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EWTN to Open West Coast Studio at Orange Diocese's Christ Cathedral (2852)

Announcement was made July 24 at the Napa Institute

07/24/2014 Comments (6)

ORANGE, Calif. — On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral.

“As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world,” Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said July 24 at the Napa Institute.

“EWTN’s partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the cathedral campus here in Orange County.”


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Holy See Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Gaza (1037)

In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See also called for the start of negotiations to achieve a lasting peace.

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of Holy See to the United Nations

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GENEVA — In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate cease-fire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

“The delegation of the Holy See reiterates its view that violence never pays. Violence will only lead to more suffering, devastation and death and will prevent peace from becoming a reality,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi.

The archbishop — who serves as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations office in Geneva — spoke July 23 during the 21st special session of the Human Rights Council, addressing the human-rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory...READ MORE

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CUA Prof Defends Religious Freedom in Court and Class (4876)

Alongside his day job as a Catholic law professor, Mark Rienzi has successfully litigated landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, such as last month’s Hobby Lobby and McCullen decisions.

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Mark RIenzi with Sister Loraine (c) and Sister Robert of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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WASHINGTON — It has been a banner term at the U.S. Supreme Court for Mark Rienzi, The Catholic University of America law professor and First Amendment litigator who helped secure key victories this summer in two closely watched cases.

Rienzi represented Hobby Lobby in its successful legal challenge to the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate and also served as legal counsel for Eleanor McCullen, the pro-life sidewalk counselor whose case ended the 14-year legal battle against Massachusetts’ “buffer zone” law.

Further, since December 2013, Rienzi has secured temporary injunctions from the high court for the Little Sisters of the Poor and for Wheaton College — two religious...READ MORE

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Iraq’s Christians: Robbed, Abandoned and Desperate to Survive (11439)

The situation for Iraq’s Christians grows more desperate, as Chaldean Catholics in the U.S. plead with the Church to take notice and raise its voice.

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Iraqi families who fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul prepare to sleep on the ground as they try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers July 3 in Khazair, Iraq.

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Christians fled their ancestral homeland around Mosul this month after receiving an ultimatum with four unpalatable options: convert, pay punitive taxes, leave or die. However, Islamist militants robbed Christians of their money, passports and property, turning them into a sea of refugees with nowhere to go and fighting to survive.

The international charitable organization Aid to the Church in Need informed the Register Wednesday morning that thousands of refugees are pinned between the jihadist forces of the Islamic State (IS), which occupies Mosul and a third of Iraq, and the security checkpoints at the border of Kurdistan. More than 1,500 Christian families have fled...READ MORE

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Meriam Ibrahim Freed; Meets With Pope Francis (4753)

The Sudanese Christian’s ordeal included being sentenced to death for apostasy, having her sentence revoked and then being detained by authorities at the Khartoum Airport just as she was about to leave.

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Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim, who is holding her daughter, Maya, July 24 at the St. Martha residence at the Vatican. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy, along with her family, including the infant born in prison.

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VATICAN CITY — A young Sudanese mother sentenced to death for converting to Christianity was released, and she arrived in Rome Thursday with her family, where they met with Pope Francis shortly after arriving.

“Pope Francis was very tender with her, her husband ... and thanked her for her testimony,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said of the encounter in a July 24 statement.

Describing the meeting between the young family and the Holy Father as “very serene and affectionate,” Father Lombardi explained that, for him, the encounter, which took place in the Pope’s residence at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, was “a gesture of closeness and solidarity for those who suffer...READ MORE

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Church Response to Refugees Is Part of the Pro-Life Call, Bishop Says (3779)

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said, ‘Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death.’

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PITTSBURGH — Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

“The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” said Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh.

“Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death,” he emphasized in a July 19 statement.

The bishop announced that Holy Family Institute, a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, in Emsworth, Pa., will be offering aid to young children fleeing Central...READ MORE

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Iraq: Christian Genocide; The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family and Much More! (3149)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Iraq: Christian Genocide by BigPulpit.com link to read more.

Iraq: Christian Genocide - BigPulpit.com

What End of Christianity in Mosul Means – Mark Movsesian, First Things

The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Our Hearts are Restless: Coming Out of ‘Gay’ Lifestyle – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Catholic Church’s Best-Kept Secret by Damian Thompson of The Catholic Herald - BigPulpit.com

Why Gay Rights Are Not The New Civil Rights – Stephen H. Webb, First Things

Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Ten Tips for a Better Confession – Fr. Ed Broom OMV, Catholic Exchange

The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

How Should We...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Obama’s Executive Order ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ (14946)

The ENDA-like order, which bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or ‘transgendered’ employees, contains no exemption for religious employers.

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President Barack Obama signs his July 21 executive order, which bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or ‘transgendered’ employees.

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WASHINGTON — Having promised he would listen to “all interested parties,” including the concerns of his own religious supporters, President Barack Obama decided not to include an exemption for religious employers in his new executive order that bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or “transgendered” employees.

The impact on Catholic organizations that receive federal funding — such as Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services —  remains to be seen, since those agencies and others like them receive most of their federal money in grants, not contracts.

However, the nation’s Catholic bishops and legal observers believe the executive order —...READ MORE

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