VOICE defends those affected by payday lending

Leaders of a program at Saint Charles Borromeo called “Standing with the Poor against Payday Lending” spoke up recently against legislation they believed would be detrimental to the usually lower income citizens who are targeted by payday loans.

The project was funded by a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and supported by Voices Organized in Civic Engagement.

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World 'sorely needs' Scouts' values of generosity, service, says nuncio

By Catholic News Service

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (CNS) -- Scouting develops generosity, service and fraternity, which are all values "our world sorely needs," the papal nuncio told Catholic Scouts gathered for a July 23 Mass during the annual Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree.

"These values are the antidote to the selfishness and individualism of our society," Archbishop Christophe Pierre said in his homily. "Scouting also encourages you to work together as a team, to share adventures, and to have a greater vision of life and creation."

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Catholic charities want people to hear migrants' stories

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- No matter the position one takes on national migration policy, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis and national Catholic charities across the globe want Catholics to meet a migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story.

In late September, Pope Francis will launch the "Share the Journey" campaign, a two-year program of Caritas Internationalis to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.

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Harry Potter still captivates fans, cultivating theological conversations

By Josephine von Dohlen
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) - Two decades since the publication of its first book, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling continues to draw countless readers into its pages, gaining ground among some faithful initially put off by the much-debated themes of magic and witchcraft.

The seven novels of the Harry Potter series carry the reader through the life of the orphaned Harry Potter, an 11-year-old boy who learns of the world of wizards and magic as he heads off to study at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Each novel tells the story of another year at Hogwarts, as he discovers the history of his wizard parents and battles dark magic with his friends.

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Q-and-A on the Vatican's recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Vatican recently published a circular letter, "On the bread and wine for the Eucharist," sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis. Dated June 15 -- the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ -- the letter was made public by the Vatican July 8.

Because bread and wine for the Eucharist are no longer supplied just by religious communities, but "are also sold in supermarkets and other stores and even over the internet," bishops should set up guidelines, an oversight body and/or even a form of certification to help "remove any doubt about the validity of the matter for the Eucharist," the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said.

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Archdiocese’s first archbishop dies

Archbishop Quinn oversaw diocese’s reorganization

By Sooner Catholic staff

Archbishop John R. Quinn, the first Archbishop of Oklahoma City, died June 22 in San Francisco at age 88.

His funeral Mass was held July 10 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, attended by Very Rev. William Novak, vicar general for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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Kelly Edwards ordained to the priesthood

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley ordained Kelly Lynn Edwards to the priesthood on June 24 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City.

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Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus celebrating 100 years

On July 16, the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their community with an open house.

The seed that would grow into the community was planted in Bentley, Okla., on July 16, 1917.  Carmelite Father Edward Soler recruited two young women from the east coast to help teach Choctaw Indian children in Atoka County in southeastern Oklahoma.

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Catholic convocation: Combination pep rally, retreat inspires leaders

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- From July 1-4 the main floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando was transformed into a huge parish hall with places for worship, prayer, discussion, and even coffee and doughnuts during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America."

At the convocation 3,500 church leaders -- men and women religious, bishops and laypeople -- gathered to set a new course for the U.S. Catholic Church.

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Meet the Seminarians: Chad Thurman

This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Chad Thurman

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