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Capitol Hill visitors walk in front of a statue of missionary Junipero Serra, center, located in Statuary Hall, also known as the Old Hall of the House, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 2, 2015. California lawmakers are shelving a plan to replace the statue with late astronaut Sally Ride, bowing to pressure to drop the idea until after Pope Francis' September visit to the U.S., when he plans to make the 18th century missionary a saint. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Junipero Serra statue to stay in U.S. Capitol -- for now

By Catholic News Agency

An effort to remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being. Published July 3, 2015

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Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican in this June 24, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

Pope's Ecuador Mass expected to draw 1M+

- Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador's main port city Monday for Pope Francis' first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America's first pope returning to his home soil for a Mass dedicated to the family.

Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, center, speaks to supporters during a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Boone, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Cruz, Huckabee competing for evangelical votes

- Associated Press

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee went head-to-head for evangelical votes this weekend, telling a megachurch congregation in Georgia that God favors the United States but warning that the nation is on a perilous spiritual path because of actions like the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Ten Commandments decision prompts conservative outcry

- Associated Press

The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling for justices to be impeached, while others want to amend the Bill of Rights in the 108-year-old state constitution.

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, May 2, 2015,  showing Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, waving to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital in London.  The nine-week old Princess Charlotte, is to be christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate on Sunday July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, FILE)

Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate

- Associated Press

Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday -- a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by then-Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, arrive to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. on Jan. 20, 2013. Mr. Linnington, the Pentagon's new leader of the search for military members missing from past wars, says he will push for more partnerships with private groups that have resources and interest in the MIA accounting mission. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Head of POW-MIA office favors closer links to private groups

- Associated Press

The head of the Pentagon's new agency in charge of recovering and identifying remains of U.S. war dead said he will push for more partnering with private groups that have resources and interest to help reinvigorate a troubled POW-MIA accounting mission.

Courage: The Rev. Paul Check is the executive director of the Roman Catholic apostolate Courage. The pro-chastity ministry serves the needs of men and women who have homosexual attractions. (Source: Courage)

Why choose celibacy? Joseph Prever, a gay Catholic, speaks out

- Catholic News Agency

More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church's teaching.

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Rebecca Hagelin and her daughter, Kristin Carey.

Participating in God's plan

It's easy to mistake the means for the ends and in doing so, to settle for less than we were intended for. For example, we all feel pressure to be productive and to use our time wisely, but if we're not careful, we will, as Peter Drucker says, manage for the sake of management instead of managing for the sake of results.

Image used by permission of The Barna Group, June 23, 2015. See www.barna.org for all of their resources.

Do you live in a 'Bible-minded' city?

Do you live in a "Bible-minded" city? The Barna Group, an evangelical Christian polling firm, released the results of a recent study that reveals "how people in the nation's 100 largest media markets view and use the Bible."

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Caitlyn, gender and the 'post'-postmodern era

Let's face it -- with the grand debut of Bruce Jenner as a woman named Caitlyn (and the accompanying demand from the liberal media that we take it as anything more serious than attention-seeking narcissism) -- we have finally arrived at the post-postmodern era.