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Celestial Mathematics: The Conversion of Shia LaBeouf

(Department of Defense photo by Marvin Lynchard, courtesy of Wikicommons)

Down on his luck and on the verge of suicide, actor Shia LaBeouff stunned both Hollywood and the Catholic Church last week when he announced his conversion to Catholicism while playing the role of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in an upcoming film – an event he referred to as the result of some very unexpected “celestial mathematics.”

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Sioux Falls Bishop Issues Guidelines on Gender Ideology in Education

The courageous bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, Bishop Donald E. DeGrood, has issued a set of common-sense guidelines on gender ideology that conform to Church teaching rather than to popular opinion.

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Anti-Catholicism Rears Its Ugly Head (Again)

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann OCDS

The Catholic world was shaken this week by a troubling op-ed in the Atlantic that linked the Rosary with extremism. Unfortunately, this is just one incident in an alarming spike in the number of anti-Catholic incidents occurring across the globe.

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Archbishop Defends Church in Kansas Abortion Battle.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has launched a vigorous defense of Church teaching in a recently published rebuttal against charges made by prominent Jewish Rabbi Mark H. Levin regarding abortion law in the state of Kansas.

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Bishops Ask Faithful to Stop the (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling upon the faithful to take action to prevent the passage of the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is threatening to bring to a vote in the near future. Even though the vote must meet the 60 vote threshold, several Republicans have already promised to vote for the bill.

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Our Lady of Fatima and Women's Role in World Peace

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

History was made in May 2017 when Women of Grace® founder, Johnnette Benkovic, now Johnnette Williams, delivered a message about the dignity and vocation of women on the world stage at the United Nations - a message delivered while standing in the shadow of the same Pilgrim Virgin Statue that first visited this global entity 65 years ago!

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Our Lady of Fatima and Women's Role in World Peace

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

History was made in May 2017 when Women of Grace® founder, Johnnette Benkovic, now Johnnette Williams, delivered a message about the dignity and vocation of women on the world stage at the United Nations - a message delivered while standing in the shadow of the same Pilgrim Virgin Statue that first visited this global entity 65 years ago!

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Saint Jacinta Marto-100th Anniversary Celebration

by Thea Parsons
We are celebrating the life of Saint Jacinta Marto, a young Saint with more humility and heroic virtue than many of us reading this email! Without question, she accepted the call of God through Our Blessed Mother to suffer...to suffer for the conversion of sinners! To pray for those who have no one to pray for them, the lowly. How blessed are we by this young Saint?! By her courage?! May she intercede on our behalf, that we may exercise the same obedience she did with her brother and cousin, that we may be as courageous and steadfast in our, 'yes,' when we are called, and in our prayer, and suffering!

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