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  • Islam or Death? Egypt's Christians Targeted by New Terror Group

    02/23/2013 10:52:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/21/13 | Lisa Daftari
    A group of Christian priests from a local Coptic church in Egypt were told to convert to Islam or face death, according to an Arabic news site. The incident, which comes in the midst of continued persecution and pressure on Egypt’s Christian community, took place this week in the town of Safaga, near the Red Sea, the El Balad site reported. According to El Balad, the threats are from a new group in Egypt, Jihad al-Kufr, whose name translates to Jihad against non-believers or non-Muslims. The group targets non-Muslims, and reportedly pressures them to convert to Islam. “It’s not the...
  • Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

    02/23/2013 8:07:16 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | February 18, 2013
    CNA STAFF, Feb 18, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith. “I could have ended up in a trash can, but I was allowed to live,” said Father Luis Alfredo Leon Armijos of Loja, Ecuador. In a Feb. 6 telephone interview with CNA, Fr. Leon, who is pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Loja, said his mother, Maria Eugenia Armijos Romero, was working...
  • Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

    02/23/2013 7:45:41 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas at Castel Gandolfo. File photo CNA. Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb 23, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning to live there. “When the Pope arrives he will find his apartment the same as always, but also the affection and devotion of everyone here,” Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas in Castel Gandolfo, told CNA Feb. 20. Pope Benedict will officially end his ministry at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 28, but at 5:00...
  • Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

    02/23/2013 7:38:33 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is greeted by his brother cardinals at the Feb. 18, 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo. Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote.  “It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the Conclave … that there is...
  • Were Italian Journalist’s Blackmail Allegations Baseless? (Catholic Caucus)

    02/23/2013 6:03:38 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 22, 2013 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    “…As we grow olderthe world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated…”–T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets, East CokerThe WitnessesLast night, my phone rang twice, just before 3 in the morning. In the morning, I found three emails from the same person, a priest I know. He called again this morning.He wanted to know about my letter of yesterday, which discussed an Italian press report that the Pope has received information that his Curia is riven with factions, and that this was part of the reason he decided to step down from the papacy.“What are you doing?” the priest asked me, excitedly....
  • Three Very Different Roads that Led to Rome

    02/23/2013 5:35:09 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 22, 2013 | JIM GRAVES
    Left to right: David Fagerberg, Matthew Arnold, and Jesse Romero A little more than 90 years ago, G.K. Chesterton, one of the 20th century’s most famous converts, entered the Catholic Church.  Explaining “why I am a Catholic,” he wrote: “there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” A prolific writer, Chesterton used his considerable talents to author numerous works which won, and continue to win, many converts. The following are stories of three converts—the first of whom specifically credits Chesterton with being an influence on his conversion—who, since entering the Church, have devoted...
  • Spain Agrees That Children Adopted From Morocco Will Remain Muslim

    02/23/2013 5:22:34 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    religionclause ^ | February 21, 2013
    The Gatestone Institute reported yesterday that the government of Spain has agreed with the government of Morocco that Moroccan children adopted by Spanish families will be required remain culturally and religiously Muslim.  The Spanish government will create a "control mechanism" that will allow Moroccan religious authorities to monitor the children until they reach the age of 18 to see that they have not converted to Christianity. Spain agreed to these conditions so that Spanish families who are in the process of adopting Moroccan children can bring them to Spain. Morocco has a high rate of child abandonment, and Spain has been...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/23/13)[Prayer]

    02/23/2013 5:02:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/23/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Maginnenu - The LORD Our Defense(Psalms 89:18) For the LORD is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 23, 2013]

    02/23/2013 4:37:12 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Determination to Serve "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . ." —Matthew 20:28 Jesus also said, “Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s— “. . . ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a “doormat” for others— called to be their spiritual...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-13, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2013 11:47:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2013 Saturday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, Actual Sin

    02/22/2013 7:54:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed Actual Sin Lesson 6 from the Baltimore Cathechism63. Is original sin the only kind of sin? Original sin is not the only kind of sin; there is another kind, called actual sin, which we ourselves commit.Amen, amen, I say to you that whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin. (John 8:34)64. What is actual sin? Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action, or omission forbidden by the law of God. 65. How many kinds of actual sin are there? There are two kinds of actual sin:...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Creation and the Fall of Man

    02/22/2013 7:44:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
        The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed The Creation and the Fall of Man Lesson 5 from the Baltimore Cathechism48. What is man? Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God.And God created man to his own image. (Genesis 2:7)49. Is this likeness to God in the body or in the soul? This likeness to God is chiefly in the soul. 50. How is the soul like God? The soul is like God because it is a spirit having understanding and free will, and...
  • In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope

    02/22/2013 5:43:18 PM PST · by NYer · 482 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | February 21, 2013 | HHAMBROSE
    His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI receives a papal tirara - New Liturgical Movement In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope by HHAmbrose on Feb 21, 2013 • 11:44 pm No Comments Listers, glory and honor to God for giving us the grace of the papacy. The Pope is the “Advocate of Christian Memory” and he holds the King’s people to the King’s laws until our Savior returns. Each year on February 22nd the Church celebrates the Cathedra Petri – the Chair of St. Peter.This feast brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor...
  • Papabile of the Day: Cardinal Ouellet

    02/22/2013 4:49:11 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 2 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 2/20/13 | John Allen
    As veteran Vatican writer Andrea Tornielli reminds readers today in La Stampa, one way to judge how serious a papal candidate may be is by how much whispering, rumor and character assassination that person generates. By that standard alone, one probably ought to take Cardinal Marc Ouellet seriously indeed.
  • Young amputee's sports success brings joy to family (failed abortion survivor from Russia)

    02/22/2013 4:41:22 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | February 22, 2013 | Hillary Senour
    Hoot Family. (File Photo/CNA). Woodburn, Ind., Feb 22, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He has played football, baseball, basketball and is now a semi-state qualifier for his weight class in wrestling. He plays drums, trumpet and mellophone and is active in his...
  • German bishops' morning-after pill decision causes concern

    02/22/2013 3:21:12 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | February 22, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    The pill, contraception. Credit: Jess Hamilton (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Doctors and people involved in pro-life work say that the German bishops’ decision to allow morning-after pills for rape victims raises strong concerns and that the drug in question can cause a chemical abortion.   “There is a real dangerous precedent that could be set here again because the news moves so quickly,” said Vicky Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, in a Feb. 22 interview with CNA. “There is real danger in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Latin America and Africa...
  • Five Lessons we should learn from Christ’s time in the Wilderness

    02/22/2013 2:48:16 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.integratedcathloliclife.org ^ | February 17, 2013 | Deacon Mike Bickerstaff
    In the Gospel of Sunday of the First Week of Lent, we are given a lesson of what it takes for us to attain salvation through the saving work of Jesus Christ. “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry” (Luke 4:1-2).
  • Pope Benedict changes rituals for new pope's inauguration

    02/22/2013 2:45:49 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cns ^ | February 22, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Msgr. Guido Marini, right, the papal master of ceremonies, applauds with others at the conclusion of Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 13. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has ordered several changes to the Masses and liturgies that will mark the inauguration of the next pope's pontificate. Rites and gestures that are not strictly sacramental will take place either before a Mass or in a ceremony not involving Mass, Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, told the Vatican newspaper Feb. 22. One of...
  • Letter #18: Blackmail [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2013 2:36:21 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Moynihan Report ^ | February 22, 2013 | Dr. Robert B. Moynihan
    “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.” –Psalm 143:4The Secret Report Given to the Pope on December 17Today a veil of secrecy was shredded in this eternal city.Today therefore marked the beginning of a difficult, important struggle for the purification of the government of the Church desired for so many years by Joseph Ratzinger.We were given a glimpse today into some of the reasons, previously unknown, that prompted Pope Benedict XVI to announce his resignation on February 11, to take effect February 28, in seven days, reasons that apparently “overwhelmed his spirit within him”...
  • How the unchristian culture gets ignored when talking about the causes of mass shootings.

    Family Guy is one of the most openly anti-Christian shows out there. In one of their shows the baby is shown being shot in the chest and killed. (And in the same show, a joke is made about the suicide of Michael Hutchence, of the rock band INXS.) The show disrespects God and life so much, and Seth McFarlane will be the Oscar host. It says a lot of how the Bible says the earth will be in the last days.
  • becoming a god [Mark Cares discusses official Lds view of becoming gods]

    02/22/2013 11:57:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Mark Cares' blog ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Mark Cares
    Over the years I have repeatedly discussed with LDS members Mormonism’s teaching about persons being able to become a god. The reactions have been varied. Some readily admit that this is LDS teaching and they wholeheartedly accept it. Most, however, try to qualify it and downplay it. They have done this in two different ways. The first is by saying that Mormonism teaches that they can become like God. They claim that even though LDS Scripture clearly says that people can become gods. The classic passage is D&C 132:20: “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore...
  • LDS missionary charged with child rape

    02/22/2013 11:42:14 AM PST · by Colofornian · 36 replies
    Fox13now.com ^ | Feb. 18, 2013 | Mark Green
    <p>DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Monday regarding an LDS missionary who was sent home to answer felony charges of child rape, which allegedly occurred before he left for the mission.</p>
  • Cardinal......Blames Gay Priests for Abuse Scandals Facing Catholic Church [Turkson]

    02/22/2013 11:03:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2/19/13 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Peter Turkson made the comments to an American journalist He said similar sex scandals would not happen in African churches Cardinal Turkson is second favourite to take over as PopeThe African cardinal widely tipped to be the first black pope in modern history faced a firestorm of criticism last night after he laid the blame for clerical sex abuse crises at the feet of gay priests. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who comes from Ghana, told an American journalist that similar sex scandals would never convulse churches in Africa because the culture was inimical to homosexuality. ‘African traditional systems kind of...
  • Most of China's Catholics are Unaware of Pope's Resignation

    02/22/2013 10:25:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/18/13 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    After a week of international news coverage about the pope's imminent retirement, China's news has so far failed to announce it. China's Catholics, even the priests, are still unaware of what is happening in Rome, and this media silence in China about the pope's retirement comes at a time when the government has begun a three-part campaign to "eradicate non-sanctioned Christian activities." The government's official response to the pope's announcement has not appeared in the news, which reiterates the Communist party line. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman stated:
  • Commentary: Papal Picks

    02/22/2013 9:41:06 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Jack Tawney
    Several people have been asking who I would like to see elected once Pope Benedict steps down. This is always a delicate question, for numerous reasons. First, it is quite clear that I do not, nor should I, get a vote. Whatever opinions I hold are simply that: my opinions and hopes. Second, should someone “off my list” be elected, I would not want people to think that I “disapprove.” Just like everyone else, I have various qualities that I would like to see in the new pope, but I also will pledge my undying fidelity and unceasing prayers to...
  • article: "Lincoln Laments at Gettysburg: Biblical Creation and Civil War Insights"

    02/22/2013 8:48:40 AM PST · by fishtank · 6 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2013 | James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    Lincoln Laments at Gettysburg: Biblical Creation and Civil War Insights by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.1 These words spoken by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago allude to America’s Declaration of Independence. In that foundational document, the colonial declarants proclaimed a creation-based view of human liberty: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable...
  • The Islamization of Spanish Jurisprudence

    02/22/2013 7:35:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/20/13 | Soeren Kern
    Spain Submits to "Adoption Jihad"To the extent that European lawmakers are willing to graft Islamic legal principles onto Europe's secular legal codes, Islamic Sharia law could easily become a permanent reality in Spain and across the continent.Spain has acceded to the demands of the Islamist government in Morocco by agreeing that Moroccan children adopted by Spanish families must remain culturally and religiously Muslim. The agreement obliges the Spanish government to establish a "control mechanism" that would enable Moroccan religious authorities to monitor the children until they reach the age of 18 to ensure they have not converted to Christianity. The...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Opposes Plan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    02/22/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Bartholomew I says Hagia Sophia should stay a museum (ANSAMed)
  • Disgraced US Prelate Could be Asked to Skip Conclave: Cardinal

    02/22/2013 7:26:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Post ^ | 2/19/13 | AFP
    US cardinal Roger Mahony, retired from church duties as part of a paedophilia scandal, cannot be banned from the conclave to elect a new pope, but could be advised to stay away, a fellow cardinal and canon law expert said in an interview on Tuesday. "The common practise is to use persuasion. There is no more that can be done. Cardinal Mahony has the right and duty to take part," Velasio De Paolis, one of the 117 cardinal electors due to participate, told La Repubblica daily. "This is a troubling situation but the rules must be followed," he said. "He...
  • Italian Paper Says Cardinals Discovered Homosexual Network Within Vatican

    02/22/2013 7:20:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    The Vatican has refused to comment on Italian press reports that an internal report on the “Vatileaks” scandal might have influenced the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign. The daily La Repubblica reported that in their report to the Pope, a commission of 3 cardinals investigating the leaked papal documents had found evidence of a homosexual network within the Vatican, and hinted at the possibility that some Vatican officials were subject to blackmail. “There will be no comment, denials or confirmation of what has been written in an Italian newspaper,” Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/22/13)[Prayer]

    02/22/2013 6:23:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/22/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Gibbor Milchamah - The LORD Mighty In Battle (Psalms 24:8) Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 22, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/22/2013 5:24:08 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/22/13 | Joel Osteen
    When Life Isn’t Fair Today's Scripture “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everyone goes through things that don’t seem to make sense. It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder, “Why did this happen to me?” “Why did this person treat me wrong?” “Why did I get laid off?” But we have to understand, even though life is not always fair, God is fair. And, He promises to work all...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 22, 2013]

    02/22/2013 5:22:56 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance "Be still, and know that I am God . . ." —Psalm 46:10 Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-13, Feast, Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

    02/21/2013 11:15:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2013   Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle   Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5,...
  • New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese, Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle

    02/21/2013 10:47:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald.com ^ | 02-19-13 | Catholic News Service
    New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese Rockville Centre priest spent a decade as military chaplain. Catholic News Service Gregory A. Shemitz | CNS Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle sings at the end of Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, N.Y., Feb. 11. Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop-designate Coyle, 48, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and a Navy reservist, to serve as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. WASHINGTON — Msgr. Robert J. Coyle, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who spent 10 years of his priesthood in the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/22/2013)

    02/21/2013 10:18:23 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 20 replies
    February 21, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Caucus" Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-13, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/21/2013 4:59:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2013   Thursday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-13

    02/21/2013 4:53:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-20-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2013 Wednesday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of...
  • “Some people think truth is more important than loyalty to a tradition.” ['Leaving Mormonism']

    02/21/2013 4:53:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Sharon Lindbloom
    About a year ago news headlines announced that vast numbers of Mormons were leaving the Mormon Church. While that is perhaps considered old news today, for Mormons who are struggling with their faith it is very relevant. This 9-minute video, “Leaving Mormonism,” looks at some of the struggles and triumphs of Mormons who asked themselves some hard questions and...found peace in the answers. Leaving Mormonism from Andy Poland on Vimeo.
  • The Brazen Clericalism of Cardinal Mahony

    02/21/2013 4:48:22 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 21, 2013 | George Neumayr
    As archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony was famous for his petulance, dispatching angry letters to priests and others whom he considered insufficiently deferential. But now that he finds himself in a subordinate position as a retired and rebuked bishop he displays none of the deference he once demanded.No sooner had his successor stripped him of his diocese-wide “administrative” and “public” duties than the cardinal took to his “blog” to pout over the demotion through a snubbing letter. Hinting at a powerful faction of Los Angeles movers and shakers behind him while adopting a tone of passive-aggressive innocence, Cardinal Mahony...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-13

    02/21/2013 4:45:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2013 Tuesday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/21/13)[Prayer]

    02/21/2013 3:58:17 PM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/21/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Chereb - The LORD... the Sword(Deuteronomy 33:29) Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword.
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel! Days 6 through 9 (in that order)

    02/21/2013 3:41:27 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 21, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    Day six's list of cardinal electors is as follows: PIACENZA Mauro [English, Italian]POLETTO Severino [English, Italian] POLICARPO José da CRUZ [English, Italian] PULJIĆ Vinko [English, Italian] RAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.  [English, Italian]RAVASI Gianfranco [English, Italian]RE Giovanni Battista [English, Italian]RICARD Jean-Pierre [English, Italian] RIGALI Justin Francis [English, Italian] RIVERA CARRERA Norberto [English, Italian]ROBLES ORTEGA Francisco [English, Italian]RODÉ Franc, C.M. [English, Italian] RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B. [English, Italian]ROMEO Paolo [English, Italian]ROUCO VARELA Antonio María [English, Italian] Eliminated due to being outside the age of 60-71: POLETTO SeverinoPOLICARPO José da CRUZRAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.RE Giovanni BattistaRIGALI Justin FrancisRODÉ Franc, C.M.ROMEO PaoloROUCO VARELA Antonio MaríaSurvivors from day six (7 of 15): PIACENZA MauroPULJIĆ VinkoRAVASI GianfrancoRICARD Jean-PierreRIVERA CARRERA NorbertoROBLES ORTEGA FranciscoRODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B.Total Survivors thus far (36 of 90):ALENCHERRY GeorgeAVIZ João BRAZ deBARBARIN PhilippeBERTELLO GiuseppeBETORI GiuseppeBOZANIĆ JosipBURKE Raymond...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    02/21/2013 3:22:15 PM PST · by Jeanbl · 10 replies
    2/21/13 | Jeanbl
    Exodus 14:13 . . . “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. . . 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
  • Another grim report on Pope's medical condition

    02/21/2013 3:19:29 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 20, 2013
    Pope Benedict XVI has experienced dangerous spikes in his blood pressure and has been advised by his doctor to avoid air travel, according to a report by veteran Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti. Tosatti said that the Pope’s medical condition shows “a progressive deterioration of his health and his energy” that explains the Pontiff’s decision to resign. The Italian journalist said that the Pope has suffered from insomnia, has almost completely lost vision in his left eye, and has fallen out of bed several times. Tosatti said that the Pope had been specifically advised by his doctor against making the overseas...
  • Mormon Reformation (Stay) or Mormon Evacuation (Leave the Church)?? [Vanity: Links]

    02/21/2013 3:11:46 PM PST · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Feb. 21, 2013 | Colofornian
    With Free Republic being down Monday thru part of Thursday, some may not have seen this latest wave regarding the recent struggle calling for Mormons to either reform their church -- or leave it. Some internal Mormon critics -- like John Dehlin -- favors Mormons staying, but realizes that's NOT an option for all disafffected Lds. (Three of the links below are from PowerPoint presentations by Dehlin) Along these lines, these articles/presentations were all posted on FR last Sunday...feel free to either comment here...or go to one or more of these links below and comment there...Also...the first, second, and sixth...
  • Canon Law and the Upcoming Conclave

    02/21/2013 2:46:36 PM PST · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 21, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q1: Can you please explain for us how the papal conclave will work? And are there any major aspects of it that will be different this time, because Pope Benedict is still living? –Leah Q2: Who can, and cannot, be elected Pope? –Joseph The Catholic world is still reeling from Pope Benedict’s astounding announcement last week, but the secular media has already been busily declaiming about the possible reasons for the decision, Pope Benedict’s legacy, possible contenders for the job, etc. etc. ad infinitum. In the process, the amount of misinformation that is being disseminated is staggering!
  • Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/02/13

    02/18/2013 10:01:08 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 18, 2013 | LUKE COPPEN
    A priest holds a placard in St Peter's Square during yesterday's Angelus (AP) Benedict XVI urged an estimated 50,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for yesterday’s Angelus to “continue to pray for me and the next pope” (video).German journalist and papal confidant Peter Seewald has said that Pope Benedict is suffering from sight and hearing problems and has lost so much weight that “tailors had difficulty in keeping up with newly fitted clothes“.Senior cardinals are reportedly opposed to suggestions that the conclave could begin sooner than March 15.John Allen profiles Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, preacher of this year’s Lenten spiritual...
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel! Day 6

    02/18/2013 9:47:47 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 18, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    Day six's list of cardinal electors is as follows: PIACENZA Mauro [English, Italian]POLETTO Severino [English, Italian] POLICARPO José da CRUZ [English, Italian] PULJIĆ Vinko [English, Italian] RAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.  [English, Italian]RAVASI Gianfranco [English, Italian]RE Giovanni Battista [English, Italian]RICARD Jean-Pierre [English, Italian] RIGALI Justin Francis [English, Italian] RIVERA CARRERA Norberto [English, Italian]ROBLES ORTEGA Francisco [English, Italian]RODÉ Franc, C.M. [English, Italian] RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B. [English, Italian]ROMEO Paolo [English, Italian]ROUCO VARELA Antonio María [English, Italian] Eliminated due to being outside the age of 60-71: POLETTO SeverinoPOLICARPO José da CRUZRAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.RE Giovanni BattistaRIGALI Justin FrancisRODÉ Franc, C.M.ROMEO PaoloROUCO VARELA Antonio MaríaSurvivors from day six (7 of 15): PIACENZA MauroPULJIĆ VinkoRAVASI GianfrancoRICARD Jean-PierreRIVERA CARRERA NorbertoROBLES ORTEGA FranciscoRODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B.Total Survivors thus far (36 of 90):ALENCHERRY GeorgeAVIZ João BRAZ deBARBARIN PhilippeBERTELLO GiuseppeBETORI GiuseppeBOZANIĆ JosipBURKE Raymond...
  • Papabile of the day: Cardinal Scola

    02/18/2013 9:06:23 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 5 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 2/18/2013 | John Allen
    "By consensus, there's no slam-dunk, take-it-to-the-bank favorite heading into the next papal election, but the closest to thing to someone in pole position is probably 71-year-old Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan."