. I had been invited by the diocese to participate in a series on Catholic apologetics. Talks were geared toward CCD instructors, parish evangelization leaders, and those engaged in adult education. …

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Pope Urges Faithful to Turn to Sacred Heart This Month

Vatican City, June 11, 2014 (

During this month of June, Pope Francis has reminded the faithful that this month we are invited to pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

At the end of his General Audience this morning, the Holy Father urged the thousands gathered in a hot St. Peter’s Square to turn to Jesus’ heart, explaining that this devotion teaches the young to love intensely, the sick to be strong and to carry the cross of their suffering with patience, and the newly married to build their family on the foundations of the faithfulness and love of God.

The Argentine Pontiff gave special remarks to Polish pilgrims, this time reminding them that today, June 11, is the feast day of St. Barnabas, the apostle who along with St. Paul spread the Gospel among the pagans. Full of faith and zeal, Barnabas gave his life to Christ without reserve, suffering a martyr’s death, said Francis. He urged the crowds to “learn from him the fear of God and perseverance in faith. With courage, let us proclaim to the world the evangelical message.”

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