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Pope Francis’ Prayer at Blue Mosque Mirrored Benedict XVI’s (1726)

The Pope prayed at the Muslim mosque in Istanbul, alongside the grand mufti of Ankara.

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Istanbul's Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque.


VATICAN CITY — During Pope Francis’ Nov. 29 visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, he paused for a moment of prayer alongside Ankara’s grand mufti — a moment of “interreligious dialogue” which mirrored that of his predecessor.

When they were under the dome, the Pope insisted: "Not only must we praise and glorify him, but we must adore him,” Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Nov. 29. “Therefore. it is reasonable to qualify this moment of silence a moment of silent adoration.”

“[It was] a beautiful moment of interreligious dialogue, and it the exact same thing that happened in 2006 with Pope Benedict; it was exactly the same.”

Father Lombardi offered his...READ MORE

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Patriarch Prays for Full Union Between Catholic, Orthodox Churches (2381)

Bartholomew I says Pope Francis’ presence in Istanbul is a symbolic ‘bridging’ of the East and the West.

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Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople speaks to journalists about meeting with Pope Francis on Nov. 29.

– Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA

ISTANBUL — In a prayer gathering on the second day of Pope Francis' visit to Turkey, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I welcomed him with joy, saying his presence is a symbolic “bridging” of the East and West.

“May these holy fathers, on whose teaching our common faith of the first millennium was founded, intercede for us to the Lord, so that we may rediscover the full union of our Churches, thereby fulfilling his divine will in crucial times for humanity and the world,” Patriarch Bartholomew I said on Nov. 29.

Directed toward Pope Francis, the speech took place during an ecumenical prayer gathering held at the Orthodox Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul, after which the Pope and the...READ MORE

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Unity Becomes Uniformity Without the Holy Spirit, Says Pope (1247)

Pope Francis celebrated a public Mass, attended by Bartholomew I, in Istanbul on day two of his Nov. 28-30 journey to Turkey.

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ISTANDBUL — During the only public Mass of his three-day apostolic journey to Turkey, Pope Francis warned that unity without the Holy Spirit stays limited within human plans and falls into mere uniformity.

Celebrating the Mass in the Salesian-run Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, Pope Francis began his reflection Saturday by turning to the day’s Gospel reading from John, in which Jesus speaks of himself as “the font from which those who thirst for salvation draw.”

In this passage, Jesus refers to “the gift of the Holy Spirit” given to the disciples after Christ’s death and resurrection.

“The Church’s whole life and mission depend on the Holy Spirit,” the Pope said.


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Asia Bibi Makes Last Ditch Legal Appeal to Save Her Life, The Blessed Sacrament and Much More! (4117)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Asia Bibi Makes Last Ditch Legal Appeal to Save Her Life by David V. Barrett of Catholic Herald link to read more.

Asia Bibi Makes Last Ditch Legal Appeal to Save Her Life by David V. Barrett of Catholic Herald - BigPulpit.com

Seven Lessons from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament - Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

Paint the Town Red, G. K. Chesterton – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Clerical Freedom and Academic Freedom – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

When Government and Values Conflict – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

The Ramifications of Gender Inclusivity on Single-Sex Education – Brittany Higdon, Truth and Charity Forum

An Invitation to the Pope – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Were the Early Christians Pacifists? – Jimmy Akin

The Loss of the Orphan – Theresa Williams, Ignitum Today


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Pro-Lifer Wins Battle Against Health Exchange, but Fight Continues (2786)

Barth Bracy, whose lawsuit succeeded in Connecticut, wants to challenge the health exchanges in four other states.

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Barth Bracy, executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life

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HARTFORD — As the executive director of the Right to Life state affiliate in Rhode Island, Barth Bracy endorsed efforts to block federal subsidies for abortion in the Affordable Care Act and hoped to stop the state health exchange from including plans that covered elective abortion.

But instead, the Rhode Island health exchange, authorized under Obamacare, opted to provide plans that cover elective abortion — with no exceptions. And then, after losing his own insurance, Bracy found himself forced onto the health exchange in his own state, Connecticut, which only offered plans with elective abortion.

Bracy and his wife, Abbie, sued the Connecticut health exchange. The Catholic couple,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Human Dignity at Core of Religious Dialogue (1493)

The Holy Father delivered this message in his address today to Turkey’s Department for Religious Affairs, the nation’s highest Sunni Muslim authority.

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Pope Francis delivers remarks following his arrival Nov. 28 in Ankara, Turkey.

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ISTANBUL — Dialogue between religious leaders and the “shared recognition of the sanctity of each human life” in bringing aid to the suffering were at the core of Pope Francis’ Nov. 28 address to Turkey’s Department for Religious Affairs, delivered on the first day of his three-day apostolic journey to Turkey.

“Without this openness to encounter and dialogue, a papal visit would not fully correspond to its purposes,” the Holy Father said, noting the custom of a pope to meet with the leaders and representatives of other religions whenever he visits another country.

The Department for Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, is the highest Sunni Muslim authority in Turkey. Upon his arrival, the Pope...READ MORE

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Houston Texans’ Linebacker Persevering in Faith (3408)

John Simon speaks of scandals, Scriptures, saints and scapulars.

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AP Photo/Scott Boehm

Houston Texans linebacker John Simon (51) runs in pursuit as Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams (76) blocks during a Week 7 NFL football game in Pittsburgh on Oct. 20.

– AP Photo/Scott Boehm

Linebacker John Simon’s first two college seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes went very well, as the team posted records of 11-2 in 2009 and 13-1 in 2010. However, after the 2010 season, things started to get troublesome for Simon. The 6-foot-1, 252-pound Youngstown, Ohio, native was accused of being part of a group of players who received gifts or services in exchange for Buckeye memorabilia. Despite his innocence, Simon’s name was sullied on well-known websites, radio and TV programs.

This disheartening experience helped to deepen Simon’s trust in God, as it did for many other Ohio State players. A good number of those who previously showed no interest in matters of faith started asking...READ MORE

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Pope to Turkish Authorities: ‘We Must Renew the Courage of Peace’ (1234)

During the first day of his Nov. 28-30 apostolic voyage to Turkey, Pope Francis addressed Turkish dignitaries, met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visited the well-known Ataturk Mausoleum.

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A banner welcoming Pope Francis hangs in Isranbul ahead of his arrival.

– Daniel Ibez/ CNA

VATICAN — Pope Francis spoke to Turkish authorities on Friday of the need to create a lasting peace, one based on a fraternal solidarity that respects human dignity and man’s essential right to religious freedom.

“Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers,” the Pope told authorities in Ankara, Turkey, on Nov. 28.

This solidarity, he said, “must rest on the following pillars: respect for human life and for religious freedom, that is the freedom to worship and to live according to the moral teachings of one’s religion (and) commitment to ensuring what each person...READ MORE

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