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Hope for the Holy Land (2443)

Benedictine Father Mark Sheridan discusses faith and life as a monk in Jerusalem.

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courtesy of Father Mark Sheridan

Benedictine Father Mark Sheridan.

– courtesy of Father Mark Sheridan

Father Mark Sheridan is a Benedictine monk at Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. He will celebrate 50 years in the priesthood in February 2015.

Prior to coming to Dormition Abbey in 2010, he spent 30 years at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm (Sant’Anselmo) in Rome, where he was not only a professor, but also the rector of the Athenaeum and dean of the faculty of theology.

A recognized authority on ancient Coptic language and literature and a patristic scholar, Father Sheridan is a member of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity’s International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

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Aboard Papal Plane, Pope Francis Backs Intervention in Iraq (3085)

The Pope also said he was willing to go Iraq personally if it would help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists Aug. 14 on the papal flight en route to South Korea.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

“In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” Pope Francis told reporters aboard the Aug. 18 plane flight back to Italy from South Korea.

“I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I don’t say ‘to bomb’ or ‘make war,’ [but] ‘stop it.’”

Speaking to journalists aboard the flight, the Pope noted the Holy See’s diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Iraq, especially against Iraqi minorities.

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Ethicist: Italian IVF Mix-Up Highlights Dangers (1545)

An accidental swapping of children conceived through IVF procedures ‘is just the sort of thing that is liable to happen when you have human life being made and stored in the lab.’

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WASHINGTON — The accidental swapping of children conceived through in vitro fertilization procedures before implantation, which recently occurred in Italy, points to the moral pitfalls surrounding artificial reproduction, some ethicists say.

Brendan Foht, assistant editor of the bioethics journal The New Atlantis, told CNA that “this kind of mix-up is just the sort of thing that is liable to happen when you have human life being made and stored in the lab.”

On Aug. 8, the Turin daily La Stampa reported that an Italian woman identified only as Francesca had successfully delivered two children and was “very happy.” The children, she explained, had been registered as hers, as Italian law...READ MORE

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Pope to Koreans: Trust in the Reconciling Power of the Cross (2040)

The Holy Father asked Korean Catholics ‘to bear convincing witness to Christ’s message of forgiveness in your homes, in your communities and at every level of national life.’

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Pope Francis delivers his homily at the concluding Mass of his papal visit to Korea.

– CNA/Emanuele Princi

SEOUL, South Korea — At the concluding Mass of his historical trip, Pope Francis urged the faithful to embrace Christ's message of forgiveness and reconciliation, stressing earlier in his visit that there is only “one Korea.”

“This ... is the message which I leave you,” the Pope told the congregation gathered at the Aug. 18 Mass held at the Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. “Trust in the power of Christ’s cross! Welcome its reconciling grace into your own hearts and share that grace with others!”

“I ask you to bear convincing witness to Christ’s message of forgiveness in your homes, in your communities and at every level of national life.”

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Mobilizing Against Black Masses (11045)

COMMENTARY

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Archbishop Paul Coakley

– Archbishop Paul Coakley

As Catholics in Oklahoma valiantly rally to stop a Sept. 21 Satanic “black Mass” at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, there’s much that those outside of the Sooner State can do to augment their efforts.

In May, I was part of a large group that assisted Catholic students successfully to shut down the May 12 re-enactment of a Satanic mass on the Harvard campus. A few things worked for us that may help in rebuffing present and future efforts of Satanist provocateurs.

The first thing we did was to frame what was happening in terms by which Catholics and non-Catholics alike would be motivated to support us.

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The Non-Sexual Hook-Up Culture, Redemptive Suffering, New York Holy Innocents Church and Much More! (3885)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the The Non-Sexual Hook-Up Culture by Kevin O'Brien link to read more.

The Non-Sexual Hook-Up Culture by Kevin O'Brien – BigPulpit.com

We Can Build Jerusalem Amongst Inner City Housing Projects – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Redemptive Suffering – Matthew Heinrich, Ignitum Today

Don’t Ignore the Bible’s Violence, Understand It – Philip Jenkins, Aleteia∝

The New York Observer: Holy Innocents Church Exploding in Popularity via Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Of Head Nods, Hat Tips & Empty Crosses – Richard Becker, Catholic Exchange

Robin Williams, Suicide & Catholic Guilt. . . – Carlos Espinosa, Standing on a High Wire

Staying Pro-Life on College Campuses – Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

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Taiwanese Pilgrims: Pope’s for Everyone, Not Just for Catholics (2511)

They noted that most of the more than 1 million people who attended the Holy Father’s Aug. 16 beatification Mass for 124 Korean martyrs were non-Catholics.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Gate for the Aug. 16 beatification Mass of 124 Korean martyrs.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

SEOUL, South Korea — A group of pilgrims who traveled from Taiwan to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

“It is the first time I have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the Mass, and only about 17% to 19% of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17.

“I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said.

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Pope Francis Prays for Aborted Babies (2122)

The Pope visited a South Korean cemetery Aug. 16, praying there at a memorial of white crosses commemorating children who have been aborted.

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Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea

Pope Francis prays Aug. 16 at a memorial for aborted children located at a cemetery in Kkottognae, South Korea.

– Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — En route from visiting a rehabilitation center in Kkottognae and on his way to meet with Korean religious, Pope Francis stopped and prayed for a few minutes at a local cemetery for aborted children.

The Holy Father got out of the Kia popemobile in which he was being transported to pray, accompanied by a Korean bishop and a priest acting as his translator.

With his hands clasped together, Pope Francis prayed in silence before a memorial that contains a prominent statue of the Holy Family and a large number of white crosses commemorating the children who have been aborted.

In comments to CNA, Kim Doh Woo, a teacher in Kkottognae, explained that “this is the place where...READ MORE

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