The King, the Pope, and the President at the National Prayer Breakfast

02/06/2015 Comment

King Abdullah II of Jordan, Pope Francis, and President Barack Obama each had messages for Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, all of which conveyed that the true nature of religion lay in the paths of peace, mercy and justice. But of these three, the president’s message provoked no small degree of controversy by trying to remind Christians of the failures of their past, when they look at religious violence in the world today.

Although neither the Pope nor King Abdullah were present in Washington, but both had a message that proceeded from their respective Catholic and Islamic faiths. [The Pope’s nuncio Archbishop Carlo Viganò, was present, but King Abdullah, who was scheduled to attend,...READ MORE

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#WhyWeMarch: Scenes from 2015’s National March for Life

01/23/2015 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — The national March for Life in D.C. is not only a pro-life story, but a Catholic story. Amid the hundreds of thousands of people who gathered in Washington to show their solidarity with the unborn child on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the vast presence and diversity of the Catholic Church could be seen.

Each one came with their own reason for why they marched, and they show a cross-section of the Church that is young, vital, and engaged with their faith and the Church’s teachings on life and human dignity.

Marchers could be seen streaming into Union Station on their way to the March’s rally at the Washington Mall, such as this group of Catholic families from Our...READ MORE

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OneLife LA: What Pro-life Dreams Are Made Of

01/20/2015 Comment

Will thousands march in celebration of the Church’s social teaching on the dignity of human life, in all circumstances, from conception to natural death? The 10,000 people who turned out in Los Angeles for Saturday’s OneLife LA event give a resounding yes to that question.

OneLife LA is a unique pro-life march. While pro-life marches in the U.S. generally focus almost exclusively on the injustice of abortion, OneLife LA took a different approach by celebrating all human life, and encouraging participants to commit to doing something concrete to build a culture of life in their families and communities. Instead of providing a forum for activists and politicians, OneLife LA gave a platform...READ MORE

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Synod of the Family Shows Papal Rethink of Petrine Office, Says Cardinal Kasper

11/07/2014 Comment
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Cardinal Walter Kasper.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

WASHINGTON — A project begun by St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI to restore the exercise of the Petrine Office to its early Church roots is coming to fruition under Pope Francis, and is being seen in the synod on the family, according to Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatican’s former point-man for ecumenism.

Cardinal Kasper, the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for  Promoting Christian Unity, spoke at length Nov. 6 about Pope Francis and his theological vision at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was on-hand to receive the university’s 2014 Johannes Quasten Award.

Cardinal Kasper said Pope Francis’ first introduction of himself simply as the “bishop...READ MORE

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Armenian Catolicos: World Faces a ‘Panhuman Crisis’ with Islamist Fundamentalism

09/11/2014 Comments (5)
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Aram I, the Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church

– Wikipedia

The world faces a “panhuman crisis” from Islamist fundamentalists, and the intensifying persecution of Christians by terrorists such as the Islamic State demand a unified world response, according to one of the Middle East patriarchs attending the In Defense of Christians conference now underway here in Washington.

I spoke yesterday with His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, on the second day of the In Defense of Christians conference. The three-day conference has drawn a vast array of Middle Eastern bishops together with representatives of Pope Francis and the Church in the United States, to emphasize the need to educate and...READ MORE

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Beauty to Warm the Soul: Ordained as He Lay Dying

09/09/2014 Comment
Archdiocese of San Antonio.

The example of Father Carmona's parish priest and his prayerful father inspired his vocation to priesthood at 12. His bishop made sure death did not rob him of following Christ's call.

– Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Sometimes you can read the news  and the world can seem as if it is falling apart. That “things fall apart; the center cannot hold” as the poet Yeats* once wrote. But the sin and evil behind the events that we reporters have to tell you doesn’t really have the last word. Our loving Father does not permit it. As St. Paul observed in Romans 5:20, “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

Grace much more abounds, and where grace is, there good news stories can be found.

Here is a story of beauty, which amid all the sorrows of our world and our own lives, should warm the heart and give us joy.

Meet Father William Carmona Lopez. He’s dying of cancer, but on Sept. 8 became “a priest...READ MORE

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California Dreaming Up Abortion Coverage Double Standard

09/03/2014 Comments (2)
Facebook/Santa Clara University.

Gov. Jerry Brown makes sure his alma mater, SCU, can't restrict abortion coverage for its employees the way California restricts abortion coverage for 1.3 million state employees and their families.

– Facebook/Santa Clara University.

California state officials lately have been dreaming up new standards for unlimited abortion coverage, telling health insurers that it doesn’t matter who their clients are, or what they believe about human life: the message is every abortion must be a covered abortion.

Except if you’re one of 1.3 million state employees and their families — California’s only paying for “medically necessary” abortion in those health plans.

The Cardinal Newman Society deserves kudos for uncovering this apparent double-standard in Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. CNS has just published an article that explores the irony of how California government officials’ ideological commitment to abortion rights has...READ MORE

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Global Prayer for Peace in Iraq on Aug. 6: Are You In?

08/03/2014 Comment

For the past two months, the Register has brought you the stories of the Iraqi Christians’ desperate condition at the hands of the militants of the Islamic State. They are a sea of refugees robbed of everything, begging the world to let them survive. They haven’t just lost their property and homes — they have been robbed of their identity, their culture, and their history.

Iraq’s Christians face their darkest hour. At the moment, the Islamic State looks as much the future of Iraq as Nazi Germany looked like the future of Europe in June 1941.

But the gimbals of history, on which nations and tyrants rise and fall, sometimes turn in God’s providence on the smallest of human acts. And it may...READ MORE

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