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Caption: Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers during his Catholic Baseball Camp near Seattle. Using baseball to help boys and girls grow in faith and love of Jesus is the mission of the camp created by Sweeney, a longtime Major League Baseball player. (CNS/Stephen Brashear)
Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers during his Catholic Baseball Camp near Seattle. Using baseball to help boys and girls grow in faith and love of Jesus is the mission of the camp created by Sweeney, a longtime Major League Baseball player. (CNS/Stephen Brashear)
Former major league player shares baseball skills, deep faith at camp

By Jean Parietti
Catholic News Service

KENT, Wash. (CNS) -- After Anthony Adams received a baseball-bead rosary at Mike Sweeney Catholic Baseball Camp, he posted a photo of it on Instagram. "Like it if you love God and you like my baseball rosary," the 12-year-old wrote.

"It was very bold of him," said his mother, Silvia Adams of St. Anthony Parish in Renton. "I think Mike Sweeney has helped him to realize it's good and it's cool to love God, to just be outspoken about your faith."
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Caption: George Ayyad stands by his son, Jeries, of Gaza, in the intensive care unit of St. Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem July 30. Since the death of his wife in an Israeli missile attack on their house in Gaza City in late July, Ayyad has been keeping vigil over his son, who is in critical condition. (CNS/Debbie Hill)
George Ayyad stands by his son, Jeries, of Gaza, in the intensive care unit of St. Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem July 30. Since the death of his wife in an Israeli missile attack on their house in Gaza City in late July, Ayyad has been keeping vigil over his son, who is in critical condition. (CNS/Debbie Hill)
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-- The United States should do all it can to bring about an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, urges Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of the U.S. bishops.

-- Catholic leaders in the Holy Land call for an end to the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, while criticizing Israel's "collective punishment" of Palestinians.

-- Richard Jones, a Catholic Relief Services representative, outlines forces propelling the flight of youth and children from Central America and the programs CRS and other agencies have developed aimed at helping families remain intact in their home countries.

-- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Vatican ambassador to the U.S., exhorts Catholic educators to develop creative ways of countering the challenges secularism, materialism and relativism pose to youth today.

-- Archbishops William E. Lori of Baltimore and Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrating the opening and closing Masses of the U.S. bishops' conference's Fortnight for Freedom, highlight the many ways religious people and agencies serve the nation.


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