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  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - August 22, 2017 [Prayer]

    08/21/2017 11:00:36 PM PDT · by 4Godsoloved..Hegave · 8 replies
    Free Republic ^ | August 22, 2017 | Free Republic Intercessor
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-17, M, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2017 8:51:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 08-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 22, 2017 Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Jgs 6:11-24aThe angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth in Ophrahthat belonged to Joash the Abiezrite.While his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine pressto save it from the Midianites,the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said,"The LORD is with you, O champion!"Gideon said to him, "My Lord, if the LORD is with us,why has all this happened to us?Where are his wondrous deeds of which our fatherstold us when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us...
  • Bishop calls those who disagree with Maltese guidelines on Communion ‘prophets of doom’

    08/21/2017 8:28:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | August 21, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    One of Malta’s two bishops recently criticized individuals opposed to the bishops’ guidelines giving tacit approval of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, calling them “prophets of doom.” Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said these doomsters want to affirm God’s justice by controlling his mercy, the Times of Malta reported. And he said they negatively affect the Church, stating, “Attitudes of this type annihilate all hope in people and make the Church what it is not, and what it should never be.” The article said his “prophets of doom” comments were in reference to the new way of dealing with divorced...
  • Pope Says Migrants' Rights Should Override National Security Concerns

    08/21/2017 7:32:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/17 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged political leaders on Monday to defend migrants, saying their safety should take precedence over national security concerns and that they should not be subjected to collective deportations. His challenge to politicians, made in a comprehensive position paper on migrants and refugees, again appeared to put him at odds with the restrictive policies of a number of governments dealing with growing popular anti-immigrant sentiment. "Solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return," he said in a message ahead of the Roman...
  • Pope Encourages Methodists and Waldensians to Walk Path to Full Christian Unity

    08/21/2017 7:27:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/21/17
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged Methodist and Waldensian Churches to continue to walk together with the Catholic Church on the path towards full Christian unity pointing out that in a world lacerated by violence and fear it is all the more important to live and to convey the Christian message of welcome and fraternity. The Pope’s words of friendship and closeness came in a message on Monday to the annual Synod of the Italian Methodist and Waldensian Churches taking place in Torre Pellice - near Turin - from 20 to 25 August. Recalling recent encounters between the Churches and...
  • Trudeau: Abortion Should Be a ‘Human Right’ in Ireland

    08/21/2017 7:21:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/21/17 | Staff Reporter
    The Canadian PM urged his Irish counterpart to support 'reproductive rights'Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told his Irish counterpart that abortion in Ireland should be a “human right”. At a three-day meeting between Mr Trudeau and Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, the two leaders spoke about Mr Varadkar’s plan to hold a referendum next year to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution, which protects the right to life of the unborn child. “We discussed the issue of abortion, which I know is an important issue for a lot of campaigners for women’s rights in Canada,” the taoiseach...
  • Putin Proposes Creating 'Russian Mecca' in Khersones

    08/21/2017 7:11:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/21/17
    Sevastopol, August 21, Interfax - A 'Russian Mecca' ought to be set up in Khersones since the town has become a basis for the consolidation of the Russian statehood, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "A Russian Mecca should be created here. It's not that Prince Vladimir was baptized here, but after that, it was here that the consolidation of the centralized Russian state began," Putin said during his meeting with scientists in the Tauric Chersonese (aka Khersones Tavrichesky) National Preserve. He said that they united basing on one market, one language, one faith and the prince's authority. "Here are four...
  • Rescuing Syriac Manuscripts in Iraq

    08/21/2017 7:08:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Ancient Near East Today | Amir Harrak
    The so-called Islamic State invaded Mosul and the Plain of Nineveh in the north of Iraq in August 2014, destroying people, especially minorities, centuries-old religious and civil buildings, and cultural heritages, including collections of manuscripts owned privately or by institutions. The octagonal martyrion of Mār-Behnam built during the 6th century to commemorate this Christian man martyred at the hands of Zoroastrian Sassanians was dynamited, along with its lapidary art and Syriac, Armenian, Arabic, and Uighur inscriptions. In the nearby monastery which was renovated during the 13th century with the best late Abbasside art, all Christian symbols, along with human and...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, 06-21-17

    08/21/2017 6:54:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 06-21-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Vocation of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga | Guercino Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Saint of the Day for June 21 (March 9, 1568 – June 21, 1591)  Saint Aloysius Gonzaga’s Story The Lord can make saints anywhere, even amid the brutality and license of Renaissance life. Florence was the “mother of piety” for Aloysius Gonzaga despite his exposure to a “society of fraud, dagger, poison, and lust.” As a son of a princely family, he grew up in royal courts and army camps. His father wanted Aloysius to be a military hero.At age 7 Aloysius experienced...
  • Aleppo’s Melkite Archbishop Looks to Rebuild City From the Ashes

    08/21/2017 6:50:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/10/17 | CNA
    St. Louis, Mo., Aug 11, 2017 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Syrian city of Aleppo lost over half its Christian population during the conflict among government forces and various rebel groups, its Melkite archbishop is determined to rebuild from the ashes. “Dear friends, I am determined now, more than ever – and like I have never done before – to apply myself and to act in order to restore the Christian prestige of our ancestral city, Aleppo, pearl of the East and the West, cradle of the civilizations and Christianity, the birthplace of cultures,” Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Paulinus of Nola, 06-20-17

    08/21/2017 6:42:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 06-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass window of Saint Paulinus | photo by Tiroler GlasmalereiSaint Paulinus of Nola Saint of the Day for June 20 (354 – June 22, 431)  Saint Paulinus of Nola’s Story Anyone who is praised in the letters of six or seven saints undoubtedly must be of extraordinary character. Such a person was Paulinus of Nola, correspondent and friend of Saints Augustine, Jerome, Melania, Martin, Gregory the Great, and Ambrose.Born near Bordeaux, he was the son of the Roman prefect of Gaul, who had extensive property in both Gaul and Italy. Paulinus became a...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Romuald, 06-19-17

    08/21/2017 4:43:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 06-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Fresco of Saint Romuald | In the Dominican Cloister of Saint Mark, Florence, Italy | Fra AngelicoSaint Romuald Saint of the Day for June 19 (c. 950 – June 19, 1027)  Saint Romuald’s Story In the midst of a wasted youth, Romuald watched his father kill a relative in a duel over property. In horror he fled to a monastery near Ravenna. After three years, some of the monks found him to be uncomfortably holy and eased him out.Romuald spent the next 30 years going about Italy, founding monasteries and hermitages. He longed to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Papal confidant: Pope Francis allowed communion for adulterers ‘in a discreet way’

    08/21/2017 4:09:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | August 21, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    A close papal adviser and the rumored ghostwriter of Amoris Laetitia said Pope Francis allowed Communion for adulterers "in a discreet way" through the document's most controversial footnote.  Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, the author of Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing and the rector of the Catholic University in Buenos Aires, made the comments in the theological journal of the Latin American bishops. In the same article, he admitted that the pope's attempts to change sacramental practice to allow sacrilege failed at being subtle.   "Entitled 'Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia: What Remains After the Storm,' it gives Fernández’s most systematic defense of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop Fernández Defends ‘Amoris Laetitia’ From Its Critics

    08/21/2017 4:01:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 21, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The ghostwriter of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation says the Holy Father wanted to discreetly change the Church’s pastoral practice on a key part of the Church’s moral teaching, while a prominent English Dominican calls for a procedure to correct papal errors in the document. One of Pope Francis closest advisers has publicly responded for the first time to trenchant criticisms of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, insisting that, on the issue of remarried divorcees receiving Holy Communion, the Pope intended to discreetly change pastoral practice by taking into account the importance of responsibility and culpability in complex cases.
  • Maronites celebrate Bishop Shaheen’s ‘extraordinary life’

    08/21/2017 11:39:16 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 2 replies
    St. Louis Review ^ | August 17, 2017 | Jennifer Brinker
    Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, the first Maronite priest to be ordained in the United States and a priest and bishop in St. Louis for a half-century, died Aug. 9. Bishop Shaheen, who celebrated his 80th birthday in June, was the second bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, headquartered in St. Louis. He retired in 2013. A celebration of the Divine Liturgy (funeral) was held Aug. 16 at St. Raymond Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis. He will be buried Monday, Aug. 21, from St. Anthony Maronite Church in his hometown of Danbury, Conn. "We pray...
  • Pope Francis calls for a shared response to challenge of contemporary migration

    08/21/2017 11:21:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | August 21, 2107 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis’ message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released on Monday under the title, “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees. In the message the Pope calls for a shared response to the challenges of contemporary migration, adding that "in order to achieve the desired outcome, the contribution of political communities and civil societies is indispensable." Listen to our report: Shared response In the message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees the Pope says that “The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Peripatetic Popes

    08/21/2017 10:55:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 21, 2017 | Brad Miner
    Then there are all those papal visits to many sovereign nations large and small, Catholic and not, that have made the former prisoners of the Vatican among the most well-traveled men in history. John Paul II journeyed 104 times, rolling up nearly three-quarters-of-a-million miles over the twenty-seven years of his pontificate. That was a big increase over Paul VI’s nine trips in fifteen years. Benedict XVI made many journeys too in his eight-year papacy, almost at the same pace as his illustrious predecessor, until he said, Nicht mehr. But where is it written that this must be so – that...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/21/2017 9:16:17 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/21/17)[Prayer]

    08/21/2017 7:38:26 AM PDT · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/21/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Ark of the Covenant, The Tabernacle, and The Temple 2 Chronicle 36 The Writing on the Wall 5 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father[a] had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple...
  • Iceland Is Not Alone in “Freezing Out” the Disabled

    08/21/2017 7:34:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Iceland Is Not Alone in “Freezing Out” the Disabled Msgr. Charles Pope • August 20, 2017 • Most of you have probably heard or read the reports trumpeting the “eradication” of Down syndrome in Iceland). The problem is that what is being termed “eradicating” the “problem” actually means that those with Down syndrome are being put to death. The celebratory language is all too similar to the way we once spoke of wiping out malaria by killing infected mosquitoes. But of course children in the womb are not mosquitoes; they are human beings, love and willed by God. Imagine...