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Pope: Announce Christ Like John the Baptist (1454)

The Holy Father reflected on the prophet's witness on the feast of his birthday.

06/24/2014 Comment
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VATICAN CITY -- In his homily for the feast of John the Baptist’s birth, Pope Francis emphasized that a true Christian puts oneself aside in order for God to be seen, as St. John the Baptist did. 

“A Christian does not announce himself; he announces another, prepares the way for another: the Lord,” the Pope observed in his June 24 daily Mass.

Celebrating the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the Pope explained to those present at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse that the cousin of Jesus had a threefold vocation: to prepare the way for the Messiah, to discern who he was and to diminish himself so that others would follow Jesus.

Although many began to follow John because...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori: The Church Must Be Free to Imitate Christ Through Service (3002)

The Baltimore archbishop encouraged the faithful to cultivate the gift of charity through the Eucharist.

06/24/2014 Comments (3)
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BALTIMORE — Catholics, in seeking religious liberty, are seeking the freedom to serve in response to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, said the archbishop of Baltimore at the start of the 2014 "Fortnight for Freedom."

“May we find in the Eucharist the source and the summit of our charity, and in that charity, may we advocate by word and witness for the robust freedom of individuals and of churches,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore during the opening Mass for the third annual Fortnight for Freedom.

“Not only to worship without fear, but indeed to serve others and the common good in love, in truth, in joy and in freedom,” he added.

Archbishop Lori, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad...READ MORE

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Report: Christian Woman Re-Arrested at Airport in Sudan (5542)

Despite pressure and threats of death, Meriam Ibrahim refused to renounce her Christian faith while in prison.

06/24/2014 Comments (6)
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Meriam Ibrahim is pictured in this undated image with her husband, Daniel Wani.

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KHARTOUM, Sudan — BBC News and NBC News have reported that a Sudanese woman, released from death row Monday by an appeals court in Sudan, has been re-arrested Tuesday with her family at a Sudanese airport.

According to NBC, Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer, Elshareef Ali Mohammed, said "a group of 50 security force personnel arrested her during an angry confrontation at the airport in the capital, Khartoum."

"Mohammed, who was at the airport with Ibrahim, said the security forces did not give him a reason for her re-arrest and made no reference to her dropped case, even when he identified himself as her lawyer," according to NBC. "He said Ibrahim had been taken to a detention center, accompanied...READ MORE

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Hate Group’s Presence Shocks Attendees at Priest’s Funeral (7621)

Protest brings dismay.

06/24/2014 Comments (16)
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Funeral Mass of Father Kenneth Walker of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paxico, Kan., June 20.

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SALINA, Kan. — People who attended the funeral for Father Kenneth Walker were dismayed at the presence of picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church on June 20 near Paxico, Kan.

As mourners filed into Sacred Heart Catholic Church, members of the hate group stood nearby holding signs and singing songs in order to broadcast their message, which is often vulgar.

A priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter, Father Walker, 28, was shot and killed while coming to the aid of Father Joseph Terra at their parish, Mater Misercordiae Mission, in Phoenix on June 11. Father Terra, 56, suffered several injuries but was released from the hospital on June 16.

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Massachusetts Monks’ Brewery Preserves Roots and Helps Others (6771)

‘Spencer Trappist Ale’ is getting a lot of attention.

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Spencer Brewery director Father Isaac stands in front of cases of Spencer Trappist Ale, the first certified Trappist beer made outside of Europe.

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SPENCER, Mass. — The new brew from St. Joseph’s Abbey has been highly rated by beer aficionados, earning praise at such venues as RateBeer.com.

“Spencer Trappist Ale” made its commercial debut earlier this year as part of Spencer Brewery; it is the first certified Trappist beer made outside of Europe.

The certification comes from the International Trappist Association, a group started by the eight Trappist breweries in Europe in 1997 to safeguard the “Trappist” name and establish standards for monastic communities to follow.

 

Getting Started

So how did these monks get into the beer-making business?

The story started in 2009.

Father Isaac (the Trappists prefer to be known by only...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics, Vocations: The Elijah's Cup and More! (5782)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/24/2014 Comment

Follow Pope Francis: Rigid Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics "Aren't Really Catholics" by Kathy Schiffer link to read more.

Pope Francis: Rigid Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics "Aren't Really Catholics" by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

The Perfect Movie for Dads and Sons – John Zmirak, Aleteia

Vocations: The Elijah’s Cup – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Meet the Pope’s Unlikely Celebrity Fans – Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

Worshiping Together – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

A Black Catholic Church: Fighting for Relevance and Survival – David L. Gray, Aleteia

Can Prayer Bring World Peace? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

The Resurrection of Jesus: How Can We Know It’s True - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Is Spain Regaining Its Faith? – Filip Mazurczak, First Things

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Kidnapping of Israeli Teens Is Another Difficult Situation for Holy Land Christians (2945)

Palestinian Christians remain caught in the middle between the actions of Palestinian extremists and the Israeli government’s attempts to combat them.

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A printer makes posters of the three missing teenagers at his workshop on June 23 in Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers have so far detained more than 300 suspects in the search for three teenagers who went missing in Jewish settlements in the West Bank on June 12.

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JERUSALEM — Palestinian Christians say a massive search-and-rescue operation being carried out by Israeli security forces in search of three missing Israeli teenagers believed to have been kidnapped in the West Bank is causing them, like all Palestinians, a great deal of anxiety.

“We Christians are Palestinians, and so we feel what all Palestinians are feeling,” Bishop William Shomali, the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told the Register. “While our Christian communities and institutions have not been directly affected” by the military raids, “there is a general feeling of unrest. All of us feel the situation is deteriorating.”

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A Solemnity of Life, Light and Love (1673)

COMMENTARY: 750 Years of the Feast of Corpus Christi

06/23/2014 Comments (1)
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St. Juliana of Liege was instrumental in the establishment of the feast of Corpus Christi.

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The annual celebration of Corpus Christi — the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ — which the Church celebrated on Sunday, marks 750 years since it was extended to the whole Church.

Corpus Christi originated through Our Lord’s communication with St. Juliana of Liege. Soon after, on Sept. 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV, a former archdeacon of the Belgian Diocese of Leige, made it a universal feast on the occasion of the Eucharistic miracle of Orvieto-Bolsena.

In his general audience conference on Nov.17, 2010, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI described St. Juliana’s Eucharistic focus, called it a veritable “Eucharistic Upper Room” and presented it as a model Eucharistic diocese for our times.

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