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Vatican and Vietnam Continue to Strengthen Diplomatic Ties (932)

The fifth round of talks of the Vietnam-Holy See Joint Working Group was held Sept. 10-11 in Hanoi.

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HANOI, Vietnam — The Holy See held a fifth round of talks with the Vietnamese government to strengthen and develop their bilateral relations, which have been in disrepair for nearly 40 years.

“The Holy See delegation emphasized that Pope Francis has followed with interest recent developments in Vietnam, Holy See relations, and encourages the Catholic community in Vietnam to continue to contribute to the country’s major goals,” stated a communique issued after the Sept. 10-11 Vietnam-Holy See Joint Working Group.

The communiqué stressed that both the sides are encouraged by the positive developments in Vietnam-Holy See relations, which have been shown “by increased exchanges and contacts...READ MORE

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Thousands Request That Oklahoma City Cancel Black Mass (2392)

An online petition drew more than 86,000 signatures in support of the Satanic event’s cancellation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 85,000 people have signed a petition asking the city-run Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to cancel a scheduled "black mass," saying that is a blatant attack on the Catholic Church.

“A black mass is intended as an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics,” reads the “Stop the black mass” petition on CitizenGo.com.

Although the organizer returned a stolen host after a lawsuit threat, the petition tells the music hall’s general manager that “it is clear that his intention to defile stolen property in a government facility should raise questions of basic appropriateness.”

“While the Constitution protects freedom of expression, it does not protect...READ MORE

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Five Ways to be Catholic at Work, ISIS Sells Christians Girls, Religious Persecution and More. . . (2476)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/15/2014 Comment

Click on Five Ways to be Catholic at Work by Tom Hoopes of Catholic Vote link to read more.

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ISIS Sells Christian Girls; Female Kurds Fighting Update – Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress via Patheos

The Youth Are Not the Future of the Church – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Iraqi Muslim Television Host Breaks Down in Tears at Plight of Christians – ChurchPOP

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: A Transformation I Didn’t Want – Ignitum Today

A Wholesome Image and The Sexualization of Young Girls – Fathers for Good via Catholic Lane

Dying Nuns, Liberalism and Time Magazine – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

When Disobedience Is Not Only Good, But Necessary! – Aurelio Porfiri, Views from the...READ MORE

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Why a Silence?: On the West and Islam; The Heart of a Mystic; Remembering Don Alvaro and Much More! (2104)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/14/2014 Comment

Follow the 'Why A Silence?': On the West and Islam by Fr. James V. Schall SJ link to read more.

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The Heart of a Mystic – Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange

Pope Francis Consoles Iraqi Genocide Survivor Father Benoka – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Remembering “Don Alvaro” – Russell Shaw, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly

Pope Saint John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science for Common Understanding – Robert Kurland, Catholic Stand

Incarnational Theology, Beauty and Art – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Ecce Tabernaculum Dei Cum Hominibus – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Time Magazine, Meet These Strong Sisters – Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Popular News Site Claims Jesus Never Existed – Jon Sorensen,...READ MORE

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Mission: Evangelize (2780)

Book Pick: Evangelizing Catholics by Scott Hahn

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EVANGELIZING CATHOLICS
A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization

By Scott Hahn
Our Sunday Visitor, 2014
176 pages, $19.95
To order: osv.com
 

Scott Hahn is currently perhaps the best-known Catholic evangelizer in the United States — and probably the best American evangelizer since Archbishop Fulton Sheen himself.

A convert and former Presbyterian minister, Hahn is a university professor, lecturer and prolific writer. With God’s grace, he has been responsible for multitudes of converts and reverts to the Catholic faith.

His newest book is Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization. Its publication could not be more timely, given Pope Francis’ emphasis on...READ MORE

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Why Secularists Cannot Cope with Islam, Work and Our Common Dignity, Virtue Is Attractive and More! (2307)

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09/13/2014 Comment

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Work and Our Common Dignity – Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Catholic Exchange

Virtue Is Attractive: The Crossroads Walk – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Labor Movement, Teachers Unions and Catholic Social Teaching – Father George E. Schultz SJ, The Catholic World Report

Thoughts from a New Momma – Nicholas Senz, Catholic Stand

They Know I’m Catholic, Right? – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

The Stillbirth of Science in Arabia – Stacy Trasancos PhD,...READ MORE

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Ordinariate Community Has a Spiritual Home in Washington, D.C. (3016)

From the ‘wilderness in Egypt to the Promised Land’ is how one former Episcopalian describes the move to a church in the nation’s capital.

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Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, celebrated Mass Sept. 7 at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — A formerly Episcopal community that entered the Catholic Church in 2011 marked a historic moment in its journey to Rome, when the faithful gathered on Sept. 7 in downtown Washington for their first regularly scheduled Sunday Mass in the nation’s capital.

St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception — as the community will now be known — offered its first Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Washington, after its move from its former home in a small, rented church in Bladensburg, Md.

St. Luke’s made headlines in 2011 when it became the first Episcopal church in the Washington area, and the second in the state of Maryland, to come into the Catholic Church under the...READ MORE

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Papal Trip to Turkey Confirmed for November (728)

The visit will likely follow Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 visit to Strasbourg, France, which was announced by the Vatican on Sept. 11.

09/12/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — A statement released by the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, where he is expected to participate in celebrations surrounding the Orthodox feast of St. Andrew.

“This morning, the Holy See received the official letter of invitation from the part of the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for a trip of Pope Francis to the country,” the Sept. 12 statement, signed by Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, read.

“So the preparation will proceed for the trip in the final days of November, but the length and schedule of the same trip are still to be defined.”

The visit will likely follow the Pope’s Nov. 25 visit to...READ MORE

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