As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like. I'll serve up more next Friday...
US Catholics to join Pope Francis in Eucharistic Adoration - "The Pope has invited the world to join him in an hour of adoration at 5 p.m. Rome time this Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, which he will lead from St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. See also: Adoration With Pope Energizing Catholics Worldwide
"Do We Let God Lead Us... To Not Be Afraid To Give?" – On Corpus Christi, Francis Calls Church Beyond Its "Fence"
Pope Francis Calls All Catholics to Evangelize - "...to evangelize is not just a task undertaken from time to time; or even most of the time. It is, to put it simply, the Churcgayh’s defining identity; it is what she exists for. Faith is only worth having when you give it away."
Praising God frees us from sorrow, Pope proclaims - "Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who is 'the author of joy, the Creator of joy,' Pope Francis said that Christians learn to praise and become joyful, which leads to 'true Christian freedom.'"
Pope Francis: Following Christ is Not a Cultural Gloss - "We should not reduce the proclamation of Jesus to being a mere cultural 'gloss' or 'veneer', it must go 'straight to the heart' and change us."
If Atheists Can Go to Heaven, Why Bother with Faith? - "While some news reports suggested that these remarks are a departure from the theology of Pope Benedict, in reality Francis’ predecessor had made similar attempts to reach out to non-believers."
IRS Bombshell - Harassment continued as recently as 4 weeks ago! - "It remains unclear if Obama was ever aware of the IRS harassment, as he claims to have first heard stories of it from the news media."
Top IRS Officials Targeted Conservative Groups, Not Just Staffers - "Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups."
Issa forced to issue subpoena to get cooperation from State Department - "The Oversight Committee is working diligently to find out what really happened in Benghazi and why President Obama did not make a better effort to protect the mission there."
Leading Catholics call for prayer, fasting to fight gay marriage - "The faithful were called upon to pray, fast and make personal sacrifices to help the court make a ruling favorable to traditional views of marriage."
Taking it to the Streets: Time to Join the New French Resistance Defending Marriage - "What occurred in Paris this weekend is a sign of a resistance movement which is spreading. We must all take our place within its ranks. It is time for us to take it to the streets. Marriage and the family and society founded upon them are under a wholesale assault and the future of freedom is at risk."
The Boy Scout's New Policy - "There is a certain incoherence to it, I contend, that makes it impossible to defend. After all, what rational justification could one think of for admitting gay youths but banning gay leaders?"
Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference - "The global organization is a well-known advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, including abortion, for youth, and claims to speak for all of its 10 million members."
Abandoned Baby Rescued From Sewage Pipe Doing Better, Mother Found - "Reports from Chinese media indicated the baby was found in the toilet sewage pipe in a residential building in the city of Jinhua after residents on the fourth floor called the fire department with reports of a baby crying."