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Marching With Christ (1284)

Lessons that can be learned from this month's controversy over the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York.

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Early this month, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York made headlines as his flock digested two unexpected developments: The cardinal endorsed a new policy that would allow a homosexual-rights activist group to march under its own banner in the city’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and the Church leader also agreed to serve as the next grand marshal for that parade.

His decision revived past debate over the religious character of a popular New York City event that celebrates Irish-Catholic heritage and had previously barred the participation of “LGBT” groups and other “political” entities, including pro-life organizations. Cardinal Dolan’s critics argued that his public acceptance of the...READ MORE

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Slain Xaverian Nuns Recalled as Women Who Loved God and Neighbor (1684)

A local man has been arrested for the murders of Sisters Lucia Pulici, 75, Olga Raschietti, 82, and Bernadetta Boggian, 79.

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Top left photo, from left, Xaverian Missionary Sisters Bernadetta Boggia, Olga Raschietti and Lucia Pulici are shown at work in Burundi.

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ROME — Remembering the lives of the three Xaverian Missionary sisters murdered in Burundi, the order’s vicar general hailed them as simple women in love with God and those they served.

“For me, [since] I entered as a youth, they gave me a great example of people enamored with Jesus, enamored with the people among whom they lived,” Sister Silvia Marsili, vicar general for the Xaverian Missionaries, told CNA Sept. 11.

“They had the ability to make friends, to use their capacities in the field of health, Lucia; in the field of catechesis, Olga; in the field of the promotion of women, Bernadette,” she said. They “were people capable of entering into others, meeting them, welcoming them with...READ MORE

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Bishops of Philippines Declare Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq and Syria (820)

The initiative ties in with the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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A family of Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State who have taken shelter at a Syriac Catholic shrine in Erbil

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MANILA, Philippines — The bishops of the Philippines have appealed their faithful to join in a national day of prayer in solidarity with persecuted Christians, especially those suffering in Iraq and Syria under the Islamic State.

During a Sept. 2 meeting, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines unanimously set the upcoming Sept. 14 as a National Day of Prayer for Peace.

The day of prayer coincides with the celebration of the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

“We request the Most Reverend archbishops and bishops to oblige all priests to celebrate all Masses that day for the special intentions of the persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq,” said Archbishop Socrates...READ MORE

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26 Hilariously Clever Christian Memes; Demons Believe and Tremble before the Real Presence and More! (2951)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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26 Hilariously Clever Christian Memes by Brantly Millegan of ChurchPOP – BigPulpit.com

Demons Believe and Tremble before the Real Presence – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (DC)

What Is Islamic Terrorism? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Suffer Like a Christian – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

A Dark Age of Reason – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Modern Bondage: Slavery Is Very Much Alive Today – Mark Gordon, Aleteia∝

New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality? – Matthew Heinrich, Ignitum Today

Dating Naked and Married at First Sight: What? – Kate O’Hare, Catholic Vote

Why Do Muslims Behead People? – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing...READ MORE

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Vatican’s Point Man on the Protection of Children: ‘A Gospel Priority’ (1852)

An exclusive Register interview with U.S. Msgr. Robert Oliver, the new secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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Msgr. Robert Oliver

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed U.S. Msgr. Robert Oliver as the new secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, an advisory body set up by the Holy Father earlier this year.

Msgr. Oliver, who spent 10 years dealing with clerical sex-abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Boston, will take up the position after serving two years as the Vatican’s promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. As “chief prosecutor,” he was charged with investigating clerical sex-abuse cases as well as other grave offenses, including crimes against the sanctity of the Eucharist and violations of the seal of confession. He will be replaced by another U.S....READ MORE

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Pope ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Brutal Killing of Missionary Nuns (1737)

Three Italian missionary nuns were murdered last weekend in Burundi.

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VATCIAN CITY — Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weekend, assuring the community of his closeness.

“The Holy Father begs the Lord to welcome into his kingdom of peace and light these three faithful and devout nuns,” reads Sept. 8 a telegram addressed to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura, Burundi, where the sisters were serving in the parish of St. Guido Maria Conforti.

Signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state to the Holy See, the telegram continues: “In these tragic circumstances, [Pope Francis] expresses his closeness to their religious community, to the families of the victims and the...READ MORE

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Don't Date a Guy Who's 'Willing' to Wait for Sex, Cardinal Spellman and More! (1720)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Don’t Date a Guy Who’s “Willing” to Wait for Sex by Laura McAlister – BigPulpit.com

The Hard-Fought Rise of Cardinal Francis Spellman – Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

A Framework for the New Evangelization – Andrew Kassebaum, Catholic Stand

What’s the Best Translation of Saint Augustine’s “The Confessions”? – Fr. Z's Blog

Embracing My Inner Hobbit – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

Levity and Gravity – Father Dwight Longenecker, Catholic Exchange

What Is Mildness? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Sublime Patchwork Art of a Vermont Recluse – Heather King, Aleteia∝

Cardinal Müller: A Great Catholic Leader – Filip Mazurczak, The Catholic Thing

India Christians Long Wait...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus’ Collection for Persecuted Iraqis Passes $2 Million (1400)

In just three weeks, a matching campaign by the Catholic fraternal order has drawn more than $1 million in public donations.

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CNA/ankawa.com

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

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WASHINGTON — A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released a special prayer to add a spiritual dimension to the humanitarian response.

“It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia simply for their faith,” Knights of Columbus CEO and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Sept. 9.

“It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with them in defense of the freedom of religion and conscience and provide them with whatever relief we can.”

In three weeks, a matching campaign by the Catholic fraternal order has drawn more...READ MORE

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