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New Jesuit Priests Enjoy Bonds of Brotherhood (2807)

As the Society of Jesus’ numbers in the U.S. and Canada stabilize, a new generation of Millennial priests is coming into its own.

06/24/2016 Comments (7)
Fathers Strand, Steve Donisch; Father Valadao, Rajah Bose and Christopher Anderson

HOLY ORDERS. Above, Father Vincent Strand distributes Communion on his ordination day; below, Father Strand with his biological brothers, who are also priests. Also below, Father Marc Valadao on his ordination day.

– Fathers Strand, Steve Donisch; Father Valadao, Rajah Bose and Christopher Anderson

Lying face down on the linoleum floor, his arms and legs outstretched in the form of the cross, the newly ordained Jesuit Father Vincent Strand was comforted as he listened to the chanting of the Litany of Saints — invoking the intercession of holy men and women he counts as his friends — in Milwaukee’s Church of the Gesu, and priests came forward to pray for their new brother.

For Father Strand — and the 19 other Jesuit priests ordained this year for the U.S. and Canada between May 26 and June 11 — ordination marks the completion of a 10- to 12-year journey they began in the Society of Jesus.

They also represent a new generation of Jesuits, Gen-Xers and Millennials, who are coming into...READ MORE

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Donald Trump Meets With Christian Leaders (3809)

Those in attendance at the June 21 gathering had mixed reactions, with some saying it only raised further concerns.

06/23/2016 Comments (17)
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Donald Trump during an Aug. 19, 2015, town hall in Pinkerton, N.H.

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WASHINGTON — A meeting with Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday was intended to answer the questions that some Christian leaders have about the presumptive Republican nominee.

But after the event, those in attendance had mixed reactions, with some saying it only raised further concerns.

“Donald Trump definitely won over the room, but the bigger story to me was: Why weren’t the big leaders there?” said Christopher Hale, senior fellow at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, who attended the meeting.

“I think it’s important that a lot of the leaders within the Christian community are refusing to support him,” he told CNA, noting the absence of Christian leaders like Russell...READ MORE

Filed under adelaide mena, christian values, donald trump, election 2016, matt hadro, presidential hopefuls 2016

Pan-Orthodox Council Sets Sail on Even Keel (3447)

Despite the absence of Eastern Orthodoxy’s largest component, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s spokesman tells the Register such councils might be convened frequently.

06/23/2016 Comments (5)
Holy and Great Council via AP; Dimitrios Panagos

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (l), Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem (c) and Patriarch Daniel of Romania take part a Divine Liturgy in Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of Gonia in the Greek Island of Crete. The leaders of the world's Orthodox Christian Churches have gathered on the Greek island of Crete for a landmark meeting. Below, Father John Chryssavgis, spokesman of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, addresses questions during the Press Briefing.

– Holy and Great Council via AP; Dimitrios Panagos

KOLYMBARI, Greece — Opening the first Holy and Great Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches in more than 1,100 years, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople led a packed auditorium at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in singing an apolytikion for Pentecost:   

Blessed are you, Christ our God, who revealed the fishermen to be most wise by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, and so through them catching the whole world in a net: Lover of mankind, glory to you!

Having raised their sights to Heaven — and locating this event in the Orthodox Church’s long history of councils without full attendance — the mood in Crete is decidedly more positive than it was during the two week lead up...READ MORE

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Bishops Object to ‘Shocking’ Move That Forces California Churches to Cover Abortions (4226)

‘Even those who disagree on the issue of life should be able to respect the conscience rights of those who wish not to be involved in supporting abortion,’ Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said June 21.

06/23/2016 Comments (23)

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has rejected a challenge to the state of California’s requirement that health-care plans include abortion coverage. A major federal budget amendment intended to protect abortion foes does not apply, it ruled.

Leaders with the U.S. bishops’ conference said it was “shocking” that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allowed the state of California to force all employers, including churches, to fund and facilitate elective abortions.

“Even those who disagree on the issue of life should be able to respect the conscience rights of those who wish not to be involved in supporting abortion,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop...READ MORE

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‘Church of Spies’: The Pope Who Fought Hitler (2989)

Fascinating details of Pope Pius XII’s secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

06/23/2016 Comments (5)
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– Hitler, Everett Historical via Shutterstock.com; Pope Pius XII, public domain

WASHINGTON — Pope Pius XII’s secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a book that draws on wartime documents and interviews with the American intelligence agent who wrote them.

“This book is the truth — as best I could establish it in a number of years of research — about the Pope’s secret operations in World War II,” historian Mark Riebling told CNA earlier this year.

“Its main premise is that Pius opted to resist Hitler with covert action instead of overt protest. As a result, he became involved in three separate plots by German dissidents to remove Hitler.”  

“I thought this idea — that the Church engaged in secret operations during...READ MORE

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St. Mary’s in London: Pocket of Catholicism in an Increasingly Faithless Land (3231)

Vice Chancellor Francis Campbell, formerly Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See, is committed to establishing the university as a major part of Catholic life in Britain.

06/23/2016 Comment
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– St. Mary's University, Twickenham Facebook

LONDON — St. Mary’s University at Twickenham, on the outskirts of London, grew out of a teacher-training college established by the Vincentians in the 1870s. It seeks to be a Catholic university, open to all, and with a Catholic ethos. In its entrance hall, a picture of Pope Francis is flanked by one of Her Majesty the Queen and one of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster.

As a university, this is a new venture. Most of the students are not Catholic, and they are there to study sports management, business, law, media, tourism or theater, to name just some of the courses available. They enjoy beautiful grounds, modern library facilities and a sense of community, all within a...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, catholic, catholic higher education, catholic history, catholicism, england, faith, francis campbell, joanna bogle, st. mary's university

Archbishop Lori: ‘All of Us Must Stand Before the World as Witnesses to Freedom’ (2231)

In homily for June 21 opening Mass for the ‘Fortnight to Freedom,’ Baltimore archbishop cites example of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, as well as the Little Sisters of the Poor.

06/22/2016 Comments (3)
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Archbishop William Lori venerates the relics of St. Thomas More and Josh Fisher at the basilica in Baltimore on June 21.

– USCCB Freedom Twitter

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore gave the following homily for the June 21 opening Mass for the “Fortnight for Freedom” at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore (edited for Register style):


I. Introduction: The Faithful Witness

Tonight we celebrate the opening Mass of the 2016 “Fortnight for Freedom,” returning to this, the first cathedral in the United States, a cathedral that was under construction even as “a new nation conceived in liberty” began to take shape. But we are not here tonight to argue a point of constitutional law, nor are we here to re-argue what has already been persuasively argued in our courts. No, we are...READ MORE

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Pope, Accompanied by Refugees, Says ‘The Christian Doesn’t Exclude Anyone’ (1350)

Francis invited refugees to sit with him on stage at his June 22 audience.

06/22/2016 Comments (3)
CNA Instagram

– CNA Instagram

VATICAN CITY — Joined closely by just over a dozen refugees at his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that in following Jesus’ example, the Christian excludes no one.

“Jesus teaches us not to be afraid of touching the poor and the excluded, because he is in them,” said the Pope during his Wednesday audience catechesis in St. Peter’s Square.

Just minutes prior to the Pope’s arrival, after making the rounds in the popemobile to bless and greet those present, he spontaneously invited 13 young refugees to join him on the stage before the public. They caught his attention with a banner that read “Refugees for a Future Together.”  

As they sat cross-legged in a row, divided into groups...READ MORE

Filed under christian charity, christian witness, jesus christ, lepers, miracles of jesus, pope francis, refugees

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