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Symbolon Program Aims to Form Adult Catholics (2722)

The faith-formation resource is now available in its complete version on DVD and through a special digital-subscription program for mobile devices.

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DENVER — The release of the complete adult faith-formation series Symbolon: the Catholic Faith Explained hopes to offer a profound way of encountering the truths of the Catholic Church.

Symbolon is designed to be a resource for adult faith formation for the New Evangelization,” Edward Sri of the Denver-based Augustine Institute told CNA Aug. 20.

“The Symbolon video series proclaims the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that meets people where they are at, captivates their hearts and minds for Christ and his Church and forms them with a Catholic worldview that prepares them to engage the many cultural influences today that undermine Christian living.”

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New Abortion Controversy Roils Irish Politics (3812)

Pro-abortion activists and politicians are utilizing a case where a pregnant woman threatened to commit suicide to lobby for further changes to Ireland’s abortion law.

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Participants hold candles at an Aug. 22 pro-life vigil outside of Ireland's legislature in Dublin.

– prolifecampaign.ie

DUBLIN — In July 2013, Enda Kenny’s coalition government pushed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill through the Irish Parliament, and it went into effect in January 2014.

The law allows for abortion, without time limit, where there is a risk to the life of the woman, including threatened suicide. It is not known how many times (if any) the provisions of the legislation have been implemented, but a major disagreement has now broken out over the first abortion controversy since the law was enacted.

The facts relating to this current case are unclear and are subject to some legal reporting restrictions. But some apparent details have emerged very slowly in recent days, based mainly...READ MORE

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Faith Offers Healing to Ferguson’s Wounds (4885)

Throughout the St. Louis suburb’s ordeal, Catholic clergy have joined with other faith leaders in raising their voices for peace to solve issues of race and justice.

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Demonstrators pray outside of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center Aug. 19 in Clayton, Mo. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted in Ferguson since his death.

– Scott Olson/Getty Images

FERGUSON, Mo. — For nearly two weeks, the small Missouri town of Ferguson seemed poised on the edge of a full-scale conflagration: Angry crowds demanded transparency and justice in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. Citizens faced off against heavily armed police in armored vehicles and riot gear.

But voices of faith, walking on either side of the protester-police line, helped calm violent confrontations and prevent a bad situation from becoming much, much worse.

“So far, it has been an ecumenical movement,” said Father Art Cavitt, a black Catholic priest and the executive director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, explaining...READ MORE

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Chilean Lawmakers Urge President to Denounce Iraqi Violence (2348)

Congressman Felipe De Mussy said, although ‘we may be hundreds of kilometers away, we have to take this on and clearly, firmly reject it.’

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A family at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq, in June.

– CNA/R. Nuri UNHCR-ACNUR via Flicjr

SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the United Nations to take measures for a “quick solution.”

Congressman Felipe De Mussy, who sponsored the measure, told CNA on Aug. 21, “We need to understand that there are people who are suffering greatly; and although we may be hundreds of kilometers away, we have to take this on and clearly, firmly reject it.”

Brutal violence continues to plague Iraq, as militants with the Islamic State, known as ISIS, have taken control of numerous cities and ordered Christians and other religious minorities to convert,...READ MORE

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Papal Envoy: We Must See the Humanity of Each Iraqi Refugee (2160)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni gave Pope Francis a firsthand account of the desperate plight of a populace uprooted by Muslim radicals.

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Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

– CNA/www.ankawa.com

VATICAN CITY — The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his or her own story and needs, the Pope’s envoy to the country encouraged.

“We should set our sight on every child, every person. When you look at them, sitting on the ground, you don’t think of them as a crowd. You think about them as single persons, about each individual story,” Cardinal Fernando Filoni told CNA Aug. 22.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis selected Cardinal Filoni as his personal envoy to Iraq. In addition to his role as the current prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the cardinal served as papal nuncio to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Church Is One and Holy (1994)

Holy Father spoke on importance of unity Aug. 27.

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VATICAN CITY -- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that, despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ.

“In a Christian community, division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act,” the Pope said in his Aug. 27 general audience address. “What God wants is that we be welcoming, that we forgive and love each other, so as to become more and more like him, who is communion and love.”

Addressing the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope explained that as Catholics “we affirm in the Creed that the Church is one and that she is...READ MORE

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Stand Your Ground Armed With Spiritual Weapons; Oklahoma to Ireland: Flourishing Monastery and More! (3081)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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“Stand Your Ground Armed With Spiritual Weapons!” via Fr. Z’s Blog – BigPulpit.com

From Oklahoma to Ireland: A Flourishing Monastery – Michael Kelly, OSV Newsweekly

Removing Bible from Public Schools Made Student Behavior Decline? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Saintly Crusader-King – Steve Weidenkopf, Crisis Magazine

The Casual Catholic Men by Matthew James Christoff of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com

Syrian Bishop Cries Out: ‘Help My People Stay’ – Catholic Lane

Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis & the Reaffirmation that Peace Is Possible – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

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Catholic Charities Aids Napa Quake Relief Effort (1388)

In the wake of the area’s largest earthquake in a quarter century, the Church is partnering with local emergency-response programs to provide assistance.

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The city of Napa, Calif., was struck by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24.

– Cal OES via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. — The Church in northern California is helping respond to a major earthquake that shook Napa Valley early Sunday morning, the largest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years.

Jennielynn Holmes, director of shelter and housing for Catholic Charities in the area, said they are partnering with local emergency-response programs to provide assistance.

“There’s a lot of cleanup going on right now,” she told CNA Aug. 25. “The water situation is really bad; they’re not sure if they’ll have it turned on for another week in some locations. ... But [everyone is] working hard; they’ve already fixed up a lot of places where the pavement became uneven.”

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