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Iraqi Seminarian: ‘Christians Are Shattered’ (1361)

Remi Marzina Momica said that “a culture of God’s word, a people of Jesus (have been) left in the cold to meet a dark destiny” and called on the international community to intervene.

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Seminarian Remi Marzina Momica with a group of children outside an Aid to the Church in Need office.

– Photo Courtesy of Remi Marzina Momica

ROME — Remi Marzina Momica has seen it all: A victim of a 2010 bus attack and among those forced to leave his home when ISIS invaded last year, he says Iraq’s “shattered” Christians need help.

“Christians are shattered, like crystal glass all over. (From) being a culture who started the Bible’s Old Testament to a people with no land, no work, no schools, no hospitals … nothing!” Momica told CNA April 4. “Where is the global Christian community?”

Momica is a Syriac-Catholic seminarian, currently studying in his final year of theology at the Al-Sharfa Seminary in Harissa, Lebanon.

He formerly studied at St. Ephraim’s Seminary in the mainly Christian city of Qaraqosh, which is now under the...READ MORE

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Kenya’s Bishops Condemn Garissa Attacks (968)

In an April 8 statement, they called on Kenya’s government to increase security and address the issue of terrorism and radicalization of Muslim youth.

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Cousin Teresa Apiyo (c) and an unidentified relative (l) hold photographs of student Selpha Aoko Wanda, 21, who was killed in last week's Garissa attack at the Chiromo Funeral Parlour in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 9.

– AP Photo/Ben Curtis

NAIROBI, Kenya — Catholic bishops and interfaith leaders on April 8 strongly condemned the April 2 attack carried out by the Somali terrorist group Shabab at a Kenyan university college in Garissa, about 220 miles northeast of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

More than 140 students and a number of security officers manning the institution were massacred by the terrorists, who deliberately targeted Christians as their victims.

In a press statement read out to the media by the president of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, the bishops said, “We strongly condemn the heinous terror attack visited on innocent, promising, young Kenyans and all those others...READ MORE

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Tradition Secures Authentic Progress (1428)

COMMENTARY: The paradox of progress shows us that a disregard for tradition leads to an ossification of the present, which precludes the possibility of authentic development.

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Christopher Dawson

– christopherdawson.org.uk

The notions of tradition and progress, contrary to the views of many, are not opposed to each other. Because of ever-improving technologies and certain evolutionary philosophies, the temptation exists to assume that progress is an ongoing phenomenon that is unfolding on every level.

Historian Christopher Dawson described this extreme belief in progress in his book Progress and Religion: “The doctrine of progress, in the full sense, must involve the belief that every day and in every way the world grows better and better.”

This view, however, is both unrealistic and unsupportable. Gen. Omar Bradley made it clear that progress is not such a broad occurrence:

 “The world has achieved...READ MORE

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Kansas Becomes First State to Ban Dismemberment Abortion (2058)

Gov. Sam Brownback on April 7 said he was proud to sign a bill that protects life “at its most vulnerable stage” and noted bipartisan support for the bill.

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TOPEKA, Kan. --  Kansas became on Tuesday the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation,” which is common during second-trimester abortions and is called “dismemberment abortion” in the law.

Local pro-life advocates say the legislation is an opportunity to save the unborn from a horrific procedure, while providing a model for other states.

“Some states have to take the lead. We’re proud to be one of those states,” Kathy Ostrowski, legislative director of Kansans for Life, told CNA April 8. “With very solid, carefully constructed laws, I think we really can make a difference.”

The procedure is used in about 600 abortions in Kansas annually, about 9% of...READ MORE

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Building a Stronger Latino Culture of Life (1313)

Latinos por la Vida is working to inform and mobilize Latino Americans, a group that is disproportionately targeted by abortion providers.

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Members of Latinos por la Vida participate in the 2015 March for Life on Jan. 22 in Washington.

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BRONX, N.Y. — Now in its second year, Latinos por la Vida (Latinos for Life) got its start with a request from the March for Life to the Bronx-based Franciscans Friars of the Renewal.

“Latino participation in the March for Life was not that visible, especially considering we are 15% or 17% of the population of the United States,” co-founder Odet Bisono recalled. “They asked Father Agustino [Torres] to help them bring more Latinos to the March for Life.”

Working with Bisono — program director for the chastity-outreach ministry Corazón Puro (Pure Heart), which is sponsored by Father Torres’ order, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal — Father Torres developed Latinos por la Vida, which is...READ MORE

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Catholic School Removes a Teacher for Defending the Faith; Art, Religion, Purpose and More! (3695)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Chaos as Pope Francis Appointed Bishop Mired in a Pedophile Scandal Fights Protesters Inside His Own Cathedral by Kevin O’Brien of Waiting for Godot to Leave link to read more.

A Catholic School Removes Teacher for Defending Faith by Anne Hendershott of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

A Rapid Surge of Interest in Priestly Vocations in the Diocese of Albany – Fr. Z’s Blog

Book Review: Teresa Tomeo’s Pint-Sized Devotional – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Epic Pew

Art, Religion and Purpose – Brother André Marie

You Have a Voice Regarding Three-Parent Embryos - N. M. Barry, Catholic Stand

ISIS, the Coptic Martyrs, and the Brutal Reality of the Cross – ChurchPOP

Works of Mercy Part IV: Clothe the Naked and Bear Wrongs Willingly, Part V and Part VI – J. C., Ignitum Today

Finding Peace After Traumatic Events - Matt O’Connell, Restless Press

Film Review: Do You Believe?...READ MORE

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Shroud of Turin Inspires Conversion and Deepens Faith (3941)

The sacred relic, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus, goes on display in Turin Cathedral this spring.

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– Wikipedia

TURIN, Italy — When the Shroud of Turin goes on display in Turin Cathedral beginning April 19, Pope Francis will be among the millions of visitors expected to see and venerate what is believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Walking in the footsteps of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis will venerate the shroud on June 21, days before the exhibit closes on June 24.

Surely, countless people will be moved, including those renewing belief in God and those wanting to enter the Catholic Church after seeing the shroud. In the past, others have traveled that road of spiritual renewal, whether Catholic or not.

Mark Antonacci, the founder and president of the Resurrection of...READ MORE

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Jerusalem Patriarch Applauds Court’s ‘Courageous’ Decision Blocking West Bank Wall (1072)

The April 2 ruling by Israel’s Supreme Court prohibits the routing of a security wall in a manner that would have separated 58 Christian families from their land.

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Mass being celebrated at the proposed site of an Israeli security wall in the West Bank's Cremisan Valley on Jan. 17, 2014.

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JERUSALEM — Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has praised an Israeli Supreme Court decision prohibiting the country’s army from routing a security wall through Palestinian land in the West Bank, which would have separated 58 Christian families from their land.

The patriarch welcomed the April 2 decision as “a victory for Israeli justice itself, since it had the courage to take such a decision.”

He also noted “the efficacy of prayer,” given that the former pastor of a nearby town said Mass on the wall’s proposed site each Friday for years.

The priest, Father Ibrahim Shomali, said, “We have been suffering for nine years because we feared we’d lose our land. It wasn’t easy to get this...READ MORE

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