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U.S. Catholics Say Prayers for Peace in Iraq (3767)

Vigils are scheduled for today in New York and Denver and will continue in other dioceses.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics in various parts of the United States have organized efforts to pray for peace in Iraq, especially for persecuted Christians.

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, has called for collective prayer for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17 using a prayer written by the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon.

“Lord, the plight of our country is deep, and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening,” reads the prayer of Patriarch Louis Rafael I Sako. “Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives and to grant us patience and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.”

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Pope Francis to Visit Korean Cemetery for Aborted Babies (3711)

The cemetery is behind he Kkttongnae Home, a homeless shelter established in 1976 by Father John Oh, the founder of the Kkottongnae Brothers and Sisters of Jesus.

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Cemetery in Kkottongnae, South Korea

– CNA/Andy Prima Kencana/www.andyprima.com

VATICAN CITY — During his upcoming trip to South Korea, Pope Francis will pray for the unborn at the “Cemetery for Aborted Children” as part of his visit to the Kkottoghnae Home for the sick.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi also noted in an Aug. 8 press conference that the Holy Father will deliver his addresses in English and will follow local customs, such as removing his shoes before entering certain places.

Announced by the Vatican in March, the Pope’s Aug. 13-18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea.

Following the motto “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light; the Lord’s glory shines upon you,” the...READ MORE

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The Silence of Peaceful Muslims, Iraqis On Social Media Reporting the Christian Genocide and More. . (3543)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the The Silence of Peaceful Muslims by Fr. Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

The Silence of Peaceful Muslims by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Iraqis on Social Media Reporting the Genocide – Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

The Feminine Genius Is Not Just Barefoot & Pregnant – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Iraqi Vicar: Islamic State Killing Christians with Impunity – Dale Gavlak, The Catholic Herald

Everyone Is Wrong About Sex by Matthew Tyson of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

We Broke The World: The Christian Genocide in Iraq – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Hail Mary: The Catholic Gateway Drug – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Updates from the Dominican Sisters in Iraq – Order of Preachers

Richard Dawkins & Child Abuse – Bob Drury, Catholic...READ MORE

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Denim, Demons, and Denominations; Your Vocation Is Not About You; A Good Service Project and More! (3128)

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Follow the Denim, Demons & Denominations by Fr. Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

Denim, Demons & Denominations by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Your Vocation Is Not About You – Benjamin Mann, Catholic Exchange

Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

‘Church in Iraq in Perhaps Its Darkest Period,’ Says Patriarch – The Catholic Herald

Realism: Incarnation, Relics & Buddy Holly’s Glasses – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Christianity & Islam: A Common Heritage? – William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

U. S. Christianity: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? – Fr. D. Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Non-believers Make the Best Saint Movies: Monsieur Vincent - Patrick Coffin, The Catholic World Report

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Spain’s ‘Field of Stars’ (6452)

Santiago de Compostela Continues to Draw the Faithful, Including a First-Time Pilgrim

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A procession on St. James' feast day, July 25

– Tim Drake

“If you build it, they will come.” Such was the refrain of the popular film Field of Dreams. It could also serve as a fitting motto for the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago, Spain.

For more than 1,000 years, Santiago de Compostela (Compostela means “field of stars”) has attracted pilgrims from Europe and elsewhere to walk the Way of St. James, ending at the cathedral that holds the apostle’s relics.

There’s no better time to visit the cathedral than on St. James’ feast day, July 25, especially when the feast falls on a Sunday.


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According to tradition, after Christ’s ascension, St. James the Greater set out to evangelize those living on the Iberian Peninsula (which...READ MORE

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Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishop's Residences, 10 Facts about the Caliphate and More! (4915)

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Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishop’s Residences – by Joshua Bowman - BigPulpit.com

10 Facts You Probably Should Know about the New Caliphate – Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

God Only Helps Whom? – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Islam & the Crucifixion – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

But I Don’t Know How to Pray: Being God’s Mouthpiece – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

How the Eucharist Ended a Heresy & Restored Peace – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

How to Talk to Non-Catholics About the Faith – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

How Chase Bank & Other Corporations Coerce & Bully Christians – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Are the Holy Father’s Informality Undermining the Church - William...READ MORE

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Gaza Blockade: A Humanitarian Crisis and Moral Quagmire (4956)

Under Hamas control, Palestinians have suffered a severe blockade, but Catholic observers warn the crushing poverty only creates more security threats for Israel and the region.

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Israeli tank soldiers are deployed Aug. 2 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. A 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and Hamas collapsed within two hours of being launched on Aug. 1.

– Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Sirens once more wail in Israel, and airstrikes pound Gaza once again, after Hamas refused to extend a cease-fire with Israel and resumed rocket attacks just hours before a 72-hour truce expired on Friday.

The renewed hostilities represent another failure to secure peace for Gaza and Israel and end the military blockade on the enclave that has exacerbated the humanitarian suffering and economic devastation felt by Palestinians.

“Gaza was in a very difficult, potentially full-blown, humanitarian crisis situation six weeks before the conflict,” said Matt McGarry, country representative for Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza at Catholic Relief Services, speaking to the...READ MORE

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‘Catholic Studies’ Program Excels as Founder Bids Farewell (3692)

Don Briel draws praise as he retires from leading the first-of-its-kind program at the University of St. Thomas and ventures forth toward new horizons.

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Prof. Don Briel, founder and director of the Catholic Studies Center at the University of St. Thomas.

– Mike Ekern/University of St. Thomas

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After 21 years of directing the “Catholic Studies” program he founded at the University of St. Thomas, professor Don Briel has decided to retire and pass the torch to the new generation.

Briel is leaving his position as director of the Catholic Studies Center at St. Thomas on Aug. 31, where he will be succeeded by Michael Naughton, currently director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought, which are part of the center.  

Briel said his pioneering program provides students an opportunity to discover the Catholic faith as an “integrating principle that helps make sense of everything,” instead of...READ MORE

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