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  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/24/2014 7:54:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WORLD WITHOUT END The 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 Iraq’s Christians and minorities targeted by Islamic militants. Below the text of the Patriarch’s 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 · 11 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 Church’s 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 · 11 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 Iraq’s 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 · 16 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 one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians’

    07/24/2014 1:29:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom Petty says that no one has interpreted Jesus Christ’s 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, don’t write me,” Mr. Petty said. “I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t 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 · 25 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 · 45 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 · 9 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 · 10 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
    Israel’s 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 group’s 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 RITE A 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 · 25 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 Teófilo · 5 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 23 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@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...
  • Obama’s 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 persécute!" (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 Obama’s 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 Obama’s new executive order amends it to include gender identity. This applies to all organizations which receive federal contracts. What’s 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 · 48 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 China’s Catholic community reeled recently as news spread that Beijing’s 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 gov’t) 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 Mosul’s 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 Mosul’s 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 monasteryÂ’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 randomKOIMESIS The 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.
  • ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles

    07/22/2014 8:02:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    (AINA) -- More than 200 Assyrian families fled in panic from Mosul on July 17 and 18 as the ISIS deadline for converting to Islam approached (AINA 2014-07-20). ISIS had issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city. ISIS setup checkpoints at the Araby and Shallalat neighborhoods (AlSada and Biawaizah) and robbed and plundered Assyrians who were fleeing the city. ISIS took money...
  • Is the “Missio ad Gentes” Still a Priority for Pope Francis’ Church?

    07/22/2014 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper “La Repubblica”. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled “Me and God”, on his being a non-believer. The conversation published by “La Repubblica” on July 16 – which was partly downplayed and its content clarified by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office – also showed that what the secular press think about him is very close to Pope Francis’ heart. This is ultimately the original...
  • ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'

    07/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    chistian Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    (Photo: Shoebat.com)An 1,800-year-old church being burnt to the ground in Mosul, Iraq. Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday.Free Sign Up CP Newsletter! RelatedISIL Members...
  • @USCCB: Latest @BarackObama's Executive Order "unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed"

    07/22/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 52 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 22 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you. I wanted to share with you this press release issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): "'Freedom of conscience'? What's that?" WASHINGTON–The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection. Two USCCB...
  • Another decision that illustrates what social radicals really mean by “tolerance.”

    07/22/2014 2:54:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In another show of selective tolerance from those who support the “gay” agenda, President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to “gay” and “transgender” workers in the federal government after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” However the “tolerance” of the administration does not give religious organizations any exceptions in terms of considering sexual orientation or gender identity. While Churches also are able to hire ministers as they see fit (based in a 9-0 Supreme court decision against this administration which sought even to require churches to hire practicing gays in ordained ministerial positions) there is little...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-22-14, M, St. Mary Magdalene

    07/21/2014 10:02:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 22, 2014Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene  Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into the depths of...
  • Muslims Declare War Against Catholicism, And Attack Priests And Monks...

    07/21/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/21/2014 | Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat
    Muslims in Iraq have declared war against Catholicism, attacking monks and priests and forcing them to leave immediately. They forced monks and priests to leave the beautiful monastery of Deir Behnam. The history of the monastery of Deir Behnam goes back to the fourth century AD and is associated with the story of the Assyrian Prince Sennacherib II who built it after converting to Christianity with his sister Sarah and forty of his followers at the hands of St. Matthew.It was built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib II as penance for killing his son, Behnan. Today, the fate of St....
  • Woman in same-sex marriage sues Missouri diocese following dismissal from parish position

    07/21/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    A Missouri woman who is civilly married to a female Lutheran minister has sued Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph after she was dismissed from her position as her parish’s coordinator of social ministry. Colleen Simon said that she told both the current and former pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, a Jesuit parish in Kansas City, that she was part of a same-sex marriage, and neither objected. After her relationship was discussed in a local newsmagazine, she was dismissed, the Kansas City Star reported. Simon, whose same-sex marriage ceremony took place in Iowa,...
  • ISIS targeting Christians: “The West must step in now… or we will be wiped out.”

    07/21/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 66 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    How grim is you life?  We watch in horror as Christians in Iraq are being persecuted, driven, hunted by Islamic terrorists.  The Religion of Peace… right? ‘Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil [in Kurdistan]. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians’Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako From the Daily Mail: Thousands of Iraqi Christians pour out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis give them deadline to convert, pay or face deathThousands of Iraqi Christians today poured out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis gave them an ultimatum – convert, pay or face...
  • Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

    07/21/2014 3:08:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | S.L. Hansen, Southern Nebraska Register
    Credit: Jess Hamilton (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Lincoln, Neb., Jul 21, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer. Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska and a medical physician, is one of the co-authors. He was asked to contribute a small portion of the article by two of the main authors, A. Patrick Schneider II, M.D., M.P.H., and Christine Zainer, M.D....
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians (leave money, gold, jewelry)

    07/21/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city’s remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians’ possessions as they departed from Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as quoted by the Reuters news agency. In an urgent appeal, the Iraqi Patriarch reported...
  • After four decades, Rochester eliminates lay preaching at Mass

    07/21/2014 11:50:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 20, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’m frankly surprised that this has been going on for so long.Details: For the better part of 40 years in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, clergy ceded the floor to laypeople for the delivery of the homily — the sermon that follows the reading of the Gospel at Mass.The practice, which dated to the mid-1970s and was simultaneously derided by the faithful for running afoul of church law and praised for its inclusiveness, has come to an end.In an extensive interview, Bishop Salvatore Matano said he has been confronting the issue on a case-by-case basis since his...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (that’s us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (that’s us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didn’t work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: “grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel” (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul Burns As Conversion Deadline Passes

    07/21/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/20/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    The news is chockful of bad news about the fate of Christians in Mosul. If you’re not careful, your eyes glaze over and you shake your head and move on to the next story–because after all, it’s not happening here. The burning of an 1800-year-old church is the latest in a series of burnings and desecrations by ISIS. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian website released this photo of a church being destroyed.
  • Bishop Tony Palmer, Pope Francis’ Friend, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

    07/21/2014 10:03:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    Tony Palmer, the charismatic young preacher who enjoyed a friendship with Pope Francis, has apparently died in a motorcycle accident. Not a Catholic, Palmer was bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a group that is inspired by the “middle way” of classical Anglicanism and considers itself part of the Convergence Movement. News is spotty at this point; but according to Archbishop Charles Hill, presiding prelate at Ambassadors for Christ Ministries of America (AFCMOA) in Atlanta, Palmer was in an accident while riding a motorcycle in the U.K. After hours of surgery, Bishop Palmer died on Sunday, July 20,...
  • Putin, again...

    07/21/2014 10:01:24 AM PDT · by Teófilo
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 21 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. For professional and personal reasons I've always cultivated an interest and a studied curiosity about foreign events, their drivers, and their meanings. The recent shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines commercial carrier over eastern Ukraine inmediately caught my attention, but I haven't said anything about it until now for two reasons: first, I wanted to wait for more facts to surface and, second, I didn't want to write out of shock and anger. However, writing this post is also due to a few precipitating factors: Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for "a moment of silence"...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THE UPPER ROOM, 07-21-14

    07/21/2014 8:10:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:THE UPPER ROOM This was the room in which Jesus and his Apostles shared the Last Supper the night before he was crucified. According to Mark it was a large chamber furnished with couches and suitable for a dining room (Mark 14:14-15). It may have been a room erected on the roof, because most homes were one-story structures. Possibly it became a meeting place, because after the Ascension of Jesus, Luke reports that the Apostles and Mary returned to Jerusalem and "went to the upper room where they were staying" (Acts 1:12-14). According to tradition, the...