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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • From no faith to a mountain-top of meaning: Father John Nepil (Catholic Caucus)

    10/21/2012 2:01:56 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 3 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 17 October 2012 | Roxanne King
    From no faith to a mountain-top of meaning: Father John Nepil By Roxanne King This story is the first in a Year of Faith series sharing testimonies of Catholics from all walks of life. See the powerful related video of Father John Nepil’s witness at A fast-paced suburban life focused on success had left 17-year-old John Nepil burned out and without faith when an encounter with Christ changed his life. It was July 14, 2001. The Littleton High School junior’s parents had bribed him to attend a Steubenville of the Rockies youth retreat. He despised it. Since his freshman...
  • Priest Treks Across US on Pro-Life Pilgrimage

    10/20/2012 11:23:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 9/23/12 | Emily Stimpson
    Father Dan Pattee spent his summer spreading Gospel of Life and witnessing firsthand the devastation of abortionRising at dawn and offering Mass is nothing out of the ordinary for any priest. Walking 30-plus miles after the Mass, across America’s highways and byways with a bunch of college students, however, is a little less ordinary — unless you’re Father Dan Pattee. In the summer of 2012, Father Pattee, a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, teamed up with Crossroads for the second time (the first was in 2007), and walked across America, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., on...
  • Christians 'Frightened to Speak About Faith' [UK]

    10/19/2012 12:41:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/18/12 | Joe Wilson
    A Christian group has claimed that some people in Lancashire are frightened of speaking out about their faith because they fear reprisals. The Christian Legal Centre, based in London, claim they have had Lancashire people contact them after openly endorsing Christian principles. The claims were made at the launch of an Awake Arise group held in Preston. Awake Arise is a nationwide movement aimed at better integrating Christian principles into society. Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern at the Christian Legal Centre, said: "There are people from Lancashire who have come to the Christian Legal Centre because as a...
  • Episcopal Church Takes Action Against the Bishop and Diocese of South Carolina

    10/18/2012 10:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Titus Online ^ | 10/17/12 | Kendall Harmon
    On Monday, October 15, 2012, Bishop Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina was notified by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, that on September 18, 2012 the Disciplinary Board for Bishops had certified his abandonment of The Episcopal Church. This action by The Episcopal Church triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the Diocese, which simultaneously disaffiliated the Diocese from The Episcopal Church and called a Special Convention. That Convention will be held at St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Read it all . Other Documents: Certificate of...
  • Jewish groups pull out of interfaith dialogue over Protestants’ letter to Congress

    10/18/2012 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    St Louis Jewish Light ^ | October 17, 2012
    Jewish groups pulled out of an upcoming meeting with Protestant colleagues over a letter from Christian leaders to congressmen calling for a possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel. “While we remain committed to continuing our dialogue and our collaboration on the many issues of common concern, the letter represents an escalation in activity that the Jewish participants feel precludes a business-as-usual approach,” stated a letter sent by seven Jewish groups to their Christian counterparts in canceling their participation in the Oct. 22 -23 meeting in New York. The event, an annual gathering, is known as the Christian-Jewish Roundtable and...
  • Pope will deliver year-long teaching series on restoring faith

    10/18/2012 9:35:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | October 18, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Pope Benedict kisses a baby girl during the Oct. 10, 2012 general audience in St. Peter's Square. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his first general audience during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI initiated a new, year-long cycle of teachings aimed at healing the division between what Christians say they profess, what they actually believe, and how they live their lives. “Christians often do not even know the core of their Catholic faith, the Creed, thus leaving room for a certain syncretism and religious relativism, without clarity on the...
  • Pope sending NY Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria

    10/18/2012 9:27:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 18, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled June 9, 2012 in the city of Homs, Syria. Credit: UN Photo-David Manyua. Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of a papal delegation to Syria that will voice “fraternal solidarity” with the Syrian people and encourage peace amid the country’s violent conflict. The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said Oct. 16 that the world’s Catholic bishops cannot be “mere spectators of a tragedy such as the one that is now unfolding in Syria.” He...
  • Vatican's deputy official for religious to lead Indianapolis archdiocese

    10/18/2012 9:22:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | October 18, 2012
    Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin Vatican City, Oct 18, 2012 / 08:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict named Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin as head of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Oct. 18. Archbishop Tobin is taking over leadership of the Indianapolis archdiocese from Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, who resigned Sept. 21, 2011 at the age of 73 after numerous health problems. Since Archbishop Buechlein's resignation, auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has served as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese. The Detroit-born Archbishop Tobin was ordained a priest for the Redemptorist Fathers in 1978. He served in American parishes until 1991, when he...
  • Ignorance of Faith Risks Creating Cafeteria Catholics, Says Pope

    10/18/2012 6:56:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/17/12 | Carol Glatz
    Ignorance of the faith puts Christians at risk of following a “do-it-yourself” religion, Pope Benedict XVI has said. People need to become more familiar with the Creed because it is there that the “Christian moral life is planted and … one finds its foundation and justification”, the Pope said today at his weekly general audience. Before an estimated 20,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square, the Pope began a new series of audience talks to accompany the Year of Faith, which marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. He said he hoped the series of...
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church

    10/18/2012 6:53:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Ignatius Insight ^ | 10/17/12 | Kenneth Whitehead
    St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church | Kenneth D. Whitehead | From One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church Was The Catholic ChurchSometime around the year 107 A.D., a short, sharp persecution of the Church of Christ resulted in the arrest of the bishop of Antioch in Syria. His name was Ignatius. According to one of the harsh penal practices of the Roman Empire of the day, the good bishop was condemned to be delivered up to wild beasts in the arena in the capital city. The insatiable public appetite for bloody spectacles meant a chronically short...
  • Synod: Pope Calls Nuncios to Rome

    10/18/2012 6:44:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    V atican Radio ^ | 10/17/12
    (Vatican Radio) – In his intervention to the Synod of Bishops Wednesday morning Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced that Pope Benedict XVI will be calling his diplomatic representatives across the globe – known as Apostolic Nuncios – to Rome for a special meeting. Below find the full transcript of Cardinal Bertone’s intervention:The transmission of the faith is a very fundamental task of the Church in being able to represent a description of her very own essence: she is in fact a community since always composed of the double movement of receiving and transmitting the precious treasure of...
  • Retiring: Ron Sider, Social Justice Pioneer

    10/17/2012 1:20:38 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | October 17, 2012 | Jeremy Weber
    Ron Sider, founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), announced yesterday (Tues, Oct. 16) that he will retire in June 2013. His replacement: a "consensus model" leadership team of two co-directors. Sider, who founded ESA in 1973, is most known for his ground-breaking 1977 book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. CT ranked the book No. 7 on its list of the Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals. Scot McKnight, in his review yesterday of Moral Minority by David Swartz, described Sider and his influence as follows: Sider emerged out of a quietist Brethren in Christ...
  • Bishop: Abuse fallout demands ‘profound change of mentality’

    10/17/2012 11:43:52 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Catholic San Francisco ^ | October 17th, 2012 | CNS
    A Canadian bishop whose diocese was rocked by clerical sex abuse crises told the Synod of Bishops that the new evangelization must address the reality of distrust and disappointment the scandal left in its wake. With the sex abuse crisis, Catholics have experienced “a great disorientation that leads to forms of distrust of teachings and values that are essential for the followers of Christ,” Bishop Brian J. Dunn of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, told the synod Oct. 12. The Diocese of Antigonish has sold hundreds of properties in an effort to raise the money necessary to cover legal settlement and sexual...
  • Refusing to be Spectator, Pope to Send ‘Solidarity Delegation' to Syria

    10/17/2012 11:43:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Daily Bhaskar ^ | 10/17/12
     Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI will send a delegation to the Syrian capital to "express his brotherly solidarity with the entire population", the Vatican said Tuesday. "We cannot be mere spectators to the tragedy taking place in Syria," the Holy See's number two official, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said during a global synod of Catholic bishops at the Vatican. In remarks broadcast by Vatican Radio, Bertone said the delegation would likely travel to Damascus next week, adding that the bishops supported the pope's decision. The delegation will include Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York; Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo Pasinya,...
  • Colonial Baptists used Bible to rally support for revolution

    10/17/2012 9:42:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | October 16, 2012 | Ken Camp
    From the days surrounding the American Revolution, Baptists used religious arguments to make political points and political arguments to make religious points, historian James P. Byrd, associate dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, told a conference at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the same time Baptists argued for separation of church and state, they did not hesitate to preach on political topics or embrace patriotic causes with religious fervor, Byrd said, addressing an Oct. 12-13 conference on “Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture.” In a sense, Baptists reflected their culture. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Benjamin Franklin accepted orthodox Christian...
  • Baptists vs. Obama

    10/17/2012 8:10:19 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 17, 2012
    Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver is the president of East Texas Baptist University, which last week joined the more than 100 plaintiffs who are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its religious-liberty-eroding abortion-drug, contraception, and sterilization mandate.Oliver talked to National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the suit. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Isn’t the HHS mandate a Catholic problem? What do Baptists have to do with it? SAMUEL W. OLIVER: The coverage of this issue has been overwhelmingly focused on Catholic concern with the contraceptive mandate. But I must point out that this is not just a Catholic issue....
  • Ontario Bishop Mulhall: We Won’t Let the Government Define Catholic Teaching

    10/17/2012 7:06:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/16/12 | Patrick B. Craine
    PEMBROKE, Ontario, Oct. 16, 2012 ( – After Ontario’s Education Minister shocked Catholics last week by declaring that under the law their schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong, the Bishop of Pembroke insists that the Church has no intention of letting the government define the Catholic faith. The Church will “defend her legitimate autonomy from outside organizations which attempt to define the content of Roman Catholic teaching,” Bishop Michael Mulhall stated in a letter to parishes on Oct. 11th. “As a Bishop of the Catholic Church, this is a sacred obligation and a joyful mission which was...
  • An Introduction to Eastern Monastic Spirituality: Solitude

    10/17/2012 6:58:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Treasures of the Church ^ | 10/16/12 | Wolfsbane
    In an earlier post, I discussed the historical origins of Eastern Christian monasticism, from St. Anthony to St. Basil. In this post and two later ones, I will discuss some of the major themes of Eastern Christian monastic spirituality. This will be by no means comprehensive, and I apologize if I misrepresent any part of monastic spirituality. I just hope that this is in some extent helpful. "Flee, be silent, pray always, for these are the source of sinlessness." Abba Arsenios heard God command him thus in prayer (AP, Arsenios #2). This summarizes three of the key themes of monastic...
  • Newburgh man sues church for losing leg when crucifix fell on him

    10/17/2012 6:50:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Daily Freeman ^ | October 17, 2012 | Mid-Hudson News Network
    David and Delia Jimenez of Newburgh consider themselves very religious Catholics, so, when Mrs. Jimenez’s diagnosed cancer disappeared two years ago, they attributed it to their praying at St. Patrick’s Church. Mr. Jimenez wanted to show his appreciation, so his wife asked the priest if he could clean the large crucifix outside the house of worship as a thank-you. He was granted the OK and, on Memorial Day 2010, as he stood on a step stool scrubbing the stone image of Jesus Christ, the monument toppled over, crushing his leg. He was rushed to Westchester Medical Center, where his leg...
  • Catholic school funding unconstitutional, T.O. woman argues in court challenge

    10/17/2012 6:45:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    CTV News ^ | 10/17/2012 | The Canadian Press
    Ontario's funding of Catholic schools violates the charter and should be stopped, a Toronto woman is arguing in a court challenge the province will try to shut down today. Reva Landau doesn't agree with some of the church's teachings, and is arguing that it infringes her freedom of religion to help foot the bill for its schools. "They're entitled to have beliefs I don't agree with," she said in an interview. "There are many people who have beliefs I don't' agree with. But these beliefs are being funded with my tax dollars." The Roman Catholic school system gets about one-third...