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  • On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation

    12/12/2012 10:12:57 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 12, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation "God Continues to Draw Near to Us" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis I spoke of God's revelation, as a communication He makes of Himself and of His plan of kindness and love. This revelation of God inserts itself in time and in the history of mankind: history that becomes "the arena where we see what God does for humanity. God comes to us in the things we...
  • Catholic Charities food pantries work to feed hungry {ecumenical}

    12/12/2012 9:52:00 PM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Today's Catholic News ^ | 12.12.12 | Lisa Kochanowski
    While many families are wrestling with trying to find money to buy their child the latest Xbox, Wii or iPhone, Catholic Charities is working hard to collect food donations to give out hearty and healthy food baskets to their clients for the holidays. Catholic Charities operates food pantries in South Bend and Auburn. We have a different menu each week made up of 15-20 pounds of food based upon family size. This usually includes about 15 items or enough food for four meals, said Claire Coleman, the West Region administrator at Catholic Charities. This might include two canned vegetables, one...
  • France Steps up Struggle Against Religious Radicals [Moslems & "hardline, traditionalist Catholics"]

    12/12/2012 9:49:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/12/12 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France will deport foreign-born imams and disband radical faith-based groups, including hardline traditionalist Catholics, if a new surveillance policy signals they suffer a "religious pathology" and could become violent. A French Islamist shooting spree last March that killed three soldiers and four Jews showed how quickly religiously radicalized people could turn to force, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism. His warning came two days after President Francois Hollande announced the creation of an agency to track how the separation of church and state is upheld in this traditionally Catholic country with...
  • Anti-Christian Hate Crimes Rose in 2011, Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Fell {ecumenical}

    12/12/2012 9:47:44 PM PST · by Cronos
    Front Page ^ | 12.12.12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Quick gather your children and household pets, the sweeping wave of Islamophobia that is forever sweeping our nation still remains mostly non-existent. The FBIs hate crimes statistics actually show a slight decrease in Anti-Muslim hate crimes, but a significant increase in Anti-Catholic hate crimes which jumped from 4.2 percent to 5.2 percent. Anti-Protestant hate crimes rose from 3.3 percent to 3.7 percent. Hate crimes targeting atheists fell from 0.5 to 0.3. It seems as if last year people began hating Catholics again. And one might speculate that this rise might have something to do with the ObamaCare debate and Obamas...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-12, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2012 9:15:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13--12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2012 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God,who grasp your right hand;It is I who say to you, "Fear not,I will help you."Fear not, O worm Jacob,O maggot Israel;I will help you, says the LORD;your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.I will make of you a threshing sledge,sharp, new, and double-edged,To thresh the mountains and crush them,to make the hills like chaff.When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them offand the storm shall scatter them.But you shall rejoice in the LORD,and glory in the...
  • How Obama replaced Christ among blacks

    12/12/2012 4:34:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 33 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12-11-12 | Jesse Lee Peterson
    President Barack Obama is the most divisive man to ever occupy the White House period! Yet, 95 percent of black Americans worship him as if hes the messiah. Why? Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx recently took the stage at the Soul Train Awards and told the audience, Thank God, and our lord and savior, Barack Obama! Foxx called on the audience to stand up and clap for Obama. His outrageous remarks were broadcast on national television, yet not one nationally known black leader repudiated Foxx. Barack Obamas ability to seduce people is well-known. He can bring his biggest critics into...
  • 'Jedi' religion most popular alternative faith in the UK

    12/12/2012 2:50:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/12/2012 | Henry Taylor
    Today's Census figures show that 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights, making it the most popular faith in the "Other Religions" category on the Census and the seventh most popular faith overall. The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer. Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed. Although the number of Jedis...
  • Christ Or Cain?....Genesis 4 pt 5

    12/12/2012 2:42:05 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brothers righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.( I John 3:11-15)There...
  • In first tweet, Pope blesses his million-plus followers

    12/12/2012 2:39:05 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | December 12, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet to his “followers.” “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” read his first tweet, sent around noon Rome time from the Paul VI Hall. He sent his tweet on a mobile tablet device at the end of his Dec. 12 general audience. His account, @pontifex, already has over 1.2 million followers,...
  • Organised crime is best left to the Catholics [Godfather is the greatest Catholic movie of all time]

    12/12/2012 2:35:42 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald UK ^ | 12/7/2012 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Godfather movies are still a huge industry, it seems. By Godfather movies, I do not mean films about gangsters as such, but more the sort of films that have been spawned by Francis Ford Coppolas great movie. Weve just been treated to an example of the genre on Channel 4, entitled The Fear.The Fear harked back to The Godfather in several ways. First of all it lifted the plot from The Godfather. Ritchie, our Brighton gangster had two sons, Cal who was rather wild and wanted to go in with the Albanian gangs, and Matty who was altogether more respectable....
  • Madison State Journal: Bp. Morlino cracks down on loony nuns (ACTION ITEM!) UPDATED

    12/12/2012 2:32:36 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 11, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The State Journal of Madison has a breathy article about a recent move by His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino. Bishop Robert Morlino cracks down on Madison nuns for espousing ‘New Ageism’ and ‘indifferentism’ Morlino sent a memo to the priests of the diocese of Madison not to allow some loony nuns and a couple of their acolytes to have workshops, do spiritual direction, etc., at their parishes or other diocesan institutions. The memo was, of course, leaked to the press as the chancery mandarins knew it would be… or should have known.The women, who are connected to an...
  • In the Habit: A History of Catholicism and Tobacco

    12/12/2012 2:32:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 23, 2012 | John B. Buescher
    In 1873, impoverished Confederate veteran Chiswell Langhorne (left) moved his family from Lynchburg to Danville, Virginia and began looking for work. The owner of a Danville tobacco warehouse had recently developed a new system of selling tobacco by auction: Instead of having farmers’ tobacco hogsheads sampled for interested buyers, the warehouse owner had all the tobacco laid out in long rows for auction. Langhorne, a lively character with a taste for showing off, got the idea that he would make his mark somehow in the newly flourishing Danville tobacco trade. He was an Episcopalian, but while visiting a Catholic friend...
  • National catholic Reporter says Popes Paul VI, JP II, Benedict XVI sinned against the Holy Spirit

    12/12/2012 2:21:49 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 11, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The standards at the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) are devolving by the week.This last week they accused Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI of sinning against the Holy Spirit.Ron Schmit – no, you have never heard of this schlemiel so don’t strain your memory – a priest in Byron, California, penned an opinion piece against the use of the Usus Antiquior.It is a silly piece, all in all, and I have been busy doing more important things, such as eating 酸辣湯 at slightly greasy noodle shops in Manhattan.But one thing Schmit wrote was so spectacularly stupid that...
  • Pope asks Catholics to read Bible, recall history of Gods saving love

    12/12/2012 1:23:46 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies
    Today's Catholic News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) Urging Catholics to pick up the Bible and read it during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI said the Scriptures recount the story of Gods love for humanity and the steps he took throughout history to save all men and women. That which enlightens and gives full meaning to the history of the world and of the human person began to shine in the grotto of Bethlehem. It is the mystery we soon will contemplate at Christmas: our salvation in Jesus Christ, the pope said Dec. 12 during his weekly general audience. A 100-member delegation...
  • How Rediscovering the Plot of Sacred Scripture is Essential to Evangelization

    12/12/2012 1:03:43 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 11, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the most significant losses in the modern era has been the loss of the Biblical narrative in the hearts and minds of most people. Scripture is the story of the human family, told by God himself. In story form He tells us how we were made and why, what happened why that things are the way they are today. Why do we have infinite longing in a finite world? Why do we struggle with sin so much? How can we be rescued from sin and death and find our hearts true satisfaction? The Biblical narrative answers these sorts...
  • My God, your god [has Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao converted from Catholicism to Protestantism?]

    12/12/2012 11:50:58 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | December 11th, 2012 | Michael L. Tan
    THE DIFFERENCE in capitalization was intentional to reflect a different kind of boxing match thats been running not just after Manny Pacquiaos last bout but for several decades now, with its intensity picking up recently. Poor Pacquiao is now being berated by Mommy Dionisia, his mother, and people in the streets, for having abandoned Catholicism in favor of Protestantism (quotation marks to be explained in a while), and that his losing to Juan Manuel Marquez was the catastrophic result. The basis for calling Pacquiao Protestant was his not making a sign of the cross, and not flashing a rosary, as...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HELP OF CHRISTIANS, 12-12-12

    12/12/2012 11:16:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HELP OF CHRISTIANS Title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, established as a feast by Pope Pius VII in 1814, in gratitude for his safe return to Rome after five years of captivity in Savona. Though not in the universal calendar, it is the patronal feast of Australia. The original invocation "Auxilium Christianorum" was inserted in the Litany of Our Lady by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the Christian victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal...
  • UK Government Says it Will Legalize Gay Marriage, but Bar Church of England from Involvement

    12/12/2012 8:42:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/11/12 | AP
    LONDON The British government announced Tuesday that it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies. Equalities minister Maria Miller said the legislation would authorize same-sex civil marriages, as well as religious ceremonies if religions decide to opt in. I feel strongly that, if a couple wish to show their love and commitment to each other, the state should not stand in their way, Miller said. For me, extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen, not weaken, this vital institution. Some religious groups, such as Quakers and...
  • Study: Most Catholic Colleges No Longer Require Catholic Theology

    12/12/2012 8:36:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic colleges that have maintained a strong religious identity also have the strongest core curricula, according to a new study from The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). The study finds that students at most other U.S. Catholic colleges can avoid the study of Catholic theology altogether. Dr. Kimberly Shankman, dean of Benedictine College and a research fellow for the CNS Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, finds that Catholic colleges generally devote a larger share of undergraduate requirements to general education than other U.S. colleges. Many also require particular courses for all students instead of offering a menu of...
  • Vatican Official Warns of Mediocrity in American Christianity

    12/12/2012 8:33:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Vatican City, Dec 11, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official for the Vatican's Latin America commission has warned against a gray pragmatism and mediocrity that he believes has infiltrated Christianity in America. Professor Guzman Carriquiry, secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, made his remarks on Dec. 8, the first day of the International Congress Ecclesial in America taking place at the Vatican's Synod Hall. During his speech, Carriquiry noted a growing tendency among Americans to live the faith with a lack of enthusiasm, lukewarmness and ignorance. How many Christians today have buried their baptism under a...