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Be Careful My Catholics Friends, Pope Francis on the Middle East Genocide and Much More! (4479)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/31/2014 Comment

Click on Be Careful My Catholic Friends by Shaun McAfee link to read more.

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Pope Francis on the Middle East Genocide - Carol Glatz, The Catholic Herald

The Sinner Marching Next to Me – Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand

Christians Struggle to Rebuild Their Lives in Syria – Catholic Lane

An Aussie Speaking Italian! Cardinal Pell on Pope Francis - Jeff Ostrowski, Views from the Choir Loft

Saint Augustine on Ghosts – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

The Perfect Relationship – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

Ebola Crisis Bishop: Liberians Feel God has Forsaken Them – Bronwen Dachs, The Catholic Herald

Transgender Deconstruction – Phillip Cary, First Things

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Franciscan Parish Lives Namesake’s Mission (2873)

Northern Virginia church’s lay faithful are on fire to be disciples who put their faith into social action in their community and state.

10/30/2014 Comment
Alexis Smith

Anti-human trafficking committee members at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, Va., discuss initiatives to engage their community about the issue.

– Alexis Smith

TRIANGLE, Va. — If any parish could be a model of the New Evangelization in action, it might be St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in northern Virginia.

At this Franciscan parish, the friars have inspired their faithful to do apostolic work in their community.

“What we do is captured by a saying in the Rule of the Secular [Franciscan] Order: from Gospel to life, from life to Gospel,” said Rob Goraieb, a lay Franciscan.

For the past three years, Goraieb has led the parish’s Franciscan Advocacy Action Council, which helps the parish put the Gospel into action in a variety of ways.

“Your faith has more purpose when you’re actually putting it into action,” he said.

Parishioners can do...READ MORE

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RNS Blogger ‘Inventing Own Reality,’ Says Philadelphia Archdiocesan Spokesman (1688)

A Religion News Service blog post by Mark Silk, claiming that Archbishop Chaput and Pope Francis disagree about the death penalty, has been dismissed as ‘ridiculous.’

10/30/2014 Comments (5)
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Mark Silk

– Kerry Burke, MTS Photography/BC

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has shrugged off a recent blog post that sought to pit Pope Francis against Archbishop Charles Chaput on the death penalty.

“Some blogs are like videogames; they invent their own reality,” Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, told CNA Oct. 28.

“Archbishop Chaput has been vocal and vigorous in opposing the death penalty for more than 40 years. That’s a matter of public record.”

Gavin’s comments came in response to an Oct. 24 blog post on Religion News Service by writer Mark Silk.

The blog post, entitled “Pope Francis Clarifies Archbishop Chaput’s Confusion,” focused on Pope Francis’ recent call for the abolition of the death...READ MORE

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A Tale of Targeting: Gay Bullying; Chaput, Morals, and the Law; Ebola Caution in the Pews and More! (2597)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/30/2014 Comment

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Chaput, Morals, and the Law – Mark Bauerlein, First Things

Christians Face Jail Time for Refusing Gay ‘Marriage’ – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Lesbian Mayor’s Intimidation of Christians a Religious Liberty Threat - Msgr. Charles Pope

When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy by Dns. J. Hunnell MD of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Gay Rights and Ideology – R. R. Reno, First Things

Spiritual Care for Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Ebola Caution: Kiss of Peace Now Meaningful Eye Contact – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

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Michael White Wins Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction (3457)

The author's prizewinning novel Resting Places recounts a woman’s cross-country search for meaning after her son’s accidental death.

10/30/2014 Comment

Michael White

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The 2014 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction — one of a burgeoning number of new Catholic literary prizes — has been awarded to a novelist who has penned a saga of a woman’s cross-country search for meaning after her son’s accidental death.

Michael White has won the second award and $5,000 for Resting Places, which grew out of the author’s fascination with roadside shrines to the dead. Last year’s prizewinner was David Beckett, for The Cana Mystery, which at one time was Amazon’s No. 1 Kindle download.

Peter Mongeau, founder of the Tuscany Press, which offers the award, hailed Resting Places as a “beautifully worded novel [that] truly captures the Catholic imagination, with its gritty...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Devil Is No Myth — and We Must Fight Him (4008)

The Holy Father told the gathering for his Thursday Mass that no spiritual or Christian life is possible without the need to resist temptation.

10/30/2014 Comments (7)
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VATICAN CITY — In his homily on Thursday, Pope Francis said that the devil is more than an idea, and in order to fight him, we must follow St. Paul’s instructions and put on the armor of God, which protects us.

“In this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists, and we must fight against him,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass on Oct. 30.

He turned to St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, from which the day’s first reading was taken and in which the apostle warns against the temptations of the devil, telling Christians to clothe...READ MORE

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For Terminally Ill Seminarian, Life With Suffering Retains Dignity (1989)

Philip Johnson says that, like Brittany Maynard, he does not want to die of cancer, but he remains committed to life.

10/30/2014 Comments (4)
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Philip Johnson, a seminarian of the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A seminarian is looking forward to his ordination to the diaconate this spring and the priesthood a year later, even though he was given roughly a year and a half to live back in 2008.

Phillip Johnson, who is now 30, was diagnosed with a Grade III brain cancer, known as anaplastic astrocytoma, six years ago, when he was serving as a Naval officer in the Persian Gulf.

“I remember the moment I saw the computer images of the brain scans. I went to the Catholic chapel on base and fell to the floor in tears. I asked God, ‘Why me?’” Johnson wrote in an Oct. 22 column, “Dear Brittany: Our Lives Are Worth Living, Even With Brain Cancer,” for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., website....READ MORE

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Bishop: Families Need Contact With the Consecrated Life (3673)

As the Year of Consecrated Life begins, getting families closely involved with consecrated men and women is key to nurturing future vocations.

10/30/2014 Comments (3)
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Bishop Michael Burbidge

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WASHINGTON — As the universal Church gears up for the Year of Consecrated Life in November, it faces a challenge, as the numbers of men and women religious continue to decline. But families may hold the key to reviving interest in the consecrated vocation in the 21st century.

Family is the key to forming vocations for the consecrated life, according to Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., one of the fastest-growing dioceses in the U.S.

Bishop Burbidge chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations; and in this interview with the Register, he explains how the bishops’ conference is trying to get that conversation...READ MORE

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