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‘Coming Home’ to the New Evangelization (2042)

EWTN will premiere a 13-episode television series this fall, produced by the evangelization group Catholics Come Home.

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– Catholics Come Home, Inc.

ROSWELL, Ga. — The evangelization group Catholics Come Home is set to premiere a 13-episode television series that fosters engagement in the New Evangelization and interviews people who have recently returned to the Catholic faith.

“I believe God’s mercy is reaching the hearts of returnees, converts, agnostics and atheists through creative media, helping to bring them home,” Tom Peterson, founder and president of Catholics Come Home, said in a video announcement for the series.

“Join us as we travel across North America with incredible stories of redemption, as the Holy Spirit transforms souls.”

Gloria Sampson, a former atheist and linguistics professor, who is now an active Catholic,...READ MORE

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Understaffed and Underequipped Against Ebola (2970)

Deacon Timothy Flanigan, an infectious-disease clinician, discusses the struggle to contain the epidemic in Africa.

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Dr. Timothy Flanigan

The World Health Organization predicts that 20,000 people could be inflected with Ebola before the epidemic runs its course in West Africa, but how do you fight a deadly virus without basic medical equipment like gloves?

Dr. Timothy Flanigan, a Providence, R.I.-based infectious-disease expert, who is also a Catholic deacon, explained the struggle to contain the Ebola virus in West Africa with the Register and discussed his plans for bringing vital medical equipment to help St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, renew its efforts to treat patients who have contracted the virus.

Deacon Flanigan is a professor of medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He has...READ MORE

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival Set for Adelaide in 2015 (2038)

The theme of the Dec. 3-5 event is ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2013 took place in Melbourne.

– CNA/Fiona Basile/Archdiocese of Melbourne

ADELAIDE, Australia — The Australian bishops have announced that next year’s national Catholic youth festival will be held in Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia.

“I am proud that we are able to host the festival in Adelaide in 2015, and I look forward to welcoming thousands of young people from around the country to our wonderful city to share in the Good News,” Archbishop Philip Wilson said Aug. 13.

The festival, which some 4,000 are expected to attend, will be held Dec. 3-5 and is themed “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

The 2015 celebration will be coordinated by the Australian bishops’ youth office, along with the Archdiocese of Adelaide and...READ MORE

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Muslim Scholar: ‘A Reform for the Islamic World Is Needed’ (5436)

Professor of Arabic language Wael Farouq decried the violence perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq, saying, ‘Islamic practice today needs a deep reform to the conception of every Muslim that violence is against the principles of our religion.'

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Wael Farouq, professor of Arabic language at the American University of Cairo, Egypt, in Rimini, Italy, Aug 27.

– CNA/Joaquín Peiró Pérez

RIMINI, Italy — Referring to the label “Nazarene” marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity, maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well.

“Millions of Muslims have used the Arab letter ‘nun,’ or ‘n,’ which stands for Nazarene, as their profile picture in Facebook and Twitter, thus identifying themselves with the testimony Christians have given in Iraq,” Wael Farouq told CNA Aug. 25.

A professor of Arabic language at the American University of Cairo, Egypt, Farouq was among the 200 speakers scheduled at the annual meeting of the ecclesiastical movement...READ MORE

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Tips to ISIS on Chicago, Priest Shocked by Conditions for Iraqi Christian Refugees and Much More! (3262)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Tips to ISIS on Chicago by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic link to read more.

Tips to ISIS on Chicago by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic – BigPulpit.com

Priest Shocked by Conditions for Iraqi Christian Refugees – Doreen Abi Raad, The Catholic Herald

Just Show Up: To Dress Up or Not for Mass – Jenni Groft, Catholic Stand

Patriarch: While Politicians Argue, Iraqi Christians Die – John Burger, Aleteia∝

A Nation Pulling Apart by Elizabeth Scalia of First Things – BigPulpit.com

When You Feel Ashamed & Helpless at Persecution of Christians – Laura McAlister, Catholic Cravings

The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled? – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Benedict XVI: Pope as Prophet on Islam – Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

Religion & the...READ MORE

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California Places Abortion Mandate on Catholic Universities’ Insurers (11359)

But Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration may have jeopardized billions in federal dollars for California by aggressively pursuing its abortion agenda, critics say.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown

– Facebook/Santa Clara University

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State officials in California have put health insurers of two Catholic universities on notice that they have re-interpreted the law to require coverage of elective abortion procedures in health-insurance plans. The decision affects Catholic employers who provide group health-insurance plans to their employees, but it also may create legal challenges endangering California’s access to federal funding.

“It’s a particularly disappointing and frustrating ruling by the Department of Managed Health Care,” said Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference.

“We feel that, as Catholics, abortion is not part of medical care, but is the taking of...READ MORE

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Symbolon Program Aims to Form Adult Catholics (2659)

The faith-formation resource is now available in its complete version on DVD and through a special digital-subscription program for mobile devices.

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DENVER — The release of the complete adult faith-formation series Symbolon: the Catholic Faith Explained hopes to offer a profound way of encountering the truths of the Catholic Church.

Symbolon is designed to be a resource for adult faith formation for the New Evangelization,” Edward Sri of the Denver-based Augustine Institute told CNA Aug. 20.

“The Symbolon video series proclaims the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that meets people where they are at, captivates their hearts and minds for Christ and his Church and forms them with a Catholic worldview that prepares them to engage the many cultural influences today that undermine Christian living.”

Sri is the program...READ MORE

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New Abortion Controversy Roils Irish Politics (3774)

Pro-abortion activists and politicians are utilizing a case where a pregnant woman threatened to commit suicide to lobby for further changes to Ireland’s abortion law.

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Participants hold candles at an Aug. 22 pro-life vigil outside of Ireland's legislature in Dublin.

– prolifecampaign.ie

DUBLIN — In July 2013, Enda Kenny’s coalition government pushed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill through the Irish Parliament, and it went into effect in January 2014.

The law allows for abortion, without time limit, where there is a risk to the life of the woman, including threatened suicide. It is not known how many times (if any) the provisions of the legislation have been implemented, but a major disagreement has now broken out over the first abortion controversy since the law was enacted.

The facts relating to this current case are unclear and are subject to some legal reporting restrictions. But some apparent details have emerged very slowly in recent days, based mainly...READ MORE

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