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Papal Trip to Turkey Confirmed for November (1214)

The visit will likely follow Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 visit to Strasbourg, France, which was announced by the Vatican on Sept. 11.

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VATICAN CITY — A statement released by the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, where he is expected to participate in celebrations surrounding the Orthodox feast of St. Andrew.

“This morning, the Holy See received the official letter of invitation from the part of the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for a trip of Pope Francis to the country,” the Sept. 12 statement, signed by Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, read.

“So the preparation will proceed for the trip in the final days of November, but the length and schedule of the same trip are still to be defined.”

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Stars in Selfies (1764)

Great photos of the retired pope were tweeted yesterday.

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ROME -- The first “selfie” of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.

Gianluca Barile shared a "primo" photo on his Twitter account on Sept. 11. It is the first known selfie in which the retired pope has appeared. Then he shared another photo featuring Italian priest Father Sebastiano Sequino.

He wrote: "Not one, but two!"



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Pro-Lifers Cry Foul Over U.N. Leader’s Promotion of Abortion (2408)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a directive encouraging U.N. personnel to lobby for abortion in post-war settings, even though there is no international mandate to support such lobbying.

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NEW YORK — A United Nations directive encourages its personnel to lobby countries emerging from war to liberalize their abortion laws under the guise of offering reparations to women who were sexually victimized during hostilities.

The document, known as a guidance note, that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued in June, is not a treaty, and it does not officially create a new international legal norm that member states are obliged to follow. However, Catholic and pro-life observers of the United Nations say the measure is an alarming example of the secretary general overstepping his mandate to promote an aggressive pro-abortion agenda.

“Obviously, this is very controversial. There...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Correction Without Charity Is ‘a Slap in the Face’ (2398)

Gossip is destructive, the Pope noted, whereas charity ‘is like an anesthetic’ when it’s necessary to point out another Christian’s shortcomings.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass on Friday, Pope Francis spoke about fraternal correction, explaining that it heals and builds up the body of Christ, but only when done out of love rather than gossip or hypocrisy.

“Gossip hurts; gossip is a slap in the face of a person’s reputation. It is an attack on the heart of a person,” the Pope told those present in the Santa Marta residence on Sept. 12.

“Sure, when they tell you the truth, it’s not nice to hear, but if it is spoken with charity and love, it is easier to accept,” he said. So “we must speak of other people’s defects” with charity.

Referring to the day’s Gospel from Luke 6, the Holy Father focused his reflections on Jesus’...READ MORE

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Marching With Christ (1942)

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 (2797)

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 (2279)

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! (3528)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the 26 Hilariously Clever Christian Memes by Brantly Millegan of ChurchPOP link to laugh more.

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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