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Americans Participate in Vatican’s ‘Sport Is for Man’ Seminar (186)

The three-day event includes interfaith soccer match for peace.

09/02/2014 Comment
Courtesy Catholic Athletes for Christ

Ray McKenna and Linda Del Rio (r) meet Pope Francis.

– Courtesy Catholic Athletes for Christ

The Pontifical Council for Culture’s international seminar entitled “Sport Is for Man” got under way Monday and will run through Wednesday in Vatican City.

Participants will discuss what the Church can bring to the realm of sports and what the realm of sports can, in turn, bring to the world. The event will culminate with a Mass and audience with the Holy Father on Wednesday.

Monday’s soccer match, called the first “Interreligious Match for Peace,” was played at Rome’s Olympic Stadium. Spectators got to see former professional players taking the field in a friendly match meant to symbolize the building of a peaceful world based on dialogue and respect for others.

One man whose faith has...READ MORE

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Jerusalem Priest: Israel and Palestine Must See the Humanity in the Other (301)

In the wake of the latest cease-fire, Jesuit Father David Neuhaus said the great task of Israelis and Palestinians is learning to view each other as neighbors rather than enemies.

09/02/2014 Comment
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Jesuit Father David Neuhaus, Patriarchal vicar for Hebrew speaking Catholics, speaks with CNA Aug. 28.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

ROME — Following the agreement of an indefinite ceasefire in Gaza last week, a priest in Jerusalem said the only way for it to last is if both sides overcome dehumanizing prejudices of the other.

“Until there is a real dialogue that starts where the two sides see the other side in its full human reality, we can't really talk about the beginning of a process that will lead us to peace,” Jesuit Father David Neuhaus told CNA Aug. 28.

One of the patriarchal vicars of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Father Neuhaus is also responsible for Hebrew speaking Catholics in his diocese and a large population of migrant workers and asylum seekers in the country.

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Interfaith Women’s Group Begs U.N. to Aid Middle East Victims of Violence (289)

Members of the Council for Interfaith Dialogue in the Archdiocese of Lahore, Pakistan, gathered Aug. 26 for a prayer service.

09/02/2014 Comment
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The Interfaith Women's group in Lahore held a candlelight prayer service for victims of violence in Iraq and Gaza.

– CNA/CFID/Archdiocese of Lahore

LAHORE ahore, Pakistan — An interreligious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering in Iraq and Gaza.

Organized under the patronage of the Council for Interfaith Dialogue in the Archdiocese of Lahore, Pakistan, an organization of more than 50 women — including lay and religious — gathered Aug. 26 for a special prayer service, offered for the deceased Christians and Muslims in Iraq and Gaza.

Franciscan Father Francis Nadeem, national coordinator of the Council for Interfaith Dialogue, led the prayer service. He was joined by Advocate Shabnam Nagi, chairwoman of the women’s wing of the council.

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The Fall Into Heresy of the CTSA, The Stillbirth of Science in Greece, The Inquisition and More! (1028)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/02/2014 Comments (1)

Follow the The Fall Into Heresy of the CTSA by James Keating of First Things link to read more.

The Fall Into Heresy of the CTSA by James Keating of First Things – BigPulpit.com

The Stillbirth of Science in Greece – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Strange Notions

Conspiracies and Catholicism: The Inquisition – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Vatican Slams Islamists – William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Why are So Many Priests Alcoholics? by Father Alexander Lucie-Smith – BigPulpit.com

Coming to America? ISIS Threatens to Drown the United States in Blood – John Burger, Aleteia∝

Distributism: Novel Economic System – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Catholic and Orthodox Patriarchs Visit Displaced Iraqis – The Catholic Herald

Ferguson Represents Failure at All Levels – Mark Gordon,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Learn From Jesus' Rebuke of Peter (314)

In his Sunday Angelus Address, the Holy Father exhorted the faithful to change the world through their faith.

09/02/2014 Comment
CNA file photo

– CNA file photo

VATICAN CITY — Christians must avoid the temptation to conform to the world, Pope Francis cautioned Aug. 31, stressing that they should instead allow their faith to transform the world around them.



“Christians live in the world, fully integrated into the social and cultural reality of our time, and rightly so,” the Pope said in his reflection at the Sunday Angelus. However, “this carries with it the risk that we might become ‘worldly,’ that ‘the salt might lose its flavor’,” as the Gospel of Matthew warns.



Pope Francis spoke to those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square at noon. As he does each week, the Holy Father offered a reflection on the Sunday Gospel before reciting the...READ MORE

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An Open Letter From Ukraine’s Catholic Primate (1670)

His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, writes ‘on the very difficult situation in Ukraine.’

09/01/2014 Comments (2)
Wikimedia Commons

– Wikimedia Commons

Editor’s Note: The letter has been edited for style.

To the Catholic Episcopal Conferences


То the World’s Religious and Political Leaders


To All People of Good Will

For nine months, Ukrainians have been on an arduous pilgrimage from post-Soviet fear to freedom and God-given dignity. Traumatized by the 20th-century world wars, brown and red totalitarianism and genocide, they seek a just society and a democratic European future. With patience, endurance, and great human sacrifice they overcame in February the brutal regime of Victor Yanukovych. This moral triumph was answered in March by Russia’s territorial annexation of Crimea. Now, for months, the country endures foreign supported...READ MORE

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St. Padre Pio's Five Point Rule of Life; St. Toribio de Mogrovegjo: Apostle of Peru and More! (2312)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/01/2014 Comment

Follow the Saint Padre Pio’s Five Point Rule of Life by Sam Guzman of The Catholic Gentleman link to read more.

Saint Padre Pio’s Five Point Rule of Life by Sam Guzman of The Catholic Gentleman – BigPulpit.com

Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo: Apostle of Peru – Joseph F. X. Sladky, The Standard Bearers

Jesus Wept – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pablo and Kristin’s Tips on How to Stay Married 10 Years and Then Some – Karee Santos, Can We Cana!

A Kindness to My Papi – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

Ten Children in 17 Years: An Ode to a Large Family – James Sullivan, One Peter 5

Five Books Catholic Students in College Need To Possess – Tom Perna

Spiritual Warfare: You Are a Commissioned Officer – Father Richard Heilman, One Peter 5

Taking Care of the Caregivers Among Us – Russell...READ MORE

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God Has a Flare for the Dramatic (8793)

COMMENTARY: A harmless solar event last year was the most powerful storm on the sun in more than 150 years. If it happened a week earlier, scientists say it would have set the earth back to the Middle ages.

08/31/2014 Comments (24)
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– NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has recently disclosed that two years ago, on July 23, 2012, planet Earth almost plunged into global catastrophe.

On that date, a solar flare — better known in scientific parlance as a “coronal mass ejection” (CME) — came close to hitting the Blue Planet and disabling electrical appliances everywhere, thereby causing a widespread global blackout. It was the most powerful storm on the sun in more than 150 years.

Had it flared up just a week earlier, Earth, according to scientists, would have been directly in its line of fire. As a result, it would have sent the planet back to the Middle Ages. Just 10 minutes without electricity,...READ MORE

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