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  • Weekly Religion News with 12 Catholic women who are making a difference in the Church, "Lifelong Love Affair: How to Have a Passionate and Deeply Rewarding Marriage" by Jimmy Evans and Frank Martin and more.

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  • The National Catholic Reporter, an independent, lay-led Catholic newspaper, released “12 women making a difference,” a list identifying 12 American Catholic women under the age of 40 whose work will have an affect on the Church.
    The article is part of NCR’s Women Today” special section in the July 6-19, 2012, issue.??The list includes Alison McCrary, lawyer and religious sister with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph; Beth Knobbe, campus minister at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University; Anita Vincent, catechist at a Montessori school in Pennsylvania; Shelly Roder, volunteer coordinator for the Midwest office of the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps; Molly Linehan, master’s student at Georgetown University; Neomi DeAnda, theologian and director of the Oscar Romero Scholars Program at Catholic Theological Union; Christin Jezak, actress and playwright; Christine Riley, project coordinator for the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services; Rachel Lustig, senior vice president of mission and ministry at Catholic Charities USA; Heather Mizeur, politician, 20th legislative district in the Maryland General Assembly; Karen Gargamelli, lawyer and part of the New York Catholic Worker community; and Leti Bueno, youth minister at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.??NCR appealed to readers, contributors and national organizations for nominations.
    “We had no idea what to expect when we sent word out to our network of contributors and friends that we were looking for names to add to this list of ‘impressive young Catholic women,’” said NCR editor Dennis Coday. “We were blown away by the response.”??Staff writer Zoe Ryan led the NCR editorial staff in reviewing the pool of candidates.
    “We received so many nominations that selecting only 12 took careful attention and many hours,” said Ryan. “We looked for a diversity of ministries, interests and careers to really showcase the impressive work of women who are passionate about their faith. I believe we found outstanding people.”
    -- ReligionNews.com
    Week in Religion
    July 3, 1979, 34 years after the end of World War II, the West German government voted to continue prosecution of Nazi war criminals by removing the statute of limitations on murder.
    July 4, 1831, Baptist clergyman Samuel Francis Smith penned the American patriotic hymn, "America" ("My Country Tis of Thee").
    July 5, 1963, in an instruction given by the Holy Office, disposal of the dead by cremation was officially granted sanction by the Catholic Church. (Belief in the resurrection of the dead had previously made cremation repugnant to many Christians.)
    -- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
    Good Book?
    "Lifelong Love Affair: How to Have a Passionate and Deeply Rewarding Marriage" by Jimmy Evans and Frank Martin
    God didn't create marriage to frustrate us, test us or to make us feel unworthy or inadequate. He created marriage to be the most fulfilling and sacred of all human covenants. It was designed to be passionate and rewarding and to meet our deepest needs and desires. And it was meant to last a lifetime. So how do you build an indestructible marriage that is filled with passion, purpose and excitement? Jimmy Evans shows couples how to embrace God's dream for their marriage; cultivate romance and fun; and fulfill each other's spiritual, emotional and sexual needs.
    Page 2 of 2 - -- Baker Publishing Group
    Quote of the week
    “I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.” -- Mother Teresa
    The Word
    United Church of Christ: A mainline Protestant denomination and the largest of the Congregationalist denominations. The word church is applied only to individual, local churches. Clergy members are known as ministers. Pastor is used if a minister leads a congregation.
    -- religionstylebook.com
    Religion Around the World
    Religious makeup of Bermuda (2000 census)
    Protestant: 52 percent
    Roman Catholic: 15 percent
    Other: 12 percent
    Unaffiliated: 6 percent
    Unspecified: 1 percent
    None: 14 percent
    - CIA Factbook
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