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  • New Vatican Magazine Criticises Church for 'Ignoring Role of Women'

    05/04/2016 5:46:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/3/16 | Christopher Lamb
    The magazine, which launched today, started as a monthly section in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore RomanoThe Church has ignored the female contribution to Catholic culture in recent years, according to an editorial in a new women’s magazine published by the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper. Lucetta Scaraffia, the co-ordinator of Women-Church-World, the new monthly magazine published by L’Osservatore Romano, said that a “hidden revolution” had taken place during the last century with women making an increasingly important contribution to the intellectual life of Catholicism. But this, she explained, had been “almost ignored” by the Church even though it had intensified in the...
  • Europe's Bishops Call Unified Line on Refugee Crisis 'Impossible'

    05/04/2016 5:38:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/3/16 | Ines San Martin
    ROME— Despite Pope Francis’ repeated calls for a comprehensive Catholic response to the European refugee crisis, Europe’s bishops declared Tuesday they don’t have a common line, arguing that the differing realities of each country makes a uniform response impossible. “We have talked long about migration, but the problem can’t be explained in a three-line statement,” said Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő of Budapest, Hungary, President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. When asked about walls being built around several countries, including Hungary, Erdő didn’t give a resounding “no,” saying that those who are doing so are building “wire fences” with...
  • Pope Francis targeted with sickening abuse by Twitter trolls after posting about Jesus

    05/03/2016 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | 3 May 2016 | Anthony Bond
    WARNING - UPSETTING CONTENT: The Pope was subjected to violent sexual imagery after writing of Jesus' "love for us" on Twitter Reuters Pope Francis arrives at the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Pope Francis has been subjected to abusive tweets after writing about Jesus' love on Twitter The Pope has been targeted by Twitter trolls with sickening abuse after he posted a message about Jesus on the social networking site. Pope Francis was subjected to the vile abuse just seconds after writing on his Twitter page. He wrote: "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraine’s Military Chaplains

    04/29/2016 5:57:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/27/16 | Jaroslawa Kisyk
    Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiersIn mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar and the UCC had jointly organized a fundraising campaign called “Save Lives” in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers with their extensive humanitarian...
  • Amoris Laetitia Footnote Contradicts Church’s Tradition, Says Leading German Philosopher

    04/29/2016 5:49:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/28/16 | Staff Reporter
    Robert Spaemann said Communion was a 'yes or no' question and that the Pope's document could lead to a schismRobert Spaemann, one of the foremost living Catholic philosophers, has said Amoris Laetitia contradicts the traditional teaching of the Church. In an interview with the German Catholic News Agency, Spaemann says that most of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation is in line with the Church’s teaching – although some sections are capable of being read otherwise. However, Spaemann says that paragraph 305, when read with its accompanying footnote 351, “directly contradicts [widerspricht direkt] paragraph 84 of John Paul II’s letter Familiaris Consortio.”...
  • Catholics Join Forces with Russian Orthodox to Rebuild Churches in Syria

    04/29/2016 5:33:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/16 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Project is the 'first concrete outcome' of the Pope's meeting with Patriarch KirillRussia’s Catholic Church has launched a joint project with Russian Orthodox leaders to rebuild churches and monasteries destroyed during the war in Syria. Mgr Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of the Russian bishops’ conference, said the project should be viewed as the “first concrete outcome” of Pope Francis’s February meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The official also said the move did not indicate support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. “While we’ve been in contact with the Assad government, this isn’t a political matter,” he...
  • Top Vatican Cardinals Aren’t Commenting on Pope’s Exhortation

    04/28/2016 5:33:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/25/16 | John-Henry Westen
    April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two of the Vatican’s most senior prelates, both known for taking a strong stand for the Church’s tradition at the Synod on the Family, are declining interviews on Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation. Vatican reporter Edward Pentin reports that neither Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nor Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has commented on Amoris Laetitia or given any media interviews about the document. Müller and Sarah have repeatedly spoken in the past about the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage...
  • Catholic Seminary Breaks Ground

    04/28/2016 5:28:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Seward Independent ^ | 4/27/16 | Emily Hemphill
    St. Gregory the Great Catholic Seminary in Seward is expanding to prepare more students for priesthood. The seminary held a ground-breaking ceremony April 24 to mark the beginning of a construction project that will add 11 student rooms, two priest suites, two classrooms and a science lab onto the existing building, located at 800 Fletcher Road in Seward. “We’ve seen the steady growth the Lord has granted us. We’ve seen our faculty and staff grow,” St. Gregory Rector the Very Rev. Jeffrey R. Eickhoff said during the ceremony. In its 18 years of existence, the seminary has housed and taught...
  • Archbishop of Cologne Slams Germany's Anti-Islam Party: 'Mosques are Equal to Churches'

    04/28/2016 5:16:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/27/16 | Harry Farley
    The Catholic Archbishop of Cologne has slammed Germany's anti-Islam party, Alternative for Deutchsland (AfD). Rainer Woelki posted a video where he ridiculed the right-wing party's claim that Islam is incompatible with the German constitution. The archbishop's intervention comes after the anti-immigration party said it would press for bans on minarets and burqas. "Anyone who denigrates Muslims as the AfD leadership does should realise prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels," he said. "Whoever says 'yes' to church towers must also say 'yes' to minarets." The AfD has grown in prominence putting pressure...
  • Anglicans and Catholics Discuss Recognition of Ministry

    04/27/2016 6:24:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 4/26/16
    (Vatican Radio) Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting together near Rome to discuss ordination rites within the two communions, as well as the significant ecumenical implications of Pope Francis’ recent document ‘Amoris Laetitia’. A meeting of the Malines Conversation group took place from April 17th to 22nd at Rocca di Papa, south of Rome, culminating in an ecumenical evensong celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A communique issued after the encounter said the theologians from seven different countries discussed “contemporary and historic ordination rites” and the developments that have taken place in both communions...
  • Trump Chosen by God To Stop America's Destruction - Astounding 2011 Prophecy

    04/27/2016 4:39:17 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 45 replies
    INFO ^ | Apr 21, 2016 | youtube
    Rick Wiles interviews retired firefighter Mark Taylor who was given this prophetic revelation in 2011. The Lord has chosen Mr. Trump to bring America back from the brink of destruction. Mr. Taylor wrote this amazing prophecy in 2011 giving us a glimpse of what's to come and why all who attack Mr. Trump will fall by the wayside. What's amazing is that this revelation has gone forth to thousands. The wrath of God has come not for the people of America but for the leaders of the establishment. The hour of judgment is upon them. The light has begun to...
  • Why Does a Catholic Diocese Provide Syringes?

    04/26/2016 6:20:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | 4/25/16 | Deal Hudson
    While I was the publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine, I chronicled the plight of the Albany Diocese in Upstate, NY under the former leadership of now Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard. His stewardship of the diocese was a test case in the failures of the progressive policies of many churchmen during the seventies and eighties that left dioceses throughout the country beset by dwindling Mass attendance, little or no vocations to the priestly and religious life and sex scandals which metastasized into a full blown scandal in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Things were so awful under Hubbard...
  • The top 10 lies your Mormon friend is telling you

    04/25/2016 5:29:27 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 180 replies
    Exploring Mormonism ^ | April 24, 2016 | by Mithryn
    Social media has enabled communication between friends like never before. It’s also enabled lies to be spread (and debunked more quickly) than ever before. The lies Mormons tell are typically hold-overs from before Snopes was invented, and most Mormons may not realize they are lying, or simply justify the lie because the church is too good and you, their neighbor, would “make such a good member!” Next time a member sends you one of these lies, feel free to send them a link to this list. Also, to you members, before your blood begins to boil on my definition of...
  • Pope Makes Surprise Visit to Rome Park Marking Earth Day

    04/25/2016 5:34:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/16 | AP
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to one of Rome's main parks to participate in an Earth Day event. Francis, who wrote an encyclical decrying the exploitation of the Earth's environment and resources often at the expense of the poor, went to Villa Borghese, a park filled with Sunday strollers.
  • “To label a priest “non-judgmental” is damning.” (can't think clearly, affirms people moral errors)

    04/24/2016 2:22:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 24, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At The Catholic Thing Fr. Jerry Pokorsky has a good piece about being non-judgmental, particularly about non-judgmental priests.  I think we have all met that sort, right?  These pathetic, flexi-spined cowards who would be, were Dante in charge, consigned to chase the pointless ever-whirling banner on the empty plain, pursued by stinging flies, treading upon hideous worms.Two snips: Non-Judgmental Shepherds[…]Someone recently told me about a Catholic religion teacher who was called by a concerned parent. The teacher was presenting the Catholic faith in a methodical fashion. An upcoming topic was to be love and marriage. The parent wanted assurances that his...
  • Kasper: Pope Intends "Not to Preserve Everything as it has Been"

    04/24/2016 10:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 4/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 22 April, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave yet another interview about Pope Francis and his reforms. This time, he spoke with the German regional newspaper Aachener Zeitung. In this interview, the German cardinal made some candid — indeed, bold — statements which are very important in the context of the current situation of the Catholic Church. Kasper speaks about the further Church-reform plans of Pope Francis and his intention “not to preserve everything as it has been of old.” With Pope Francis, “things are not any more so abstract and permeated with suspicion, as it was the case in earlier...
  • Pope Francis Surprises Thousands of Teens in St. Peter’s Square (hears confessions)

    04/23/2016 11:07:26 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 04-23-2016 | Vatican Radio
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis surprised thousands of teenagers in St. Peter’s Square by personally hearing confessions for more than an hour Saturday morning. The Holy Father administered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to 16 teenage boys and girls gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Jubilee for Teens. With the Jubilee for Teens in full swing in the Vatican and around Rome, the Holy Father made the surprise visit to participate in the event. He was joined by more than 150 other priests who offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to thousands of teens throughout the day.

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  • Breakaway Ministries' director stepping away from role

    04/21/2016 2:49:09 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    kbtx.com ^ | Apr 20, 2016 | kbtx
    Aggie and director of Breakaway Ministries, Ben Stuart, will be stepping out of his role after 11 years of ministering to students at Texas A&M. The announcement was made Tuesday night on Breakaway's website. Stuart will be joining the Passion Movement by becoming a Leadership Resident at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA. He then plans to start another Passion City Church in another city. Breakaway started as a group of friends talking about the Bible in a small apartment back in 1989, but as it continued to grow, a bigger venue was needed. It has since been held at...
  • Bl. Mother Teresa: "every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus"

    04/20/2016 11:40:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | Published on Dec 30, 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Mother Teresa at the National Prayer Breakfast, on 3 February 1994.
  • Communion for Divorced/Remarried Not Most Important Issue in Post-Synod Document: Pope

    04/19/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    In a question-and-answer session with reporters who accompanied him on his April 16 visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis acknowledged that his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia has changed the Church’s approach to the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried. But he stressed that the question was by no means the most important issue covered in his apostolic exhortation. The Pope remarked that the media coverage of the Synod did not reflect the reality of the discussion. He said: When I convoked the first Synod, the great concern of the majority of the media...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Compares Europe with the Atheistic Soviet Union

    04/19/2016 7:00:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/19/16
    Moscow, April 19, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk draws a parallel between the USSR and present-day Europe. "It is surprising that today Russian and European civilizations have exchanged their roles in a certain sense. The Soviet Union was the country of the official state atheism, while all of us perceived the West as the Christian region," the hierarch said on air of his program Church and the World on Rossiya 24 television. According to him, now it is quite the contrary: faith and the Church are revived in Russia, new...
  • Memory Eternal! +Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou), 1924 – 2016

    04/18/2016 5:37:59 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 18 April A.D. 2016 | Metropolitan Joseph
    +Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou), 1924 – 2016 It was with great sadness that we learned of the falling asleep in our Lord Jesus Christ of His Eminence Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou) on Sunday April 17th, 2016. I was personally blessed to know Metropolitan Constantine during my time in Damascus, and I can certainly testify to his holiness, and prayerfulness. It can truly be said that he was a man of God. Metropolitan Constantine was born in 1924 in Damascus, Syria where he was educated in the city's parochial schools. Desirous of entering upon an ecclesiastical career, His Eminence was blessed to study...
  • Prelates' Differing Responses to 'Amoris Laetitia'

    04/18/2016 8:29:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Cardinal Walter Kasper said that Amoris Laetitia "changes everything," but other prelates stressed that the apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis has not wrought any major change, in comments appearing in the press a week after the release of the papal document. Cardinal Kasper, who had encouraged the Synod of Bishops to approve a way by which divorced and remarried couples could receive Communion, told The Tablet that the document "doesn't change anything of Church doctrine or of canon law-- but it changes everything." He said: "It seems clear to me as to many other observers, that there can be situations...
  • Pope Says Schonborn Interpretation on Communion for Remarried is the Final Word

    04/17/2016 1:32:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/16/16 | John-Henry Westen
    April 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – On the flight returning from Greece, Pope Francis was asked if the Apostolic Exhortation contained a "change in discipline that governs access to the sacraments" for Catholics who are divorced and remarried. The Pope replied, "I can say yes, period." The Pope then urged reading the presentation of Cardinal Schönborn for the final answer to the question, calling Schönborn a “great theologian who knows the doctrine of the Church.” Schonborn’s presentation boiled down Pope Francis’ more than 60,000 words in the exhortation to 3000, but in that short space made sure to include the “smoking...
  • Francis: 'New Concrete Possibilities' for Remarried After Family Exhortation

    04/16/2016 3:10:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/16/16 | Joshua McElwee
    Pope Francis has affirmed that his recent apostolic exhortation on family life has opened up "new concrete possibilities" for Catholics who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments. In a press conference on his way back from a one-day visit to Lesbos, Greece, a reporter told the pontiff that some had interpreted the language in his exhortation to mean that there were no specific changes to the church's pastoral practice for remarried Catholics while others thought there were. "Are there new concrete possibilities that did not exist before the publication of the exhortation, or no?" asked the journalist. "I can...
  • Poor Judas.....

    04/14/2016 7:56:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    That's right. Judas experienced the worst evil that anyone could suffer. He was not warmly welcomed! No one embraced him after he betrayed the Savior. No one had pity on him. He was treated harshly and…without knowing what to do, he sought the gibbet. This is the great evil of our times: the lack of welcome offered to sinners. And Francis has made this clear regarding the supreme sinner. The “poor man”, Judas, hung himself because he was not welcomed, for he was truly repentant, according to Francis. Once more Francis condemns those who, according to his peculiar concept, “clutch...
  • Norway's Lutheran Church Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

    04/14/2016 7:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/16
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage. In a vote at the annual conference of the Norwegian Lutheran Church on Monday 88 delegates out of 115 in total backed same-sex marriage. "Finally we can celebrate love independently of whom one falls in love with," said Gard Sandaker-Nilsen, leader of the Open Public...
  • Jesuit Editor Says Pope has Removed Restrictions on Divorced/Remarried Access to Sacraments

    04/12/2016 7:25:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Father Antono Spadaro, the Italian Jesuit who was an influential figure in the meetings of the Synod on the Family, now writes that Pope Francis has removed all restrictions on the access of divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacraments. Father Spadaro's controversial interpretation of Amoris Laetitia-- which appears to contradict the claims that the Pope made no major changes in Church teaching or discipline-- appears in Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit journal that Father Spadaro edits. Civilta Cattolica is regarded as a semi-authoritative source because its contents are approved in advance by the Vatican Secretariat of State. Father Spadaro has...
  • Cardinal Brandmuller Again Warns About "Amoris Laetitia"

    04/11/2016 6:12:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 4/11/16 | Maike Hickson
    On Saturday, 9 April, Cardinal Walter Brandmuller explicitly commented on the pope's Apostolic Exhortation on the Family and warns against a dilution of the Catholic Church's teaching. The cardinal spoke to the German tabloid newspaper, Die Bild, as reported by the German Bishops' website, katholisch.de. While many of the statements that are quoted here seem identical with the statement which had been published by Cardinal Brandmuller two days before the publication of the pope's Exhortation on 8 April, it is significant that he now emphatically repeats some of these statements to a widely distributed newspaper in Germany after the release...
  • The Call: Azusa Now

    04/09/2016 12:04:27 PM PDT · by SetFree · 86 replies
    Azusa Now ^ | 4/9/2016 | Lou Engle
    In the city of angels a day for praise, worship, asking forgiveness and declaration of the Lord's goodness to America and the nations...in the way of thy will be done on earth (now, today)as it is in heaven. A coliseum of believers from many nations joining in spiritual warfare for good. 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM Pacific Time.
  • In Georgia's Religious-Freedom Debate, Catholic Bishops Sit on the Sidelines

    04/09/2016 11:02:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 4/7/16 | Phil Lawler
    Last week, under heavy pressure from powerful corporations, Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would have protected religious institutions from being required to approve same-sex marriages or to hire openly homosexual employees. In his veto statement the governor implicitly adopted the rhetoric of the homosexual lobby, suggesting that any resistance to same-sex unions is intolerable. "I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia," he said. With that veto and that public statement, Governor Deal implicitly accepted the argument that any group which refuses to endorse homosexuality is engaged in...
  • Cardinal Burke Rebukes Notre Dame for Honoring Pro-Abort Joe Biden

    04/08/2016 6:40:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/7/16 | Lisa Bourne
    PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The University of Notre Dame's decision to give Vice President Joe Biden their highest award is scandalous and undermines the Church's teaching on life and marriage, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview published today. Speaking with Catholic Action for Faith and Family's Thomas McKenna, Cardinal Burke said the invitation represents what Pope Saint John Paul II, in his apostolic exhortation on the laity, called "one of the greatest evils of our time" - that is, the tendency of Catholics to separate their faith from their daily living. "And this is exactly what we...
  • Catholics Cannot Accept Elements of Apostolic Exhortation that Threaten Faith and Family

    04/08/2016 6:28:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The promulgation of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis marks the conclusion of a synodal process that has been dominated by attempts to undermine Catholic teaching on matters relating to human life, marriage and the family, on questions including, but not limited to, the indissolubility of marriage, contraception, artificial methods of reproduction, homosexuality, "gender ideology" and the rights of parents and children. These attempts to distort Catholic teaching have weakened the Church's witness to the truths of the natural and supernatural order and have threatened the well-being of the family, especially its weakest and most vulnerable members. The...
  • These Iraqi Children Have Lost Everything - Except Their Faith

    04/08/2016 6:10:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/7/16 | Elise Harris
    Erbil, Iraq, Apr 7, 2016 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six hundred Christian children whose families fled ISIS violence in 2014 have lost their homes, schools, sometimes friends, sanitary living conditions and the stability of a normal life. However, despite their many losses, there's one thing they never left behind and which continues to grow stronger everyday: their faith. When it comes to the question of how to persevere in the faith - and pass it on with terrorists just a few miles away - one woman named Carin has developed a unique form of catechesis that she is teaching...
  • Polish Archbishop Warns of 'Pseudo-Merciful' Attitude and Political Correctness

    04/07/2016 6:26:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/6/16 | Edward Pentin
    Archbishop Henryk Hoser, a synod father at the two Synods on the Family, gives his assessment of the meetings ahead of the publication of 'Amoris laetitia'. On Friday, the Vatican will publish Pope Francis' summary document on the Synod on the Family — 'Amoris laetitia' (the Joy of Love). Ahead of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation's release, and to gain a sense of what some bishops are thinking about the synod outside the anglosphere, here below is the full text of an interview that Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga gave last week to EWTN Germany's Robert Rauhut. During their discussion,...
  • Cardinal Sarah: "There is No Forgiveness if There is No Repentance"

    04/06/2016 8:59:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/5/16 | Catherine Harmon
    "It is true that Jesus always goes before us and waits for us with open arms," Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an interview published today in Polish. "But it is up to us to also move towards Him!" Rorate Caeli has posted a translation of the interview, in which the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments discusses mercy and forgiveness, the Church in Africa, and love for God as the starting point for holiness, among other subjects. A Polish edition of Cardinal Sarah's book God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith was recently...
  • [Anglican] Archbishop of Wales Apologises for Gay Prejudice

    04/06/2016 8:44:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/6/16
    The head of the Church in Wales has apologised "unreservedly" to gay couples for prejudice in the church. Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan spoke at a meeting of the governing body in Llandudno on Wednesday. The church tweeted "Archbishop of Wales offers a pastoral letter on same-sex relationships apologising unreservedly for prejudice within the church." Last year, Dr Morgan said it would be "foolish" to bring forward a bill for same-sex marriages in church. A statement released by the church said although it was not ready to allow or bless same-sex marriages, "the debate is not over". It went...
  • New Cardinal Sarah Interview: "Being Good" Is Not Enough

    04/05/2016 5:46:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The following interview, which first appeared today in PCh24.pl, was conducted by the great Izabella Parowicz, Phd. Miss Parowicz asked us to share this interview with our readers, and we are very pleased to do so.Q: It is a great honour for me to be allowed to carry out this interview with Your Eminence, especially in view of the recent release of the Polish edition of His beautiful interview book entitled "God or Nothing. A Conversation on Faith". While expressing my great joy about the fact that this book has been made available to Polish readers, I would like to...
  • The Pope's Curial, Synodal and Cardinalate Appointments: A Three-Year Assessment

    03/31/2016 6:48:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/30/16 | Edward Pentin
    Part II: Reform of the Vatican's operations has been a central priority of the Holy Father's papacy, but concerns have arisen over some of his picks.VATICAN CITY — As well as episcopal appointments, other useful indicators of this pontificate's direction are Pope Francis' choices of cardinals, his appointments to the Roman Curia and those he chose to participate at the recent synod on the family. So far, after two consistories, the Holy Father has purposely chosen not to award so many red hats to traditional cardinalatial sees, especially in Italy. The Patriarchate of Venice, for instance, for centuries headed by...
  • Bible charity vows to continue translation work after murders of four employees

    03/30/2016 10:18:36 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/30/2016 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The murders of four translators working to bring the Bible to obscure languages in the Middle East earlier this month won't stop the charity behind the effort from its work, officials said. The four unidentified translators, who worked secretly for Wycliffe Associates, a Florida non-profit dedicated to bringing the gospel to hundreds of obscure languages, were killed by suspected Islamist militants at an undisclosed location,Wycliffe officials said in a statement. “They shot and destroyed all the equipment in the office,” read the statement. “The invaders burned all the books and other translation materials in the office." The work is so...
  • Rejoice! Why That Circus in the Aisle Could Bring New Life to Your Church

    03/30/2016 6:28:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3/26/16 | Tobias Jones
    The Church of England has nearly 16,000 buildings, three times more than Tesco, but they are empty most of the time. With their maintenance now an urgent issue, radical reinvention may be required We Britons are famously obsessive about our heritage. Our attachment to stately homes, castles and cathedrals sometimes verges on the fanatical. And yet almost half of all the Grade I listed buildings in England are in the hands of a single organisation - the Church of England, which is mildly bemused as to what it should do with them. It has 15,700 buildings in all, compared with,...
  • Mother Angelica’s funeral to be broadcast live on media network she founded

    03/29/2016 3:25:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 29, 2016
    The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will broadcast the funeral of Mother Angelica live on Friday.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Friday at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, and interment will immediately follow in the Shrine’s Crypt Church.Mother Mary Angelica died on Easter Sunday at the age of 92 at her order’s Our Lady of Angels Monastery in rural Alabama. Mother Angelica was born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, in 1923. She entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration monastery in Cleveland at age 21 and joined other nuns in moving...
  • Benedict XVI Responds to Mother Angelica's Death

    03/28/2016 5:31:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI had a special response to Mother Angelica's death falling on Easter Sunday: "it’s a gift." Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict's personal secretary, told CNA about the Pope emeritus' comment March 28. Mother Angelica, an Ohio-born Poor Clare nun, founded EWTN Global Catholic Network in Alabama in 1981. It has since become the largest religious media network in the world. She passed away March 27, Easter Sunday, at the age of 92. Her death prompted memorials, eulogies and remembrances from around the world. In Rome, Monsignor Dario Vigano, prefect of...
  • Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter

    03/27/2016 5:10:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 109 replies
    cna ^ | March 27, 2016
    Mother Angelica. Credit: EWTN. Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2016 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.“Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Warsaw. “Her...
  • Erdogan to Open First US Double-Minaret Mosque

    03/27/2016 11:30:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Yeni Safak ^ | 3/25/16
    A Turkish-Islamic Center in Maryland, which features a double-minaret mosque, will be opened in the US during Turkish President Erdogan's official visitThe $100 million mega-mosque in Maryland, US will soon be open in the Washington, DC area, as Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan is expected to open the mosque during his official visit to the US between March 29 and April 2. America's largest mosque complex, officially known as the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center, was built with Turkish funding under the supervision of the Turkish religious foundation (Diyanet). Almost all $100 million for the mosque was funded by the Religious...
  • Beginning Triduum, Francis Tells Priests: God is Mercy, Not 'Complicated Theology'

    03/26/2016 9:27:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 3/24/16 | Joshua McElwee
    This morning the Pope presided over a solemn Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica for the celebration of Holy ThursdayPope Francis began the global Catholic church's celebration of the days leading to Easter with a call Thursday for people to "break out of our set ways" to be more merciful towards others and telling priests they have sometimes become blind to God’s will "because of an excess of complicated theology." In a solemn Mass at St. Peter's Basilica for the celebration of Holy Thursday, the Pontiff said Jesus had fought not for his own glory but to break down walls...
  • The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population in past decade

    03/25/2016 8:22:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency.com ^ | March 9 | Ann Schneible
    The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population in past decade St. Peter's Square. Credit: nomadFra via www.shutterstock.com. By Ann Schneible Vatican City, Mar 9, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent.From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion. These and other statistics, released by the Vatican...
  • Financial Crunch Hits United Church of Christ

    03/25/2016 4:41:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 3-24-16 | Jeff Walton
    VOL is publishing this story because the UCC is even more progressive than The Episcopal Church and therefore says a lot about the future of The Episcopal Church. The UCC is making big staff cuts, and there is an internal report forecasting an 80 percent decline in membership by 2045! The average age of an Episcopalian is now in the mid-Sixties. There are no millennials coming along to fill either pulpits or pews. Nearly half of all pulpits now cannot afford a full time priest. David Virtue If times are tough for oldline Protestant denominations, they are dire for the...