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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • Middle East: The Catholic Answer to Al Jazeera

    04/19/2012 11:47:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Between 17 and 20 April in Harissa, fifty bishops will be debating the themes of Christian-inspired communication and informationFifty bishops from the Middle East are currently gathered in Beirut to talk about mass media. The discussion is being held by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, from 17 to 20 April in Harissa, the Marian shrine on a hill just a few kilometres from the Lebanese capital. The theme “Communication as a means of evangelization, dialogue, and peace in the Middle East” will be discussed by participants along with the President of the Vatican Congregation, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, and...
  • Citing doctrinal problems, Vatican announces reforms of US nuns' group

    04/19/2012 11:42:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cns ^ | April 18, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    Archbishop Sartain gave the homily during the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington last October. (CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the Leadership Conference of...
  • Walk in love. Love all people. Jesus love is love.

    04/18/2012 5:20:19 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love is the highest form of human existence. We must love one another in order to come together, live together, and grow together. As JESUS loved and loves us.
  • LCWR Having a Bad Day. Vatican Names Archbishop Delegate to Continue Watching LCWR and Network

    04/18/2012 11:52:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 4/18/12 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It is a bad day for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR… subsidiary of The Magisterium of Nuns). If the SSPX gets chilled Veuve, this one might get … dunno… a big chocolate cake? Popcorn? I save some milkfat from my clarified butter and it is fantastic on popcorn. That seems appropriate. From the USCCB: Vatican Names Archbishop Sartain To Lead Renewal Of LCWR April 18, 2012 Critiques doctrinal aspects of LCWR assemblies, publicationsFaults work with Network social justice lobby, financial, legal Resource CenterCalls for advisory group of bishops, sisters and other experts to assist in renewalWASHINGTON—The Vatican Congregation...
  • Vanity - Lyrics I wrote years ago

    04/18/2012 7:53:02 AM PDT · by jagusafr · 7 replies
    self | 1996 | jagusafr
    I Know by Dana D. Jacobson I know my God is everlasting and I know His love is never-ending and I know my God will not forsake me for I know of Calvary Yes, I know of Calvary When my Lord lay weeping in a garden He raised his hands in final supplication Then bowed His will and turned to my salvation God chose to die for me My Lord chose to die for me So when I feel the darkness all about me and though I hear the storms that would enfold me yet shall I see and follow...
  • South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

    04/18/2012 6:51:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 4/18/12 | Sandro Magister
    The number of Catholics there is growing at a staggering pace. With many thousands of new baptized adults every year. The report of a great missionaryROME, April 18, 2012 – The seven years of pontificate that Benedict XVI will mark tomorrow are associated, in common opinion, with the general decline of the Church. But this opinion is nurtured by a view restricted to the Christianity of the Old Continent: to a Europe that in effect has suffered the blows of a growing secularization. If one simply widens the perspective, in fact, the reality appears different. In the past century the...
  • Vatican Says Traditionalists' Response Marks 'Step Forward' in Talks

    04/18/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/18/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In what the Vatican described as an encouraging "step forward," the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has revised its response to a Vatican document laying out certain basic doctrinal principles and criteria for interpreting church teaching. The latest response submitted by Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society, arrived at the Vatican April 17. It will be examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then "placed under the judgment of the Holy Father," said a brief communique from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," which is handling the Vatican's discussions with...
  • St. Pius X Society gives mixed response to Vatican

    04/18/2012 4:39:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Bernard Fellay. Rome, Italy, Apr 17, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The breakaway Society of St. Pius X has given its assent to a statement of doctrinal belief presented to it by the Vatican, but with some suggested amendments to the text.It will now be for Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether the traditionalist group's response is sufficient to permit them back into full communion the Catholic Church.  Weekend media speculation suggested that there has been behind-the-scene dialogue between both sides in recent weeks trying to smooth reconciliation. “Unofficially and in the utmost...
  • GOD loves us and orders our steps. We must love each other and be strong as GOD orders.

    04/17/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love to all people. As we are created by GOD, we are all given a mission that fulfill what HE wants. Whether we are believers, non-believers, sick, brave, weak, courageous, bold, shy, lost, and other characteristics or gifts. We are all the same. We are need one another. No one can post. If everyone was righteous, there would be no one to minister to. If no one was wicked, we would not know what righteousness is. If there was no one lost, then, there would be no one to minister to. If there was no sick, then there would be...
  • Recognition Finally for a Warrior Priest's Heroics

    04/17/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/16/12 | Daniel Nasaw
    US Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp. Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Congressional Medal of Honor - and sainthood. On 2 November 1950, Father Kapaun made the decision that led to his death. The Korean war chaplain was in the middle of a firefight, with the American forces overrun by Chinese soldiers outside a crossroads town called Unsan in North Korea. Lighting forest fires to frustrate US reconnaissance planes, the Chinese surrounded the Americans and pressed in, attacking with small...
  • A Transitional Papacy?

    04/17/2012 7:08:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/13/12 | Marco Tosatti
    Many of those who voted for Benedict XVI in April 2005 believed his would be a transitional papacy. They were wrong. Here is a review of Joseph Ratzinger’s seven years on the Chair of PeterI am curious, in a way that might come across as slightly malicious, about one thing. I wonder how many of those who voted for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 expected the Bavarian Pope to still be here among us seven years on. Despite his brisk baby steps which are made all the more uncertain by the problems he has with his hip and his...
  • ‘I Don’t Know What is Awaiting Me,’ Says Pope on 85th Birthday

    04/17/2012 7:04:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/16/12 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 85th birthday today with guests who treated him to Bavarian “oompah” music and folk dancing in the apostolic palace. Earlier in the day, in an impromptu homily, the Pope had said: “I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.” “I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty,” he said. Later...
  • Stay strong in HIM!! Speak of HIS goodness, and not of sin.

    04/16/2012 12:36:30 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    Faith
    Focus on HIM
  • Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary

    04/16/2012 8:01:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/16/12 | Samuel Gregg
    “Revolution” – it’s a word that conjures up images of winter palaces being stormed and the leveling of Bastilles. But if a true revolutionary is someone who regularly turns conventional thinking upside-down, then one of the world’s most prominent status-quo challengers may well be a quietly-spoken Catholic theologian who turns 85 today. While regularly derided by his critics as “decrepit” and “out-of-touch,” Benedict XVI continues to do what he’s done since his election as pope seven years ago: which is to shake up not just the Catholic Church but also the world it’s called upon to evangelize. His means of...
  • Today would be Corrie ten Boom's 120th Birthday

    04/15/2012 1:21:30 PM PDT · by passionfruit · 15 replies
    April 15, 2012 | Patti Filley Messenger
    Today, April 15, 2012 is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Corrie ten Boom. It is also the 29th anniversary of her death. She wrote the book The Hiding Place, about her family's story. In WWII, they lived in Haarlem Holland. They hid Jews in a small room in their home. The Nazis came and arrested the ten Boom family and sent them to concentration camps. Corrie was the only one who survived. But the Jews that were hiding there survived and escaped. You can read more about Corrie at the link. Happy birthday Dear Lady!Better yet, buy a...
  • Titanic 100: The Essex priest who refused to leave passengers

    04/15/2012 10:30:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | April 14, 2012
    In the corner of a stained-glass window in a small Essex church is an inscription asking for people to pray for one of its former priests. It describes how he "earnestly devoted his last moments to the religious consolation of his fellow passengers".Father Thomas Byles, rector at St Helen's Roman Catholic church in Chipping Ongar for eight years, was among the 1,500 people to perish aboard the SS Titanic on 15 April 1912.This small memorial means his actions, which were praised by Pope Pius X, will never be forgotten by the parish he once served.'Spiritual sustenance'Father Byles, originally from Staffordshire,...
  • JOHN HARPER True Hero on the Titanic

    04/14/2012 8:18:06 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    The Titanic's Last Hero ^ | 4/14/2012 | Author Unknown.
    ......On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana. According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday. The flares going off in the dark sky...
  • The Martyr of the Titanic

    04/14/2012 6:49:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Alive Publishing ^ | 4/14/12 | Joanna Moorhead
    Among the unsung heros of the Titanic, which sank 100 years ago this month, was a parish priest from Essex. Joanna Moorhead finds out more.There’s a moment in the movie Titanic, as Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio are desperately struggling across the deck in the final moments before the ship sinks, when the camera pans to a priest who is standing with a group of passengers reciting the Hail Mary. A few minutes later we see him again: this time, he’s quoting from the Book of the Apocalypse. Which, according to historian Fr Stewart Foster, is ridiculous. ‘There’s no...
  • Le Figaro - "Rome and Écône on the Verge of Reaching an Agreement"

    04/14/2012 6:38:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/13/12 | Jean-Marie Guénois
    From major French daily Le Figaro, in an article signed by its main religion correspondent, Jean-Marie Guénois: The signing of a document establishing relations between the Holy See and the disciples of Abp. Lefebvre is a matter of days. Officially, the Vatican awaits the response of Bp. Bernard Fellay, the head of the Lefebvrists. As soon as it is received in Rome - "it is a matter of days, and no longer of weeks", - it will be immediately examined. If it conforms to expectations, the Holy See will very quickly announce a historic agreement with this group of faithful,...
  • Be strong in the LORD. Love all people. Have courage in faith.

    04/14/2012 10:41:12 AM PDT · by jesus4life
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Stand firm, but loving in faith. Be courageous and patience in faith. Love the LORD with all your heart and HE will guide your steps in this world to the next.