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Remember Suffering Syrians, Relief Agency's Leader Urges (2008)

Catholic Relief Services CEO Carolyn Woo told a Vatican assembly that there ‘is no end in sight at this point’ to the crisis in the Middle-Eastern country.

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Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services

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ROME — As agencies meet at the Vatican to discuss the Syria crisis, the head of Catholic Relief Services said that the Church cannot forget those who suffer and must advocate for peace as well as provide aid.

“The situation around Syria has not gotten better. There is no end in sight at this point,” Carolyn Woo, CEO and president of the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services, told CNA in Rome May 30.

She said the conflict has affected more than 9 million people, including 5.5 million children. About half of those affected are internally displaced, and 2 million-plus are now refugees.

“Many of them are living in camps. Just imagine those situations,” Woo said. “Think of all the areas of...READ MORE

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Historic Council of Nicaea Celebration Between Pope and Patriarch on the Table (3984)

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has proposed to Pope Francis that they meet in Turkey to celebrate the 1,700th anniversary of the Church’s first ecumenical council.

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Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew kneel together in prayer at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on May 25.

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VATICAN CITY — Responding to media reports that Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople plan to meet for an ecumenical gathering in Nicaea in 2025, the Vatican's spokesman said such a meeting would be a positive encounter.

Father Federico Lombardi told CNA that a meeting between the pope and patriarch at the site of the Church’s first ecumenical council “is a nice proposal from Bartholomew, just as his proposal for an encounter on the 50th anniversary meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras I was.”

Nicaea is located within the modern city of Iznik, Turkey. The potential meeting would mark the 1,700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea of 325, the first...READ MORE

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Former Firefighter’s Guide to Living as a Hermit in the Modern World (8789)

Brother Rex of the Little Portion Hermitage follows Jesus joyfully, prayerfully and silently

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Brother Rex Anthony Norris appears on EWTN's Coming Home program.

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When Brother Rex Anthony Norris learned that his rented hermitage would likely be sold, a group of friends founded the Friends of the Little Portion Hermitage. The organization has been collecting both prayer requests — Brother Rex’s is a life of prayer — and also donations to purchase and maintain a hermitage for Brother Rex’s use and the use of hermits to come after him.

Little Portion Hermitage in Oakland, Maine, was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi for prayerful solitude; Brother Rex is under the jurisdiction of his local bishop, Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine.

William Newton, who serves on the Friends of the Little Portion Hermitage board as secretary, said, “We’re all...READ MORE

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10 Good Reasons to Save Sex Until Marriage, The Subjective Side of Vocations and Much More! (4279)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/02/2014 Comment

Follow 10 Good Reasons to Save Sex Until Marriage via Aleteia to read more.

10 Good Reasons to Save Sex Until Marriage via Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

“Honor Thy Children” – William Van Ornum, Aleteia

The Subjective Side of Vocations – Fr. Matthew P. Schneider LC, Ignitum Today

A Mother’s Perspective on the Fate of Her Daughter’s Murderer – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic News and Information

From Faith Came Science: The Condemnations of A. D. 1277 – Stacy Trasancos

Pope Francis Confirms Excommunication of “We Are Church” Head - Fr. Z's Blog

Pope Francis Says Zombies can be Baptized – David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Children as Natural Philosophers – Matthew Bauer, Dead Philosopher's Society

Sisters of the Immaculate Placed Under Visitation – Donald R. McClarey...READ MORE

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The Double Helix of Faith & Family, Pope Francis on Global Warming and Much More! (3588)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/01/2014 Comment

Follow The Double Helix of Faith & Family by Jim Schroeder of Aleteia to read more.

The English Priests Who Taught Real Madrid a Football Lesson by D. J. Kearney - BigPulpit.com

The Double Helix of Faith & Family – Jim Schroeder, Aleteia

Pope Francis on Global Warming – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Marriage, Divorce & Constructive Casuistry - Howard Kainz PhD, The Catholic Thing

Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Dads, Do We Have Our Act Together? – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Mystical Union Is Not a Fairy Tale – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Book Review: The Search for Soul in a Fallen World - Jerry Salyer, The Catholic World Report

Without Gloss: St. Francis & the West – Abp. Charles J. Chaput...READ MORE

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Overcoming Loneliness, Are You Called to be a Lay Dominican? Perpetual Virginity and NFP and More! (3121)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2014 Comment

Follow Overcoming Loneliness by Fr. Ed Broom of Catholic Exchange to read more.

Overcoming Loneliness by Fr. Ed Broom of Catholic Exchange - BigPulpit.com

Are You Called To Be A Lay Dominican? – J. Babarsky, Dead Philosopher's Society

“Mr. Ray” – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Virgin Birth, Perpetual Virginity & NFP – Dcn. W. Patrick Cunningham, Homiletic & Pastoral Movement

St. John Paul II on Depression – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

How I Accepted the Challenge of Christian Fatherhood - Jeff Cann, Catholic Lane

Boko Haram: How Should Christians Understand It? – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Maternal Mortality & Abortion Advocacy – Rebecca Oas PhD, Catholic Lane

Hymn to the Fallen - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Renaissance Will Come: Dr. de...READ MORE

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Clothe the Naked: Acknowledging the Need for Human Dignity (7495)

Connecting the Dots: A Register Series on the Corporal Works of Mercy

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Detail of Works of Mercy by Pierre Montallier (1680)

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Nake is an archaic English word meaning “to strip clothes off.” To be “naked,” therefore, is to be in a state of “having had your clothes stripped off.”

Why does this bit of pedantry matter? Because it speaks volumes about what our ancestors regarded as the natural state of man.

While a couple of groups attempted it in warmer Mediterranean climates in early Christendom, it is not until after the Reformation, the rise of the Enlightenment and, especially, the rise of technologies that allowed Northern Europeans to maintain a bit of comfort in chill weather that Northerners really started to see the rise of so-called “Adamite” movements (later frankly renamed nudist movements), which...READ MORE

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Report Calls for Action Amid Planned Parenthood ‘Abuses and Corruption’ (4066)

Live Action provides summary of the information gathered during its undercover investigations throughout the U.S.

05/30/2014 Comments (7)
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Live Action presents its new comprehensive report, calling for greater investigations into Planned Parenthood.

– CNA/Courtesy of Live Action

WASHINGTON — Releasing a report detailing six years of undercover investigations at Planned Parenthood, a pro-life group has called for a formal investigation and an end to taxpayer funding of the organization.

“When I first began to go undercover in these facilities in 2007, I thought I would find illegal and harmful activity,” said Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action.

“But even I had no idea of the huge, company-wide commitment to abortion at any cost — the fraud, the lies, the cover-ups.”

Rose founded Live Action in an attempt to expose abuses within Planned Parenthood businesses. Over the past six years, the group has sent staff members or volunteers with hidden cameras...READ MORE

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