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Philippine Church Helps During Rebel Attacks (3466)

The Archdiocese of Zamboanga is assisting thousands of residents displaced by a violent Muslim rebellion that has killed nearly 100 people.

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A 2-year-old boy is carried by his father Sept. 17 after a rescue mission by state security forces freed him from Muslim rebels in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga.

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Amid the deadly urban fighting that has broken out between armed rebels and government police and military forces in the southern Philippines, the Catholic Church in Zamboanga City has struggled to shelter and feed thousands of displaced residents while calling for peace.

Nearly 100 people have been killed and hundreds more have been held hostage or used as human shields since a rebel Muslim group began hostilities in early September. Among the first hostages taken were a priest and a local police chief, who later were released.

Hundreds of persons have sought temporary shelter in the walled complex of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate...READ MORE

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‘Smiling Priest’ Among Hundreds of Martyrs to be Beatified in Spain (6393)

Father Josep Pujol was remembered for giving away everything he had, even his own life, for the Gospel.

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In a manifestation of their hatred for the Catholic faith, Republican militiamen shoot at the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Cerro de los Ángeles, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War.

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MADRID — Father Josep Guardiet Pujol, known as the “smiling priest,” will be among the 522 Spanish Civil War martyrs to be beatified in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 13.

A pastor of the Catalan parish of Sant Pere de Rubi, Father Pujol was martyred on Aug. 3, 1936, in the northern Spanish town of Sant Cugat del Valles.

“Josep Guardiet Pujol was an exemplary pastor throughout his life and at the time of his martyrdom as well,” Maria Pilar Adin, the postulator of the priest’s cause, told the Spanish bishops’ news agency SIC.

The priest “died forgiving those who killed him,” she said. He pleaded that his killers not shoot two other laymen from the town of Rubi, but they also died with him....READ MORE

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Novak and Weigel Discuss Iraq 2003 and Syria 2013 (5271)

Two prominent Catholic supporters of military intervention a decade ago outline their stances on intervention, then and now.

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WASHINGTON — When President Obama addressed the nation on Sept. 10 to explain his response to a reported chemical-weapons attack in Syria, he vowed not to repeat the mistakes made by his predecessor, George W. Bush, who has been vilified for approving the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which is still mired in political violence a decade afterwards.

Thus the president defended his new two-track Syria policy — which includes an agreement to place President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons under international control — and a backup plan for a “narrow” military strike to deter future use of chemical weapons as evidence of his prudent style of leadership. His remarks sought to tamp down public...READ MORE

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Cuba's Bishops Call for Political Freedom and New Relations With U.S. (2219)

In a new pastoral letter, they urge updating of the communist state's laws to allow Cubans to exercise ‘responsible freedom.’

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HAVANA — In a new pastoral letter, the Cuban bishops said that in “the hope for a better future,” their government should begin political reform, and the U.S. should adopt “an inclusive policy” towards their country.

“Cuba is called to be a pluralistic society … Cuba is the nation of all Cubans, with their differences and aspirations, although it has not always been this way,” the bishops wrote in “Hope Does Not Disappoint,” a pastoral letter delivered to the government and read in parishes Sept. 15.

“There should be a right to diversity with regards to thought, to creativity, to the search for truth,” they said. “Out of diversity comes the need for dialogue.”

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Our New Albigensian Age; Adoption Language; Unequal Treatment of Sex Abuse Scandals and More! (3610)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Our New Albigensian Age. Follow the link by Stephen M. Krason of Crisis Magazine to read more.

Our New Albigensian Age by Stephen M. Krason of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

We Had to Adopt :: Adoption Language – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us - Matthew Olson, Ignitum Today

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Uncommon Nonsense - Emma Fitzpatrick, The Civilized Reader

9 Foundational Habits Young Men Should Start – BigNewsWonk.com

Unequal Treatment on Sex Scandals - Greg Forster, First Thoughts

What Catholic Foreign Policy Looks Like - Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: The Church Is Like a Mother - Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire

Black Catholic Democratic National Committee Staffer Quits - God & Caesar


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Perseverance Pays Off for New York Yankees’ Pitcher (16415)

Former Notre Dame star David Phelps’ determination brought him a wife and a greater understanding of the Catholic faith.

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The Phelps family

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David Phelps knew he was meant to marry a woman in his international relations class at the University of Notre Dame. The only problem was, that special woman was completely unaware of it.

Phelps (no relation to former longtime Notre Dame basketball coach Richard “Digger” Phelps), started off on the wrong foot with the classmate who had caught his eye. However, through prayer and humble perseverance, he eventually gained her respect and her appreciation of the Catholic faith.

Now David and Maria Phelps are happily married, with Jesus as the center of their lives. This holy cohesion provides the foundation for stable living in an oftentimes stressful job.

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D.C. Catholic Schools Improve, but Face Looming Challenges (3443)

Federal cuts to the school-voucher program imperils the education of 800 students in Catholic schools.

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WASHINGTON — A new report on Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Washington shows significant gains, particularly in funding, in recent years, although local Catholic schools still face challenges in keeping education costs low for families.

“In a particular way, significant strides have been made in recent years financially to support Catholic schools; but there is still much work to be done on the part of all of us,” stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, in the report.

“Catholic education — and our support of it — is not merely an option. It is an essential element of the New Evangelization,” he said.

The report follows on a five-year initiative for...READ MORE

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Wyoming Catholic: New Evangelization With a Western Heart (5267)

Kevin Roberts, the school’s new president, takes the reins.

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LANDER, Wyo. — What difference can a Catholic college imbued with a Western spirit and fidelity to Christ and his Church do for the New Evangelization?

Wyoming Catholic College has a simple answer: It wants to take the reins and lead.

Wyoming Catholic is embarking on a new chapter since its founding in 2007 as a four-year co-educational liberal arts school located amid the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains. With the retirement of co-founding president Father Robert Cook, Kevin Roberts now guides the future of Wyoming Catholic and must make the decisions that must not only grow the college, but fulfill its mission to educate disciples of Christ and leaders for the Church. Roberts...READ MORE

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