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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
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | 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
    ajc.com ^ | 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/KTVL.com
    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...