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What to Do When a Baby Starts Crying in Mass? Teaching about Vocations and Occupations and More! (2359)

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09/26/2014 Comment

Click on What to Do When a Baby Starts Crying in Mass? by Father Alexander Lucie-Smith of The Catholic Herald link to read more.

What to Do When a Baby Starts Crying in Mass? by Father Alexander Lucie-Smith of The Catholic Herald – BigPulpit.com

Six to Profess Final Vows, Ordained Transitional Deacons – Stephanie Sibal, Congregation of Holy Cross

Teaching about Vocations and Occupations – Denise J. Hunnell MD, Catholic Stand

Ode to Feminine Genius: A Merciful Woman – Catholic Sistas

Islamic State 'Split Her in Two; She Would Not Convert!' by Elizabeth Scalia of The Anchoress via Patheos - BigPulpit.com

Four Wrong Ways to Teach Chastity – Father Matthew Schneider, Project YM

Cardinal Nichols: Jihadist John Represents Humanity at Its Worst – Conor Gaffey, The Catholic Herald

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Pope Francis Highlights Link Between Faith and Scriptures, Scholar Says (1223)

The Holy Father told members of the Italian Bible Association that faith must be constantly nourished by the word of God.

09/26/2014 Comments (1)
CNA/Daniel Ibañez

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — In a recent speech to the Italian Biblical Association, Pope Francis did not disclaim biblical studies but rather stressed the relation between faith and the Scriptures, according to the group’s secretary.

“All of Pope Francis’ speech is aimed at emphasizing the relationship between faith and the word of God. In this sense, he is on the trail of Benedict XVI, who always emphasized the need for faith to fully interpret the Bible, though without disclaiming biblical studies,” Father Antonio Pitta told CNA.

The Pope met with the Italian Biblical Association Sept. 12 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, marking the end of nation’s Bible Week.

“For the faith to respond, to avoid...READ MORE

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Smart Move: Pope Francis Appoints a Jesuit to Prosecute Sex Abuse; The Theology of Giving and More! (1636)

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09/25/2014 Comment

Click on Smart Move: Pope Francis Appoints a Jesuit to Prosecute Sex Abuse by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture link to read more.

Smart Move: Pope Francis Appoints a Jesuit to Prosecute Sex Abuse by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture - BigPulpit.com

Beauty and Liturgy: Pope Saint John Paul II’s Letter to Artists – Richard J. Clark, Corpus Christi Watershed/Views from the Choir Loft

The Theology of Giving – Loye Young, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Spent Two Years Continually Standing – The Catholic Herald

The Clash of Faiths – BigPulpit.com

Paper or Plastic Holy Cards? – God-Haunted Lunatic

10 Things to Remember When Fed Up with Other Catholics – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

A New Proposed Layout for the Roman Missal – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

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First ISIS, Now Winter Threatens Christians in Kurdistan (2516)

Christian-aid groups are racing against time to save Christians, Yazidis and other refugees in Kurdistan.

09/25/2014 Comments (2)
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Assyrian Aid Society workers distribute supplies to refugees in Kurdistan.

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ERBIL, Kurdistan — Hundreds of thousands of Christian, Yazidi and other minority refugees who escaped death from the hands of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists now face another lethal foe: the Kurdistan winter. Time is running out, as the need is great, but the resources are few for the Christian-aid groups trying to save them.

Kurdistan’s hot and dry autumn is giving way to a coming season of cold, wet and snow, where average temperatures can range from 35 to 55 degrees. The parched earth turns to mud with the winter rains, while snow and freezing temperatures will come to more mountainous regions.

“Winter is upon them, and it is already cold at nights, but they don’t have anywhere to go,”...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Removes Paraguayan Bishop From Governance of Diocese (3904)

The removal of Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano was ‘taken for serious pastoral reasons and for the greater good of the unity of the Church in Ciudad del Este and the episcopal communion in Paraguay,’ according to a Vatican statement.

09/25/2014 Comments (11)
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Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano

– Diocese of Cuidad del Este

CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay — Pope Francis on Thursday removed Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano from governance of the Diocese of Cuidad del Este, in eastern Paraguay, following an apostolic visitation of the diocese that took place in July.

“This was a difficult decision on the part of the Holy See, taken for serious pastoral reasons and for the greater good of the unity of the Church in Ciudad del Este and the episcopal communion in Paraguay,” the Holy See Press Office announced Sept. 25.

“The Holy Father, in the exercise of his ministry as the ‘perpetual and visible foundation of the unity of both the bishops and the multitude of the faithful,’ asked the clergy and all the people of God of...READ MORE

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Church-State Separation Allows for Rules on Employee Morality, Lawyers Say (1533)

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is being sued by a former church employee who was relieved of her job after her same-sex ‘marriage’ became public.

09/25/2014 Comments (3)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The separation of church and state includes the freedom to require employees to follow Church teachings, said a legal group responding to a lawsuit over the firing of an employee of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese in Missouri, after her same-sex “marriage” became public.

“If dioceses are forced to employ people who do not follow Church doctrine, the government will have corrupted the Church, which will no longer be able to minister freely in accordance with its faith,” Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel, said Sept. 18.

Stanley said that a church “is not obligated to employ those who willingly act contrary to the church’s teaching,” noting that...READ MORE

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Military Chaplains Battle for Souls in the Trenches of Ukraine (922)

Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant clergy seek to keep the Ukrainian soldiers’ eyes on the prize.

09/25/2014 Comments (1)
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Ukraine Catholic military baptism

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KIEV, Ukraine — Since April, Ukraine’s eastern provinces have experienced continual military confrontation between its government and pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces, and more than 3,200 have been killed in the conflict.

Accompanying the soldiers at the front are priests — both Catholic and Orthodox — as well as Protestant chaplains.

Vasyl Derkach, 23, recently returned to Lviv, in Ukraine’s west, to recover after his rotation in Ukraine’s military in the eastern conflict zone.

“Can you imagine: I have slept for seven days on clean sheets. I did not sleep on sheets for five months,” he told CNA in a recent interview. “Have you ever really thanked God for sleeping in a warm...READ MORE

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Spanish Bishop: Pope Said He Won’t Change Communion Rule (1666)

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba said that, earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the pope cannot change” what Jesus has instituted. 



09/25/2014 Comments (10)
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CORDOBA, Spain — Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible.

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain, said that, during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted.

The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried has surfaced due to an address given by Germany’s Cardinal Walter Kasper to a group of cardinals earlier this year. Some have speculated that the Church will change its teachings, which do not acknowledge a second civil...READ MORE

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