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Chilean Lawmakers Urge President to Denounce Iraqi Violence (860)

Congressman Felipe De Mussy said, although ‘we may be hundreds of kilometers away, we have to take this on and clearly, firmly reject it.’

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A family at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq, in June.

– CNA/R. Nuri UNHCR-ACNUR via Flicjr

SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the United Nations to take measures for a “quick solution.”

Congressman Felipe De Mussy, who sponsored the measure, told CNA on Aug. 21, “We need to understand that there are people who are suffering greatly; and although we may be hundreds of kilometers away, we have to take this on and clearly, firmly reject it.”

Brutal violence continues to plague Iraq, as militants with the Islamic State, known as ISIS, have taken control of numerous cities and ordered Christians and other religious minorities to convert,...READ MORE

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Papal Envoy: We Must See the Humanity of Each Iraqi Refugee (846)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni gave Pope Francis a firsthand account of the desperate plight of a populace uprooted by Muslim radicals.

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Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

– CNA/www.ankawa.com

VATICAN CITY — The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his or her own story and needs, the Pope’s envoy to the country encouraged.

“We should set our sight on every child, every person. When you look at them, sitting on the ground, you don’t think of them as a crowd. You think about them as single persons, about each individual story,” Cardinal Fernando Filoni told CNA Aug. 22.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis selected Cardinal Filoni as his personal envoy to Iraq. In addition to his role as the current prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the cardinal served as papal nuncio to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Church Is One and Holy (1275)

Holy Father spoke on importance of unity Aug. 27.

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VATICAN CITY -- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that, despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ.

“In a Christian community, division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act,” the Pope said in his Aug. 27 general audience address. “What God wants is that we be welcoming, that we forgive and love each other, so as to become more and more like him, who is communion and love.”

Addressing the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope explained that as Catholics “we affirm in the Creed that the Church is one and that she is...READ MORE

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Stand Your Ground Armed With Spiritual Weapons; Oklahoma to Ireland: Flourishing Monastery and More! (2392)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the “Stand Your Ground Armed With Spiritual Weapons!” via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

“Stand Your Ground Armed With Spiritual Weapons!” via Fr. Z’s Blog – BigPulpit.com

From Oklahoma to Ireland: A Flourishing Monastery – Michael Kelly, OSV Newsweekly

Removing Bible from Public Schools Made Student Behavior Decline? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Saintly Crusader-King – Steve Weidenkopf, Crisis Magazine

The Casual Catholic Men by Matthew James Christoff of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com

Syrian Bishop Cries Out: ‘Help My People Stay’ – Catholic Lane

Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis & the Reaffirmation that Peace Is Possible – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

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Catholic Charities Aids Napa Quake Relief Effort (807)

In the wake of the area’s largest earthquake in a quarter century, the Church is partnering with local emergency-response programs to provide assistance.

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The city of Napa, Calif., was struck by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24.

– Cal OES via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. — The Church in northern California is helping respond to a major earthquake that shook Napa Valley early Sunday morning, the largest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years.

Jennielynn Holmes, director of shelter and housing for Catholic Charities in the area, said they are partnering with local emergency-response programs to provide assistance.

“There’s a lot of cleanup going on right now,” she told CNA Aug. 25. “The water situation is really bad; they’re not sure if they’ll have it turned on for another week in some locations. ... But [everyone is] working hard; they’ve already fixed up a lot of places where the pavement became uneven.”

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake...READ MORE

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Bishop Thomas Appointed to Diocese of Toledo (1123)

Pope Francis has named the Philadelphia auxiliary bishop as the Ohio diocese’s new shepherd.

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Bishop-elect Daniel Thomas of Toledo, Ohio

– File Photo/CNA

TOLEDO, Ohio — Pope Francis on Tuesday named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Thomas of Philadelphia to be the next bishop of Ohio’s Diocese of Toledo.

“I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord’s flock here in northwest Ohio,” Bishop Thomas said at an Aug. 26 press conference in Toledo. “Aware that I am not worthy of the office, I trust in God’s holy will, as expressed through the Successor of Peter and in the grace and mercy of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.”

“What is important is not so much my name, but who I am for you, a father, brother and friend in the faith,” the bishop said.

He added, “It is my fervent hope and...READ MORE

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Ukraine: The War Nobody Wants, the Salvation Everyone Needs (3121)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The rhetorical clash between Russian Orthodox and Ukrainian Greek Catholics escalates.

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A priest blesses volunteers Aug. 26 before they were sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of a special battalion unit fighting against pro-Russian separatists.

– AP photo/Efrem Lukatsky

LVIV, Ukraine — As sobering news emerges of escalating military casualties, civilian deaths and residents of eastern Ukraine on the run, Ukrainians are drawing close to faith and trying to maintain equanimity.

But 20 years of distrust in the central government undermines confidence in Kiev. Skepticism is especially high among the ethnic minorities in southwest Ukraine, including Hungarian Catholics.

Meanwhile, rhetorical clashes between Christian leaders on the Ukrainian and Russian sides demonstrate a simmering collision of worldviews that risks to escalate misunderstanding.

Russian Patriarch Kirill wrote an international appeal on Aug. 18 that insulted the Ukrainian Greek Catholic...READ MORE

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Vatican Spokesman: ISIS Threat to Pope Francis Unfounded (2928)

According to Father Federico Lombardi, there is no substantiation of an Italian newspaper’s claim that the Holy Father is ‘in the crosshairs’ of the violent Islamist faction.

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Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi addresses journalists during a May 15 Vatican press conference.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In response to rumors that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said there is no reason for concern.

“There is nothing serious to this. There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation,” the spokesman told CNA Aug. 26.

The rumors spread following an Aug. 25 article published in the Italian newspaper Il Tempo, which said the number of jihadists in Italy is on the rise due to the influx of unidentified immigrants in the country.

According to the article, Islamic fundamentalists, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, plan to “raise the level of confrontation” in Europe, and it alluded to Israeli sources who said...READ MORE

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