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Romania Implored to Return Communist-Seized Churches (7216)

Lawmakers say ‘it’s about time to make things right’ and restore stolen Church properties, but Romania’s government delays its decision.

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Father Chris Terhes.

Romanian Catholics celebrate Divine Liturgy at a cemetery in Sisesti, June 24, 2012.

– Father Chris Terhes.

WASHINGTON — A group of 20 U.S. lawmakers has pushed the State Department to encourage Romania’s government to return property confiscated from minority religious groups under the former communist regime.“That’s our hope, that the Romanian government does reparations for what’s been seized, and makes things right,” Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., told CNA.

After World War II, he said, the Romanian Catholic Church “wasn’t allowed their buildings — religious objects were seized. It’s about time to make things right.”

Harris authored a letter, signed by a bipartisan group of 12 Republicans and seven Democrats, asking the U.S. Department of State to “vigorously engage the Romanian government to...READ MORE

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‘Theology of Women in the Church’ Only Beginning to Be Revealed (17202)

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A few weeks ago, returning from World Youth Day, Pope Francis made several interesting remarks to journalists, including an implicit appeal for a theology of women: “We talk about whether they can do this or that: Can they be altar boys? Can they be lectors? About a woman as president of Caritas, but we don't have a deep theology of women in the Church.”

His comments were a timely preface for the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women), marked by this year’s Solemnity of the Assumption.

When I was doing graduate theology work in Rome, the document had been out for many years. John Paul II had continued to teach on the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Mourns as Christians Die and Churches Burn in Egypt (13877)

The Holy Father asks for prayers to Our Lady, Queen of Peace as Christians suffer the Muslim Brotherhood’s wrath.

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Desecrated altar of St. George Coptic Church in Assuit by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis joined religious-liberty advocates in voicing grief at the “painful news” of more than 600 deaths and numerous attacks on Christian churches in Egypt’s latest wave of violence.

“I wish to ensure my prayers for all the victims and their families, the injured and all those who are suffering,” the Pope said before the Angelus prayer Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption. “Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and reconciliation in that dear nation and throughout the world.”

On Aug. 14, Egyptian security forces broke up the camps of protesters allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. The protesters were demanding President Mohammed Morsi’s restoration to...READ MORE

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Catholic Relief Services’ Madagascar Aid Analyzed (8782)

Scandalous claims don’t appear to hold up: Part 1 of a Register Special Report.

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WASHINGTON — A bombshell report from the Population Research Institute (PRI) alleging Catholic Relief Services’ involvement in population-control activities in Madagascar has not been substantiated, as Church officials in Madagascar and CRS’ own internal investigators say they have found no evidence to corroborate the charges.

The respected pro-life organization has also admitted that its allegations of CRS misconduct are nearly a year old and that it never followed up on its investigator’s findings with either CRS leaders or the Madagascar bishops.

PRI has a long-standing reputation for research into population-control activities conducted throughout the world, particularly by the...READ MORE

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Fr. Z Comments on the LCWR; The Slaughter of the Coptic Christians Now in Egypt and More. . . (5127)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Nuns in Arms! L. C. W. R. Games Begin. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

Nuns in Arms! L. C. W. R. Games Begin via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

The Slaughter of the Coptic Christians Now in Egypt – Rod Dreher, Russian Orthodox Blogger

On Loneliness - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Putin and the (Dis?)Continuity of Catholic Identity – Philip Primeau, Catholic Lane

Catholic Answers Needs Help – Foxfier, The American Catholic

The Virgin Who Loves Sex – Amber-Faith Miller, Catholic Insight

Lorenzo, A Contemporary Opera – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Italian Praises Nun Who Saved Him from the Nazis – Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

“What If I’m Wrong About N. F. P.?” – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

Burning Churches in Egypt – Crushed Bones

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Film ‘The Blood and the Rose’ Seeks to Tell the Real Our Lady of Guadalupe Story (11673)

Director hopes the film inspires people ‘to be like Juan Diego, the servant who heard the word and spread it.’

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Executive producer Eduardo Verastegui (Bella) narrates the film on Our Lady of Guadalupe.

– thebloodandtherose.com

DENVER — A recent film on the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe has helped reawaken devotion to the patroness of the Americas, while inspiring a deeper conversion of heart among Catholics.

“We need things that are artistic, that leave impressions, that will help guide people back to our faith,” Tim Watkins, director of The Blood and the Rose, told CNA.

The film is now going on its promotional tour. It centers around three major aspects of the apparition of the Virgin Mother to St. Juan Diego: the historical background; the apparition itself and Mary’s message; and the scientific analysis of the image on St. Juan Diego’s tilma.

The film’s executive producers are Bella star Eduardo...READ MORE

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LCWR Keynote Speaker Advocates ‘Cosmological Rethink’ of Religion (14541)

Sister Ilia Delio discusses an ‘evolutionary’ approach with the women religious gathered in Orlando for the group’s 2013 annual assembly.

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Sister Ilia Delio: ‘Literally, we are stardust.’

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ORLANDO — Sister of St. Francis Ilia Delio, melding science and theology, took her fellow women religious on a journey through the cosmos yesterday in her two-part keynote speech, “Religious Life on the Edge of the Universe,” at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) here. In the second part, following lunch, Sister Ilia emphasized love and authenticity.

“If we are to rethink in terms of religion, we have to think in terms of cosmology,” Sister Ilia said.

“We have to understand the order of the whole,” adding, “There is no cosmos without God, and no God without cosmos.”

Sister Ilia, director of Catholic studies and visiting professor at Georgetown University in...READ MORE

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Gospel Singer Says ʻBully Tactics’ Barred Him From Concert (7611)

The Washington mayor booted the black minister from headlining the concert after homosexual-rights activists complained.

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Rev. Donnie McClurkin (right)

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WASHINGTON — The mayor of Washington canceled a prominent gospel singer’s invitation to headline a civil-rights concert after homosexual-rights activists objected to the singer’s past comments that God “delivered” him from a same-sex-attracted lifestyle.

“These are bully tactics, simply because of stances that I took, never ever demeaning, never ever derogatorily addressing any lifestyle,” Rev. Donnie McClurkin, a black Christian minister, said in a seven-minute video statement Aug. 10.

The singer said Mayor Vincent Gray “uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline.” McClurkin called it unfortunate that “a black man, a black artist is uninvited from a civil-rights...READ MORE

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