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Catholic Charities Aids Napa Quake Relief Effort (1261)

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.”

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Bishop Thomas Appointed to Diocese of Toledo (1836)

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

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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 (5136)

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 (3600)

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.

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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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Why Not Women Patriarchs? (7096)

COMMENTARY: Is women’s ordination simply a matter of sentimentality, civil rights and practicality?

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Church of England clergy celebrate after the Church of England General Synod approved the ordination of women bishops in July.

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If Catholic and Anglican bishops were called “patriarchs,” would there be a move for women to be consecrated as bishops?

Calling Catholic priests “Father” hasn’t stopped feminists from becoming Anglican priests, so one presumes that ordained women would probably have no problem being called “patriarchs.”

It might sound ridiculous to call a female priest “Father,” but the question is connected to a deeper theological question: Is women’s ordination simply a matter of sentimentality, civil rights and practicality?

If so, then we should ordain women because it feels right and good to do so, they can do the job well enough, and it is fair to give them equal rights.

However, if ordination is...READ MORE

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Battle to Halt Ebola Epidemic Needs Concerted Effort, Vatican Adviser Says (2189)

Catholic organizations are ‘very active,’ Msgr. Robert Vitillo said, but there is no structured international network of volunteers.

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The World Health Organization responds to the 2014 Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

– CNA/Daniel J. DeNoon/CDC

VATICAN CITY — Though the Church and others are doing much to help Ebola victims, “extraordinary measures” are needed to halt the epidemic, a Vatican adviser on health issues has said.

“For example, in a health-care center with a capacity of 70 patients, there is a need for at least 250 health workers, and now there is a lack of them,” Msgr. Robert Vitillo told CNA.

“The countries and the NGOs [non-governmental organizations] in the region are now searching for international volunteers to strengthen the professional response to the outbreak in those countries.”

Msgr. Vitillo is a special adviser to the Rome-based Catholic relief organization confederation Caritas Internationalis on...READ MORE

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Vatican: Disgraced Papal Nuncio Not Immune to Civil Prosecution (6765)

In an Aug. 25 statement, the Vatican said that the former nuncio may ‘be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him.’

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Former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic Josef Wesolowski

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican countered media reports that it protected a former nuncio who faces sex-abuse charges through diplomatic immunity, saying instead that the Holy See acted justly and swiftly in the case.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, stated that former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic Josef Wesolowski — following charges and a guilty verdict of sexual misconduct — has been removed from his post as nuncio, and thus, he no longer has diplomatic immunity.

The former nuncio may “be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him” in the Dominican Republic, Father Lombardi said in an Aug. 25...READ MORE

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St. Therese of Lisieux's Daring Teaching on Purgatory, NFP Is Hard, Judge Not and Much More! (8746)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the St. Therese of Lisieux’s Daring Teaching on Purgatory by Connie Rossini link to read more.

St. Therese of Lisieux’s Daring Teaching on Purgatory by Connie Rossini – BigPulpit.com

Iraq Papal Envoy Reports to Pope Francis on Christian Conditions: “Women Kidnapped, Raped & Sold” – Cindy Wooden, The Catholic Herald

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Is Hard – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

Feminists Stay Silent Amidst Genocidal War on Iraqi Christian Women – Kate Bryan, The Catholic Vote

An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins by J. D. FLynn of First Things – BigPulpit.com

An Army and the Geopolitics of Pope Francis – Sandro Magister, Chiesa by La Repubblica

New York City Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

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