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The Dixie Trinity? by Thomas L. McDonald of God and the Machine – BigPulpit.com

Christian Parents Recount Horror after ISIS Kidnap Their Toddler – Simon Caldwell, The Catholic Herald

Free Will & the Little Way – Luke Arredondo, Ignitum Today

The Tragedy of the Yazidis of Iraq – Gerard Russell, The Catholic Herald

Pope Francis, Ecumenism & the Common Witness to Christ by Alessandra Nucci – BigPulpit.com

Persecution, Terror Rampant in Pakistan – Kamran Chaudhry, OSV

How Is Evangelization Judging? – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Does the Quran Command Beheading? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia∝

Pope Francis & Mary – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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A Dangerous Spin: Some Docs Downplay Study Linking Pill to Breast Cancer (4873)

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The World Heart Federation reports that physical inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%, and the American Heart Association found moderately overweight women in one study had a 50% increased risk of coronary heart disease.

To such reports, no one ever adds, “But that 50% doesn’t mean anything. So just sit on your couch all day and eat Twinkies.”

And yet … when researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle recently found that women who had taken certain birth-control pills within the past year faced a 50% increased risk of breast cancer compared to women who hadn’t taken the pills, some doctors seemingly couldn’t wait to discredit the...READ MORE

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President’s Plan for Islamic State Holds Promise for Mideast Minorities (1438)

Patriarchs from the Middle East met with Obama to give firsthand accounts of the Christian persecution and their needs.

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Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church served as the personal representative of Coptic Pope Tawadros II at last week's In Defence of Christians conference in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat an Islamist terror army known as the Islamic State has drawn optimism from Middle-Eastern Christians as a much-needed first step to save their people and other religious sects from genocide.

Bishop Angaelos, Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s personal representative, said he was encouraged by the patriarchs’ 40-minute personal meeting with the president on Thursday.

“It was a very good meeting. It was thoughtful; it was, I felt, genuine,” he told the Register. “The president sat, thought, listened and shared his views.”

He said the Christian leaders were able to give the president a different perspective than the...READ MORE

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Our Lady's Tears (6366)

A Visit to the Grotto Honoring Our Lady of Sorrows in Portland, Ore.

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MARY IN PORTLAND. Oregon’s Grotto received the apostolic blessing of Pius XI in 1923 and was designated the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in 1983.

– Nancy Murray

Just four hours from my home in southeastern Washington is the Grotto in Portland, Ore. On the outskirts of Portland, the Grotto is a treasure easily overlooked by drivers hurrying past on nearby highways.

Veiled by tall evergreens, the beautiful sanctuary, with its expansive prayer gardens, outdoor Stations of the Cross, lovely chapels and monastery, operated by the Servites, is nearly invisible from the street. The Servite order was founded in 1233 and is one of the Church’s original five mendicant orders (the others being the Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites and Augustinians).

The Grotto’s history hints at the miraculous: With his mother near death after the birth of his sister, a...READ MORE

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Birmingham and Rotherham Examples Show How Radical Islam Took Hold in the U.K. (7197)

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People walk through the Rotherham town center following the publication of a report that found around 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town over a 16-year period.

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Events in Iraq and Syria, and especially the murder of the young American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Syria (IS), have focused attention on Britain’s Muslims.

Some 500-700 young Muslim men from Britain are said to be among the jihadists who are involved in mass killings and torture in order to establish an Islamic state in the Middle East.

Islam is a visible and growing presence in Britain and a dominant one in sections of several major cities, including Bradford, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and London. According to the Office of National Statistics, approximately one-tenth of babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim.

At present, 4% of the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Couples: Let the Cross Illuminate Your Marriage (5541)

In his capacity as the Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father presided over the marriage of 20 couples Sept. 14 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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One of the 20 couples who were married by Pope Francis on Sept. 14 pose for a picture.

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VATICAN CITY — “Marriage is a symbol of life ... the sacrament of love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the cross.”

This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, delivered moments before presiding over the marriages of 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome.

The weddings, which took place in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday morning in the presence of family and loved ones, come just weeks before the Synod on the Family is set to begin in the Vatican.

“The love of Christ, which has blessed and sanctified the union of husband and wife,” the Pope said in his homily, “is able to sustain their love and to...READ MORE

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Vatican and Vietnam Continue to Strengthen Diplomatic Ties (2224)

The fifth round of talks of the Vietnam-Holy See Joint Working Group was held Sept. 10-11 in Hanoi.

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HANOI, Vietnam — The Holy See held a fifth round of talks with the Vietnamese government to strengthen and develop their bilateral relations, which have been in disrepair for nearly 40 years.

“The Holy See delegation emphasized that Pope Francis has followed with interest recent developments in Vietnam, Holy See relations, and encourages the Catholic community in Vietnam to continue to contribute to the country’s major goals,” stated a communique issued after the Sept. 10-11 Vietnam-Holy See Joint Working Group.

The communiqué stressed that both the sides are encouraged by the positive developments in Vietnam-Holy See relations, which have been shown “by increased exchanges and contacts...READ MORE

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Thousands Request That Oklahoma City Cancel Black Mass (3741)

An online petition drew more than 86,000 signatures in support of the Satanic event’s cancellation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 85,000 people have signed a petition asking the city-run Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to cancel a scheduled "black mass," saying that is a blatant attack on the Catholic Church.

“A black mass is intended as an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics,” reads the “Stop the black mass” petition on CitizenGo.com.

Although the organizer returned a stolen host after a lawsuit threat, the petition tells the music hall’s general manager that “it is clear that his intention to defile stolen property in a government facility should raise questions of basic appropriateness.”

“While the Constitution protects freedom of expression, it does not protect...READ MORE

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