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  • Diocese of Portsmouth [UK] on ‘Environmental Alert’ in Response to Papal Encyclical

    08/30/2015 11:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/28/15 | Jo-Anne Rowney
    Bishop Philip Egan said the 'alert' is for everyone in the diocese to help put Laudato Si into action The Bishop of Portsmouth has placed his diocese on “environmental alert” as well as directing people to examine their lifestyles in confession, after reading Pope Francis’ encyclical. Bishop Egan called Laudato Si one of the most “challenging” papal encyclicals of our time, adding it prompted him to look at how his diocese should respond. In a pastoral letter Bishop Egan said the alert should impact the way the diocese, acts, pray and thinks “leading [it to a conversion of mind, will...
  • Seminar Speakers Advocate Change on Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried

    08/28/2015 5:50:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/28/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Aug 28, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October. The lectures at these seminars were published June 2 by Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Italian as Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile (Family and Church, an indissoluble bond), and feature a preface written by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. On the whole, the book suggests a “penitential path” that would...
  • Archbishop Chaput Chastises Critics of Organizing Team for World Meeting of Families

    08/27/2015 7:10:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has denounced two activist Catholic groups that called attention to connections between officials of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and politicians who support legal abortion. The WMOF will be held in Philadelphia in September, with an appearance by Pope Francis as the highlight. In preparation for the event, the Philadelphia archdiocese assembled a team of organizers, including both full-time executives to arrange the events and community leaders to serve in advisory or honorary roles. The Lepanto Institute and ChurchMilitant.com issued reports earlier this week, revealing that Robert Ciarrufoli, the head of the WMOF leadership...
  • Orthodox Church in the Philippines sees amazing growth (mass baptism)

    08/27/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 08-27-2015 | Philippine Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate
    With great joy and gladness, we announce the reception through a mass baptism the parish and catechumens from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Photos taken during the mass baptism last August 21, 2015, Friday, of the newly accepted St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province, Philippines. A total of 239 catechumens are baptized including two Aglipayan (Philippine Independent Catholic Church) "bishops" and four Aglipayan "priests". Aglipayan "bishop" Esteban Valmera was baptized as STEFAN; Aglipayan "bishop Rogelio Ringor was baptized as GREGORY; Aglipayan priest Elieser Delfin was baptized as ELEASAR; Aglipayan priest Dioscoro Bergado was baptized...
  • Urgent Prayers Needed right now for the missionaries in Iraq

    08/26/2015 8:06:23 PM PDT · by Chong · 24 replies
    Urgent email from our Pastor | Aug 26, 2015 | Dr. Becky Peters
    We just received this email forwarded from our pastor. (I left out the detailed contact info of the originator on purpose.) Please join us in prayers for all involved. From: XXXXXXXX Sent: 8/26/2015 1:21:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time Subj: Urgent prayer request from Pastor Cori Here is an opportunity to pray for brothers and sisters who are strong in the LORD and willing to go the distance for Him. We just received this in an email from the Missions Office at First Baptist Atlanta. Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being...
  • Syriac Catholic Bishop to Be Beatified

    08/26/2015 6:35:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki Was Killed in Hatred of the FaithSyriac Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki, martyred during the "Assyrian Genocide," will soon be called 'blessed.' According to Fides, the bishop will be beatified at the Patriarchal convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon, on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 29, during a solemn liturgy. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III will preside over the beatification while numerous Patriarchs and heads of Christian churches of the East from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are expected to attend. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...
  • At Pallium Mass, Cupich Calls for Mercy Toward Nontraditional Families

    08/26/2015 6:27:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/23/15 | Michael O'Loughlin
    CHICAGO – Catholics must avoid being rigid, embrace change, and show mercy, not harsh judgment, toward nontraditional families. That was the message from Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich Sunday afternoon after receiving his pallium, a wool stole that is a piece of liturgical regalia symbolizing his connection to the pope, from the papal ambassador to the United States. In a 15-minute homily, Cupich said bishops and other Catholics should avoid “absolutizing one particular era” by remembering the richness and diversity of their faith. At the same time, the Church should be “open to new avenues and creativity when it comes to...
  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 4:32:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 26, 2015 | George Weigel
    View of interior of the catacombs of Saint Gennaro in Naples. (us.fotolia.com | dudlajzov) At Christmas 1969, Professor Joseph Ratzinger gave a radio talk with the provocative title, “What Will the Future Church Look Like?” (You can find it in Faith and the Future, published by Ignatius Press). One of the concluding paragraphs was destined to become perhaps the most quoted excerpt from Ratzinger’s extensive bibliography, when Professor Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI: “From the crisis of today a new Church of tomorrow will emerge – a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have...
  • Sports Columnist: Tim Tebow's Not Only Good for NFL, He's Good for the World

    08/25/2015 8:17:00 PM PDT · by xzins · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | August 25, 2015 | Penny Starr
    A sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel said people ask him why he wants to see Tim Tebow succeed in his professional football career and his reasons have nothing to do the game. “Mainly it's because every time I've ever seen him at a public appearance, he scans the crowd in search of kids with special needs and then immediately makes a mad dash toward those kids as if they are a touchdown pylon,” Mike Bianchi wrote in an Aug. 22 column. “So many times these kids with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and afflictions we can't even pronounce...
  • The Forgotten Vice in Seminary Formation

    08/25/2015 7:08:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 7/27/15 | Fr. James Mason
    We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. —C. S. Lewis from "The Abolition of Man". (This article originally appeared in the May 2006 print edition of HPR.)This is an article that I wrote during my years of seminary formation, but I was advised to wait to have it published until after my priestly ordination. With the bishop’s seminary visitation on the way, it seemed like a good time to resurrect it from my files. It deals with a touchy subject, that will...
  • Half a million people sign petition urging Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage at synod

    08/25/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 24, 2015
    Pope Francis at last October's extraordinary synod (CNS) Five cardinals are among the signatories to a petition organised by Catholic student association TFP Student ActionMore than 500,000 people, including five cardinals, have signed a petition asking Pope Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage and the family at the synod of bishops in October.The petition, launched by Catholic student association TFP Student Action and backed by 25 pro-family groups around the world, was posted on the organisation’s site in late January. It has since been signed by five cardinals, 117 bishops and hundreds of civil leaders, in addition to...
  • Maltese Bishop: Remove ‘Barriers’ to Those Who Have Remarried Outside the Church

    08/24/2015 6:03:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Four years after the legalization of divorce in Malta, the head of one of the nation’s two dioceses has issued a pastoral letter on mercy for those who have divorced and entered into a civil marriage outside the Church. “It is no secret that there is expectancy about the conclusions of the Synod regarding the pastoral situation of those who are divorced and are in a second relationship,” Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo said in his August 15 letter. “Those who propose that certain barriers between those who are in an ‘irregular relationship’ but who believe in Christ as Savior,...
  • October 5, 2017

    October 5, 2017 Blessings to you in the name of Yahuah, the Father, and his Son, Yahusha. Time is short. You have a life-saving message to deliver. Nothing else matters. Your loved ones, your family, your relatives, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors and even your enemies – all of the people who have the greatest need to receive your message – will likely reject both your message and you. Your mission is to try anyway. This paper is your guide to the end of the age. It will provide you with the knowledge and the tools you need to...
  • Eleven Cardinals Climb into the Ring Against the Kasperians -The Voice of Africa Will Also be Heard

    08/19/2015 7:22:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 8/18/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) "Remain in the truth of Christ" The publication of the book was accompanied in 2014 by heated polemics. Back then five cardinals and several theologians worked on the anthology. The initiator of the relevant publication and spokesman for the defense of Catholic moral teaching on marriage and the Synod was US Cardinal Raymond Burke. He was subsequently relieved of his duties of Dicastery head by Pope Francis and removed from the Roman Curia. It was a clear signal of what is tolerated and what is not desirable, though it was not necessarily with the desired effect. Now comes another...
  • A Voice Missing From the Synod: Faithful Catholics With Same-Sex Attraction

    08/19/2015 6:59:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/14/15 | Matt Hadro
    “Our best ambassadors are our members,” Father Check of Courage said at the organization's conference.DETROIT — When presenters addressed last year’s Synod of Bishops to discuss challenges facing the family, there was one group whose voice was absent: those with same-sex attraction living chastely. So says Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage, a Catholic outreach ministry to persons experiencing homosexual desires. At the organization’s international conference, he emphasized the importance of hearing testimonies from those for whom same-sex attraction is “a lived reality” but who believe that the Church’s teaching on chastity “leads to peace.” “Our best ambassadors are...
  • Churches in the West Trying to Throw Lifeline to Iraqi and Syrian Christians

    08/18/2015 3:11:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 17, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Sister Diana Momeka encounters stories like this on a daily basis. A mother came to her the other day, desperate for answers. She couldn't get her four-year-old son to eat. He couldn't sleep at night. His bones ached constantly. And the medicine he was taking was no help. In ways, the boy is a metaphor for the larger Christian community in Iraq—100,000-plus souls still wondering what will happen to them, more than a year after an Islamist movement forced them from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. Once industrious, hard-working, proud homeowners, the sons and daughters of a millennia-old Christian...
  • Here’s why Bernie Sanders plans to speak at Liberty University next month

    08/18/2015 1:04:43 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 15 replies
    Wash po ^ | 8/5 | Wash po
    But the independent senator from Vermont , who is vying to be the Democratic party’s 2016 presidential nominee, has been booked to speak there next month at a university convocation. “It goes without saying that my views on many issues -- women’s rights, gay rights, education and many other issues -- are very different from the opinions of some in the Liberty University community,” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who is Jewish, said Wednesday night, in comments relayed by a spokesman. But Sanders said he would like to see if “we can reach consensus regarding the grotesque level of income...
  • New Generation of Nuns Favor Tradition and Thrive

    08/18/2015 8:09:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/18/15 | Shannon Roberts
    The Sisters of Life is attracting young women while older more "modern" orders are dying outMovies such as The Sound of Music, The Blues Brothers and Sister Act evidence the intrigue surrounding the life of a nun. Nuns in their 30s aren’t as common as they once were so the average person isn't as likely to come into contact with one. In fact, according to Pew Research Center data the numbers of religious in America has declined dramatically since the 1960’s. However, they are on the increase again in some places such as the United Kingdom, with the most attractive...
  • The Latest on the Kasper Proposal

    08/17/2015 5:01:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 8/15/15 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Is the campaign to promote Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to allow the reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried Catholics simply prompted by misguided but understandable sympathy, or is it motivated by something more sinister and revolutionary? The publication of the proceedings of the “Study Day on Pastoral Practice concerning Marriage and the Family,” organized in Rome on May 25, 2015 by the presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Germany, France, and Switzerland reveals that the agenda of the Kasper proposal proponents is about a lot more than reminding people in adulterous unions that God loves them. The real...
  • More chance of hearing the Gospel in Africa than Sweden

    08/16/2015 1:48:27 PM PDT · by NRx · 29 replies
    Pastoral Meanderings ^ | 08-16-2015 | Pastor Peters
    Once a solid, vibrant Lutheran stronghold, Scandinavia today is probably the most secularized region of the Western world. Spiritually, Scandinavians have become “the people that dwell in darkness.” Scandinavia is filled with large, beautiful, empty churches. This has not happened by accident. . . It is probably the case today that a randomly selected African has a better chance than a randomly selected Scandinavian of hearing the Gospel clearly preached.  There was a time when every Swede was Lutheran from birth by law, and no other denomination was permitted. The Church of Sweden took to calling itself Den Svenska...
  • Bishop in Paraguay Ousted by Pope Francis Dies at 69

    08/16/2015 9:36:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 8/14/15 | Pedro Servin
    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Rogelio Livieres Plano, a former bishop in Paraguay who was revered by some for building a successful seminary but who was ousted by Pope Francis amid several controversies, has died. He was 69. Livieres Plano died on Friday in a hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from complications related to diabetes, Asuncion Archbishop Edmundo Valenzuela told The Associated Press. Valenzuela said a group of Paraguayan clergy recently visited Livieres Plano in Buenos Aires. "Happily we were able to say goodbye to our brother Rogelio" before he died, said Valenzuela. Livieres Plano was a member of the conservative...
  • Orthodox Leaders at Odds on Topics for Proposed Pan-Orthodox Council

    08/16/2015 9:27:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople has convened an assembly of all the bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to be held August 29- September 2. The main purpose of the meeting will be to prepare for a Pan-Orthodox Council, which is scheduled to take place in 2016. If it occurs on schedule, the Council would be an unprecedented meeting of all the world's Orthodox leaders. However, the range of topics to be discussed at the Pan-Orthodox Council remains a subject of tense debate among Orthodox leaders. The Russian Orthodox Church has insisted that topics can be put on the agenda only...
  • Update on the LCWR Assembly of the Great Swirly (Catholic Caucus)

    08/15/2015 3:24:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 14, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    We need an update on the Assembly of the Great Swirly, the LCWR annual confab at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.They had a speech by one Fr. Stephen Bevans, SVD.  No, he’s a priest.  He couldn’t be bothered to dress like one to talk to the sisters, however.  He’s from CTU, after all.These neck-tie priests… how pretentious!  If you are not going to wear a Roman collar, why wear a tie? Why not just wear a polo shirt?  Because you are… what… a professional?  You are… German?He has the Great Swirly before him but he has Katsushika Hokusai’s Wave behind him.  It’s...
  • The Assumption of Mary in History[Catholic Caucus]

    08/15/2015 10:13:36 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 45 replies
    Catholic Answers | 8-14-2015 | Tim Staples
    As we approach the great Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and having written a post on the biblical evidence for the Assumption of Mary this time last year, I thought I would change gears and consider the historical evidence for the Assumption in honor of this year's Feast Day. In summary, the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary began with an historical event that is alluded to in Scripture and has been believed in the Church for 2,000 years. It was passed down in the Oral Tradition of the Church and developed over the centuries, but it was always...
  • Swiss Bishop Apologizes for Calling Homosexual Acts 'Abomination'

    08/14/2015 7:28:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Under heavy public pressure, a Swiss Catholic bishop has issued a public apology for a statement in which he referred to homosexual activity as an abomination and cited Old Testament passages saying that offenders should be put to death. Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur sent a 3-page letter to clerics in which he said it had been a “mistake” to make his comments—which he had delivered at a forum in Germany—“on a theological and academic level.” He said that he should have shown a draft of his talk to colleagues, who would have warned him on the likely outcry. The...
  • ‘Cultural Chasm’ Between Vatican and US Women Religious

    08/14/2015 7:16:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/14/15 | Staff Reporter
    A new era of communication has begun, however, says Sister HollandThe controversial investigations of the US women religious by the Vatican stemmed largely from a “cultural chasm”, the group’s president has said. But the chasm is closing, Sister Sharon Holland added, and a new era of communication has begun. Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Holland, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, told the group’s annual assembly yesterday (August 12) that behaviour that is normal for a woman in American culture – such as asking questions and thinking critically – might easily be perceived as disrespectful in another setting....
  • Closed-Door Discussions are Published, and a Synod Storm Gathers

    08/14/2015 7:10:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/12/15 | Mary Jo Anderson
    Proceedings of an un-publicized series of workshops at the Vatican earlier this year reveal controversial conversations taking place ahead of this fall’s Synod on the Family. There is a storm warning ahead for the Ordinary Synod on the Family, scheduled for October 2015 in Rome. Can there be “the possibility of an evolution of the ecclesiastical doctrine of marriage” in the Catholic Church without the Synod fathers “betraying their own traditions”? That evolution is the goal of some prominent theologians and canonists who met for three separate workshops earlier this year, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for the...
  • Swiss Gay Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Catholic Bishop for Old Testament Speech

    08/10/2015 6:15:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/10/15 | Felicity Capon
    A gay rights group has filed a criminal complaint against a Roman Catholic bishop after he quoted Bible verses calling for gay people to be killed and said the passage made clear what Church policy was on homosexuality. Vitus Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the city of Chur in eastern Switzerland, made the speech on 31 July, during a debate on marriage and family organised by the German Catholic Forum in Fulda, Germany. According to Swiss media reports, Huonder, 73, read out a passage from Leviticus 20:13: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman,...
  • Archbishop Chaput: Other Moral Issues Not Equivalent to Abortion

    08/10/2015 5:51:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 10, 2015 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Of the many struggles plaguing modern society, none can be equated with the blatant taking of innocent human lives, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said regarding the latest investigative videos of Planned Parenthood. “Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide,” he said in his August 10 column for Catholic Philly....
  • Syria: “We Are in a School of Faith” - Patriarch Gregory III Laham

    08/10/2015 5:56:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 8/5/15 | Eva-Maria Kolmann
    • Patriarch Gregory III Laham reports on his encounters with people who have lost everything. When Patriarch Gregory III walks in the streets of Damascus in the late evening, people ask: “Has he no fear?” But the 81-year-old head of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church is tireless in his visits to those who have lost close relatives through war and terror. He goes into the homes of the families, comforts them, prays with them and tries to help them. In so doing, he hears countless stories of tragic blows of fate, but also stories of great faith. The Church leader, shared...
  • Orange Diocese Conference to Address Climate Change, Other Messages from Pope Francis

    08/09/2015 12:35:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 8/6/15 | Deepa Bharath
    Sister Nadine McGuinness’ voice takes on a solemn tone as she talks about climate change. The respected theologian and teacher finds herself in a position to educate Orange County’s faithful about why climate change and economic inequality are not political or partisan issues, but real moral dilemmas the faith community faces today. During a conference hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on Saturday at the Christ Cathedral, McGuinness will shed light on these topics while explaining them in the context of Pope Francis’ 184-page encyclical in which he called for “a bold cultural revolution.” In the sharply worded...
  • The Bible And A Belt

    08/08/2015 2:29:54 PM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    FB ^ | Joey And Rory
    THIS just in
  • Report: Spanish Bishop Changes Mind, Permits Transgendered Person to Be Godparent

    08/08/2015 11:04:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reversing a decision made less than two weeks before, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may serve as a godparent at the baptism of her nephew, Diario de Cadiz reported. The woman, Alex Salinas, has not yet undergone a sex-change operation, according to previous Spanish media reports. Salinas said that the priest of the parish in which the baptism will take place told her that the bishop realized he had made a mistake and that Salinas could serve as a godparent.
  • These Are the Top 5 Reasons People Leave Church, Study Reveals

    08/06/2015 11:38:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 92 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 8/6/2015 | CRAIG CABLE
    New research reveals that 31 percent of the adult U.S. population, approximately 65 million people, were at one time involved in church but have since left. This is approximately equal to the number of people still regularly attending church. The study also found that more than 10 percent of adults still attending church are on their way out the door. The top five reasons people gave for leaving are: The church was too judgmental. The church bureaucracy was stifling. They didn't like the lecture style of preaching. The church was not where they encountered God. The church took a social...
  • This 100-year-old Priest Still Has a Very Important Task: Fighting Satan

    08/06/2015 5:24:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Madrid, Spain, Aug 5, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On August 1, the oldest priest in the Diocese of Malaga, Spain turned 100 years old. After a century of life, Father Francisco Acevedo says he still has important work to do. “St. Peter says: 'Be sober and keep watch, because the devil as a roaring lion walks about, seeking whom he may devour,” said Fr. Acevedo in an interview published by the Bishop of Malaga. “I still have to resist the devil, but it's not easy. The devil does not want there to be holy priests, and it's dangerous...
  • Chinese Bishop Ordained in Public for the First Time Since 2012

    08/06/2015 5:09:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/6/15 | Catholic News Service
    Ordination Mass drew 1,400 people, with an extra 500 turned away by authoritiesA bishop has been ordained publicly in China for the first time in three years – and for the first time since the Vatican and China restarted its dialogue last summer. Fr Joseph Zhang Yinlin was ordained coadjutor bishop at Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Diocese of Anyang by three Vatican-approved and government-recognised bishops. Bishops not recognised by the Vatican were not present at the ordination, according to ucanews.com. August 4 was chosen as the ordination date because it is the feast of St John Vianney, patron saint...
  • Pope Francis Invites Oprah, Ari Emanuel to the Vatican

    08/06/2015 5:02:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8/5/15 | Matthew Belloni , Chris Gardner
    The pontiff has shortlisted Hollywood heavy-hitters for a special meeting at the Vatican this fall. The topic? Improving the church's portrayal in Western entertainment. Ari Emanuel might soon get a chance to hug it out with the pope. Sources say the William Morris Endeavor superagent and his co-CEO Patrick Whitesell are on a shortlist of media players whom reps for Pope Francis have approached for a special meeting at the Vatican this fall. The pontiff apparently is interested in discussing how the church is perceived by Western media influencers and ways to improve its portrayal in entertainment. The Vatican, which...
  • Milwaukee archdiocese settles abuse cases for $21 million

    08/04/2015 3:50:52 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 4, 2015 | Tribune wire reports
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Tuesday that it will pay $21 million to more than 300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a four-year bankruptcy proceeding. The proposed deal, which will be part of a reorganization plan submitted to a bankruptcy court later this month, was to be reviewed by a judge overseeing the case at a Nov. 9 hearing. Archbishop Jerome Listecki called the settlement a "new Pentecost."
  • Cardinal Hopes Gay Masses Can Be Rolled Out Throughout Church in England and Wales

    08/04/2015 5:45:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 7/31/15 | Joanna Moorhead
    A Westminster diocesan initiative to extend a special welcome to lesbian and gay Catholics at a regular Mass has proved so successful that Cardinal Vincent Nichols would like it to be rolled out nationwide, his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) liaison priest has said. The Masses, at the Jesuit Farm Street Church in central London, replaced the more controversial, so-called “gay Masses” that were designated for LGBT Catholics at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Soho until 2013. Key to the transition was that the Farm Street Masses are an extension of the diocese’s pastoral care for gay...
  • Christ the Creationist

    08/03/2015 7:58:49 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Oct. 2015 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Christ the Creationist by Jonathan Sarfati Many in the Church question whether creation is relevant to the Christian faith or Christian living. Some say, “Don’t worry about Genesis; just believe in Jesus.” Others even call themselves ‘red-letter Christians’, concentrating only on Jesus’ recorded statements which are in red in some Bibles. However, this position is self-refuting. Even using red letters alone, we can show that Jesus did not subscribe to this view. Jesus said, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35)—for Him, what Scripture says is what God says. Many times, Jesus said, “It is written …”, then cited Scripture as...
  • The Sin Of The Unstirred Church

    07/31/2015 3:42:04 PM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    oldpathchristianity.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lester Roloff
    Evening preaching, 24 minutes
  • Knights of Columbus Unveil New Campaign to Aid Middle-East Christians

    07/29/2015 2:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 29, 2015
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution — especially in the Middle East — the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is responding by asking our own members, and the public at large, to help us save the lives of people who are being persecuted simply because of their Christian faith,”...
  • Evening Preaching Sermon .. ALL WELCOME

    07/29/2015 2:36:07 PM PDT · by knarf · 2 replies
    Faithful Word Baptist Church ^ | June 21, 2015 | Pastor Steve Anderson
    The Trinity
  • Peaceful pro-life prisoner Mary Wagner freed after seven months in jail

    07/29/2015 2:23:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jul 28, 2015 | Lianne Laurence
    MILTON, ON, July 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner was released from Vanier Centre for Women Saturday, July 25 after seven months in jail. “Of course, I’m pleased to be out,” the 41-year-old told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview, taking time from sorting through all the gifts and cards from supporters that were forbidden to her while in jail. “I’m thankful for the prayers and support.” Wagner says she plans to visit her parents in BC, and to write an open letter to supporters to express her thanks and her thoughts, similar to one she...
  • What Makes a Priest Rejoice at Confession

    07/29/2015 11:24:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-27-2014 | Igumen Nektary (Morozov)
    What gives you joy when one person after another lines up to take confession? Not when you hear the confession that many call, “on duty”, but when you become a witness to change that’s happened (perhaps even before your very eyes) in a person; when you have become the witness of his struggle, the result of his work on himself and the action of God’s grace that goes with it. This is always experienced as a marvelous miracle—the most important and most necessary of all miracles, the most unbelievable and most saving. However, it’s not only the miracle that makes...
  • Spanish Bishop: Transgendered Person May Not Serve as Godparent

    07/29/2015 6:22:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    A Spanish bishop has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may not serve as a godparent at the baptism of her nephew. Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta said that the parish priest was "kind and understanding" in conveying to Alex Salinas, a woman who plans to undergo a sex-change operation, that while she cannot serve as a baptismal sponsor because of canonical requirements that a sponsor live in accordance with the faith, she could spiritually encourage and help the child in living the faith. "No one should be surprised if someone cannot...
  • Patriarch Urges Pope to Visit Iraq

    07/29/2015 6:09:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    ANSA ^ | 7/28/15
    Papal visit to Baghdad would be welcomed by all, he says- A visit by Pope Francis to the people of Iraq would give them desperately needed encouragement and strength, Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako said. In an interview published on the Vatican Radio website, he urged Pope Francis to make a pastoral visit to Iraq to give the Arab world's embattled Christians hope and the strength "to persevere and not to leave". Iraqi Christians feel close to the pontiff, "but they are awaiting his pastoral visit," the patriarch said. "We need his presence among us, so that...
  • I Have Fallen And I CAN Get Up (Protestant Caucus .. all welcome)

    07/29/2015 3:09:41 AM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    God's Holy Word ^ | Preached March 5, 2014 | Dr Bob Gray Sr.
    I go to church because I love to hear preaching
  • Dr Law and Dr Grace .... (Protestant Caucus)

    07/28/2015 5:34:50 PM PDT · by knarf · 12 replies
    The Word Of God ^ | July 28, 2015 | Lester Rolloff
    PREACHING is the heart of the Gospel
  • New York Churches Receive Tearful Farewells

    07/28/2015 4:49:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/26/15 | Melanie Grayce West
    Thousands of Catholics attend final services at parishes set to closeParishioners of the Roman Catholic Church of All Saints in Harlem openly wept at Mass on Sunday as the sounds of the choir lifted up to the soaring ceilings. Rosalind Maybank, president of the usher board, broke into tears as she thanked congregants for spending one last Sunday “with your family.” “It’s very hard, but the love that we share among each other will always be with us no matter where we go, whatever church we go to,” said Ms. Maybank, 68 years old, as sunlight poured in through the...