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Melkite Patriarch on a Mission for Peace in Syria (3104)

Patriarch Gregorius III gives the Register an inside look at the devastating conflict in Syria and makes his case for why the Church can be the vehicle for a genuine and lasting peace in the war-ravaged country.

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Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius III has seen his beloved Syria bleed too much and his Church suffer with Syria’s people in a conflict that for three years has raged between the government forces of President Bashar Assad and a coalition of opposition forces bolstered by foreign Islamist militants.

In the midst of this chaos, the patriarch has come to the United States to make his case for peace and reconciliation in Syria, thanks to the efforts of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). Patriarch Gregorius is a member of the ICMC’s governing committee.

The ICMC is heavily involved in the Syrian crisis, providing vulnerable refugees medical care, youth education,...READ MORE

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Bipartisan Effort to Support Persecuted Christians Launched (2148)

The initiative also urged for supporters to take action on behalf of Christians facing persecution in the Middle East.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington speaks during the 'Pledge of Solidarity and Call to Action' event, May 7.

– CNA/office of Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.

WASHINGTON — More than 200 Christian representatives from a variety of denominations have united in support of a bipartisan congressional initiative to support Christians facing persecution in Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

The “Pledge of Solidarity and Call to Action on Behalf of Christians and Other Small Religious Communities in Egypt, Iraq and Syria” was launched May 7 by Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.

The initiative was started to address the silence Christians in the Middle East are “facing an existential threat to their presence in the lands where Christianity has its roots,” due to “abuse and injustice from extremist Islamic forces.”

“Recognizing the spiritual,...READ MORE

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Behind Convent Walls: The Benedictine Sisters, The Big Problem With Disney Princesses and Much More! (4494)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow The Big Problem With Disney Princesses Most People Miss by Rachel Lu to read more.

The Big Problem With Disney Princesses Most People Miss by Rachel Lu - BigPulpit.com

Behind Convent Walls of Benedictine Sisters of Clear Creek – Regina Blog

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn't Do Online – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Book Review: Cafeteria Catholic Conversion Story – Patti M. Smith, Integrated Catholic Life™

‘We Know’, An Essay on Motherhood – Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science – Bob Kurland PhD, Catholic Scientist

Grotesque Liturgical Abuse by Matthew Archbold of Creative Minority Report - BigPulpit.com

The Influential Catholic Whose Love Is Boundless – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

The Dark Dialogue of...READ MORE

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Exorcist Writer Gets Response From Holy See on Georgetown Petition (42286)

The Vatican describes the petition as a “well-founded complaint” and says it will work with the Jesuits to address the issues, stirring hope and skepticism.

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WASHINGTON — Last September, William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist and an alumnus of Georgetown University, sent a canonical petition to the Vatican, requesting that the Church “require that Georgetown implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae, a papal constitution governing Catholic colleges.”

If that effort proved fruitless, his petition called for “the removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic and Jesuit in any of its representations.”

Many months later, Blatty and the 2,000 other men and women who signed his petition have received a response from the Congregation for Catholic Education, sparking cautious hope that the Holy See will press the Society...READ MORE

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TV Show Canceled Over Hosts' Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage Comments (5426)

Twin brothers saddened by HGTV decision due to their support of traditional values.

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David and Jason Benham, erstwhile hosts of Flip It Forward.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have said they are “saddened” that their reality show about giving houses to poor persons was canceled following controversy over their opposition to abortion and same-sex “marriage.”

“With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today, you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles and dedicated professionals,” the two said in a May 8 statement. “If our faith costs us a television show, then so be it.”

The Benham brothers are experienced in “house flipping,” the renovation and resale of houses for profit. Their HGTV reality show...READ MORE

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A Humorous Ode to Mothers (2007)

Moms’ Night Out is a feel-good comedy with heart that the whole family will enjoy.

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Sony’s Christian film division, Provident Films, has come a long way since its partnership with Sherwood Pictures’ (Sherwood Baptist Church) earliest film, Flywheel. With the release of Moms’ Night Out (which is not a Sherwood production), Provident has produced its most commercially viable and broadly entertaining film to date. You could say that Provident Films has come of age.

Moms’ Night Out is a feel-good comedy with heart. It’s a genuinely funny ode to motherhood and all of its challenges.

Brothers Andrew and John Erwin (the writers who brought us October Baby) have produced a very fun, entertaining and real look at the struggles and doubts of the stay-at-home mother.

Approximately...READ MORE

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Pope to Newly Ordained Priests: Blessed Are the Merciful (4583)

The Holy Father encouraged new clergy to follow the Good Shepherd on Sunday, May 11.

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Ordinations in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of confession.

“Never grow tired of being merciful. Please. You have the capacity to forgive, as did the Lord, who did not come to condemn, but to forgive! Have mercy, a lot.” he said to the 13 men being ordained to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11.

“If you come to have concerns about being too much of a ‘forgiver,’ think of that saintly priest ... who went before the tabernacle and said, ‘Lord, forgive me if I have forgiven too much. But you have given me the worst example.’”

In his capacity as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis ordained 13 men to the priesthood, 11...READ MORE

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Couple Helps to Spread Pro-Life Movement in Romania (2878)

Dan and Julia Calinescu of Life Nation took part in the recent March for Life in Rome.

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Dan and Julia Calinescu speak with CNA during a May 3 international pro-life leaders conference in Rome.

– Andreas Dureren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Founders of the pro-life organization Life Nation were present in Rome for Italy’s March for Life, they and spoke of their decision to return to their native Romania to fill the gap where a pro-life presence is lacking.

“Romania has some of the highest abortion rates not just in Europe, but in the world, and the pro-life movement is virtually inexistent,” Dan Calinescu told CNA May 3; however, his wife, Julia, explained that, although small, “you see little flickers” of the movement “here and there, and they’re growing.”

Originally from Romania, the couple recounted how, as children, their parents had moved their families to Toronto, Canada, during the years of the Romania...READ MORE

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