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Bethlehem Hospital Is ‘a Gift of Peace’ in War-Torn Region (2797)

Michele Bowe, president of Holy Family Hospital, describes the facility’s care of infants and women from Christian and Muslim communities.

08/04/2014 Comment
Jill Ortiz

– Jill Ortiz

Michele Bowe is a member of the Order of Malta and the president of Holy Family Hospital, a highly regarded infant and maternity hospital located in Bethlehem.

On Aug. 1, following a recent visit to the hospital, Bowe spoke with Joan Frawley Desmond, the Register's senior editor, who is also a member of the Order of Malta, about the hospital’s efforts to affirm the inviolable dignity of its most vulnerable patients — some weighing as little as 1.5 lbs — and to serve both Christians and Muslims in a region that has witnessed decades of sectarian conflict and, most recently, experienced a resurgence of hostilities between the Israeli government and Hamas.


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Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield are Jesuit Priests, Scorsese's Film; The New York Times and More! (4462)

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08/04/2014 Comment

Follow the Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield Are Jesuit Priests, Scorsese’s New Film by Kathy Schiffer link to read more.

Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield Are Jesuit Priests, Scorsese’s New Film by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

Church of The New York Times Keeps Preaching Its Own Faith – Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Scientific Geniuses & Their Jesuit Collaborators – Andrew Kassebaum, Catholic Stand

Have Confidence in God, Even in Difficulty – Jessica Archuleta, Catholic Exchange

New York Times Attacks Abp. Nienstedt by David F. Pierre Jr. of TheMediaReport.com - BigPulpit.com

The Organist Is Dead – Richard Ingrams, The Catholic Herald

Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother – Olivia Spears, Ignitum Today

Showing the Courage to Battle Homosexual Impulses – Phil Lawler, Catholic Lane

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On Grotesques: Gargoyle and Chimera; The One-Child Policy Has Destroyed the Chinese Family and More! (2264)

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08/03/2014 Comment

Follow the On Grotesques: Gargoyle & Chimera via Quartermaster of the Barque link to read more.

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The One-Child Policy Has Destroyed the Chinese Family – Steven W. Mosher, Aleteia

Evangelizing for Life: Chemo While Pregnant – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

A Marked Man: Should Catholics Get Tattoos? – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

The Single Best Way to Reduce Abortions – Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Peace in the Middle East Is Impossible Without Prayer – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

History & Heresy – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Orthodox-Catholic Group: Lift Ban on Eastern Catholic Married Priests - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

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The Church Endures (5149)

Father C. John McCloskey recommends Diane Moczar's Church Under Attack

08/02/2014 Comments (5)


500 Hundred Years That Split the Church and Scattered the Flock

By Diane Moczar

Sophia Institute Press, 2013

256 pages, $18.95

To order: www.sophiainstitute.com


Blessed John Henry Newman once famously wrote, “To go deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant.” Similarly, I would say that to read about the never-ending persecution of the Catholic Church over the last 500 years should convince any sincere seeker of religious truth that if Christ founded a Church, then it surely is the Catholic Church. Even today, Catholics are martyred every day because they refuse to deny their faith.

Historian Diane Moczar has come out with another interesting...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Paradox: Evangelize Evangelicals; Is Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Possible? and More! (4067)

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08/02/2014 Comment

Follow the Pope Francis’ Paradox: Evangelize Evangelicals by Andrea Gagliarducci link to read more.

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Is Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Possible? Yes, But. . . – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Evensong & Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student – Anna Rose Meeds, Catholic Stand

A Beautiful Birds Eye & Panoramic Video Tour of Rome – Regina Blog

Embracing Edith Stein: A Review – Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

Review: The Ultimate Priest’s Gift: Super Cool Portable Altar – Fr. Z's Blog

Pope Francis & the Evangelicals – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Cultivate True Contrition – John A. Kane, Catholic Exchange

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Protesters Criticize Global Failure to Rescue Missing Nigerian Girls (3034)

The more than 200 girls were kidnapped 100 days ago July 24.

08/01/2014 Comments (9)
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A man makes a sign outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York City.

– CNA/Spencer Platt/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Gathering outside the Nigerian Embassy in Washington to mark the 100th day since the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria, protesters urged more effective action to return them home.

“We're here to talk about over 200 girls who are still in captivity, who have been violated, some who are pregnant, who have been put into sex trafficking,” said Faith McDonnell, Religious Liberty Program director of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

“But that's not the end with Boko Haram,” warned McDonnell, who helped organize the July 24 rally. “That's just the beginning.”

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Pope Joins Jesuits for Dinner on Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola (3210)

The surprise visit was the result of a 'last-minute request' by the Holy Father.

08/01/2014 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis dines with Jesuits in Rome on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31.

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VATICAN CITY — In honor of the feast commemorating the founder of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis made a last-minute phone call to the head of the Jesuit General Curia expressing his desire to eat dinner with them on July 31.

According to an Aug. 1 statement issued by the Jesuits, “It was only at the last moment that he told [the] father general that this was his wish.”

The Hoy Father arrived at the community in his small Ford Focus and made a point to greet several bystanders outside the front door of the offices of the Jesuit Curia before going inside.

Describing the visit as “wholly private and quite simple,” the Jesuits explained that, after dining with the community in the...READ MORE

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Ushering in a New Era of the Priesthood (8619)

Former Catholic Answers Live host brings Vocation Boom to television.

08/01/2014 Comments (3)

Jerry Usher

When Jerry Usher entered the pre-theology program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1989, he thought ordination to the Catholic priesthood was the only acceptable culmination of his studies. Leaving the seminary to pursue something else struck the Seattle native as a departure from God’s will.

Many years later and after much prayer, Usher has come to see that he was led into the seminary for a good reason, but that the priesthood was not for him. His studies have been indispensable in his work in Catholic radio, which includes hosting Catholic Answers Live (a show he helped to develop), literally hundreds of pledge drives for local Catholic stations and, most recently, Vocation...READ MORE

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