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Karol Wojtyla Beatified.
"They Will Look Upon Him
Whom They Have Pierced"

Homily of the Mass of
Beatification of John Paul II

John Paul II: A Modern
Day Thomas Aquinas?

Prayer for the Intercession
of Blessed John Paul II

For Pope John Paul the Great, Doctor of Truth
Inspiration for Catholics for the Common Good's Founding:
Tributes from CCG Members
SAN FRANCISCO, updated February 24, 2011-- Pope John Paul the Great is the inspiration for this apostolate for the evangelization of culture. At the time of his death CCG posted several articles with different perspective about him and his lasting legacy. Lately we have been reflecting not only about his teaching, but also his method of doing theology which has provided new insights into the reality of love, marriage, and family for CCGI's Stand with Children Project to promote the centrality and dignity of mnarriage for children and society (see example).

Edward Burne-Jones, “The Adoration of the Magi,” 1904The Epiphany of Celibacy
COMMENTARY: Until Jesus Christ, celibacy was virtually unknown. Our Lord’s celibacy revealed the essence of his mission, and manifested him as the Bridegroom of the Church.

The Marian Heart of America:
Our Lady of Guadalupe and
Our “Post-Christian” Society
NAPA, CA, July 31, 2017 --  I want to begin by looking at the cultural moment we find ourselves in. The signs of the times. Second, I am going to suggest that we need to see our present situation in light of the “event” of Guadalupe, I believe that in this event, we can see God’s “vision” — his plans and purposes — for the Church in the Americas.

The Existence of Free Choice:
Defined Church Teaching 
A central truth of divine revelation is that human persons, created in the image and likeness of God, have the power of free choice. In order to create beings to whom he could give his very own life, God created persons (angelic and human) who have the power to make or break their own lives by their own free choices. Persons are of themselves, sui iuris, i.e., in their own power or dominion. Their choices and actions are their own, not the choices and actions of others. If the Triune God’s offer of his own life and friendship is to be a gift, it must be freely received; it cannot be forced on others or settled by anything other than the free choice of the God who freely gives himself and the free choices of created persons who freely accept this gift.

Pope Francis: God's Love is the
'Beating Heart' of the Church

VENICE, FL, February 26, 2016 -- Pope Francis marked the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” by telling participants in a conference commemorating the document that not only is love God’s identity, but it’s also the very heart and life of the Church. 

Pope Francis' Message for Lent
VATICAN, Lent 2016 -- Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, a member of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", explained that the Holy Father's Lenten Message is divided into three parts, focusing mercy in the light of the Word of God, insistence on the works of mercy and the relationship between Lent and the Jubilee itinerary. It is a short but inspiring document.

Pope Francis:
"The grace of God can ... offer mankind
a way out of humanly insoluble situations."
VATICAN, December  25, 2015 -- Read and share the Holy Father's beautiful words of hope and mercy. This is a wonderful reflection for times of darkness, as well as times of light.

Archbishop to Priests:
Here's How to not Give
Bad Homilies
DETROIT, MI, July 16, 2015 -- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.

Through an Even Darker Glass:
On Knocking the Popes for Socialism....
July 7, 2015 -- Catholic Culture's Dr. Jeff Mirus provides a provocative commentary about how conservative and liberal ideologies divide Catholics, while poorly understood Catholic social doctrine provides principles that should unite. The author encourages all of us to take a closer and more refined look at Church teaching in the context of today's issues-- always a good thing.

Cardinal: Divorced, Remarried Catholics
Need Support for Conversion,
Not Changes on Communion
VATICAN, June 11, 2015 -- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said.

Running Toward Fulfillment
CCGI Advisor Discusses New Book
STEUBENVILLE, OH, June 7, 2015 -- Catholic author and counselor Gregory Popcak’s new book, Broken Gods: Hope, Healing and the 7 Longings of the Human Heart, probes into the deepest and even darkest desires of the human heart, unveiling what God wants us to know about our ultimate destiny and revealing a commonsense approach to fulfilling our true purpose in life. 

DC Cardinal:
Christ Didn't Change His Words,
and Neither Should the Church
WASHINGTON, DC, May 27, 2015 -- It is not discrimination for a Catholic to publicly profess his faith, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington insisted Sunday in a pastoral letter on “Being Catholic Today.”

‘We are Living an
Ecumenism of Blood’

Pope Says to Phoenix
Unity Celebration in Video

PHOENIX, AZ - May 25, 2015 (Catholic World News) -- Pope Francis sent a video message to the Celebration of Christian Unity, an event that took place on May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

In Rare New Letter,
Benedict XVI Seeks
Shepherds for the Whole World
VATICAN CITY, May 12, 2015 -- Speaking from retirement, Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to non-believers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the gospel to the world. 

Novena: Protect Marriage
From US Supreme Court
SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2015 -- We are calling on the faithful to join the Marriage Reality Movement in a Novena in advance of or during the oral arguments. It can be begun at any time between now and April 28.

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