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Olympian known as honest, compassionate competitor motivated by faith

Olympian known as honest, compassionate competitor motivated by faith

| Ken Niezgoda | August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Galen Rupp is slowly chiseling his place in history.

On the final day of the 2016 Rio Olympics Aug. 21, Rupp became the first American-born athlete to medal in the marathon in 40 years as he earned the bronze. As he crossed the finish line, the graduate of Central Catholic High School in Portland made the sign of the cross.

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Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative Church teaching

Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative Church teaching

| Cindy Wooden | August 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the “ordinary magisterium” — papal teaching — to which Catholics are obliged to give “religious submission of will and intellect,” said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

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Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

God’s mercy is poured out upon the repentant so that they can change and grow, sharing mercy with others and helping build families, neighborhoods and societies where people learn to forgive, Pope Francis said.

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Narrow gate of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says

Narrow gate of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The “narrow gate” to salvation described by Jesus isn’t narrow because God is oppressive, but because pride bloats Christians and prevents them from entering God’s merciful embrace, Pope Francis said.

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Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Few films come to the screen with the kind of storied pedigree that lies behind “Ben-Hur.”

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Olympic swimming champion Ledecky returns home to cheering crowd

Olympic swimming champion Ledecky returns home to cheering crowd

| Kelly Seegers | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

After winning five medals — four gold and one silver — at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimming champion Katie Ledecky is taking things one step at a time on her return home.

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Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

A growing concern today involves the role of pornography as the next generation’s instructor in human sexuality. For Catholic parents, this raises the critical challenge of how best to approach these matters with their children, given that kids as young as 8 or 9 may already be acquiring information and viewpoints about human sexual behaviors from Internet pornography. I would like to present six practical suggestions for parents, culled from parental testimonies and insights, from other experts in the field, and from former users of pornography.

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Getting voting right

Getting voting right

| Jonathan Liedl | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The level of distaste for both major parties’ presidential candidates is at a historic high. In the midst of this discontent, the traces of two distorted approaches to voting have become clear.

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Prayer: Regular stops on a long journey

Prayer: Regular stops on a long journey

| Jeff Cavins | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

When people are asked how their prayer life is, most will say, “It could be better.” This awareness of our need to spend more time with God is also experienced in our relationships with our spouses and children. While it is true that we need to spend more time with God and our families, we often miss the most important point: the quality of time spent.

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