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National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: Era of Comfortable Catholicism Is Over (24632)

Speakers Robert George and Cardinal Sean O’Malley told Catholics gathered for the national event to brace for troubled waters — and set out into the deep.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics at the 10th anniversary of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast got a startling wake-up call on Tuesday morning: They have lost the luxury of being comfortable in their faith in 21st-century America. More than ever before, they must embrace the risks of discipleship by encountering others and witnessing to the Gospel.

For the 800 people gathered in Washington, the morning’s speeches were mainly divided between Princeton professor Robert George’s sobering assessment of what Christian discipleship requires in America’s current cultural-political landscape and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston’s cheerful exhortation for Catholics to embrace the missionary spirit of the...READ MORE

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Exorcist's Perspective on Harvard Black Mass, Pope Francis Tells UN to Protect Unborn and More! (5848)

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Follow An Exorcist's Perspective on the Harvard 'Black Mass' by Patti Maguire Armstrong to read more.

An Exorcist's Perspective on the Harvard 'Black Mass' by Patti Maguire Armstrong - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Tells United Nations Chiefs to Protect the Unborn – Austin Ruse

Reflection on the Unnamed Woman who Anoints Jesus – Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

Pope Paul VI Was a Martyr for Truth and Duty – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

Former Actress Stars in Live Action Abortion Video by Patti Maguire Armstrong  - BigPulpit.com

A Rich Church for the Poor? – Robert Royal PhD, The Catholic Thing

Judas, Peter, and Divine Mercy – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

Catechetical and Pastoral Emphasis: Apologetics of Frank Sheed – James Iovino, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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Pope Warns Against Closed-Mindedness of ‘Intellectual Aristocracy’ (9597)

Docility to the Holy Spirit gave the first Christians the ability to spread the Good News, the Pope said during his homily Tuesday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday cautioned against those who seek to understand the faith only with the intellect, explaining that this attitude closes one to the Holy Spirit and prevents him from acting in our lives.

“You do not believe because you are not part of my sheep,” the Holy Father said during his homily at daily Mass. “You do not believe because you are not of the people of Israel. You have left the people. You are in intellectual aristocracy.”

Speaking to those in attendance at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Pope centered his homily on the day’s readings, taken from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of John.

Beginning, the Pope recalled how the...READ MORE

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Religious Leaders Can Help Counter Boko Haram, U.S. Bishops Say (1948)

In a letter to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates encouraged the U.S. government to assist the Nigerian people in building a safer society. Pope Francis has been praying for the release of the young women and encouraging others to do so via Twitter.

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WASHINGTON — Denouncing the “heinous” kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, the U.S. bishops have urged their government to partner with both Christians and Muslims in the country to counter Boko Haram.

“Building unity among all Nigerians will help build peace and prosperity for all,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, told National Security Adviser Susan Rice in a May 9 letter.

“I am encouraged that the United States government has taken additional measures to help the Nigerian government bring perpetrators to justice,” continued Bishop Pates, who is chair of the U.S. bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee.

Nearly 300 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were...READ MORE

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Catholics Answer 'Black Mass' With Prayers of Reparation (13403)

Harvard canceled the event one hour prior to its start as people of goodwill gathered for prayers and support.

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Father Michael Drea leads the Eucharistic procession in the Church of St. Paul in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Church of St. Paul in Harvard Square was jammed to capacity Monday for a Eucharistic Holy Hour and solemn Benediction to offer reparation for a Harvard student group’s plan to sponsor a Satanic black mass on campus.

At least 500 people — many of them holding rosaries, crucifixes and images of Christ — also participated in a Eucharistic procession that began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and ended at St. Paul Church, where hundreds more were gathered in prayer.

“Prayer is the most powerful thing in the world. That’s exactly why we’re all gathered here tonight. I couldn’t be more grateful that, out of an act intended to harm and attack the...READ MORE

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Melkite Patriarch on a Mission for Peace in Syria (3195)

Patriarch Gregorius III gives the Register an inside look at the devastating conflict in Syria and makes his case for why the Church can be the vehicle for a genuine and lasting peace in the war-ravaged country.

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Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius III has seen his beloved Syria bleed too much and his Church suffer with Syria’s people in a conflict that for three years has raged between the government forces of President Bashar Assad and a coalition of opposition forces bolstered by foreign Islamist militants.

In the midst of this chaos, the patriarch has come to the United States to make his case for peace and reconciliation in Syria, thanks to the efforts of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). Patriarch Gregorius is a member of the ICMC’s governing committee.

The ICMC is heavily involved in the Syrian crisis, providing vulnerable refugees medical care, youth education,...READ MORE

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Bipartisan Effort to Support Persecuted Christians Launched (2217)

The initiative also urged for supporters to take action on behalf of Christians facing persecution in the Middle East.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington speaks during the 'Pledge of Solidarity and Call to Action' event, May 7.

– CNA/office of Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.

WASHINGTON — More than 200 Christian representatives from a variety of denominations have united in support of a bipartisan congressional initiative to support Christians facing persecution in Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

The “Pledge of Solidarity and Call to Action on Behalf of Christians and Other Small Religious Communities in Egypt, Iraq and Syria” was launched May 7 by Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.

The initiative was started to address the silence Christians in the Middle East are “facing an existential threat to their presence in the lands where Christianity has its roots,” due to “abuse and injustice from extremist Islamic forces.”

“Recognizing the spiritual,...READ MORE

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Behind Convent Walls: The Benedictine Sisters, The Big Problem With Disney Princesses and Much More! (4517)

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The Big Problem With Disney Princesses Most People Miss by Rachel Lu - BigPulpit.com

Behind Convent Walls of Benedictine Sisters of Clear Creek – Regina Blog

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn't Do Online – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Book Review: Cafeteria Catholic Conversion Story – Patti M. Smith, Integrated Catholic Life™

‘We Know’, An Essay on Motherhood – Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science – Bob Kurland PhD, Catholic Scientist

Grotesque Liturgical Abuse by Matthew Archbold of Creative Minority Report - BigPulpit.com

The Influential Catholic Whose Love Is Boundless – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

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