As the World Gets Meaner and Crazier, Follow Jesus Christ

06/26/2016 Comments (15)

Mihály Munkácsy, “Ecce Homo” (1896)

Peoples is crazy. And they are getting crazier.

They are also getting meaner. And more deadly.

California’s euthanasia law locked on recently, allowing medical murder. The support for this law comes from claims that killing people is actually a kindness to them, and those who opposed this killing lack compassion.

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights recently released a “guidance” for employers and landlords, requiring them to learn a new language or be fined $125,000 for accidentally saying the “wrong” thing, and up to $250,000 for saying the “wrong” thing on purpose.

What does it take to fall afoul of this newness in employment behavior? Well, if you accidentally refer to a man...READ MORE

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Pope Francis in Etchmiadzin: 'We Have Embraced as Brothers'

06/26/2016 Comments (3)

At a Divine Liturgy with the Armenian Apostolic Church, Pope Francis has made a heartfelt appeal for unity, saying the two churches have “embraced as brothers” and “believe and experience that the Church is one.”

In his address on Sunday in Etchmiadzin, where the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church is located, the Holy Father called on the Holy Spirit to “re-establish us in unity” so that “communion between us [may] be complete.”

He said a unity must be sought that is not about “submission of one to the other, or assimilation, but rather the acceptance of all the gifts that God has given to each.”  

He also urged both churches to “respond to the appeal of the saints” to...READ MORE

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Turkish Minister Responds to Pope Francis' Use of Term 'Genocide'

Vatican Spokesman says there is "nothing of the spirit of the crusade" in the Pope's words but rather a spirit of peace and reconciliation.

06/26/2016 Comments (5)

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Nurettin Canikli

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Turkey's deputy foreign minister has said Pope Francis' use of the term "genocide" in reference to the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in the early part of the 20th century was "very unfortunate."

According to Reuters, Nurettin Canikli said: "Like the picture we see with Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU), unfortunately signs of crusaders’ mindset and all of its reflections can be seen both in the Pope and the activities of the papacy." One of the points of contention in the "Brexit" referendum was whether Britain should be backing Turkey's wish to join the EU.  

"The Pope’s statement is no different," he went on. "It is not an objective statement, it is not...READ MORE

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Young Nuns? It’s a Trend, Books of Hours Online, Volunteering Helps with Depression, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/26/2016 Comment

Click on Young Nuns? It’s a Trend via the Catholic News Agency link to read more.

Young Nuns? It’s a Trend – Catholic News Agency

Books of Hours Online – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

How Volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul Society Helps with Recovery from Depression – Anita Boniface, Catholic Herald

Diocese of Phoenix Partners with Catholic Colleges for Unique Coalition – Justin Petrisek, Catholic Lane

Looking for a Catholic Education Overseas? Try Spain’s University of Navarra – Adam Wilson, Aleteia

University of Notre Dame: No Compromise on Single-Sex Dorms for Transgender Student – Adam Cassandra, The Cardinal Newman Society

What Should Catholics Do In Response to the Orlando Massacre? – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Me Before You: On...READ MORE

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With Russian Church Absent, New Orthodox Leaders Emerge

Romanian Church Defends Neighbor and Hopes to Institutionalize Council

06/25/2016 Comments (6)

LEFT: Dr. Ionut Mavrichi, spokesman for the Romanian Orthodox patriarchate. RIGHT: Archbishop Nifon of Tîrgoviște, Romania. (Photos: Victor Gaetan/National Catholic Register)

At the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church gathered in Kolymbari, Crete, family metaphors are common. Sister churches. Brother bishops.

Explaining why the concept of conciliarity means that each church is equal—i.e., that Russia isn’t more important than smaller churches—Dr. Ionut Mavrichi, spokesman for the Romanian Orthodox patriarchate, told the Register, “There’s no difference between a younger and an older brother.”  

Think of this pan-Orthodox council as a family meeting postponed for over 1,100 years. No wonder it hasn’t been an easy start.

And despite the distracting presence of four empty chairs, it’s the breadth of Christianity here present that is most encouraging,...READ MORE

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Images of Pope Francis' Visit to Armenia, Day 2

06/25/2016 Comment

Holy Mass on Saturday June 25, 2016, with Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians in Gyumri:

Ecumenical Service and Prayer for Peace with Karekin II in Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia

Photos by Edward Pentin for

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Full Texts of Pope Francis' and Karekin's Addresses at Ecumenical Prayer Vigil

06/25/2016 Comment
Edward Pentin

Pope Francis and Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, pictured at the beginning of this evening's ecumenical prayer vigil.

– Edward Pentin

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' and Armenian Catholicos Karekin II' addresses at an ecumenical prayer vigil in Yerevan this evening:

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis

Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace

Yerevan, 25 June 2016


Venerable and Dear Brother, Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos 

of All Armenians,

Mr President,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


God’s blessing and peace be with all of you!

I have greatly desired to visit this beloved land, your country, the first to embrace the Christian faith.  It is a grace for me to find myself here on these heights where, beneath the gaze of Mount Ararat, the very silence seems to speak.  Here the khatchkar – the stone crosses –...READ MORE

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The Tao of the Tau

06/25/2016 Comments (4)

(Photo credit: Abraham Sobkowski OFM, via Wikimedia Commons)

It's fun to talk about pi (π). I remember when Sr. Mary Gregory taught it to me when I was a wee lad and she was a wee slip of a nun. She said the symbol looked like a little hat or perhaps two little running legs. And as we all remember from when the good sisters taught us, pi is the mathematical constant that God put into all circles, everywhere and at all times. It's the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, which we understand to be an irrational number equal to:


The funny-looking Greek letter "π" has been used ever since the mid-18th century, when Leonhard Euler began to popularize it. In the...READ MORE

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