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Ratzinger ‘Schulerkreis’ in Session (5469)

Members of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s annual study group reunite with their mentor for Mass.

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Father Vincent Twomey

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “smiling like he used to smile,” says Society of the Divine Word Father Vincent Twomey, a moral theologian who studied under Joseph Ratzinger in the 1970s.

Speaking to the Register Aug. 27, the Irish professor discussed this year’s schülerkreis, a study group of the pope emeritus’ former students who meet annually in Rome. Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the ­schülerkreis on Sunday, at the Teutonic College in the Vatican.

In the interview, Father Twomey also recalls the teaching method of his former professor, the uniqueness of his writings and Benedict’s legacy.

 

On Aug. 24, the pope emeritus celebrated Mass with his former students. How was he? Did he...READ MORE

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What the Alcoholic Saint Monica Teaches Us on Redemption; On Joy, Christian Style and Much More! (4443)

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Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State (13346)

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Pope Benedict XVI speaks to students and professors at the Auditorium Maximum of the University of Regensburg in Regensburg, Germany, Sept. 12, 2006.

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Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword?

The establishment of an “Islamic State” in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians.

There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation?

Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in the “real world,” even if it takes some time...READ MORE

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Jerusalem Bishop Hopes Gaza Cease-Fire Holds (1419)

No one is a winner after seven weeks of armed conflict, Bishop Shomali said.

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A Palestinian family walks through the rubble of a destroyed area of housing on Aug. 16 in Gaza City, Gaza.

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ROME — Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem hopes the new, indefinite cease-fire in Gaza will hold, cautioning that victory cannot come from violence and that compromise is vital on both sides for it to last.

“This time, we are much more hopeful, for one important reason: No one is victorious after two months. Two are losers, I believe; no one is victorious, even if someone says, 'I won.' No one won,” Bishop Shomali, auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told CNA Aug. 27.

Each has “finally understood that no one can destroy the other” and that “there is a need for a compromise” as well as “a comprehensive solution to the problem,” he said.

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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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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 (2972)

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 (2046)

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.

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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’ (5442)

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.

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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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