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    Pope Francis: Mary’s Assumption was a ‘giant leap for mankind’

    Vatican City, Aug 15, 2020 / 06:10 am (CNA).- On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis said that Mary’s assumption into Heaven was an infinitely greater achievement than man’s first steps on the moon. “When man set foot on the moon, he said a phrase that became famous: ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ In essence, humanity had reached a historic milestone. But today, in Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, we celebrate an infinitely greater achievement. Our Lady set foot in Heaven,” Pope Francis said Aug. 15. “This step of the little Virgin of Nazareth was the giant leap forward…

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    What’s the Assumption, anyway? A CNA Explainer

    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2020 / 03:30 am (CNA).- On Aug. 15, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief. The Catholic Church teaches that when Mary ended her earthly life, God assumed her, body and soul into heaven. The dogma of the Assumption of Mary – also called the “Dormition of Mary” in the Eastern Churches – has its roots in the…

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    The 5 trending TRD videos you may have missed this week

    We get it, it’s been another busy news week in the middle of a pandemic, and an election year to boot. So we understand if you may have missed these excellent TRD videos — some old, some new — that are now trending. Catch up this weekend and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. In this interview, Social Construct’s Ben Huh and Michael Yarne talk to TRD’s Hiten Samtani about their startup’s aim to allow developers to build faster, cheaper, and more predictably.   Accountants Mark Bosswick, managing partner at Berdon; and Elliot Levine, managing member at Levine & Seltzer discuss the federal Paycheck Protection Program, and what…

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    Peter Fine sells waterfront North Bay Road home for $11M

    4420 North Bay Road with Kim Perell and Peter Fine (Coldwell Banker) A company tied to New York developer Peter Fine sold a waterfront Miami Beach home to a San Diego-based angel investor and entrepreneur. Kim Reed Perell and her husband, John, paid $10.8 million for the house at 4420 North Bay Road. The nearly 8,000-square-foot home, built in 2003, has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and one half-bath. The house has a gate, a gym, a master suite with a balcony, an infinity pool and a private dock, according to the listing. Jill Hertzberg of the Jills Zeder Group with Coldwell Banker Realty represented the seller. Fabio Lopes with the…

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    USCCB: Staffer ‘elated’ by Harris VP pick spoke in ‘personal capacity’

    CNA Staff, Aug 14, 2020 / 06:40 pm (CNA).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Friday that a staff member who recently said she was “elated” by the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s presidential running mate was not speaking on behalf of the conference. “At no point are Conference staff authorized to speak on behalf of the bishops in support of, or in opposition to, candidates for elected office,” said James Rogers, chief communications officer for the bishops’ conference. “Because the comments in question may have led to confusion among the faithful, let me be clear,” he said in an Aug. 14 statement. “As Catholics, we…

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    Portland street evangelist: More Bibles ‘prayed with’ than burned at protests

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 14, 2020 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- A Portland street evangelist whose Bibles were burned in an Aug. 1 street protest says although he is disappointed that some of the Bibles he distributed were destroyed, he believes the positive impact of his ministry outweighs the negative actions of a few protestors. Alan Summerhill, an Evangelical Christian, told CNA he has been giving out free Bibles out of his truck in cities across the Pacific Northwest ever since his retirement three and a half years ago. He said he typically buys cases of Bibles, for about a dollar per book, to give away. He told CNA his evangelistic mission…

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    Nebraska governor to sign D&E abortion ban into law

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 14, 2020 / 04:14 pm (CNA).- Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska is set to sign a ban on dilation and evacuation abortions into law at a ceremony on Saturday, after the bill passed the state legislature on Thursday. The Nebraska Catholic Conference, one of the main organizations supporting the legislation, announced that the signing would take place outside on the steps of the state capitol at 11am Aug. 15. Attendees are asked to wear a mask. Lauren Garcia, communication specialist for the NCC, told CNA that they are happy that Ricketts is signing the bill into law right away, and in a public setting, because only five…

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    Over 100 Democratic politicians call for platform changes to welcome pro-lifers

    Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2020 / 03:49 pm (CNA).- More than 100 Democratic politicians have sent a letter to the party’s Platform Committee, calling for changes in the platform to accept pro-life Democrats and assure them that their view will be respected. “In the U.S., pro-life Democrats have been a critical part of the coalition to expand voting rights, improve health care, and pass criminal justice reform,” the letter said. “These accomplishments would not have been possible if the Democratic Party had in place a litmus test on abortion.” The letter voiced concern that the party’s leaders and official platform have moved to an extreme position on abortion in the last…

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    CDC report finds one in four young adults contemplate suicide

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 14, 2020 / 02:05 pm (CNA).- Over a quarter of young adults aged 18-24 have seriously contemplated suicide over the last month, a new Centers for Disease Control survey has found.  The report, titled “Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020” was published on August 14. The data was collected from adults across the United States in late June.  Tommy Tighe, a marriage and family counselor and host of the Catholic mental health podcast “Saint Dymphna’s Playbook,” told CNA that he found the data to be “really heartbreaking, though expected.”  After months of extended lockdowns across…

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    Christian advocacy group hails Israel-Emirates deal

    CNA Staff, Aug 14, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- An advocacy group for Christians and other religious minorities living in the Middle East has praised an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced Aug. 13.  On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the diplomatic accord, and released a statement on the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which included a provision that Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty” over some areas of the West Bank.  In Defense of Christians President Toufic Baaklini called the agreement a “historic step in the peace process” in a statement released on Thursday. UAE is now the first Persian Gulf state…