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Does ISIS Want to Kill Pope Francis? What You Need to Know by Andrew Bieszad – BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis on the Footsteps of the Unknown Pope – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Middle-East Patriarch Calls for Help Against Islamic State – Doreen Abi Raad, The Catholic Herald

Richard Dawkins Needs Hug from My Daughter with Down Syndrome – Leticia Velasquez, Catholic Stand

Weep for Slaughtered Christians, Not for Dialogue with Islam – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Ghanîmah Comes to Rotherham – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Mystery of Finding Love – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to...READ MORE

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IDC Leader: Ted Cruz Put ‘Lives at Risk’ at In Defense of Christians Summit (1022)

The Texas senator potentially gave extremists more reason to exterminate Middle East Christians by calling the State of Israel their greatest ally, said In Defense of Christians’ executive director.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a Sept. 16 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the threat posed by ISIS

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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the In Defense of Christians summit, an event that raised awareness about the ongoing genocide of Christians from the Middle East, fear Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas may have put “lives at risk” with his controversial keynote address at last Wednesday’s gala.

“He came to a summit in defense of Christians and actually endangered Christian lives,” said Andrew Doran, executive director of IDC.

Initially, Cruz’s address was warmly received by the more than 900 attendees of the IDC gala dinner at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 10. The crowd applauded with equal force when the Texas Republican said, “Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews” as when...READ MORE

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What Kind of Story Would You Like to Live? (500)

Rome-based moral theologian Father Robert Gahl asks Colorado State University students to reflect on the story that is their lives, in an Aug. 28 lecture on “Freedom vs. Addiction.”

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Father Robert Gahl delivers a talk on ‘Freedom vs. Addiction’ Aug. 28 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

– Anna Maria Basquez

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A professor at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross posed Colorado State University students a moral challenge during an Aug. 28 presentation: To live their lives as the story they want to tell.

On the Feast of St. Augustine, Father Robert Gahl, a priest of the prelature of Opus Dei, gave a talk on “Freedom vs. Addiction” to more than 100 students on the CSU campus. He invoked Augustine by bringing up, among other points, the ideas of Book XI of the saint’s “Confessions,” which says each person’s life is a story.

“[Our] whole lives have the structure of a story,” said Father Gahl.  “There are some lives ... that don’t have any plot and they don’t really go...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: God Visits His People and Gives Them Hope (476)

The Pope prayed: 'We ask for the grace that our Christian witness be a witness that brings the closeness of God to his people, that closeness that sows hope.'

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VATICAN CITY -- On Tuesday, Pope Francis focused on the importance of giving hope to the world by imitating Jesus Christ’s closeness to God’s people.

“When God visits his people, he restores hope to them. Always,” Pope Francis said in his Sept. 16 homily at his Casa Santa Marta residence.

“You can preach the word of God brilliantly: There have been many excellent preachers throughout history. But if these preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless. It is mere vanity.”

The Pope’s homily commented on the Gospel reading of the day, in which Jesus came upon a funeral procession for the only son of a widow in the city of Nain.

“God visits his people in the midst of his people...READ MORE

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‘Love Is Our Mission — the Family Fully Alive’ (841)

World Meeting of Families’ document offers a global perspective on family issues.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput and the World Meeting of Families catechesis book in Rome on Sept. 15.

– CNA/Joaquín Peiró Pérez

ROME — The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said.

“It covers all the basic issues — the problems as well as the joys of family life — and situates it in the context of the culture of the world, not just the United States because it’s a world meeting of families,” Archbishop Chaput told CNA in Rome Sept. 15.

The recently published catechesis, titled “Love Is Our Mission — the Family Fully Alive,” explains Catholic belief on human purpose, marriage and the family. It will be published in six languages.

The archbishop said he...READ MORE

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No Scandal Here: The 20 Couples Married by Pope Francis Were Legit (3170)

Two authorities on Christian marriage refute media reports that criticized the Pope’s presence at a Sept. 14 Mass.

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A couple newly married by Pope Francis receives Communion in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sept. 14.

– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ witnessing of marriages between Catholics who cohabited or who have had annulments is not a change, but is part of the Church’s effort to bring people to Jesus Christ, said two authorities on Christian marriage.

“I think there is a perception out there, especially in some media circles, that Pope Francis is trying to undermine what the Church has taught and what the Church has practiced,” John Grabowski, a professor of moral theology at The Catholic University of America, told CNA Sept. 15.

“I see absolutely no evidence of that. When he’s pressed on issues concerning the Church’s teaching on marriage, on sexuality, he is very firm, saying he is ‘a son of the...READ MORE

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Death Toll Rises in Central African Violence (431)

U.N. peacekeepers take over from African forces to stem the tide.

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Islamist militia in Central African Republic

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BANGUI, Central African Republic — Thousands more people have died in ongoing violence in the Central African Republic since December, and many more of the dead may never be counted, new estimates suggest.

The Associated Press tallied the dead by consulting survivors, Christian and Muslim clergy and aid workers across 50 communities. The tally suggests that at least 5,186 people have died in the fighting, an increase from the U.N. estimate of 2,000 dead made in April. Many more may go uncounted.

Efforts to restore peace have not yet succeeded, and observers have warned of a potential genocide in the country.

About 2,000 U.N. troops took over peacekeeping efforts from African forces on...READ MORE

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Susan B. Anthony List Wins Challenge to Ohio’s ‘False Statement’ Law (2148)

After a four-year legal battle that raised strong First Amendment concerns, a district judge overturned a law designed to police campaign speech.

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Susan B. Anthony List's 2010 billboard ad criticizing former U.S. Rep. Steven Driehaus, D-Ohio.

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WASHINGTON — On Sept. 11, after an expensive and time-consuming legal battle, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life advocacy group, learned it had won its lawsuit against an Ohio law that barred “false statements” in political campaigns.

The law had been used to block a campaign ad sponsored by the group in the 2010 midterm elections.

In papers filed with the court, the Susan B. Anthony List outlined its First Amendment challenge to the Ohio law, stating that it did not argue “for a right to lie. We’re arguing that we have a right not to have the truth of our political statements be judged by the government.”

Ohio district Judge Timothy Black agreed with the pro-life...READ MORE

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