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Jesus Christ Intercedes for Us From Heaven, Says the Pope (3643)

Pope Francis said Jesus shows the Father his wounds when he intercedes for his people.

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Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis devoted his Oct. 28 homily to the fact that Jesus prayed for his apostles and the people he encountered on earth, and he continues to intercede for us in heaven.

When we pray to Jesus, the Pope said, Jesus shows his Father in heaven the wounds on his hands, feet and his side, the price of our salvation, which “is as if he is saying: Father, may this not be lost.”

The Holy Father directed his homily to those gathered in the St. Martha guest house of the Vatican.

At the beginning of his reflections, Pope Francis spoke of the day’s Gospel reading, taken from Luke, in which Jesus prayed for the whole night before he chose the Twelve Apostles, pointing out...READ MORE

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Keep the Faith During Persecutions, Iraqi Bishop Tells Western Christians (7257)

Archbishop Nona of Mosul said the example of Iraqi Christians should remind them to keep a daily living faith.

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Bishop Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq — The Chaldean archbishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul wrote an open letter to Christians in the West telling them that, in the face of religious persecution, they must continue steadfast in the virtue of faith.

In a letter published Oct. 26 in National Review Online, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Mosul explained that he arrived at his see in Jan. 16, 2010. The very next day a series of reprisal murders were carried out against Christians in the city.

“The faithful left the city to seek refuge in the small towns and villages nearby or in the monasteries. Since then, almost half of the faithful have returned,” Archbishop Nona said. “What can we do...READ MORE

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Georgetown Class Requires Advocacy Work With Pro-Abortion Group (7763)

The Georgetown course is ‘a disgrace to its Catholic identity,’ comments Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network.

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WASHINGTON — A Georgetown University Law Center class offered next spring will require students to work with a lobbying group that a lawyer said is known for its work promoting abortion rights.

“Georgetown offers a course that will require students to work with an organization dedicated to promoting abortion and contraception and actively attacking religious freedom,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, told CNA Oct. 25.

She added that Georgetown's offering of a course “that will require students to work with an organization dedicated to promoting abortion and contraception and actively attacking religious freedom” is “a disgrace to its Catholic identity.”


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Defending the Beauty of the Catholic Faith (5334)

Columbus Crew rookie soccer player Drew Beckie asserts his appreciation for the Church.

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Columbus Crew defender Drew Beckie

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In an age when a number of young people leave the Church, professional soccer player Drew Beckie remains happily at home with Catholicism. The former All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First Team selection at the University of Denver enjoys the structure the Church provides amidst the troubles of life.

The Columbus Crew finished at 12-17-5 and out of playoff contention this year, but Beckie has learned about patience, balance and focus on the field. Helpful teammates are among those deserving credit for the soccer insights the 23-year-old defender has gained.

Off the field, Beckie has been reminded of the fragility of life, as his friends and family have dealt with flooding in...READ MORE

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Bringing the 'Catholic' Back to a California Parish, Is Virginity a Mistake? and More! (4322)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bringing the ‘Catholic’ Back to a California Parish. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens to read more.

Bringing the ‘Catholic’ Back to a California Parish by Beverly Stevens - BigPulpit.com

Is Virginity at Marriage a Mistake? - Arleen Spenceley, Catholic Lane

Lord, Make My Kid Holy! – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Must Catholics be Poor? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Ave Maria, Florida: An Interview – Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

Quæritur: How to Correct a Priest Who’s Getting Rubrics Wrong? – Fr. Z's Blog

Tolstoy and The Battle of the Will – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Children as Commodities – George Weigel, Aleteia

A Throw Away Culture in Reproductive Medicine - Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis, Sin & Creepy Fish – Sr. Theresa Noble,...READ MORE

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Iranian Christians Face Lashings for Communion Wine (3742)

The four men were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking alcohol, which is forbidden under Islamic law.

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Hassan Rouhani, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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TEHRAN, Iran — Four Iranian Christians were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine during a communion service at a house church.

The four men were charged in court with drinking alcohol and possessing a receiver and satellite antenna in Rasht, a city 200 miles northwest of Tehran, on Oct. 6. The verdict was delivered to the men Oct. 20, and they have been given 10 days to appeal the sentence, the group Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports.

Iran is an Islamic republic, and Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol. Non-Muslims account for less than 1% of Iran's population.

The charged men are members of the Church of Iran, a Protestant ecclesial...READ MORE

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EWTN, State of Alabama File New Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate (17313)

‘The government should not be in the business of forcing people to violate their religious convictions,’ said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

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Michael Warsaw, EWTN chairman and CEO and publisher of the National Catholic Register

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IRONDALE, Ala. — On Oct. 28, with just months to go before federal law requires its compliance with the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate, EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a new legal challenge in federal court against the controversial law.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the state would join EWTN as a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, which asks the court both to halt the government from imposing the HHS mandate and to find that the law is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, names the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 


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Yale Pro-Life Conference Encourages Engagement With Culture (3544)

The pro-life movement must address people who don’t understand the dignity of all human life, participants stressed.

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Choose Life at Yale student group taking part in the 2011 March for Life in Washington.

– Addie Mena/CNA

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — At Yale’s first annual pro-life conference, advocates emphasized moving beyond current pro-life efforts to more directly address the issues and understandings of persons who don’t see the dignity of all human life.

“Abortion might be the most boring moral issue we grapple with today,” said Michael Hannon, managing editor of The Thomistic Institute in New York City, a panelist at the Oct. 18 conference.

“That doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, and that certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it; but I do think it’s incredibly uninteresting, and I think it’s incredibly uninteresting because it’s incredibly obvious.”

Hannon spoke at an Oct. 18 panel called “Beyond...READ MORE

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