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Restoring Sacred Architecture to a Higher Plane (13694)

William Heyer works to draw faith communities heavenward.

06/25/2014 Comments (20)
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St. Patrick's Oratory in Kansas City, Mo.

– Courtesy of William Heyer

In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the gathered local community was often pointed to as the new focal point of worship, while Jesus Christ was literally set aside.

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, "In accordance with the structure of each church and legitimate local customs, the Most Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in a tabernacle in a part of the church that is truly noble, prominent, readily visible, beautifully decorated and suitable for prayer” (314). “Consequently, it is preferable that the tabernacle be located, according to the judgment of the diocesan bishop: a.) either in the sanctuary, apart from the altar of celebration, in a form...READ MORE

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Nigerian Bishop: Government Corruption Contributes to Boko Haram Violence (2496)

He spoke at a conference about the current crisis in his country.

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Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto speaks during the Oasis Foundation conference held in Sarajevo June 17.

– CNA/Elise Harris

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The bishop of a northern Nigerian diocese said at a conference last week that, among the factors that has led to violence by a radial Islamist group, there is the government’s corruption and lack of administration.

“The grounds [Boko Haram] has against the Nigerian state are basically the same as ordinary Nigerians have about the persistence of corruption, the growing inequalities, the fact that the political system is not working and that poverty is increasing,” Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto told CNA.

“There is nothing that Boko Haram does that is tolerable. … They are purely and simply criminals, who are robbing banks and seizing individuals; they’re...READ MORE

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50 Years Ago Italy's Famous Saint Treated Like a Criminal, What Jesus Said On Divorce and More! (4472)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/25/2014 Comment

Follow 50 Yrs Ago Italy’s Famous Saint Was Treated like a Criminal by Mary O’Regan link to read more.

50 Yrs Ago Italy’s Famous Saint Was Treated like a Criminal by Mary O’Regan - BigPulpit.com

What Jesus Said About Divorce – Daniel Thimons, Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis: Humanity Cannot Survive Without Love – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Form a Real Conscience – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Do Muslims and Catholics Worship the Same God? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Learning More About God – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

Summer Readiness: Five Things Catholic Forget – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Giving Our Grief over to the “Man Acquainted with Grief” – Deacon James Keating, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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What Did Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace at the Vatican Accomplish? (5032)

Catholic Relief Services official Sean Callahan says the Holy Father’s prayer for peace at the Vatican Gardens has raised awareness about the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

06/24/2014 Comments (12)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I pray together for peace June 8 in the Vatican Gardens.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

BALTIMORE — More than two weeks have passed since Pope Francis’ historic prayer for peace at the Vatican Gardens, where Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came together at his invitation to pray for peace in their land. But what will the effects of Pope Francis’ efforts be in the months and years to come?

Sean Callahan, chief operating officer of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), believes the power of the symbolic event should not be underestimated. Callahan is no stranger to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as CRS is actively engaged in providing humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip and is busy with capacity-building efforts in the West Bank to help...READ MORE

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Pope: Announce Christ Like John the Baptist (1557)

The Holy Father reflected on the prophet's witness on the feast of his birthday.

06/24/2014 Comment

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VATICAN CITY -- In his homily for the feast of John the Baptist’s birth, Pope Francis emphasized that a true Christian puts oneself aside in order for God to be seen, as St. John the Baptist did. 

“A Christian does not announce himself; he announces another, prepares the way for another: the Lord,” the Pope observed in his June 24 daily Mass.

Celebrating the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the Pope explained to those present at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse that the cousin of Jesus had a threefold vocation: to prepare the way for the Messiah, to discern who he was and to diminish himself so that others would follow Jesus.

Although many began to follow John because...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori: The Church Must Be Free to Imitate Christ Through Service (3152)

The Baltimore archbishop encouraged the faithful to cultivate the gift of charity through the Eucharist.

06/24/2014 Comments (3)
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Archbishop William Lori

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BALTIMORE — Catholics, in seeking religious liberty, are seeking the freedom to serve in response to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, said the archbishop of Baltimore at the start of the 2014 "Fortnight for Freedom."

“May we find in the Eucharist the source and the summit of our charity, and in that charity, may we advocate by word and witness for the robust freedom of individuals and of churches,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore during the opening Mass for the third annual Fortnight for Freedom.

“Not only to worship without fear, but indeed to serve others and the common good in love, in truth, in joy and in freedom,” he added.

Archbishop Lori, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad...READ MORE

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Report: Christian Woman Re-Arrested at Airport in Sudan (5667)

Despite pressure and threats of death, Meriam Ibrahim refused to renounce her Christian faith while in prison.

06/24/2014 Comments (6)

Meriam Ibrahim is pictured in this undated image with her husband, Daniel Wani.


KHARTOUM, Sudan — BBC News and NBC News have reported that a Sudanese woman, released from death row Monday by an appeals court in Sudan, has been re-arrested Tuesday with her family at a Sudanese airport.

According to NBC, Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer, Elshareef Ali Mohammed, said "a group of 50 security force personnel arrested her during an angry confrontation at the airport in the capital, Khartoum."

"Mohammed, who was at the airport with Ibrahim, said the security forces did not give him a reason for her re-arrest and made no reference to her dropped case, even when he identified himself as her lawyer," according to NBC. "He said Ibrahim had been taken to a detention center, accompanied...READ MORE

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Hate Group’s Presence Shocks Attendees at Priest’s Funeral (7705)

Protest brings dismay.

06/24/2014 Comments (16)
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Funeral Mass of Father Kenneth Walker of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paxico, Kan., June 20.

– CNA/Kate Veik

SALINA, Kan. — People who attended the funeral for Father Kenneth Walker were dismayed at the presence of picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church on June 20 near Paxico, Kan.

As mourners filed into Sacred Heart Catholic Church, members of the hate group stood nearby holding signs and singing songs in order to broadcast their message, which is often vulgar.

A priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter, Father Walker, 28, was shot and killed while coming to the aid of Father Joseph Terra at their parish, Mater Misercordiae Mission, in Phoenix on June 11. Father Terra, 56, suffered several injuries but was released from the hospital on June 16.

Those in attendance at Father Walker’s funeral...READ MORE

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