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  • As a Man Grows Older: Papal Milestones Prompt Celebration, Speculation

    04/13/2012 7:04:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/12/12 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's 85th birthday, April 16, and the seventh anniversary of his election, April 19, are obviously occasions for wishing the pope well and reflecting on the events of his reign thus far. Inevitably, however, these milestones also prompt speculation about what Vatican officials and observers refer to diplomatically as "papal transition." Pope Benedict, after all, is already the sixth-oldest pope since the 1400s, when records became available. It has been almost two years since he told a German interviewer, "My forces are diminishing" and that, when it comes to public appearances, "I wonder whether...
  • South Florida Moved by Death of Bishop Agustin Roman

    04/13/2012 6:46:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Sun Sentinel ^ | 4/12/12 | James D. Davis
    Humble, generous Catholic leader known for work among Cuban exiles.Bishop Agustin Roman, who died Wednesday night at age 83, was best known for his work among Cuban exiles and for promoting devotion to the Virgin Mary in Miami. But Catholic leaders in Broward and Palm Beach counties, too, recall the bishop's gentle, self-effacing leadership. "It wasn't just Catholics or Cubans he cared about: It was Jewish people, Protestants, people from all cultural backgrounds," said theologian Sixto Garcia of St. Vincent de PaulRegional Seminary near Boynton Beach, which Roman visited several times a year. "Humility is the gateway to all the...
  • Exorcist Expertise Sought After Saskatoon 'Possession'

    04/13/2012 6:42:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CBC News ^ | 4/13/12
    Bishop looks for inspiration from Calgary dioceseA case of what is being called possible demonic possession in Saskatoon has prompted local church officials to consider the need for an exorcist. CBC News spoke with a Catholic priest involved in the case, which arose in March, and agreed not to identify participants in order to protect their privacy. According to church officials, a priest was called to a Saskatoon home by a woman who said her uncle showed signs of being possessed by the devil. The woman believed a priest's blessing could help the distraught man. At the home, the priest...
  • Humanists to Mount Legal Challenge Against New [Catholic] Schools [UK]

    04/12/2012 6:46:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/12/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    A legal challenge will be launched against the building of two new Catholic schools in southwest London. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and the Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC) are planning to mount a legal challenge against Richmond Council, following an application by the Diocese of Westminster to build a Catholic primary and secondary school. A spokesman for the Diocese of Westminster defended the application stating: “The Diocese of Westminster believe that Richmond Council have acted entirely properly in respect of proposals for the establishment of new Voluntary Aided Catholic primary and secondary schools in the borough. “The proposed court...
  • Catholic Voices heeds Pope's call for public witness in US

    04/12/2012 5:01:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2012
    Denver, Colo., Apr 11, 2012 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- The recently-formed Catholic Voices USA organization is seeking volunteers to defend Church teachings, in response to Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for an effective witness in public life. At a January 2012 meeting with U.S. bishops in Rome, the Pope said that “articulate and well-formed Catholic laity” were needed to “counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.”In order to fulfill this call, Catholic Voices USA is seeking members of the Church in the...
  • Pro-life veteran priest arrested protesting Obama at Notre Dame now ailing, prayers requested

    04/11/2012 3:46:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 11, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    April 11, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Friends of longtime pro-life activist Fr. Norman Weslin are asking for prayers for the elderly priest as his health declines. Weslin, 81, is the founder of the Lambs of Christ and estimates on his group’s website that he has been arrested 70 to 80 times in peaceful civil disobedience against abortion. Jean and Kathy Plourde of Gabriel’s Corner on Tuesday asked for intercession for Fr. Weslin, who is expected to enter hospice care as soon as this week. The pro-lifers say that the priest currently is staying at an Alzheimer’s care facility in Michgan,...
  • False Conversions 'Suicide' for Churches, Pastor Warns

    04/11/2012 12:36:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 4/11/12 | Bob Allen
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) – Thousands, if not millions, of church members sitting in America’s pews aren’t really born-again Christians, a Washington, D.C., pastor said April 10 to a pastors’ conference in Louisville, Ky. Mark Dever Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in the nation’s capital, warned on the opening day of the 2012 Together for the Gospel Conference that “false conversions” are “the suicide of the local church.” Dever was one of four religious leaders – with Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; C.J. Mahaney, president Sovereign Grace Ministries in Gaithersburg, Md.; and Ligon Duncan,...
  • Believers will always praise HIS holy name, because the Spirit of GOD pushes forth ministry.

    04/11/2012 8:39:31 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 32 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    GOD's spirit pushes forth ministry, and not any force of a human's wants or needs; as they do not even match up with what GOD wants. That's why GOD came to them and changed their lives. We know that JESUS only came for the the lowly, not the righteous. We will confess HIS name and slowly live according to what we confess. The key to the those that do not believe is how they live and what they say, even if they may use GOD's holy name. Beware and watch all things in the spirit.
  • The Continuing Struggle for the Soul of Cuba

    04/11/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Jordan Allott
    In the wake of Pope Benedict's visit, Cuban Catholics express frustration and anger as the Castro regime continues political repression and religious persecution.A day before Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to Cuba on March 26, I was in Arroyo Naranjo, one of Havana’s poorest areas, meeting with Lilvio Fernandez Luis, a Catholic and the leader of JACU, or Joventud Activa Cuba Unida. Lilvio spent the day showing me the life he has worked hard to create—a life built on a strong family and the courage to fight against the repression that the Cuban government has inflicted on its people for...
  • The Profound, Unapologetic and Timely Reflections of Archbishop Chaput [Catholics in Public Life]

    04/11/2012 7:04:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Michael J. Miller
    Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. publishes e-book about Catholic Witness: "A Heart on Fire"Almost fifty years ago, the writings on religious pluralism of an American Jesuit, John Courtney Murray, helped the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to draft a Declaration on Religious Liberty in a world where millions of Christians were being ruled by officially atheistic regimes. On March 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to participate in a Rally for Religious Freedom, in protest of the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services Department mandate that compels institutions and individuals to...
  • Abuse Scandal’s Total Cost: $2.49 Billion Since 2004

    04/11/2012 6:41:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The clerical abuse scandal cost American dioceses $108,679,706 in 2011, according to an report released on April 10 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Only 57% of those funds were allotted to settlements ($50.4 million) and therapy for abuse victims ($6.1 million); the rest was spent on attorneys’ fees ($36.7 million), support for offenders ($9.9 million), and other costs ($5.6 million), according to the 2011 “Report on the Implementation of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People.”The clerical abuse scandal cost religious institutes an additional $35,372,010 in 2011. These expenses brought the total cost of...
  • Give GOD all praise, thanks, and worship everyday! Love one another!

    04/10/2012 8:56:18 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    Praise GOD, who is where all things come from. Give praise to the Most High day and night for all you have; which is life.
  • A Muslim Finds the Catholic Faith … Through Geography and Theology

    04/10/2012 6:53:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/10/12 | Edward Pentin
    British soccer team owner and prominent philanthropist Ilyas Khan reflects on his conversion.Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar was instrumental in helping Ilyas Khan, a British philanthropist and former Muslim, to become Catholic. But so too were many other distinctly Catholic influences, all amounting to a “pull” towards the faith rather than a “push” away from Islam. Khan, a merchant banker by training and the owner of the Accrington Stanley soccer team, is also chairman of the prominent British charity Leonard Cheshire Disability — the largest organization in the world helping people with disabilities. In a revealing interview with Register...
  • We can do nothing without HIM. Those HE calls will give the testimony of JESUS. THose HE calls.

    04/09/2012 9:44:54 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 10 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    GOD will call those that HE wants. It's not something for us to gloat who have been called. But it's for us to be that living example that show others how great HE is; from the heart and eventually to the physical. The testimony of JESUS in our lives is our key to know HE is calling us. Our faith and prayers is our telephone call to HIM, and HE brings the increase to us. All is HIS.
  • JOHN HARPER: True Hero on the Titanic

    John Harper was born to a pair of solid Christian parents on May 29th, 1872. It was on the last Sunday of March 1886, when he was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life. He never knew what it was to "sow his wild oats." He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old age of 17 years old by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God. As John Harper's life unfolded, one thing was...
  • 3500 Adults Receive Baptism at Easter Vigil. Card. Tong Thanks the Catechists [Hong Kong]

    04/09/2012 6:48:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/7/2012 | Annie Lam
    There are 39 paid catechists and 1500 volunteer catechists. Evangelization a pastoral priority for Card. Tong. The story of Janet, who will be baptized tonight, along with her younger brother.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - This Easter, 3,500adult catechumens in the Hong Kong diocese will receive the Sacrament of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) at various parishes at the Holy Saturday Vigil today, April 7. In his Easter Pastoral Letter 2012, Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong specially thanks priests, deacons, sisters and laypeople to offer their time and energy in teaching catechism. The catechists "not only carry out the...
  • Pope issues rare, forceful correction to dissident priests in Holy Week liturgy

    04/09/2012 6:08:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | HILARY WHITE
    VATICAN CITY, April 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an extremely rare move, Pope Benedict XVI today issued a forcefully worded correction of a group of Austrian priests who last year issued a public letter calling on their fellow clergy to disobey Catholic teaching in key areas. “Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination,” the pope said. Speaking at the...
  • URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI - EASTER 2012

    04/08/2012 12:33:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Vatican ^ | April 8, 2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world!“Surrexit Christus, spes mea” – “Christ, my hope, has risen” (Easter Sequence).May the jubilant voice of the Church reach all of you with the words which the ancient hymn puts on the lips of Mary Magdalene, the first to encounter the risen Jesus on Easter morning. She ran to the other disciples and breathlessly announced: “I have seen the Lord!” (Jn 20:18). We too, who have journeyed through the desert of Lent and the sorrowful days of the Passion, today raise the cry of victory: “He has risen! He has...
  • Whatever day you treat special. All days or one. Edify one another. Love one another.

    04/08/2012 11:35:03 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 3 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love one another. Love everyone as CHRIST loved and loves us. Have patience with one another the way you would want them to have patience for you.
  • Walk in love with everyone, as Christ does the same with us. We are all a work in progress!

    04/07/2012 10:10:22 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We are a work in progress. Treat others as you want to be treated. Walk in love. No one is perfect.
  • Cardinal Keith O’Brien to Call on Christians to Wear the Cross [Scotland]

    04/06/2012 8:08:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    CHRISTIANS should wear a cross on their clothes every day as “a symbol of their beliefs”, according to the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland. In his Easter Sunday homily on Sunday, Cardinal Keith O’Brien will call on Christians to make the cross “more prominent in their lives”. Speaking at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, he will tell them to “wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ on their garments each and every day of their lives”. He will say: “I know that many of you do wear such a cross of Christ, not in any ostentatious...
  • Visiting the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is Now Possible Without Ever Leaving Your Home

    04/06/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Holy Land is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Every year millions of people come here to see and walk in the same places that Jesus once did two thousand years ago. But from now on it will not be necessary to travel to Jerusalem in order to visit every corner of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, a tour of the place where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion. Through the web, a virtual pilgrim can now walk through the streets of Jerusalem even if they are thousands of miles away. The website also...
  • When Redemption Is Real: Chuck Colson didn’t fall from grace, he ascended to it

    04/06/2012 7:30:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2012 | Rich Lowry
    For the first time in 34 years, Chuck Colson won’t be in a prison for Easter. The famous Watergate figure and Christian convert usually spends the day ministering to prisoners, but is recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. Colson, 80, is a giant of our time. He is a reminder of the true meaning of redemption, a concept that has been debased in our Tilt-a-Whirl media culture that can’t distinguish between notoriety and fame. In contemporary America, redemption begins sometime between the first check-in into rehab and the first cable-TV interview, and reaches completion when...
  • He Took Our Place: Identity Theft: Recovering Who You Are, Part I [Jesus made to be sin & a curse]

    04/06/2012 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies
    Lakeshore Church.org ^ | April 2, 2010 | Pastor Vince DiPaola
    "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made the right with God through Christ."(2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT) How Good Friday Can Transform our Personal Identity1) Jesus lived ___SINLESSLY___: He is the only One who could possibly pay for sin with His life."(God) made Him who knew no sin..." (2 Cor. 5:21a, NASB) 2) Jesus died ___INTENTIONALLY___: He both became sin and took our sin on the cross."...to be sin on our behalf." (2 Corinthians 5:21b, NASB) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a...
  • Pope Benedict’s Telling of ‘Axe’ Falling on Him in Conclave

    04/05/2012 10:49:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 4/15/12 | John Norton
    “I apologize for being late,” the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI told a group of pilgrims from his homeland, as he came in from his first official meeting as pope with other international religious representatives. “Germans are known for their punctuality, and this is a sign that I have become quite Italianized.” From his first moments, Pope Benedict has been a regular provider of surprises. He turns 85 on April 16, and three days later, he celebrates the seventh anniversary of his papal election. He’s now older than Pope John Paul II was when he died, and he’s taken to...
  • Pope Denounces Dissident Priests on Celibacy

    04/05/2012 10:40:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 4/5/12 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church. Benedict made the rare and explicit criticism from the altar of St. Peter's Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained. In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of...
  • We are in the world, must live in it, but let's not it bother our faith.

    04/05/2012 5:32:33 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    faith | GOD-inspired
    We are born in this world with hands from heaven. We must live in it, because we dont have the facilities to get or live out of it ( as so it seems). So, our love for one another in this world must be strong through all of our different comprehensions of what we are seeing, hearing, believing, and trying to analyze in order to live with one another.
  • Patience for one another. GOD's grace and mercy. May we never forget.

    04/04/2012 7:54:53 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We have constantly have the patience and love towards one another as GOD has for us. May we never forget the love GOD has shown us through all things.
  • Annual Reflection on the Sins and Shortcomings of the Clergy

    04/04/2012 7:29:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/4/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In some ways its been a tough year for clergy on the blogs. A lot of what I consider to be bishop bashing has been going on, and lots of wrath and venom for the Catholic clergy in general. While I expect this from the secular world, most of it of late has come from certain segments of the Catholic laity. For many on the right, we clergy don’t take up their agenda with sufficient zeal or follow it to last detail. Hence we are a grave disappointment. For many on the left we have long been dismissed as an...
  • The Pope's Challenge to Cuba—and the World

    04/04/2012 6:51:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    “Anyone who acts irrationally cannot become a disciple of Jesus. Faith and reason are necessary and complementary in the pursuit of truth. God created man with an innate vocation to the truth and he gave him reason for this purpose. Certainly, it is not irrationality but rather the yearning for truth which the Christian faith promotes. Each man and woman has to seek the truth and to choose it when he or she finds it, even at the risk of embracing sacrifices.”— Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, March 28, 2012. I. Cuba has been, in effect,...
  • The systems. Love one another. We are all a work in progress.

    04/03/2012 4:53:33 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    The systems we serve. The way out. We are all a work in progress. May we have patience for one another's growth process.
  • Always remember how the love of CHRIST changed your life.

    04/02/2012 9:36:09 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 22 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Before I begin. A little side note for certain readers: Focus on the message, and not the type O's and the grammatical errors. This message is not an english paper. My apologies to those that are looking for that kind of content of perfection here. Sorry,we all speak and write differently, so, it's not my focus; and impossible to please everyone. So for those of you that do focus on these kinds of thing, I am quite sure with your intelligence you can comprehend the message. Thanks for your specific time and patience. Those people, please keep this message above...
  • "That Rock Is Gonna Roll" Easter Video

    04/01/2012 6:27:03 PM PDT · by Emmett McCarthy · 9 replies
    Self-produced | March 31, 2012 | Emmett Grayson
    My song and video for the Easter season
  • The body is the temple. Walk in HIS love. Be in the church and be the church.

    04/01/2012 6:30:02 AM PDT · by jesus4life
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Our body is the temple. In faith may we be that vessel that GOD uses to show HIS love to the rest of HIS creation. Walk in love.
  • Dolan describes Obama’s about-face on contraception mandate

    04/01/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 31, 2012 | Catherine Harmon
    The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto has a fascinating interview with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in which the president of the US bishops’ conference discusses the interactions he’s had with President Barack Obama over the last several months regarding the birth-control mandate handed down by the Department of Health and Human Services. Dolan describes the 45-minute meeting he had with Obama last November, at which he understood the president to say that the Catholic Church’s religious freedoms would be protected as the health-care law was implemented: “I said, ‘I’ve heard you say, first of all, that you have immense...
  • Pope, Just Back From Trip, Celebrates Palm Sunday (with good news from Cuba)

    04/01/2012 5:03:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 1, 2012 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Benedict XVI has kicked off the Catholic Church's Holy Week celebrations with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square and good news from Cuba. Cuba's communist government on Saturday agreed to Benedict's request to make Good Friday a holiday, a request made during his visit to the Caribbean island last week. The day, which is celebrated this Friday, marks the solemn commemoration of Christ's death. On Sunday, Benedict traveled into St. Peter's Square on the back of a white jeep at the start of Palm Sunday Mass, which marks Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem and inaugurates Holy Week. Benedict...
  • Sixth Anglican Bishop Ordained a Catholic Priest for the Ordinariate in England

    03/31/2012 3:56:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | March 31, 2012 | Randy Sly
    WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - A sixth former Anglican bishop was ordained to the priesthood in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham at St. John's Cathedral in Portsmouth on Monday, the Feast of the Annunciation. Robert Mercer, 77, was ordained by the Right Reverend Alan Hopes, the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, who is also a convert from the Church of England. During his homily, Bishop Hopes was quoted by the U.K. Catholic Herald as saying: "Robert, your life has been one of profound commitment and witness. Your formation and ministry within the Anglican tradition have provided you with...
  • Cardinal Burke calls young converts 'beautiful' image of God's grace

    03/30/2012 2:27:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 30, 2012 | David Kerr
    Jonathan Wasserman and Kristina Landry on either side of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke. Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, head of the Vatican's highest court, described the beauty of receiving two young Americans in Rome into the Catholic Church.  “Today we are privileged to witness in a most beautiful manifestation the work of God’s grace flowing from the glorious pierced Heart of Jesus through the mediation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” said Cardinal Burke in his homily March 28. Jonathan Wasserman, 19, from Kansas City, Missouri, and 19-year-old Kristina Landry...
  • Catholic College Cans Kennedy Speech, Blames Bishop

    03/30/2012 1:55:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/12 | Scott Malone
    BOSTON (Reuters) - A small Massachusetts Roman Catholic college rescinded its invitation to Vicki Kennedy to speak at its graduation ceremony this spring, saying the local bishop objected to honoring the widow of the liberal lion Senator Edward M. Kennedy. A spokesman for Worcester Bishop Robert McManus declined to say why exactly he objected to the choice of Kennedy, a member of the most prominent U.S. Catholic family in politics. "Bishop McManus is acting, he feels, consistently with what all of the U.S. bishops asked colleges or higher institutions to do going back to 2004, that they not honor ......
  • Pope's Visit to Cuba Also Opens Doors for Non-Catholics

    03/30/2012 8:14:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/29/12 | Jeff Brumley
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (ABP) -- Catholics weren't the only ones glad to see Pope Benedict XVI preach in Cuba this week. The three-day papal visit, which concluded Wednesday, benefited local and visiting Christians across denominations, said American Protestants involved with Cuban mission work. "He has made a tremendous difference in making things easier for them," said Ray Johnson, coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida. The visit and related media coverage highlighted the mission gains of both Catholics and non-Catholics over the past 20-30 years. It also eased travel restrictions and won some of the island’s theologically conservative Protestants permission...
  • GOD judges our hearts. Is your heart focused on CHRIST/worshipping GOD?

    03/30/2012 6:38:20 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 14 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Our hearts.
  • Vanderbilt University policy forces Catholic group off campus

    03/30/2012 6:29:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 29, 2012
    Nashville, Tenn., Mar 29, 2012 / 12:07 am (CNA).- A Catholic student group says it will leave the Vanderbilt University campus at the end of the year over  a controversial school policy which bars the group from requiring its leaders to be Catholic.“The discriminatory non-discrimination policy at Vanderbilt University has forced our hand,” Vanderbilt Catholic chaplain Father John Sims Baker said in a March 26 statement. “Our purpose has always been to share the Gospel and proudly to proclaim our Catholic faith. What other reason could there be for a Catholic organization at Vanderbilt?” he asked. “How can we...
  • Former atheist promises encounter with God through saints' relics

    03/30/2012 6:13:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    cna ^ | March 29, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Photo courtesy of Fr. Carlos Martins. Denver, Colo., Mar 29, 2012 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Carlos Martins never expected to be a priest, or to be touring North America to promote devotion to the saints through their sacred relics. For much of his life, he did not believe in God.“I was raised in a very nominally Catholic family. We didn't go to church,” the 37-year-old priest told CNA on March 27. “The Catholic school that we went to was 'Catholic' in name only.” “By the time I became an adult, aside from being a 'practical atheist,' I...
  • Alaska’s Catholic Bloggers Inspired by Pope

    03/29/2012 12:22:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic Anchor Online ^ | 3/27/12 | Rashae Ophus Johnson
    As his college newspaper grew increasingly leftist, then-student Joseph Koss helped launch a campus newspaper with a conservative perspective. Fast-forward five years through law school, a revival of his faith and a move from the Detroit metro area to the Kenai Peninsula in late 2009, and Koss was struck by the realization that again he’d lost his voice. This time he launched a blog, Defend Us in Battle. “I was never really a writer. I don’t really even consider writing a strongpoint. I’m more of a commentator, trying to send a message,” Koss told the Catholic Anchor. “I’m trained as...
  • Test the spirits! Test who you are! Test what you have learned! Test if it's you! GOD is waiting!

    03/29/2012 7:20:32 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 1 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    Every day let us pray and ask GOD to help us shave off the learnings of this world that has effected us and many that we love. Though we have to live in this world, we dont have to do the things the world has taught us. There are ways around all situations when GOD is the focus.
  • Test the spirits! Test who you are! Test what you have learned! Test if it's you! GOD is waiting!

    03/29/2012 7:20:18 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 16 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    Every day let us pray and ask GOD to help us shave off the learnings of this world that has effected us and many that we love. Though we have to live in this world, we dont have to do the things the world has taught us. There are ways around all situations when GOD is the focus.
  • Survey on Mormon Disbelievers to be Released at UVU Forum [74% point to theological concerns]

    03/29/2012 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | March 28, 2012 | Eric Peterson
    John Dehlin first started the Open Stories Foundation as a means of giving Mormons with questions of faith a neutral resource for questions. Now, after having polled more than 3,000 doubting members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dehlin will release his survey results at a conference at Utah Valley University on Thursday. “I went through my own struggles with my testimony 11 or 12 years ago when I was seminary teacher,” Dehlin says. “It was really painful and hard for me...” Since that time, Dehlin has started a podcast, Mormon Stories, that runs in conjunction with...
  • Priest Witnessed Man "Brought Back to Life by God"

    03/29/2012 4:50:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 26, 2012 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    snip I wanted to share it with you. Check it out: Who doesn’t enjoy a good BarBQue with friends? When I was asked to a young couple’s home for a Young Adult Ministry Home Mass and BarBQue I packed my Mass kit and off I went. I arrived about 6:00 pm with a hearty appetite and was greeted by about 15 young people. Then the phone rang and everything changed. I had to drive about 10 miles to a hospital where there was an emergency call. I drove quickly, thinking that the nurse in charge of the ER, Anne, would...
  • POPE BENEDICT'S MUST READ LINES FROM CUBA

    03/28/2012 3:10:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Seen and Unseen ^ | March 28, 2012 | Raymond Arroyo
    Pope Benedict has issued a series of subtle, but powerful messages to the oppressed people of Cuba and to the Castro government. Here are a sampling of some of his more important utterances:TRUTH "The truth is a desire of the human person, the search for which always supposes the exercise of authentic freedom... On the other hand, there are those who wrongly interpret this search for the truth, leading them to irrationality and fanaticism; they close themselves up in "their truth", and try to impose it on others.... Each human being has to seek the truth and to choose...
  • ACTION ITEM ALERT! Pres. Obama, through a minion, attacks Catholic chaplains once again

    03/28/2012 1:23:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Everyone should know what the Obama Administration is doing to Catholics this time. I received my most recent copy of the magazine/bulletin of the Archdiocese for Military Services called Salute (that link will bring up a pdf of the article I am going to talk about).In the March issue there is a by John L. Schlagter, the General Counsel for the Military Archdiocese, called “Update on AMS protecting Chaplains’ religious freedoms“.First, the Obama Administration censored Catholics in the military. Now, one of Pres. Obama unelected underlings, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, has by his master’s fiat,...