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Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic State

By Francis X. Rocca

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbarity" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue.

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Groundbreaking for Carmelite convent

On July 31, Archbishop Coakley and the Carmelite Sisters broke ground on a new convent. The sisters' new convent will be part of Saint Ann Retirement Center.

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St. Joseph’s Orphanage and Children’s Home holds reunion

By J.E. Helm

At a reunion this month, former residents of St. Joseph’s Orphanage and St. Joseph’s Children’s Home had a chance to reconnect with old friends and share treasured memories.

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Teen dystopias depart from messages of classics

By Brianna Osborne

 Dystopias are the latest literary and film craze, characterized by bleak, hopeless worlds populated with cynical characters. The dark subject matter is no surprise in the modern world, but that this genre is wildly popular with teenagers and young adults is startling. Where classic dystopias provided important criticism of evil and oppressive societies, these contemporary works are often little more than depressing stories.

 Early utopias and dystopias were meant as provoking teaching tools, especially by Catholic authors. Before he became a saint, Thomas More wrote a book called Utopia. In it he tells of a perfect (fictional) society that he has visited, where, among other achievements, the citizens have abolished private property and money and established free, universal education and health care. Where’s the problem? It is revealed that this perfect world is built on a severe system of slavery, a ban on individuality, privacy and personal freedoms and the encouragement of euthanasia for the old and useless.

 George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World also acted as warnings of the problems facing the 20th century.What are the teachings of modern teen dystopias?

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The Carmelite Nuns of Piedmont and the art of altar bread making

By Connie Summers

Have you ever wondered where your “daily bread” – that is, the bread that becomes the Eucharist at Mass – comes from? You do not have to look too far to find the answer. The Carmelite Nuns of Piedmont, Oklahoma, make and distribute the altar bread for many parishes in the archdiocese.

The Carmelite Nuns have been baking altar bread for the Catholic Church in Oklahoma since the 1940s. The process has changed over the years with new technology, but it is still surprisingly simple.

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In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' secret recipe for happiness.

In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva" July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life:

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