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Middle-East Christians: Faith Under Fire (5218)

Despite daunting challenges in predominantly Muslim societies, many followers of Jesus continue to bear brave witness to their faith.

12/30/2013 Comments (5)
Aid to the Church in Need

Sister Bushra Farach holds a newborn baby at the Dominican-run Al Hayaat maternity hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.

– Aid to the Church in Need

SEDNAYA, Syria — Many know of the mythical Phoenix, the bird legend said to have the power to regenerate itself from the ashes of its predecessor in a Middle-Eastern desert. Given the incredible persecution faced by contemporary Christians in the same region, an analogy between the faithful in the Middle East and the mythological fowl might seem unlikely.

However, Christian leaders insist the Church in some Arab-speaking lands is indeed resurrecting out of the cinders of its burned houses of worship, the beheaded bodies of its faithful and the long-standing discrimination it has faced since Islam violently wrested this part of the world from Christendom, beginning in the seventh...READ MORE

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The Best Pro-Life Video Ever, By Coca-Cola; Will We Have Free Will in Heaven and Much More! (16683)

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12/30/2013 Comments (1)

The Best Pro-Life Video Ever, by Coca-Cola. Follow the link via The American Catholic to view this incredible pro-life video celebrating family.

The Best Pro-Life Video Ever, by Coca-Cola via The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Will We Have Free Will in Heaven? – Jimmy Akin, Strange Notions

Called to Holiness – Ralph Martin, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Gratitude as Felt Poverty – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Why Do Catholics & Protestants Have Different Bibles? – Laura McAlister, Ignitum Today

The Torment of St. Anthony – Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Top 10 Stories About Óscar Romero in 2013 – Carlos X, Super Martyrio

Be Not Afraid – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

Got a Question? #AskFrBarron – Word on Fire


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Pope Prays for 2014 Synod of Bishops (2629)

On the feast of the Holy Family, the Pope noted that the family is the theme of the upcoming synod.

12/29/2013 Comments (3)
Kyle Burkhart / CNA

– Kyle Burkhart / CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address given on the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis prayed especially for the approaching Synod of Bishops, which will discuss pastoral challenges to the family.

“The next Synod of Bishops will address the theme of the family, and the preparatory phase has already begun some time ago. For this reason, today, [on] the feast of the Holy Family, I wish to entrust this synodal work to Jesus, Mary and Joseph, praying for families around the world,” he said Dec. 29 in St. Peter’s Square.

Asking the crowds that packed St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding streets to join with him spiritually, Pope Francis prayed, “Holy Family of Nazareth, may the...READ MORE

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Biblical Films' Hollywood Comeback, 5 Ways to Bring Millennials Back to the Church and More! (4193)

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12/29/2013 Comments (1)

Biblical Films' Hollywood Comeback. Follow the link by Nick Allen to read more.

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5 Ways to Bring Millennials Back to the Church – Anthony Barrata, Aleteia

The Bishop’s Wife – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

2 Noble Ends of an Authentic Education - Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Crisis Magazine

The Unexpected Pro-Life Witness – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Dad’s Due Respect – Dr. Mark Giszak, Catholic Exchange

Clowns at Catholic Colleges – God & Caesar

Saving Christmas in Salley – David L. Alexander, Man With Black Hat

Why Does God Allow Temptation? – Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Male Mate Material – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Gay Thought Police Lose...READ MORE

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‘Go to Joseph’ (4969)

Book review of Joseph, The Man Who Raised Jesus

12/28/2013 Comments (3)

Joseph, The Man Who Raised Jesus

By Father Gary Caster

Servant Books, 2013

130 pages, $14.99

To order: Franciscan Media, (800) 488-0488 or Catalog.FranciscanMedia.org



When the ancient world was in great trouble, Genesis records the directive was to: “Go to Joseph” (41:55). With today’s world topsy-turvy in so many ways, we again need to go to Joseph, this time, the husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus.

“This patronage must be invoked as ever necessary for the Church, not only as a defense against all dangers, but also, and indeed primarily, as an impetus for her renewed commitment to evangelization in the world and to re-evangelization,” wrote Blessed John Paul...READ MORE

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Freethinker Unwittingly Does Good on Christmas Eve, The Biggest Factor in Making an Impact and More! (3521)

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12/28/2013 Comment

Freethinker Unwittingly Does Good on Christmas Eve. Follow the link by the best Catholic female blogger in the world, Stacy Trasancos, PhD, to read more.

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The Biggest Factor in Creating a Deep & Lasting Impact – Daniel McInerny, Aleteia

Good King Wenceslaus, St. Stephen & Martyrdom – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Mysteriously Moved by Sacred Music – Trent Beattie, Catholic Exchange

Reasons to Love the Immaculata – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Bob Newhart & the Narrowing of Freedom – Kathryn Jean Lopez

5 Ways to Make Your Priest Miserable - Anthony Baratta, Ignitum Today

What We’re Doing In Steubenville – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Cappella Giulia’s 500th Anniversary 1513-2013 – Charles Cole, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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Ukraine’s ‘Maidan’ Protests Are Spiritual as Well as Political (9257)

The presence of priests, prayer and an unprecedented level of cooperation between Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox are striking elements of the ongoing mass demonstrations in Kiev.

12/27/2013 Comments (18)
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Anti-government protesters hold a religious service Dec. 13 on a hill overlooking Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

– Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

KIEV, Ukraine — Tense images since November  of Ukrainian riot police in sub-freezing cold, menacing a massive street encampment under the festive blue and yellow flags of Ukraine’s national flag together with the European Union symbol, might seem like déjà vu of previous mass demonstrations in other countries against unpopular regimes.

But unique in Ukraine is the prominent role being played by Christian Churches in shaping the protest as a spiritual event, not just a political one.

The daily presence of priests and prayer at the barricade — and the unprecedented level of coordination between Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox around the event — mark this as a historic moment,...READ MORE

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Two Firms Hired to Advise Vatican on Communications, Finance (3058)

The moves are part of Pope Francis’ plan to streamline and improve Vatican administration.

12/27/2013 Comments (1)
Alan Holdren/CNA

Broadcast van of the Vatican Television Center, the Holy See's television station.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has hired two international consulting firms to modernize Holy See communications and to improve financial procedures throughout the Vatican’s agencies.

“An advisory role has been entrusted to McKinsey & Co. for the development — in close collaboration with the heads of the relevant offices — of an integrated plan to render the organization of means of communication within the Holy See more functional, effective and modern,” the Holy See Press Office announced Dec. 19.

The decision was made the previous day, on the initiative of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See, after a...READ MORE

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