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Bishop Paprocki: ‘Rupture’ Between Church and Modern Culture (6596)

The Illinois bishop says Catholics need to be aware of an ‘unconscious hatred for the faith’ in contemporary society.

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., said that Catholics should be aware of an “unconscious hatred for the faith” as they seek to interact with the modern culture.

In an interview with The Washington Times, published Sept. 3, the bishop reflected that, in past generations, “many of the values in our secular world mirrored the values of the religious world.”

“And I think what’s happening now is that relationship — that symbiosis between our culture and the Church — has been ruptured,” Bishop Paprocki said.

He noted that he and many others grew up at a time when secular culture was more friendly to religion, as shown in the production of biblical movies...READ MORE

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First Mainland American Diocese Celebrates 500 Years of History (4592)

The Church in Panama celebrates a rich history that began with conquistadors honoring the Virgin Mary for winning a battle.

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Catedral Metropolitan de Santa María la Antigua in Panama City.

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PANAMA CITY, Panama — This weekend, the Archdiocese of Panama celebrated the 500th anniversary of the first diocese created on the American mainland, an event which Church leaders say “changed the history of our continent and our country.”

The archdiocese said the Jubilee Year celebrations are meant to “commemorate the fruits of our journey as a Church together with the Panamanian people” and to confirm the people in their Catholic faith and national identity.

The first dioceses in the Americas were created in the Caribbean islands after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Pope Leo X erected the first mainland diocese, Santa Maria La Antigua, on Sept. 9, 1513.

The diocese’s...READ MORE

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What Black America Really Needs: Committed and Faithful Fathers (9388)

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers discusses the family crisis that is afflicting the entire nation, but especially its inner-city communities.

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Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Harold Burke-Sivers is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., and is a full-time Catholic evangelist (see DeaconHarold.com). He is regularly featured in the Catholic media, and he has been a host on a variety of EWTN broadcasts. He is on the road frequently giving lectures, retreats and seminars at parishes and conference centers throughout the nation and overseas.

Deacon Burke-Sivers was born in Barbados, West Indies, and came to the United States as a child. His father was a calypso singer; he and his three siblings grew up in Hillside, N.J. His mother was a convert to the Catholic faith and raised the children Catholic. Deacon Burke-Sivers was always drawn to the...READ MORE

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Tweets for Peace: Pope Francis Continues His Twitter Appeals (2150)

‘Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!’

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VATICAN CITY — After a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world, Pope Francis is continuing his calls for peace, hope and negotiation through messages on social media.

“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” he exclaimed on the papal @Pontifex Twitter account Sept. 9.

“I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation,” he said, referring to potential strikes on Syria by Western nations.

Both of these tweets were followed by the hashtag #prayforpeace, which the Holy Father has repeatedly used throughout the month.

In another Sept. 9 tweet, he referenced his...READ MORE

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What Is Coptic Christianity Anyway? The Egyptian Government Still Not Protecting the Copts and More! (5836)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What Is Coptic Christianity Anyway? Follow the link to better understand our persecuted Christian brothers in Egypt.

What Is Coptic Christianity Anyway? - BigPulpit.com

Egyptian Government Is Not Stopping Hate Speech Against Christians - The Catholic Herald

Bravo Pope Francis! – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Texting and Driving: Is it a Sin? – Dr. Taylor Marshall

Maaloula Has Fallen to the Jihadists – Byz Pulpit

Conscience Freedoms Denied by Secularist Courts - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Analyzing the 7 Deadly Sins: Lust – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Learning from the Poor – Fletcher Doyle, Catholic Lane

Syria and the Plight of Christians – BigPulpit.com

All Gay All the “Times”. . . and “Post” – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

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Pope Francis’ Solemn Plea for Peace (9128)

An extraordinary Vatican vigil of prayer and fasting draws 100,000 pilgrims to St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — A trickle of pilgrims soon turned into a flood as the vigil of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world got under way at 7pm on Saturday.

As the vast crowd eventually spilled over into the central boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square, it was clear the vigil was going to be something extraordinary.

The Vatican estimated the number of those taking part to be around 100,000, appropriately about the number of casualties estimated since Syria’s conflict began two and a half years ago.

Pope Francis had called for the special day of prayer and fasting after a chemical-weapons attack in Syria allegedly killed more than 1,400 people on Aug. 21,...READ MORE

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Pope Calls Expectant Mother, Offers to Baptize Her Child (9185)

The Holy Father personally encourages a young Italian woman facing a crisis pregnancy, applauding her bravery in choosing life for her child.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made a personal phone call to a young Italian woman facing a difficult pregnancy, applauding her bravery in choosing life for her child and offering to baptize the baby.

Anna Romero, a 35-year-old woman from central Italy, was on vacation when she received a phone call from the Pope. She had written the Pope earlier this summer, describing her anguish at discovering that she had become pregnant by a man who, unknown to her at the time — was already married.

“In June I discovered I was pregnant through him, and when I told him, instead of being happy, he told me he was already married, already had a child and to have an abortion,” Romero said, according to...READ MORE

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College Network: Let’s Talk About Love and Fidelity (7881)

A national organization is fighting the hook-up culture on college campuses.

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Love and Fidelity Network

Love and Fidelity Network founder Cassandra Hough (left) and director Caitlin Seery (right).

– Love and Fidelity Network

PRINCETON, N.J. — As college students around the country kick off a new school year, one national organization is working to change prevailing campus attitudes that accept casual sexual encounters as the norm.

Cassandra Hough, founder of the Love and Fidelity Network, explained that, “on the majority of college campuses, there’s a one-sided view” on questions of marriage, family and sexuality, “and there’s a lot of pressure for students to conform.”

“The Love and Fidelity Network looks to balance that conversation and challenge the sexual norms on campus by providing an alternative,” she told CNA.

Hough founded the network in 2007 after helping to start the Anscombe Society, a...READ MORE

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