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The Columbia Tales: An Old World Pilgrimage Thrives in D.C. (4431)

For the past seven years, two private Catholic schools have taken a journey with Our Lady Most Pure around the nation’s capital.

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WASHINGTON — For 20 miles, the pilgrims walk, talk and pray as they bear a statue of the Virgin Mary from church to church. But you won’t find these pilgrims of parents, children and friends walking on the streets of Europe. They are making their way right through the nation’s capital to give public prayer and witness to the Catholic faith.

“It’s a pretty unique event, and I don’t know of anyone else doing this kind of thing,” said Richard McPherson, president of the Avalon School and the Brookewood School, two independent Catholic schools of Montgomery County, Md., that sponsor the pilgrimage. “It’s amazing, and a lot of people say it’s their favorite event we do each year.”

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Ukraine’s Tireless Shepherd (5736)

COMMENTARY: Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk leads a spiritual resistance in a country threatened with war with Russia.

05/15/2014 Comments (15)
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When Sviatoslav Shevchuk and I first met in April 2011, what initially impressed me about him was his almost preternatural calm, which was striking, in that, less than a month before, and still a few weeks shy of his 41st birthday, he had been elected major archbishop of Kiev-Halych and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church — the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches, Byzantine in liturgy and governance, while in full communion with the Pope.

Archbishop Shevchuk had been snatched out of Buenos Aires, where he was bishop to the Ukrainian diaspora there (and a friend of the city’s Latin-rite archbishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio), and thrust into the position previously filled by some...READ MORE

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A Christian Without a Church Is Purely Idealistic, Pope Francis Says (5324)

The Holy Father told pilgrims May 15 that a member of the Body of Christ without a history, a nation or the Church ‘is incomprehensible.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected in his daily Mass May 15 on how the apostles evangelized by first telling the history of God’s people, explaining that it’s impossible to understand a Christian without this association.

“You cannot understand a Christian outside of the people of God. The Christian is not a monad,” but “belongs to a people: the Church,” the Pope observed in his homily. “A Christian without a church is something purely idealistic, it is not real.”

Beginning by looking at the first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Father addressed those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse by recalling how, when Paul preached in Antioch, he did so by...READ MORE

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Israel’s Ambassador to the Holy See: Pope Francis Brings a Message of Peace (3607)

Zion Evrony discusses the upcoming papal voyage and the disposition of the holy sites.

05/15/2014 Comments (3)
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Zion Evrony, Israel's ambassador to the Holy See

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Zion Evrony, Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See, said many Israelis are excited about the impending papal visit to the Holy Land, and he believes Pope Francis could “pave the way” towards peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He also says the visit will give a “further push” towards resolving outstanding issues over property rights and tax exemptions for Church property in Israel.

Evrony did not give a definitive answer on the sovereignty of the Cenacle (Upper Room), but in comments reported in the Times of Israel May 15, he said Israel has “no intention” of giving the Holy See sovereignty or ownership over the holy site, which is also believed by Jews to be the site of the...READ MORE

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Russian Prison Chaplain Witnesses Stories of Conversion and Hope (2433)

Brokenness in the lives of prisoners can make them the most receptive to grace and to God, priest says.

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A prisoner receives holy Communion at the Orthodox prison chapel in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

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MOSCOW — Despite its challenges, prison ministry in the Russian Federation is an important apostolate, changing lives and leading to conversions, a local Orthodox priest recounted to a Catholic charity.

“When we started our pastoral work in the prison in 1998, we only had a small room in the washhouse to pray in,” Father Igor Pokrovskij recently told Aid to the Church in Need.

“Six months later, a group of them already met separately for morning and evening prayers. When I came on Sunday to celebrate the Holy Liturgy, they had prepared themselves for confession and holy Communion during the week by fasting and praying.”

The Orthodox priest, who has been doing prison ministry in Nizhny...READ MORE

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The Brouhaha Over Kate's Skirts, Saint Whose Name was Given to Famous Railway Station and More! (5031)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow The Brouhaha Over Kate's Skirts by Sequoia Sierra of Regina Blog to read more.

The Brouhaha Over Kate's Skirts by Sequoia Sierra of Regina Blog - BigPulpit.com

The Saint Whose Name was Given to a Famous Railway Station – The Catholic Herald

 Till Death Do Us Part – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Walt Disney the Man: Pro-Life – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Why Young Christians Really Need to See the Film ‘Persecuted’ - John Zmirak, Aleteia

The Sins of The Fathers – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

An Orwellian Fable (?) About an Anti-Christian Society – Teresa Limjoco MD, Aleteia

What Emily Letts Doesn’t Tell You . . . – David L. Gray

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EWTN Earns Gabriel Award as Religious TV Station of the Year (2792)

The network also received a Gabriel Award for a segment on its news program, EWTN News Nightly.

05/14/2014 Comments (3)

IRONDALE, Ala. — EWTN Global Catholic Network and its news show EWTN News Nightly have won two Gabriel Awards in recognition of their uplifting work, including one for religious television station of the year.

Michael Warsaw, EWTN chairman of the board and CEO, said the network is “honored” that the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals recognized EWTN and its employees.

“We look forward to another 33 years of helping to bring the world to Christ and his Church,” he said.

Doug Keck, president and chief operating officer of EWTN, said May 14 that the award “acknowledges the years of hard work by dedicated Catholic media professionals who are truly playing their part in the New...READ MORE

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Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls: ‘Not Just a Gender Story; It’s a Christian Story’ (7972)

Nina Shea of the Center for Religious Freedom discusses the recent abduction and the aims of the abductors, the terrorist organization Boko Haram.

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On April 14, an estimated 300 Nigerian girls were abducted from their school by members of Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that has used the Islamic faith to justify the murder, rape and abduction of Nigerians. But it would take weeks for the news to reach the West, sparking outrage and putting the Obama administration on the defensive as critics questioned the White House’s past response to the terrorist organization, whose name translated means “Western education is sinful.” The administration has provided limited economic aid, rather than military or law enforcement help, for the beleaguered Nigerian government and local authorities. Until last November, the White House kept Boko...READ MORE

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