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LCWR Assembly 2014: Sticking to a Dangerous Course (14463)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The leaders of the religious sisters’ organization seem content to remain more confrontational than conciliatory, at the expense of Church unity.

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Logo of the 2014 assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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NASHVILLE — For the third year in a row, the question of how the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) would respond to a Vatican mandate to reform the organization spiked high interest in the group’s annual assembly, held Aug. 12-15.

And for the third year in a row, the assembly ended not with a bang, but a whimper.

Some fireworks did ignite, as the main speakers spent most of their energy defending positions taken by the LCWR, even openly criticizing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which had ordered the reform in April of 2012, after a three-year doctrinal assessment. Executive sessions that excluded non-members of LCWR also reportedly focused on the...READ MORE

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Journalist James Foley Turned to Prayer for Strength (17386)

The journalist was fortified by the Rosary during his imprisonment. After Foley’s execution by militant Muslims, his family and community pray for comfort.

08/21/2014 Comments (17)
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James Foley's parents, John and Diane, talk to reporters Aug. 20 outside their home in Rochester, N.H.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Prayer not only served as a source of strength for Catholic journalist James Foley — who was allegedly killed by militant Islamic State forces — but is now a foundation for his family and community.

The Foley's bishop, Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, N.H., told EWTN on Aug. 20 that the news of the journalist’s death is “very, very troubling,” but that the family and community have been “praying for him and for news of his whereabouts” since Foley's disappearance in November 2012.

“It has been a family that has continued to pray,” the bishop said, adding that the community has also offered its support and prayers since Foley went missing.  

“You just know that...READ MORE

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Archbishop Coakley Files Lawsuit Against Black Mass Organizers (91487)

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed the lawsuit at noon today, asserting that the organizers’ consecrated Host is Church property and was obtained fraudulently.

08/20/2014 Comments (95)
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Statue of St. Michael defeating the devil in Hamburg, Germany

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today to stop the Satanic "black mass" that organizers are planning to stage next month in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

The lawsuit asks the Oklahoma County Sheriff‘s Office to retrieve the consecrated Host that the event‘s organizers claim to have and return it to Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley. The lawsuit also argues that the consecrated Host was obtained under fraudulent circumstances, and thus it must be returned to the archdiocese.

“Our contention is that they are in possession of stolen property,” Archbishop Coakley told the Register. “They cannot complete their Satanic...READ MORE

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Pope: Catholic Church Is Korea’s ‘Guardian of Memory and Hope’ (1713)

In his weekly general audience, the Holy Father reflected on his just-concluded apostolic visit to the Asian nation.

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Pope Francis addresses religious communities Aug. 16 in Kkottongnaeon, South Korea.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis discussed his recent trip to South Korea in his Aug. 20 general audience address, saying its significance is found in the three words of memory, hope and witness.

In South Korea, “the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope and is a spiritual family in which adults transmit to youths the torch of the faith received from the elderly; the memory of the witnesses of the past becomes a new witness in the present and hope for the future,” he said in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. 

“In light of this, it is possible to read the two principal events of this voyage: the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs, who are added to those canonized 30 years ago by St. John...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: We Are at a ‘Latino Moment’ in the U.S. Church (4749)

The Philadelphia archbishop told the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders that ‘demography is destiny’ and challenged the attendees to make the most of the moment.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia

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HOUSTON — The Church in the United States should not and cannot ignore the ever-increasing Latino population, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Saturday, because they are the future of the Church in America.

Before launching into his full Aug. 16 address at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders’ (CALL) national conference in Houston, the archbishop paused to remember and to pray for the young undocumented immigrants on the southern border who “are stuck in an ugly kind of limbo.”

“There’s simply no excuse for the suffering of children and families,” he said. “I hope each of us will find time today to pray for the young people caught in our immigration mess and also for...READ MORE

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St. Louis Archbishop Urges Prayer in Face of Ferguson Violence (1899)

Archbishop Carlson will celebrate a Mass for peace and justice at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, and archdiocesan schools will pray a daily Rosary for peace.

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Protestors hold candles as they shouted, ‘Hands up’ during a protest in Ferguson, Mo.

– Lisa Johnston/St. Louis Review

ST. LOUIS — Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is asking Catholics to offer special prayers for peace in the coming days.

“We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Mo., are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis in an Aug. 18 letter.

“In all circumstances, but especially in these difficult times, we are all called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions.”

Appealing for peace, the archbishop announced he will...READ MORE

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Beauty Paves the Way for the Word (4360)

An absence of Church aesthetics and a dearth of faith-infused art and literature are stalling the New Evangelization, speakers at the Napa Institute’s annual conference contend.

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Michelangelo's depiction in the Sistine Chapel of God the Father dividing light from darkness.

– Wikipedia

NAPA, Calif. — Leonardo Defilippis, the founder and director of St. Luke Productions, dreamed of bringing the story of St. Faustina Kowalska, the 20th-century Polish nun, to the stage, and he pondered how to make her message about God’s mercy relevant to young people.

In the end, Defilippis’ play, Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, juxtaposes stage actress Mara Vargo’s visions of purgatory with filmed soliloquies by a modern woman and man who doubt they are worthy of forgiveness.

“Art should prepare us for the Passover: We are all going to die,” Defilippis told the Register during an interview at the Napa Institute’s annual conference held in northern California this summer.

“Art has...READ MORE

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Holy Hour: Healing Through Forgiveness, How the Famous Sell Their Soul to Satan and Much More! (4397)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the How the Famous Sell Their Soul to Satan by Joseph Sciambra of ChurchPOP link to read more.

How the Famous Sell Their Soul to Satan by Joseph Sciambra of ChurchPOP – BigPulpit.com

Holy Hour: Healing Through Forgiveness – Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange

Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity & True Friend of Christ – Peter Howard, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Vatican Calls for International Action to Liberate Iraq – Cindy Wooden, The Catholic Herald

New Art from Daniel Mitsui, Inculturation Alert! via Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Christian Genocide, It Is Now Time for a Diplomacy of the Truth – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith – Deacon Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

The Stillbirth of Science in Babylon – Stacy Trasancos PhD,...READ MORE

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