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  • Francis and the Miracle of the Icon

    09/12/2013 2:57:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Chiesa ^ | September 12, 2013 | Sandro Magister
    Why the pope placed at the center of the vigil for peace the most venerated image of the Mother of God preserved in Rome. A history of faith that goes back to Gregory the Great. The commentary of Father Innocenzo Gargano. ROME, September 12, 2013 – With the passing of the days the extraordinary nature of the vigil presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on the evening of Saturday, September 7 is becoming ever more perceptible. First of all, the reason: a day of fasting and prayer to call for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/12/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    9-12-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 132:13-18 O Lord, You have Chosen Jerusalem as Your Home; "This is My Permanent Home where I shall Live," You said, "For I have Always Wanted it this Way. I will Make this City Prosperous and Satisfy her Poor with Food. I will Clothe her Priests with Salvation; her Saints shall Shout for Joy. David's Power shall Grow, for I have Decreed for him a Mighty Son. I'll Clothe His enemies with Shame, but He shall be a Glorious King."
  • School Says No To God For Project; Mother Furious

    09/12/2013 7:50:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 37 replies
    News Channel 3 ^ | September 11, 2013 | Candace McCowan
    Memphis mother Erica Shead said she was angry after her 10-year-old daughter Erin, told her Wednesday, she wasn’t allowed to write about God for a school assignment. “It was so cute and innocent. She talked about how God created the earth and how she’s doing the best she can,” said Shead. Erin is a student at Lucy Elementary. Shead said Erin was told she can’t use God as an idol for the assignment. She said her daughter was told to start over and pick another idol. “But my teacher said I couldn’t write about God. She said It has something...
  • Dies Irae

    09/12/2013 6:59:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies ^ | September 11, 2013 | Donald McClarey
    DIES IRAE Day of wrath, day that will dissolve the world into burning coals, as David bore witness with the Sibyl. How great a tremor is to be, when the judge is to come briskly shattering every (grave). A trumpet sounding an astonishing sound through the tombs of the region drives all (men) before the throne. Death will be stunned and (so) will Nature, when arises (man) the creature responding to the One judging. The written book will be brought forth, in which the whole (record of evidence) is contained whence the world is to be judged. Therefore when the...
  • Putin: Obama's Conviction that U.S. Nation is Exceptional is Dangerous, God Created Us Equal

    09/12/2013 6:02:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/12/13
    Moscow/Washington, September 12, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin considers dangerous U.S. President Barack Obama's conviction that the U.S. nation is exceptional in some way. "I carefully studied [Obama's] address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States' policy is 'what makes America different. It's what makes us exceptional'. It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," Putin said in an article published in the Wednesday issue of The New York Times. "There are big countries and small...
  • Shrinking the Papal Monarchy

    09/11/2013 2:13:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 11, 2013 | David G. Bonagura, Jr.
    Since he assumed the Great Mantle in March, much has been written about the simplicity and humility of Pope Francis. Francis has abandoned many of the external trappings that accompanied the papacy in recent times – red shoes, Mercedes Benz, gold pectoral cross, ermine mozzetta, residence in the apostolic palace – in favor of more ordinary options. And now he’s announced a coming encyclical on voluntary poverty in the Church. Some have judged the pope’s actions to represent a new type of thinking and operating inside the world’s oldest monarchy, a shift from the regality of princes to the simplicity...
  • Pope Francis and Syrian intervention

    09/11/2013 1:13:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | September 10, 2013 | SHEILA GRIBBENS LIAUGMINAS
    On the Saturday before Labor Day, President Obama announced his decision to intervene in Syria and seek congressional authorization for military strikes.  The next day, Pope Francis devoted his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter's to an appeal for peace, and a plan to seek global intercession for a nonviolent resolution. With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter...
  • Catholic League urges veto of 'discriminatory' Calif. abuse bill

    09/11/2013 8:40:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | September 11, 2013
    Sacramento, Calif., Sep 11, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto an abuse lawsuit bill that is “flagrantly discriminatory” and “targeted at the Catholic Church,” says Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. “Going after the Catholic schools today for cases of abuse that took place decades ago, while exempting the public schools – at a time when there is a serious problem with the sexual molestation of minors in the public schools – is irrational, discriminatory and grossly unjust,” the Catholic League president said in a Sept. 10 letter to...
  • Nuncio: “Syrians were moved by the participation of the whole world in their suffering”

    09/10/2013 5:58:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 9, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, left, joins church leaders and worshipers in a prayer service at the Melkite patriarchate Cathedral of the Dormition in Damascus, Syria, Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Khaled al Hariri, Reuters) As tens of thousands joined Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square for the prayer vigil for peace in Syria on Saturday evening—and even more watched on TV or streaming online—a similar event took place in Damascus’ Cathedral of the Dormition. AsiaNews has a report on the event: Interviewed by AsiaNews, Msgr. Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in Damascus, defines the Day of Prayer as an exceptional event...
  • Tony Abbott, a Student Priest, Who Works in Indigenous Communities [Australian PM]

    09/09/2013 6:42:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    News Limited Network ^ | 9/9/13 | Sarah Blake
    HE's the one time student priest who quit in frustration with the church, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage whose lesbian sister wants him to change his views, an ambitious political hardhead who quietly spends a week a year helping in remote indigenous communities. Australia's 28th prime minister may be a man of contradictions, but one certainty is that Tony Abbott has worked towards his new position for much of his adult life. Mr Abbott was born in London in 1957 to Dick and Fay Abbott, moving to Sydney in 1960 through an assisted migration scheme. Raised in an observant...
  • Social Justice, Economic Literacy, and the Minimum Wage

    09/09/2013 2:32:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Mirror of Justice ^ | 9/9/2013 | Greg Sisk
    One of the challenges to achieving social justice by including a significant measure of government regulation of the private sector is to ensure that the secondary economic effects are considered in advance and do not threaten to undermine the primary effects sought to be achieved.  Until recent years, the bishops in the United States had a tendency to endorse government-centric platforms for social justice with little attention to or awareness of economic incentives, disincentives, collateral consequences, etc.  In more recent years, the bishops have appreciated the necessary prudential judgment that goes into evaluating the right mix of public and private,...
  • An Evil Brew

    09/09/2013 1:13:41 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 15 replies
    paper prepared by author timothy longman ^ | may 11-13-1997 | timothy longman
    An Evil Brew Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda "In 1994, the small East African state of Rwanda was torn by one of the century's most brutal waves of ethnic and political violence. In a three month period from April to June, the Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR), working with trained civilian militia, systematically massacred as many as 1 million of the country's 7.7 million people. The primary targets of the violence were members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group, who were chased from their homes, gathered in churches and other public buildings, ostensibly for their protection, then methodically murdered, first...
  • Drug Control is a Catholic Moral Imperative

    09/09/2013 1:05:35 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 88 replies
    Vivificat - from Contemplation to Action ^ | 9 September, 2013 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Teófilo de Jesús Brethren: Peace be with you. Drug control and enforcement – what some call “prohibition” – is necessary to protect freedom and liberty where it is most vulnerable: at the level of the individual human being. Thus, the dual exercise of freedom and responsibility constitute defining characteristics of human beings as distinct from brute animals. The abuse of legal and illegal drugs destroys individual freedom and also a person’s ability to with full consciousness of one’s personal responsibility to live in harmony with others in society. Liberalizing drug controls and decreasing enforcement will lead to a culture of...
  • Atlanta Catholic church calls for immigration overhaul

    09/09/2013 11:28:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 40 replies ^ | September 8, 2013 | Jeremy Redmon
    Atlanta’s Cathedral of Christ the King joined a nationwide Catholic campaign Sunday in calling for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the U.S. Deacon Gerald Zukauckas delivered Sunday’s homily, urging parishioners to get involved in pushing for a floor vote on immigration legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Catholic churches across the nation were expected to deliver similar messages at Masses Sunday. “Our moral tradition based upon our Catholic social justice calls on all people of faith and good will to stand up in defense of life and...
  • US parishes emphasize immigration reform at Sunday Masses

    09/09/2013 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 44 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 09, 2013 | CWN
    Dioceses across the United States placed special emphasis on immigration during Masses on Sunday, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. September 8 had been selected by the US bishops' conference as a day for special focus on the question of immigration. The nationwide campaign was complicated when Pope Francis asked for a worldwide campaign of prayer for peace in Syria during the same weekend. In some dioceses, plans for a campaign to muster Catholic support for immigration reform were set aside temporarily, as parishes joined in the Pope's campaign of prayers for peace. In Arizona, Bishop Gerald...
  • Christian Values-Based Alternative to Boy Scouts Launched

    09/09/2013 9:33:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    A national coalition launched this weekend a new scouting organization, Trail Life USA, based on Christian values and principles as an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which lifted its age-old ban on gay youth in May. Over 1,200 former BSA officials, parents and youth representing 44 U.S. states launched the new Christian-based program at a national convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday night, NBC News reported. "Most of us are coming from a highly-structured environment that has 103 years of culture and language and program and symbols … and we are starting from scratch," John Stemberger, a...
  • Catholic church calls for immigration reform

    09/09/2013 9:00:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 31 replies
    KTVL Oregon ^ | Sept 9, 2013 | Jessica De Nova/
    MEDFORD, Ore.-Some Medford Catholic parishioners may hear talk of Comprehensive Immigration Reform from the pulpit. One Sacred Heart Parish Pastor said U.S. Bishops and the local Diocese have asked priests to tell congregations to consider their Catholic values when talking to legislators about the country's immigration laws. "As a pastor I also see some of the challenges that people face particularly when families are split apart because of immigration [...] I know that our current system is broken and it needs to be fixed," said Father Kenneth Sampson. Roman Catholic Bishops across the nation have called for immigration reforms that...
  • U.S. Infanticide Just as Ungodly as Syrian Genocide

    09/09/2013 8:45:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 9, 2013 | JP
    “Well over 1,000 people were murdered; several hundred were children,” said President Barack Obama. “These appalling violations against children must stop and those carrying them out held accountable,” read a report from Save the Children. “The great tragedy of this century; a disgraceful humanitarian calamity,” declared Antonio Gutteres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. How ironic the outpouring of outrage over the mass murder of children at the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime when there is barely a peep about the mass murder of unborn children here in the United States. The killing of several hundred children in Syria’s...
  • Dallas church offers prayers for immigration reform

    09/09/2013 8:16:18 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 31 replies
    KHOU Houston ^ | September 8, 2013 | SHON GABLES
    DALLAS — In the parking lot outside St. Patrick Catholic Church in Northeast Dallas, the Rev. Josef Vollmer-König greets his parishoners with hugs and good wishes. "Have a good day; God bless you!" he said with a grin. Rev. Vollmer-König is proud of his church's diversity. In fact, he challenges a visitor to name a country and says it is likely that one of his members will represent the location. Senait Kalleb, from East Africa is proof of that. "Its a very welcoming church", Kalleb said. "We have a lot of diversity here." But she's not the only foreigner. So...
  • Tea Party Catholic: Connecting Religious Liberty and Economic Freedom

    09/09/2013 7:30:51 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    SacBee ^ | 09/09/2013 | The Acton Institute
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 9, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his new book, Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing (The Crossroad Publishing Co., 2013), Samuel Gregg, director of research for the Acton Institute, draws on Catholic social teaching and the thought of Charles Carroll of colonial Maryland – the only Catholic Signer of America's Declaration of Independence – to make a powerful case for the enduring value of economic freedom and the role it plays in sustaining America's unique experiment in political and religious liberty. In Tea Party Catholic, Gregg poses...
  • L.A. Archbishop again takes immigration reform to Mass

    09/09/2013 6:56:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 8, 2013 | Samantha Schaefer
    <p>In a homily stressing the need for immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said Sunday that immigration is not only a political issue, but also a spiritual one that is at the root of what it means to be a Catholic.</p>
  • [Indonesia] West Aceh , Protestant pastor and four Christians arrested for proselytizing

    09/09/2013 5:58:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/9/2013
    TheSharia " Police " and security officials in the district of West Aceh , the Indonesian province where Islamic law is in force , arrested Pastor Hendri Budi Kusumo and four other people , members of the Indonesian Mission Evangelist Church ( GMII ) . The incident occurred last week, but only emerged in the past hours. According to reports the religious police - in charge of enforcing Islamic rules and customs - accused the five of "proselytism" , because they were trying to " convert Muslims to Christianity in the area of Aceh. " Confirmation of the arrest comes...
  • Politicians Told Not to Seek Holy Communion After Pro-Abortion Vote in Irish Parliament

    09/08/2013 1:37:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 9/8/13 | Staff Writers
    Government deputies say they were pilloried from the pulpitIrish politicians who backed the recent change in abortion laws were told not to seek Holy Communion by members of the clergy. The Sunday Independent reports that several government representatives have confirmed they were ‘discouraged’ from receiving the sacrament. They believe they were warned off seeking communion by priests angry at the government’s support for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. The paper says that a number of deputies, particularly in rural areas, said priests had warned them off from seeking Communion if they voted in favour of the Protection of...
  • Poll: any "illegal immigration" sermons at Worship today? [REFORMED/EVANGELICAL CAUCUS]

    09/08/2013 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    I'm curious to hear if anyone heard a pro-amnesty or pro-immigration-reform message in worship today. Note: this is a Reformed/Evangelical Caucus thread. Meaning if you are anything but a currently practicing Reformed or Evangelical Christian, please feel free to read...but don't post. And for those who are Reformed and Evangelical Christians, please do not post or make comments about other believers.
  • Week of Prayer for Syria -- Prayer Thread -- let us continue to pray [Ecumenical]

    09/08/2013 8:38:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies ^ | August/September 2013 | Pope Francis at the Vatican
    Week of Prayer for Syria: Day 1Hear the outcry of the Syrian people ·         Rome, August 30, 2013 ( | The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need was planning to organize a prayer campaign for Syria in October, a month dedicated to Our Lady and the month of the rosary. But with the news being reported and the decisions being made in the last few days, the charity has decided to begin the week of prayer today.(Phrases in quotes in the prayers have been sent to Aid to the Church in Need from people in Syria. Some...
  • Fatima and World Peace (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    09/08/2013 5:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 8, 2013
    The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 in the midst of World War I and at the outset of the Soviet “October Revolution” have had long-range historical effects.The prelude to the Fatima apparitions was the appearance in the spring of 1916 of an angel, who identified himself as the “angel of peace” to three Portuguese children: Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. The angel appeared to them again in the summer, telling them that heaven had “designs of mercy” and teaching them to offer prayers and sacrifices. He appeared a third time in the fall, offering the children the Eucharist.The...
  • "Has Anyone Wept?": Pope Francis and the Cry for Peace

    09/07/2013 10:23:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    CatholicPulse ^ | September 07, 2013 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    "Has Anyone Wept?": Pope Francis and the Cry for Peace by Kathryn Jean Lopez Pope Francis has called on Catholics around the world and “other Christian brethren,” “brethren of other religions,” and “men and women of good will” to join him in fasting and prayer this weekend. As the United States debates military strikes against Syria, the Holy Father pleads for peace. (snip) In his appeal, Pope Francis said: I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its...
  • Do I go to mass tomorrow, and listen to a homily advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants? (Vanity)

    09/07/2013 3:59:35 PM PDT · by steelhead_trout · 226 replies
    Have head that tomorrow, September 8, parish priests, on order from their dioceses, will give homilies that unabashadly advocate amnesty for illegal aliens, that is, support the Obama administration's policy in this area. Last week's homily was, in my church, a taste of this; the priest worked (snuck?) the subject of immigration and immigrants into the homily. Since I've returned to the faith from a somewhat lapsed status over 4 years ago, I've endeavored not to miss any days of obligation. But I remember way back in 1982 when a priest gave an over-the-top homily supporting the nuclear "freeze" movement....
  • USCCB Immigration Pandering - Ulterior Motives Exposed (Catholic Caucus)

    09/07/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 15 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | Aug 25, 2013 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    The US Senate has already come up with its excuse of an "immigration reform" bill. Led by Harry Reid and enabled by the "Gang of Eight (now including Marco Rubio)", this bill does nothing in terms of securing the southern border and dealing with the illegal aliens who are already here. They understand that a similar bill does not have a snowball's chance in hell of ever getting passed. Thus the progressives, from Obama on down, are trying a different strategy. They just want the House to pass some sort of immigration bill. Once this bill is passed, it will...
  • Vatican stand on Syria explained at briefing for diplomats

    09/07/2013 3:43:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 6, 2013 | Diogenes
    At a September 5 briefing for diplomats accredited to the Holy See, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti explained the Vatican’s stand regarding the civil war in Syria and the threat of US military intervention. Archbishop Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, reminded the assembled ambassadors that Pope Francis has repeatedly called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria, which has already resulted in the death of over 100,000 civilians and driven 2 million people into exile. “Faced with facts of this type, one cannot remain silent,” he said. Ending the violence is an “absolute priority,” the archbishop said. He...
  • Schedule for Papal Prayer Vigil [EWTN to provide live feed]

    09/07/2013 3:21:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | September 6, 2013 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    Here is the schedule for tomorrow's papal prayer vigil as of Friday evening. 5:45 pm (Rome time) — About 50 priests will begin hearing confession in designated areas under the Bernini colonnades. Pope Francis has asked that the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) be made available throughout the evening because “true peace springs from a heart that is reconciled with God and one’s brothers and sisters.” 6:30 pm — A reader will read Pope Francis' September 1 Angelus address in which he called for the Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace. 7 pm — Vigil begins – The Pope will...
  • Holy Land joins Pope Francis' day of prayer for peace in Syria, Mideast

    09/07/2013 3:11:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 6, 2013
    2013-09-06 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) On Saturday, Christians in the Holy Land will be observing the day called by Pope Francis for fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. The Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land together with the Latin Parish in Jerusalem have invited all Christians there to join in the observances to pray for peace in the Middle East, Syria and Egypt. Auxiliary Bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, William Shomali told Tracey McClure “we took very seriously this wish of his Holiness. The Catholics of Jerusalem will meet at Gethsemane Church on Saturday evening at...
  • Russia Calls for Protection of Christian Holy Places in Maalula [Syria]

    09/06/2013 6:19:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/6/13
    Moscow, September 6, Interfax - The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the attempts made by the armed opposition in Syria to take over the city of Maalula, a symbol of the Christian presence in Syria. "Moscow is deeply concerned over the fact that terrorist attacks in Syria have affected Maalula, a symbol of the Christian presence in this country. Its residents speak the Aramaic language, which is almost extinct and is the language in which Jesus Christ preached, and the churches located in this city are among the oldest and most honored churches of Christians," the Russian Foreign...
  • The Case That Destroyed Marriage

    09/06/2013 5:25:12 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 12 replies
    First Things ^ | Sept. 6, 2013 | Wesley J Smith
    How did marriage lose most of its meaning? How has it gone from being regarded as an institution that formed the conjugal bond, established nuclear families, knit vital social ties across extended familial units, and forged the necessary social cohesion for the sheltering and rearing of children, to a more-or-less optional affirmation of love? True, the same-sex marriage debate has rekindled some interest in the institution and its purposes. But that imbroglio seems more like the last flaring of a star before it goes cold rather than a true rekindling. The weakening of the institution has been ongoing for so...
  • Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

    09/06/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    cna ^ | September 5, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Francis leads Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter's Basilica, June 2, 2013. Credit Alan Holdren/CNA. Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A five-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held this Saturday, will be the largest the Vatican has seen in years, according to the Holy See’s press director. “I’ve been here for 23 years and I remember gatherings for peace in Assisi, but I don’t remember anything with this dimension in Saint Peter’s Square,” Fr. Federico Lombardi told a gathering of journalists Sept. 5....
  • Catholic Church relieves its ambassador in Dominican Republic amid official investigation

    09/06/2013 10:01:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Washington Post ^ | September 4, 2013 | AP
    <p>SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Authorities in the Dominican Republic will look into allegations of child sex abuse against the papal envoy to the Caribbean country following his abrupt removal from his post by the Vatican, the attorney general said Wednesday.</p>
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/05/2013 2:30:57 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    9-5-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 52:8 I Trust in the Mercy of God Forever and Ever.
  • Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit

    09/05/2013 2:02:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 5, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin of Russia as he prepares to host this year's G20 summit in St. Petersburg. Below is the full text of the Pope's letter to President Putin. To His ExcellencyMr Vladimir PutinPresident of the Russian Federation "In the course of this year, you have the honour and the responsibility of presiding over the Group of the twenty largest economies in the world. I am aware that the Russian Federation has participated in this group from the moment of its inception and has always had a positive role to...
  • Vatican readmits leftist thinking

    09/05/2013 12:53:52 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 52 replies
    The Times (Australian) ^ | September 6, 2013 | James Bone
    THE Vatican has begun a historic move to rehabilitate the leftist Catholic movement known as “liberation theology” as the Pope refocuses the church on the poor. L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper, devoted its centre spread to defending the virtues of liberation theology, which had been anathema since the Cold War. “With a Latin American Pope, liberation theology could not remain for long in the shadows to which it has been relegated for some years, at least in Europe,” wrote Ugo Sartorio, a priest and editor of a Catholic magazine. Father Sartorio even argued in his piece yesterday that, while...
  • Catholic priests to advocate for immigration reform during Sunday services

    09/05/2013 5:59:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies ^ | September 5, 2013 | Rev. Alexander Santora
    The plight of the some 11 million undocumented in the U.S. has prompted the U.S. Catholic Bishops to mount a campaign for immigration reform this Sunday. Building on their long tradition of supporting and protecting immigrants, large Catholic dioceses like New York and Los Angeles -- meccas for immigrants throughout U.S. history -- will join others like Newark to preach and enlist the support of the people in the pew to advocate for reform. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI struck that chord when he addressed the bishops of the United States in 2012: "With great generosity continue to welcome waves of...
  • Does a Falling Tree Make a Sound if the Word ‘Tree’ Is Banned?

    09/04/2013 2:56:57 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 3rd, 2013 | Michael Leedon
    Tyrants have always wanted to control the minds of their subjects, which is why the schools are so important for the future of liberty.  Once the state gets its claws on the schools, it imposes texts and curricula that enhance its power and advance its ideology.  The advocates of statism understand this well, and they are willing to fight violently to maintain and extend their control. The Europeans are a tempo ahead of us in this very nasty business, but our guys are doing their best to catch up.  A recent story deals with American injustice working in tandem with...
  • Pope Francis Bows to Jordan's Muslim Queen, Breaks Protocol

    09/04/2013 7:53:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/04/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Pope Francis bowed before Queen Rania of Jordon, who was visiting the Vatican with her husband, King Abdullah II, breaking once again with protocol that requires visitors to bow to him when they see him at the Holy See. "Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope's shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became pope and is not interested in protocol," U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph quoted a senior Vatican official as saying. The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide bowed to Queen...
  • Atheists Exempt From Reciting Pledge of Allegiance Still Seek to Stop it at Schools

    09/04/2013 7:46:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/04/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Alliance Defending Freedom and the Massachusetts Family Institute have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in response to a lawsuit from atheist students and parents who want to stop the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools – even though they are not required to participate. "The Pledge of Allegiance shouldn't be banned merely because someone who is not even required to recite it feels offended," said MFI Executive Vice President Andrew Beckwith. "The Pledge unites Americans. The court should uphold the lower court's ruling and refuse to divide Americans by silencing a voluntary exercise of patriotism just because a...

    09/03/2013 5:58:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | September 3, 2013 | CARSON HOLLOWAY
    On Saturday, President Obama laid out his case for a proper American response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The president’s case, however, is shot through with inconsistencies. The most glaring of these, as Matthew Frank points out in a very informative post at National Review Online, is legal or constitutional.As Franck observes, Obama bizarrely claims to be seeking congressional “authorization” for military action in Syria while at the same time claiming that he, as president, already possesses the “authority” to order it. But a president does not need to seek authorization for something he has the authority...
  • Vatican official fears Syrian conflict could explode into world war

    09/03/2013 5:47:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 3, 2013
    The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace told Vatican Radio that “the conflict in Syria has all the ingredients to explode into a war of global dimensions.” Asked to comment on “the fear expressed by many voices in the Church that an attack on Syria would extend the violence throughout the region,” Archbishop Mario Toso said that the Pope has condemned “war that is conducted with the use of indiscriminate weapons and affects primarily the defenseless civilian population. It is never the use of violence that leads to peace." “No one would come out of it unharmed...
  • Pope Francis calls for day of prayer and fasting over Syrian conflict

    09/03/2013 2:53:52 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | September 1, 2013
    To robust applause from the gathered faithful, Pope Francis called Sunday for a day of prayer and fasting over the violence in Syria. Devoting the totality of his weekly remarks in St. Peter's Square to the civil war in Syria, Francis invited "all men of good will" to join with Catholics on September 7 to take part in the prayer and fasting.
  • Russell Kirk on Social Justice, 1954

    09/03/2013 11:13:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Bradley J. Birzer
    In the early to mid 1950s, especially after publishing The Conservative Mind, Kirk began to develop his own own three pillars of a good society, “Order, Justice, and Freedom” as he would frequently put it in the 1970s and 1980s. In this 1954 article (excerpts below), published in the University of Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Kirk–fully within the Christian Humanist tradition–considered the virtue of Justice from a classical as well as a Christian perspective. Harmony, not contention, brought together the two traditions. Only a true Justice–the recognition of “giving each man his due”–would allow the flourishing of a well-ordered...
  • Pope Francis meets Jewish leaders

    09/03/2013 5:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 3, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday wished Jews around the world a sweet and peaceful year 5774, called for increased dialogue among the world’s religious communities and opposed fundamentalism in any faith. During his first private audience with an international Jewish leader since being elected Catholic pontiff in March, Francis asked World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder to convey his New Year message to Jewish communities world-wide and said he also needed a sweet year because of the important decisions lying ahead. Using the Hebrew words for ‘Happy New Year’, Pope Francis wished a "Shana Tova" and...
  • China thanks Pope for his appeal for peace in Syria

    09/02/2013 8:35:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | September 2, 2013
    Beijing ( AsiaNews) - The appeal of Pope Francis for peace in Syria "is wise and true, and we Chinese are with him . We do not want to see conflicts in the Middle East any longer, we are opposed to any attack by the United States against the government Damascus. As the pontiff said War begets war, violence begets violence.' Pope Francis, thank you for these words".  These are the thoughts of two senior Chinese government officials, who want to remain anonymous who have spoken to AsiaNews about Francis' appeal at yesterday's Angelus and more generally the figure...
  • Patriarch Kirill: West Trying to "Reformat" Russia

    09/02/2013 6:24:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/2/13
    Smolensk, September 2, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia insisted on Saturday that Russia defend its values against alleged Western attempts to make the country scrap them. "Not formal sovereignty but real sovereignty - the ability to defend one's point of view in the international arena even if it doesn't coincide with the opinion of the most powerful of countries," Patriarch Kirill said at a meeting with students in Smolensk, where he is on a pastoral visit. "Today there are many people in the world who are annoyed by our sovereignty," he said, citing one foreign politicians...