In Vibrantly Catholic Poland, Growing Secularism Produces New Challenges, and Many More Great Links!

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07/27/2016 Comment

Click on In Vibrantly Catholic Poland, Growing Secularism Produces New Challenges by Filip Mazurczak of The Catholic World Report link to read more.

In Vibrantly Catholic Poland, Growing Secularism Produces New Challenges – Filip Mazurczak, The Catholic World Report

10 Ways to Pray Unceasingly and Still Get All of Your Work Done – Laura Hensley, epicPew

A Comparison Between Church and Military Symbols – Brandon Schild, Catholic Stand

Doesn’t Joseph Merrick, “the Elephant Man,” Deserve a Christian Burial? – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

Why I Am Never Leaving the Catholic Church, and Neither Should You – Scott Eric Alt, epicPew

Me, Myself, and, I – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Try Not To Obsess – Kasia I., Ignitum Today

African Bishop Blasts the Black Genocide of Abortions of U.S. Black Babies – Steven Ertelt,


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DNC Day Two: Bill Makes His Case for a New Clinton White House

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Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Day Two at the Democratic National Convention was marked by a major push to bring the party together after an acrimonious first day. The supporters of Bernie Sanders wanted to be heard, especially after the revelations by Wikileaks of Democratic National Committee efforts to block his path to the nomination in favor of Hillary Clinton.

The roll call marked what the Clinton campaign clearly hoped would be a kind of catharsis for the thousand-plus Sanders delegates who have been so vocal since arriving in Philadelphia.

To change the tone and the mood, the Democrats brought out a star from the past: former President Bill Clinton. His speech sought to capture what for die-hard Democrats was...READ MORE

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3 Reasons Why "Vikings" is the Most Religiously Interesting Show on TV

07/26/2016 Comments (4)
At the prompting of some of my younger colleagues at Word on Fire, I spent time during a recent vacation getting caught up on the History Channel show Vikings. My friends had told me that Vikings, curiously, is the most religious show on television. They were right. Don't get me wrong, there is enough violence, pillaging, plundering, sword-fighting, and political intrigue to satisfy the most macho viewers; but Vikings is also drenched with religion—and for that I applaud Michael Hirst, its sole writer and director. For this emphasis is not only historically accurate, but it...READ MORE

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Prayers Requested for Sr. Eileen Christie, Missing in Austria

07/26/2016 Comment

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, N.Y. have asked us for our prayers for the safe return of their consoeur, Sister Eileen Christie.

Sister Eileen, 72, has been missing for more than two weeks in Austria. William Freda of Valley Stream, her nephew, speaking directly to the Register, said he had received an email from her on July 6, sent from her iPad mentioning that she had arrived safely at Haus Jodler, a hostel in the village of Hallstatt, Austria.

Freda, immediately suspected something was wrong when he hadn't heard from his aunt for three days after responding to her July 6 email. According to the St. Joseph Sister's travel itinerary, she was scheduled to stay in Hallstatt for...READ MORE

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World Youth Day in Krakow: Fraternity Not Violence Must Prevail

The murder of a French priest by ISIS affiliated assailants overshadowed today's opening Mass of World Youth Day but the Gospel message triumphed.

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A pilgrim prays during the opening Mass of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 26, 2016.

– WYD2016

An afternoon of storms and heavy rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds and thousands of pilgrims who have been descending on Krakow all day for the opening Mass of the 31st World Youth Day.

Chanting, cheering, and the sound of countless languages being spoken emanated from streams of young people making their way to the Mass, dressed in multicolored plastic ponchos to keep off the rain which cleared in time for the open air liturgy in a large park near central Krakow.

But the heavy downpour and muggy afternoon also matched the news coming out of France. The murder in Rouen of 86 year old Father Jacques Hamel by Islamists has naturally shaken everyone here, especially coming so...READ MORE

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14 Catholics Who are Winning Twitter, Dogs In Church: A Good Idea, and Many More Great Links!

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07/26/2016 Comment

Click on 14 Catholics Who are Winning Twitter by Fr. Matthew Schneider, L.C., of Aleteia link to read more.

14 Catholics Who are Winning Twitter - Fr. Matthew Schneider L.C., Aleteia

There Will Be a Sequel to The Passion of the Christ - Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

Dogs In Church: A Good Idea? – Dom Cingoranelli, Catholic Stand

Religious Liberty on Tenuous Ground – Editorial Board, OSV Newsweekly

The Smartphone and The Virgin – Mark Movsesian, First Things

What’s Wrong with the Financial System? A Social Credit Perspective – M. Oliver Heydorn Ph.D., The Distributist Review

10 Inspirations and Facts About the First Martyrs of the Church in Rome – Justin McClain, epicPew

Walking Between the Tablet and the Calf – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

The Liquidation of Christianity – David Carlin,...READ MORE

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5 Things To Remember When Arguing About Politics

07/26/2016 Comments (6)

Samuel William Fores (fl. 1841), “The Famous Battle Between Richard Humphreys and Daniel Mendoza”

Whose idea was it that the Summer Olympics and American presidential elections always occur within the same year? I mean, it’s like one, long non-stop sequence of people simple playing games from early August through early November, and there are reliably more participants who lose than those who win.*

Just kidding.

Daily, now, I see friends finally making the plunge and “coming out” to tell others who they are voting for. It’s great – what an American thing – to be happy and free to support whom you want to support. I have been to and lived in countries that don’t have a choice and if they do, it’s highly limited and they life in such a state of fear that they don’t ever discuss it.


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Krakow Gives a Warm Welcome to American WYD Pilgrims

07/26/2016 Comment

The Polish of city of Krakow is exploding with youthful enthusiasm. Everywhere one looks, one cannot help but see young people from around the world in color-coordinated outfits or regional attire, happily waving their national flags and chanting.

Despite speaking different languages, singing different songs and having traveled from different sides of the world, what unites them? If you ask anyone, the response is: love for the Lord.

One other thing, too: They cannot wait to be in the presence of Pope Francis. Ask any of them what excites them, and you will hear the anticipation.

“We love Pope Francis!” exclaimed a group of Americans I happened upon as they traveled church to church,...READ MORE

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