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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on July 30, 2013.

eNewsletter Subject: Nature and Nature's God

As I write this I am entering on my most relaxed week of the year, during which I will keep up with only the tasks essential to our apostolate. But let me acquaint you very briefly with what we have already begun to cover on this week.

First, of course, the world is abuzz with Pope Francis' efforts to send a message of mercy to those to whom Catholic teaching and sacramental practice can sometimes seem harsh: persons with same-sex orientation and couples who are divorced and remarried. In general, it goes without saying that the secular press has got this all wrong. But the initiative is still striking.

See Phil Lawler's analysis: Homosexuality and forgiveness: The Pope's surprising message. And please note his City Gates question: Was the Pope imprudent to talk about homosexuality?

Pope Francis is now back from World Youth Day, where up to three million people heard him preach. He has offered so many addresses and homilies in recent days that I will not list them all. But you should sample them. The best way to do that is to visit our library page. A little way down the main part of the page, you'll see view top [5] [10] [20]. Select 20, and you'll see what is mostly a list of linked titles for the Pope's recent messages....

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