Wow! Pope Francis Invited to Address Joint Session of Congress in 2015

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What do you think Pope Francis would say to the U.S. Congress?Today, on the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis' election to the papacy, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has invited the pope to address a joint session of Congress next September, during the pope's anticipated visit to the United States.Boehner, who extended the invitation in his capacity as the constitutional officer of Congress, represented both House and Senate leaders in making the request.  Shortly after the … [Read more...]

Breaking: Another Catholic Challenge to Health Care Law

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A coalition of Catholic employers has filed a new lawsuit against the federal government, demanding that they be excluded from the HHS Mandate.The Catholic Business Association, one of the plaintiffs in the case, represents nearly 200 Catholic dioceses, agencies and businesses which together employ more than 19,000 staff nationwide.  The CBA objects to providing health insurance which includes coverage for contraceptives and abortions.  The association explains that the so-called "c … [Read more...]

The Trapdoor on Christ’s Right Shoulder

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I have just soaked up all the beauty and the mystery of "Arms Wide Open", a breathtaking on-line photo story from BBC News about Rio de Janeiro's famed statue of Christ the Redeemer.Words fail.  I can't do justice to the dramatic photography and the full backstory for Cristo Redentor, the iconic sculpture which overlooks Brazil's poor in the favelas, the rich in the luxury high-rise apartments, the homeless, the famous football stadiums and Guanabara bay with its scattered islands and boats. … [Read more...]