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Iranian Christians Face Lashings for Communion Wine (3760)

The four men were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking alcohol, which is forbidden under Islamic law.

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Hassan Rouhani, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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TEHRAN, Iran — Four Iranian Christians were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine during a communion service at a house church.

The four men were charged in court with drinking alcohol and possessing a receiver and satellite antenna in Rasht, a city 200 miles northwest of Tehran, on Oct. 6. The verdict was delivered to the men Oct. 20, and they have been given 10 days to appeal the sentence, the group Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports.

Iran is an Islamic republic, and Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol. Non-Muslims account for less than 1% of Iran's population.

The charged men are members of the Church of Iran, a Protestant ecclesial...READ MORE

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EWTN, State of Alabama File New Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate (17468)

‘The government should not be in the business of forcing people to violate their religious convictions,’ said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

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IRONDALE, Ala. — On Oct. 28, with just months to go before federal law requires its compliance with the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate, EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a new legal challenge in federal court against the controversial law.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the state would join EWTN as a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, which asks the court both to halt the government from imposing the HHS mandate and to find that the law is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, names the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 


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Yale Pro-Life Conference Encourages Engagement With Culture (3568)

The pro-life movement must address people who don’t understand the dignity of all human life, participants stressed.

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Choose Life at Yale student group taking part in the 2011 March for Life in Washington.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — At Yale’s first annual pro-life conference, advocates emphasized moving beyond current pro-life efforts to more directly address the issues and understandings of persons who don’t see the dignity of all human life.

“Abortion might be the most boring moral issue we grapple with today,” said Michael Hannon, managing editor of The Thomistic Institute in New York City, a panelist at the Oct. 18 conference.

“That doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, and that certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it; but I do think it’s incredibly uninteresting, and I think it’s incredibly uninteresting because it’s incredibly obvious.”

Hannon spoke at an Oct. 18 panel called “Beyond...READ MORE

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Anglican Scholar, Catholic Theologian Awarded Ratzinger Prize (4767)

Pope Francis bestowed the honors to the two professors Oct. 26 at the conclusion of a symposium held in Rome by the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation.

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ROME — At the conclusion of an international symposium in Rome, Pope Francis granted the prestigious "Joseph Ratzinger Award" to two professors for their exemplary scholarship in theology.

The 2013 winners were the Anglican canon professor Rev. Richard Burridge, dean of Kings College, London, and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.

“Special congratulations go to the revered professor Richard Burridge … and professor Christian Schaller, who have been awarded this year’s Joseph Ratzinger Prize,” said Pope Francis on Oct. 26.

“Also on behalf of my beloved predecessor, whom I was with three or four...READ MORE

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No, You Can't Support Abortion and Be an E.M. of the Eucharist; The Ethics of Water and More! (7306)

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No, You Can’t Support Abortion & Be an E. M. of the Eucharist. Follow the link by Fr. O to read more.

No, You Can’t Support Abortion & Be an E. M. of the Eucharist by Fr. O - BigPulpit.com

Superior Catholic Schools Exceed Common Core Standards - Daniel Guernsey, Crisis Magazine

Contemplating Christ Crucified – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Close Study of Mosaics Helps Painters Learn About Color - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Poverty & Abortion on an Equal Footing? – The Motley Monk, The AmericanCatholic

Ukraine’s Future Depends on Greek (Byzantine) Catholic Church - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

How Ani Difranco Enhanced My Catholic Faith – Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

Object Lessons in How to Obtain E. F. Mass Where You are – Fr. Z’s Blog

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U.S. Ambassador Ken Hackett on Serving His Country and the Church (2996)

The former head of Catholic Relief Services formally presented his credentials to Pope Francis Oct. 21.

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Ken Hackett, the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, presents his diplomatic credentials to Pope Francis Oct. 21.

VATICAN CITY — The new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth Hackett, presented his credentials to Pope Francis on Oct. 21. Prior to his appointment, he had given 40 years’ service to Catholic Relief Services, serving from 1993 to 2012 as president of the U.S. bishops’ humanitarian-aid organization.

In this Oct. 25 interview, Ambassador Hackett explains how he hopes his wealth of international experience and close contacts with the Church across the world will complement his new role. He also discusses his likely priorities as ambassador and his approach to serving the Obama administration in the face of its well-known differences with the Church over important life and...READ MORE

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‘How’s the Joy in Your Home?’ Pope Asks Families (2191)

A Mass in St. Peter’s Square concluded the ‘Day for the Family’ in Rome.

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VATICAN CITY — At the Sunday Mass held during the “Day for the Family” in Rome, Pope Francis questioned pilgrims about the harmony of their home lives.

“I would like to ask a question today. Everyone: How will you carry joy home in your heart? How’s the joy in your home? How’s the joy in your family?” he asked during his Oct. 26 homily.

 “The family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it naturally. That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world; it is the leaven of society: the joyous family!” the Pope exclaimed.

The Holy Father went on to draw out the connection between joy and faith lived in common life.

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The Extraordinary Deeds of an Ordinary Catholic; Imagination, Prayer, and the Spousal Gift and More! (2344)

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The Extraordinary Deeds of an Ordinary Catholic by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith - BigPulpit.com

Imagination, Prayer, and the Spousal Gift – Deacon James Keating, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Francis Effect & Nancy Pelosi’s Bishop – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Married Mom & Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada – Mark Regnerus, Crisis Magazine

On Confession: The Way to Peace – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Not Your Great-Grandfather’s Panis Angelicus – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Why I Don’t Pray the Rosary at Mass – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Save Classical Music from Your Commercialized Mind – Alberto González, Aleteia

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