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Church Grows at Faster Rate than World Population, Beauty and Bible Interpretation and Much More! (3796)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/08/2014 Comment

Follow Catholic Church Grows at Faster Rate than World Population by Jean M. Heimann of Catholic Fire for the video.

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Beauty and Bible Interpretation: A Response to Modern Bible Studies – Luke Murray, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Just Food Is Not Enough! – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

St. Joan of Arc: A Guide for Every Age – Christopher Check, Crisis Magazine

Adopting C. S. Lewis - Jason Liske, Catholic Stand

How the Light of the Gospel Is Returning to Limerick – Donna Sue Berry, Regina Magazine

Pope Francis and Retirement – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Escape Egalitarian Tyranny with Socratic Questioning - James Kalb JD, Crisis Magazine

Why Christians Say “Encounter” – Marc...READ MORE

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Palestinian Christians: A New Generation Rises for Peace (3318)

At a May 26 event with Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, two Arab-Christian youths share their view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their hopes for a genuine, permanent peace.

06/07/2014 Comments (1)
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Jiries Elias presents Pope Francis with soil from the Holy Land.

– Courtesy of Jiries Elias

JERUSALEM — Pope Francis came to Jerusalem with a message of peace and reconciliation as talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials teeter on the brink of collapse. But in this region, the future for peace between Israelis and Palestinians may come from the upcoming youth, who are determined to beat the odds and forge a peace built on mutual respect and a common humanity between Jews and Arabs, Christian and Muslim.

Louis Salem and Jiries Elias, both 16, spoke to the Register at President Shimon Peres’ house in Jerusalem on May 26, where they waited with other high-school youth for Pope Francis to arrive. They are both Arab Christians living in Jerusalem. Although they have Israeli...READ MORE

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Anglican Earthquake: Greg Griffith Converts; Blogging and the Closing of the Catholic Mind and More! (6019)

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06/07/2014 Comment

Follow Anglican Earthquake: Greg Griffith Converts to Catholicism by Don. R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic to read more.

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Blogging and The Closing of the Catholic Mind – Kevin M. Tierney, Common Sense Catholicism

The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Bishops Must Avoid Being Partisan – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”: Frozen (Movie) - Abigail Reimel, Catholic Stand

The Case for Infant Baptism – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Up Up & Away. . . – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Pop Culture and the New Evangelization – R. Jared Staudt, Catholic Exchange

Radical Pacifism Kills – Jason Jones & John...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Host Pentecost ‘Invocation for Peace’ (5736)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will attend the evening of prayer and music on Sunday at the Vatican Gardens.

06/06/2014 Comments (20)

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VATICAN CITY — An evening of prayer and music in the Vatican Gardens will be the format of the much-anticipated prayer for peace with Israeli and Palestinian presidents and Pope Francis on Pentecost Sunday.

Called “Invocation for Peace,” the initiative comes after Pope Francis, following the celebration of Mass in Bethlehem on May 25, invited both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican to pray for an end to the conflict in the Holy Land. Both leaders quickly accepted the invitation.

At a Vatican briefing today, Franciscan Father Pier Battista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land, and Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters...READ MORE

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Nun Wins ‘The Voice Italy,’ Leads Crowd in Our Father (6273)

‘I want Jesus to enter here,’ Sister Cristina told the audience after winning the finale of the television competition.

06/06/2014 Comments (3)

ROME — In an emotional finale decided by Italian TV viewers, 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia won the 2014 edition of The Voice Italy on June 5.

The Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family captivated millions with her talent and charisma. Upon winning 62% of the final vote, she told the audience, “I want Jesus to enter into here,” and she led the crowds in praying an Our Father.

“I wish to thank everyone: my sisters, all the people who have supported me at this moment,” Sister Cristina said when she was announced the winner. She explained that her presence on the program was not about herself, but about “the One who is above. My ultimate gratitude is to the One on high.”

Sister Cristina’s...READ MORE

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Cardinal Tackles Libertarian Individualism as Harmful to Solidarity (4351)

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga defended Pope Francis’ economic criticisms of the modern economy against the assertion the state has no role in regulating markets or financial speculation.

06/06/2014 Comments (23)
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Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga gives the keynote address at CUA's event "The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism" held at Bread for the World headquarters in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — As a variety of forms of social and political libertarianism gain in popularity in the United States, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, appeared at an event sponsored by The Catholic University of America (CUA) to present the Church’s social teachings articulated by Pope Francis against radical individualism in economic, social and political life.

Cardinal Maradiaga gave the keynote speech at the CUA-sponsored June 3 conference on Catholicism and Libertarianism, held at Bread for the World’s headquarters in Washington. The event, dubbed “Erroneous Liberty: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism,” invited speakers to present the Church’s social...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ (6656)

The popular young-adult romantic tearjerker raises some existential questions along with its flawed but fairly honest depiction of life with cancer, young love and grief.

06/06/2014 Comments (14)

“Have you ever stopped to wonder,” a character asks in a key scene in John Green’s young-adult romantic tearjerker novel The Fault in Our Stars, “why you care so much about your silly questions?”

The Fault in Our Stars — in cinematic as well as literary form — cares quite a bit about silly questions, such as the meaning of life and death and love and suffering in a universe sliding toward oblivion and whether there is Something beyond giving some larger context to our existence, choices and experiences.

It also cares about what it feels like to wait for days for that first text message from a boy one has just met, whom one likes more than one is prepared to admit, even to oneself.

It’s a...READ MORE

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Put God and Your Flock First, Pope Counsels Priests (1457)

In his daily Mass homily, the Holy Father asked that the Lord give all priests and bishops ‘the grace to always find or remember our first love, to be pastors.’

06/06/2014 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of God and their flocks first, before pursuing a scholastic career.

“This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: How is your love today, the love of Jesus? Is it like first love? Am I as in love today as on the first day?” the Pope asked in his June 6 homily.

Centering his reflections on the day’s Gospel passage from John in which Jesus asks Peter three times “Do you love me?” the Holy Father asked those in attendance, “How is your first love?” explaining that this question is not only for married couples, but also those consecrated in the...READ MORE

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