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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-26-14, M, Sts. Joachim and Anne, Parents, Bl. Virgin Mary

    07/25/2014 8:11:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2014Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Jer 7:1-11 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,and there proclaim this message:Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judahwho enter these gates to worship the LORD!Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:Reform your ways and your deeds,so that I may remain with you in this place.Put not your trust in the deceitful words:“This is the temple of the LORD!The temple of the LORD! The temple...
  • Against Walter Kasper (II)

    07/25/2014 7:45:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    The New York Times ^ | 7/25/14 | Ross Douthat
    Back in May, I offered some general comments on the question of communion for divorced and remarried Catholics which looms over the Synod on the Family scheduled for this autumn in Rome, and may represent one of the defining controversies of Pope Franciss pontificate and then wrote what was intended to be the first of two posts addressing Cardinal Walter Kaspers high-profile case for admitting the remarried to the sacrament. That post offered theological and sociological reasons to be skeptical of Kaspers broad suggestion, offered in an interview with the editors of Commonweal, that Catholic marriage generally is...
  • The Saint of the First Red Cross: St. Camillus of Lellis [Catholic Caucus]

    07/25/2014 7:04:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    WAU.org ^ | 07-2014 | Louise Perrotta
    The Saint of the First Red Cross St. Camillus of Lellis By: Louise PerrottaIf you’ve ever been tempted to think that you’re not cut out for sanctity, consider the case of Camillus of Lellis. Here is a saint—the patron of hospitals, health care workers, and the sick— whose burning love for God effected a widespread reform of patient care.“I’ll never forget the sight,” wrote one person who saw six-foot-six Camillus in action. “When he was attending a sick person, he looked like a hen with her chicks or like a mother at her child’s bedside.”And yet for the first...
  • Haiti - Religion : Voodoo an undeniable part of the culture of the Haitian people

    07/25/2014 2:14:05 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 1 replies
    Haiti Libre ^ | 07/25/2014 | Haiti Libre
    Following the controversy sparked by his remarks against voodoo, Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois specifies in a note, that the fragments of his interview published in The Guardian newspaper, does not accurately reflect his vision of voodoo. Without however put these "fragments" in the context of this interview, Cardinal Langlois today recognizes that voodoo is "an undeniable part of the culture of the Haitian people." Explanations of Cardinal Chibly Langlois : "1 - In an article in the British newspaper The Guardian Sunday, July 13, 2014 titled - Vodoo won’t save Haïti, says Cardinal - it was reported fragments of an...
  • Pope will visit Philadelphia in 2015 for World Meeting of Families

    07/25/2014 2:06:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 25, 2014 | Diogenes
    Archbishop Charles Chaput has disclosed the Pope Francis plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held September 2015 in Philadelphia. Although the Vatican has not made an official announcement, the Pope "has told me he is coming," Archbishop Chaput said. He said that the Pontiff would be in Philadelphia for the final 3 days of the meeting, September 25-27. (As a rule, the Vatican does not formally confirm papal trips until a few weeks before they take place.) The archbishop also announced that Pope St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Molla are the patron saints of...
  • The Explainer: Can Pope Francis be the protector of persecuted Christians?

    07/25/2014 1:46:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 25, 2014 | LUKE COPPEN
    Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim yesterday (via @bettapique) Yesterday Pope Francis received Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who is condemned to death, while pregnant, for alleged “apostasy”. The touching encounter gained worldwide media attention and, in the words of writer Fr Dwight Longenecker, enabled millions to “put a face to the thousands of persecuted Christians around the world“.The meeting also drew attention to the Pope’s role in raising awareness of Christian suffering. But what exactly is Francis doing and how effective is it?Why does the problem warrant the Pope’s attention?Even those who follow current affairs closely sometimes fail to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUIRINAL PALACE, 07-25-14

    07/25/2014 8:36:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUIRINAL PALACEBefore 1870, a papal residence where conclaves were held. Also used as a summer home. built by Pope Gregory in 1574, it was taken over by the Italian Government at the time of the confiscation of the Papal States. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Church Needs To Stop Taking Government Money

    07/25/2014 8:28:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 7/25/2014 | Elise Hilton
    Phil Lawler at CatholicCulture.org voices what should be obvious: that by taking federal money and grants, the Catholic Church has put herself in a very awkward place. Money from the government always comes with strings attached, and those strings have tied the hands of too many Catholics.Earlier this week, President Obama handed down an executive order that requires the cutting off of government funds from any organizations that discriminate against homosexual or transgendered persons. This executive order is not aimed solely at the Catholic Church; many others will lose federal contracts. The U.S. Catholic bishops have opposed this move, but...
  • Jesus is in the House! A Consideration of How Jesus Teaching Must Take Place in the Church

    07/25/2014 2:24:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/24/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the 13th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, which we are currently going through in daily Mass, there are a number of parables that Matthew seems to have collected from Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Among them are the parable of the sower, the parable of the wheat and tares, the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the yeast.Another structure employed by Matthew, likely recording the actual practice of Jesus, is the mention of  “the house.” Chapter 13 begins with Jesus going “out of the house,” and speaking to the crowd in parables. Midway through the chapter (verse 36), Jesus goes...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-14, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2014 8:59:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2014Feast of Saint James, Apostle  Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh....
  • "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic." (Friendly Friday Post, by David Ozab)

    07/24/2014 7:25:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | May 13, 2011 | Kurt Willems about David Ozab
    "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic." (Friendly Friday Post, by David Ozab) May 13, 2011 By Kurt Willems I am excited to have a post here by David Ozab. He is a writer and recently converted to Roman Catholicism. While I do not share his convictions, certainly it is beneficial to hear from others outside of our own sphere of experience. I am pleased to have his guest contribution on the blog…—————————————photo © 2005 Jo N | more info (via: Wylio) There was once a guy who was stranded on a deserted island. After many years, a passing ship found him....
  • EWTN to open new studio at Orange County cathedral

    07/24/2014 7:11:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 7/24/2014
    On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange's Christ Cathedral. As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our communitys energy and faithful witness with the world, Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said July 24 at the Napa Institute. EWTNs partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple...
  • The Infant of Prague [Catholic Caucus]

    07/24/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    The Infant of Prague Fr. William Saunders Q: My grandmother has always had a statue of Jesus as a child dressed up like a little king with a crown. She even has different outfits for him which are very elaborate. Can you tell me anything about this?From the description given in the question, the statue is one of the Infant of Prague. Devotion to the Holy Child Jesus is a long-standing tradition in our Catholic spirituality. The early Church Fathers, like St. Athanasius and St. Jerome, had a special devotion to the Holy Child Jesus. Some of the later great...
  • [Cath Charities USA] Father Snyder - Utterly Unqualified To Rebuke Faithful Catholics Who Oppose...

    07/24/2014 6:35:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Those of us who raise voices of concern regarding the influx of "children" (many of them young adults posing as kids) are engaging in "hate talk" - that is, according to Father Larry Snyder, head of Catholic Charities. Father Snyder, precisely because he is head of Catholic Charities, lacks all moral credibility to rebuke us. Oh he may try, and no one begrudges his First Amendment rights here, but the fact is that his rants carry not one iota of Magisterial import; in fact it may be quite the opposite. Recall that yesterday I posted a video by Michael Hichborn...
  • Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy, meets Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 4:12:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CatholicWorldReport.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy, meets Pope Francis July 24, 2014 08:17 ESTBy Catherine HarmonMeriam Ibrahim and her family meet with Pope Francis at the Casa Santa Marta July 24 (photo via Vatican Radio).The Sudanese Christian woman who was imprisoned and sentenced to death for apostasy arrived safely in Italy today with her husband and two young children, and met with Pope Francis at his Casa Santa Marta residence, Vatican Radio reports. Ibrahim was sentenced to death in May for converting from Islam and marrying a Christian. She gave birth to her second child while imprisoned and, while her...
  • UN 'cannot stand by' during 'crime against humanity' in Mosul, says Chaldean Patriarch

    07/24/2014 3:55:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2014 | Diogenes
    In an urgent message to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has said that the UN cannot stand by and be a witness to the ongoing atrocities committed against Christians in Iraq. While thanking the UN leader for his public condemnation of the violence against Christians in areas controlled by the Islamic State, the Chaldean prelate asked for energetic international pressure to stop the persecution. He emphasized that the militants want to wipe out the Christian community. The instability in Iraq threatens the entire region, the Patriarch reminded the UN leader. He pleaded for diplomatic action...
  • Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim meets Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 1:37:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 24, 2014
    Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim (Vatican Radio) Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived Thursday in Italy and met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta. During the meeting, she was accompanied by her family: Husband Daniel Wani,  Martin (a year and a half), and Maya, born in prison two months ago. Her family was accompanied by the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, Lapo Pistelli, who helped negotiate and arrange her departure from Sudan and travelled with her to Italy. Pistelli spoke to Susy Hodges after the meeting...
  • Reason # 5,289 To Boycott The CCHD Collection - Say #no2cchd

    07/24/2014 10:12:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    restore-dc-catholicism ^ | July 24, 2014
    Aleteia published a piece today by Steve Weatherbe entitled "Bishops React to Obama's Executive Order on Hiring Discrimination". The article offers commentary on the USCCB's reaction of July 21 to Obama's action. It's worth noting that one of the two authors is Archbishop Lori of Baltimore - who just applied for a federal grant to finance his aiding and abetting of illegal aliens. He too seems to see through the smoke and mirrors that the USCCB is throwing up in the wake of this order. They know that the federal funding spigot is about to be closed. He quotes...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/24/2014 7:54:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WORLD WITHOUT ENDThe terminal phrase of many prayers, equivalent to "eternal" or "everlasting." In the doxology of the Gloria Patria it means that God, who has always existed, is now being praised by a human being who hopes to continue praising God forever in heaven. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Patriarch Sako Writes to [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-Moon: Help Us

    07/24/2014 6:40:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/24/14
    (Vatican Radio) The Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq has written to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asking him to put pressure on international community to step up assistance to Iraqs Christians and minorities targeted by Islamic militants. Below the text of the Patriarchs letter His Excellency, I am writing to you about the current situation in Iraq and the Middle East, which is of big concern to me and I know it is for you and the United Nations. Let me also take this opportunity to thank you and the United Nations Security Council on...
  • Protestants Try to Calm Row Ahead of Luther Celebration

    07/24/2014 6:35:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/24/14 | David V Barrett
    A fierce row between Catholics and Protestants in Germany is the result of a misunderstanding, a German theologian has claimed. Lutheran leaders had invited the Catholic Church to join them in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther published his 95 theses. Luther was opposed to the sale of indulgences, to the Bible not being in the vernacular and to the Churchs doctrinal position on justification through faith all issues which have seen significant changes over the years. In 1999 the Catholic and Lutheran Churches issued a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification which...
  • ISIS Attacks Iraqi Town Where Christians from Mosul Took Refuge (churches become mosques)

    07/24/2014 6:20:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 24, 2014 | John Burger
    Allen Kakony If anyone imagined that the militia of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate would be satisfied when it pushed all the Christians and Shiites from the city of Mosul, think again. According to the Fides news agency, Islamic State militants launched a mortar attack against the village of Tilkif in an attempt to break into one of the towns in the Nineveh Plain, where Mosul families found refuge. "The attack started from a village controlled by jihadists, Father Paul Thabit Mekko, a Chaldean priest, told Fides, but was rejected by the Kurdish Peshmerga troops. In the night, panic...
  • Vatican Newspaper Decries Caliphate of Brutality; Mosul Cathedral Becomes Mosque

    07/24/2014 6:15:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has removed the crosses from all 30 churches and monasteries in Mosul and converted the Syriac Orthodox cathedral into a mosque, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. ISIL, also known as Islamic State and ISIS, took over Iraqs 2nd-largest city in June and later ordered all Christians to leave, pay an unspecified tax, or convert to Islam. The jihadist group now controls 40% of Iraq and 30% of Syria.
  • When They Set Fire to Our Monasteries (irreparable damage from anti christians)

    07/24/2014 5:02:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 24, 2014 | Philip Jenkins
    Day by day, we hear new horrors about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Now, believers living under ISIS control in northern Iraq must choose between conversion to Islam, payment of protection money, or death. Ancient churches and shrines are already in flames. I want to concentrate on a unexamined aspect of this problem, one that has done much to shape what we know about the history and nature of early Christianity. In one particular historical era, anti-Christian violence did irreparable damage to our historical sources. The story goes back to the dual origins of monasticism,...
  • Five Steps to Better Mental Health According to St. Paul

    07/24/2014 3:24:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We tend in modern times to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to circumstances and happenstance. And thus happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way and quantity we like.  If we just get enough money and creature comforts, we will be happy and have a better sense of mental well being.And yet, it remains true that many can endure difficult external circumstances and yet remain inwardly content, happy and optimistic. Further, many who have much are still not content and are beset with great mental anguish, anxiety and unhappiness. Ultimately...
  • Tom Petty: No ones got Christ more wrong than the Christians

    07/24/2014 1:29:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom Petty says that no one has interpreted Jesus Christs teaching more incorrectly than Christians, as he was asked to explain the history behind his new song Playing Dumb. In an interview with Billboard, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explained his inspiration behind the song, which will be featured as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release of Hypnotic Eye. Catholics, dont write me, Mr. Petty said. Im fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it cant tell anybody its OK to kill people, and it cant abuse children systematically for God knows how many...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-24-14, OM, St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest

    07/23/2014 9:36:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2014Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 This word of the LORD came to me:Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear! I remember the devotion of your youth,how you loved me as a bride,Following me in the desert,in a land unsown.Sacred to the LORD was Israel,the first fruits of his harvest;Should any presume to partake of them,evil would befall them, says the LORD. When I brought you into the garden land to eat its goodly fruits,You entered and defiled my land,you made my heritage loathsome.The priests asked...
  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 7:19:07 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 47 replies
    blog.steveskojec.com ^ | 7/19/2014 | Steve Skojec
    Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis? Steve Skojec7/19/2014   In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening...
  • Francis's Secret Friend in Caserta

    07/23/2014 7:08:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 7/23/14 | Sandro Magister
    He is not Catholic, but Pentecostal, a part of those Christian communities which are in breathtaking expansion all over the world. Little by little the pope is meeting with their leaders. From rivals he wants to become friends, to the point of asking their forgivenessROME, July 23, 2014 When the news got out, and was confirmed by Fr. Federico Lombardi, that Pope Francis intended to make a private visit to Caserta to meet with a friend, the pastor of a local Evangelical community, the city's bishop, Giovanni D'Alise, was thunderstruck. He hadn't been told a thing. Moreover, the pope...
  • Chaldean Patriarch:"We your shepherds will stay with you to the end."

    07/23/2014 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 22, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Chaldean Patriarch to Christians of Mosul:"We your shepherds will stay with you to the end." "Our suffering will be salvation to us and others." I’ll start my speech by the Word of Christ, as His Word is the source of strength and salvation of us, the poor of this lost world: "There is no need to be afraid, little flock" (Luke 12:32). Our present pain is associated with our Christianity and with the mystery of our Passover (i.e., Easter). Our suffering, if joined to the suffering of our Savior Jesus, "Man of Sorrows", will turn out to be...
  • Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin

    07/23/2014 2:41:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | July 22, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Leo XIII, born in 1810, is credited with being the founder of Catholic social teaching. (CNS/Library of Congress) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Going by the pseudonym "X," Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century. The pope created lengthy riddles, known as "charades," in Latin in which readers had to guess a rebus-like answer from two or more words that together formed the syllables of a new word. Eight of his puzzles were published anonymously in "Vox Urbis," a Rome newspaper...
  • Christians Not Healthy Enough to Flee Mosul After Death Threat Renounce Faith 'Just to Stay Alive'

    07/23/2014 1:09:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 22, 2014
    (Photo: Reuters)Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in outskirts of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region in June 2014. At least five Christian families who were not healthy enough to flee Mosul, Iraq after the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ordered them to convert to Islam or be executed, have renounced their faith for Islam, according to a local government minister."There are five Christian families who converted to Islam because they were threatened with death," Younadim Kanna, a Christian and a member of Iraq's Parliament told The New...
  • Islamic Scholars Condemn Expulsion of Iraq's 'Christian Brothers'

    07/23/2014 11:12:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    DOHA (Reuters) - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave. "The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities and provinces," the group said in a...
  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid (Christians United for Israel)

    07/23/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
    Israels ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, addressing the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel, July 21, 2014.With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority. David Brog, the groups executive director, said CUFI regarded the Iran nuclear talks as a failure and would back legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would impose new sanctions immediately. The Cruz measure is tougher than legislation already under consideration that would trigger sanctions...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANTIOCHENE RITE, 07-23-14

    07/23/2014 10:08:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ANTIOCHENE RITEA ritual used throughout the Patriarchate of Antioch. The pure Antiochene, in its oldest form, eliminated the Pater Noster and the names of the saints in the Mass. This form was early displaced by the Liturgy of St. James from Jerusalem, which became the ritual of all Western Syria. Originally Greek, the Liturgy of St. James was later translated into Syriac. The Greek version is now used twice a year by the Orthodox; the Syriac version by the Jacobites in Syria and Palestine and by the Syrian Catholics. A Romanized form of this liturgy...
  • Francis wants to achieve unity also by reforming the papacy

    07/23/2014 9:29:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 23, 2014 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    Francis embraces Patriarch Bartholomew Francis has nominated the Prior of Bose, Enzo Bianchi, as the consultor of the ecumenical dicastery. He speaks of synodality and supremacy, the martyrs of the Middle East and the intelligence of the various denominations in Ukraine Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican city The Pope plans to reform the papacy and this will benefit relations with the Orthodox, says the Prior of the monastic community of Bose, Enzo Bianchi. Yesterday Pope Francis appointed Bianchi as one of the new consultors of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Vatican dicastery led by Cardinal Kurt Koch who is in...
  • Moscow Worried by Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iraq - Foreign Ministry Statement

    07/23/2014 6:06:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/23/14
    Moscow, July 23, Interfax - The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned about the persecution of members of religious minorities in northwestern Iraq by Islamists from the radical militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and is calling on the international community to prevent inter-religious strife in the region. "Moscow is deeply concerned about the fact that ISIL militants are persecuting members of religious minorities living in northwestern Iraq, forcing thousands of Christians and adherents of other faiths to hastily leave their traditional places of living," the ministry said in a statement available on its website. "We believe...
  • One more Flipboard E-zine by yours truly: New #Christian Martyrs

    07/23/2014 5:44:20 AM PDT · by Tefilo · 5 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 23 July 2014 | Tefilo de Jess (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you. I want to share with you one more e-zine project by yours truly: New Christian Martyrs. The hand-picked documents I'll put in here will document what Pope Francis has called "the new ecumenism of blood", that is, the blood shed by trinitarian Christians worldwide in imitation of Christ and for His sake. I will also the more subtle yet blatant persecution that Christians are suffering in developed countries, particularly in the U.S. The magazine is better appreciated when you subscribe to it via the Flipboard app for either your Apple or Android device. Also, you...
  • Obamas Executive Order and What it Means for Catholic Organizations

    07/23/2014 3:51:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Paul Shimek
    President Barack Obama speaks in Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013. (CNS photo/Paul Faith, pool via Reuters) I called it. One month ago, I warned readers of CatholicVote.org about a new executive order that would be coming out from the Obama White House. The article garnered more than 45,000 views and in excess of 5,600 Facebook “likes.” Then, I took to the air waves, appearing on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio network and the Relevant Radio network, among others, to warn listeners about the forthcoming order. I said this was going to be serious stuff. At first, out ahead...
  • Major Newspaper Breaks Media Silence: Global Conspiracy Silence On Persecution Christians Iraq

    07/23/2014 3:25:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 22, 2014
    FULL TITLE: MAJOR NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL BREAKS MEDIA SILENCE: Why the Global Conspiracy of Silence on Persecution of Christians in Iraq? It is to the greatest honor of Le Figaro, by far the largest and oldest national French daily, that it becomes this Wednesday the first major world newspaper to put on its front page and as its main headline the persecution of Christians in Iraq: "The Calvary of the Christians of Iraq". Also on its front page, the main editorial for today, "Silence, on perscute!" (Silence, We are Persecuting!), a dire direct accusation of the accomplices of this genocide, those...
  • Gay and Transgendered: What Comes Next?

    07/23/2014 2:40:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 7/22/2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In 1965, Lyndon Johnson prohibited Federal discrimination in hiring based on race, religion, gender and nationality. President Obamas latest executive order amends that to include sexual orientation and gender identity. In 1969, Richard Nixon prohibited any sort of discrimination in Federal employment practices based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability. Bill Clinton later amended this to include sexual orientation. President Obamas new executive order amends it to include gender identity. This applies to all organizations which receive federal contracts. Whats next? Just about anything could be next, because this latest executive order is completely divorced from reality. It...
  • Obama's LGBT Executive Order And The Bishops' Disingenuous Protests

    07/23/2014 2:11:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Yesterday the Messiah Most Miserable issued a dictatorial fiat executive order stating that no federal contractor can "discriminate" in its personnel practices based on employees' gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Churches and related organizations are NOT exempted. The USCCB pitched a fit. My question is, "would this order of Obama's had been a blip on their radar screens if they had been exempted?" Given prior behaviors, I must opine that had Obama exempted churches, they wouldn't have given a rat's rump regarding the matter. But since the USCCB and so many of the dioceses are officially on the federal...
  • Pelosi: Border Children Should Be Treated Like Refugee Baby Jesus

    07/23/2014 12:57:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tuesday on MSNBC "Morning Joe," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border. The congressional leader dismissed the strain on our nations financial resources to care for all the children of the world in troubled areas, saying she believes the U.S. government should look at the children like "baby Jesus," who she added "was a refugee from violence." Pelosi said, "In Washington, I see an embrace of the idea that this is a humanitarian crisis by people who are not politicizing the issue. What we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-23-14, OM, St. Bridget of Sweden

    07/22/2014 9:29:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2014Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 1:1, 4-10 The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah,of a priestly family in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin. The word of the LORD came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you.“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,"I know not how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD answered me,Say not, “I am too young.”To whomever I send you, you shall go;whatever I command you, you...
  • Catholic Seminarians Boycott Graduation from Beijing Seminary

    07/22/2014 7:53:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/19/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Conflict over excommunicated bishop may result in suspensions of seminary students and a loss of vocations Chinas Catholic community reeled recently as news spread that Beijings seminarians had boycotted their graduation ceremony, scheduled for late June. The decision was made after the seminarians discovered that the illegitimate and excommunicated rector of the seminary, Bishop Ma Yinglin, was scheduled to offer the graduation Mass. When the students voiced their objection to assisting at a Mass celebrated by a bishop who is not in communion with the Pope, the seminary officials suggested replacing Bishop Ma with Bishop John Fang Xingyao,...
  • Catholics Just Be Calm About Obama's LGBT Executive Order

    07/22/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 13 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/22/14 | David L. Gray
    Essentially what this new Executive Order does is amend the preexisting Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Orders No. 11478 (for federal govt) and No. 11246 (for federal Contractors and Subcontractors and federally-assisted Construction Contractors and Subcontractors). Where those previously Executive Orders once prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, will now include sexual orientation and gender identity. While there is a just issue to be made as to why voluntary behaviors would be added to federal non-discrimination law, or the addition of a new race/class/species of people of people (called LGBTQ) that scientists have...
  • Nun: The Sign of Genocide (Please join Aug 1 Day of Solidarity and Prayer)

    07/22/2014 2:30:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    Please, join the August 1st Day of Adoration, Prayer and Solidarity for Persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century -- Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and...
  • The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosuls Christians

    07/22/2014 2:23:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars Christians leave Mosul He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosuls Christians who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying the jizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for...
  • ISIS militants ransack Syrian Catholic monastery in Iraq / missile strikes Franciscan monastery

    07/22/2014 11:41:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    RT ^ | July 21, 2014
    Islamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) insurgents stormed the ancient Mar Benham monastery in the Christian town of Qaraqosh Sunday, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS on 10 June. Mar Benham is a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church. A member of the Syriac clergy said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s relics but the ISIS fighters refused and ordered them...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KOIMESIS, 07-22-14

    07/22/2014 8:22:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at randomKOIMESISThe feast of the "Falling Asleep" of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Mary's Dormition, as celebrated in the Byzantine Liturgy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.