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Fortnight for Freedom is a two week period of prayer and fasting for Religious Freedom in the United States and around the world.A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up for conscience and paid the ultimate price. The "Witness to Freedom" relic tour is being held in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, which takes place across the nation June 21 - July 4. The fortnight aims to stress the importance of defending religious freedom in the United States and to raise awareness of religious persecution around the world.

Young Dominican nuns in full habit, from the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, enjoy a game of soccer.In case you missed it, young nuns are a trend! There is a young and vital presence of religious sisters, novices, and postulants in U.S. Catholic life, a new survey has found. The postulants’ average age is 27, while novices have an average age of 29. Temporary professed sisters have an average age of 32. The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious has released its latest survey of its 120 member communities in 137 U.S. dioceses.

This famous painting by Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein, 1788 - 1868, celebrates the gift of children, the gift of life.In some Church circles today, we are seeing a return to the vision of a “seamless garment” or “consistent ethic of life.” Advocates have noble intentions — they want to bring the Church’s moral wisdom and passion for justice to bear on a broad range of urgent issues. They recognize that the Church’s social witness must be founded on our common responsibility to defend the gift of human life at every stage and in every condition. In practice, however, this line of thinking can lead to a kind of moral relativism that renders serious social issues as more or less equivalent.

Mary of the Holy Rosary of San Nicolás appeared in 1983 dressed in blue, holding the baby Jesus and with a Rosary in her hand."The apparitions of Mary of the Holy Rosary of San Nicolás have a supernatural character and are worthy of belief," declared Bishop Héctor Sabatino Cardelli of San Nicolás de los Arroyos in Argentina. “I worked in consultation with experts and witnesses,” Bishop Cardelli said in a homily on 22 May 2016. "I discerned on three specific criteria, namely: Is the event naturally occurring? Could it be the work of the enemy? Is it of supernatural origin? The answers to these questions left me sure that it is real and positive fruit exceeding mere human action.”

Women weeping in the cemetery is a poignant work of art by Bouguereau.God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

— from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers 

Little Sisters of the Poor protest the communistic tyranny of the HHS Contraceptive Mandate.Religious freedom-loving Americans can celebrate a crucial win at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, 16 May 2016. The decision unanimously protected the Little Sisters of the Poor from intrusive government fines for not providing contraception to their employees.  What had been hoped and prayed for while this case was pending is exactly what the court has now recognized: that the government has no need to force the Little Sisters to provide contraceptive services when they are already widely available to anyone who wants them!

A beautiful young family joyfully celebrate the baptism of their twin babies.So often these days we read of the ongoing collapse of Catholicism in the West.  In diocese after diocese, we see parishes and schools closing or consolidating, a decline in priests as older clergy pass away at rates higher than new ordinations, and a widespread loss of the next generation to either the secular left or the evangelical right. We also read of various plans to counter these trends. Everyone seems to have a program to promote, a new strategy to increase vocations, to increase weekly Mass attendance, to keep teens from fleeing the faith…

This enchanting artwork by C.B. Chambers shows the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Holy Rosary and imploring all to pray with her to Jesus Christ.We find ourselves today in the midst of a fearful challenge to the inviolable dignity of innocent human life, and the divinely appointed source of human life, the family constituted by the indissoluble, faithful and procreative union of one man and one woman. As Catholics, our most basic moral duty is to defend and foster the inviolable dignity of innocent human life and of its cradle: marriage and the family. The commandments of God calling us to respect our father and mother, and all human life, are written upon our hearts by God from the first moment of our being.

Give St. Louis Day is part of a national Annual Philanthropy Day, and the Missionaries of the Holy Family will participate.On Tuesday, May 3, please participate in the nationwide Annual Philanthropy Day to help nonprofits raise money for their work in serving others. St. Louis will be joining over 100 cities across the country to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits. The Missionaries of the Holy Family, with the North American Provincial Office in St. Louis, Missouri, will be part of this special event through Give St. Louis Day.

A priest, standing in the place of Jesus Christ during the one Perpetual Sacrifice of the Mass, consecrates ordinary bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Savior.What is God trying to tell us with this new Eucharistic miracle in Poland, which was approved during the nation's 1,050th anniversary of Christianity? On 17 April 2016, Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica, Poland announced the approval of a Eucharistic miracle in his diocese. The miracle happened about two years ago when, “a consecrated Host fell to the floor [during the distribution of Communion and] was picked up and placed in a container with water. Soon after, red stains appeared on the host.”