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Egyptian Election Gives Hope to Christians, Alexandria’s Bishop Says (2038)

Bishop Adel Zaky said the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as president will bring stability.

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Bishop Adel Zaky of the Vicariate Apostolic of Alexandria

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ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — The Catholic bishop of Alexandria has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims.

“His election gives all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, cause for hope,” Bishop Adel Zaky, apostolic vicar of Alexandria, told Aid to the Church in Need May 30.

“His victory gives us Christians security and a perspective for the future. Better times are coming.”

Sisi, the former head of the Egyptian army, won more than 93% of the vote, with voter turnout at around 46%.

The election comes after several years of political tensions. Sisi was head of Egypt’s army in July 2013 when it deposed...READ MORE

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Gift of Piety Fosters Fraternal Solidarity, Pope Says (2133)

The Holy Father continues his catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square May 21.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected of the gift of piety at his general audience June 4, explaining that it is not just a superficial feeling, but, rather, a religious reality that leads us closer to God and to our neighbor.

“In this sense, piety includes the ability of rejoicing with those who are cheerful and of crying with those who cry, of reaching out to those who are alone or anxious, to correct those who err, to console the afflicted, to care for and help those who happen to be in need,” the Pope told those gathered in St. Peter’s Square June 4.

Continuing his catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis began his address stating, “In our continuing catechesis on the...READ MORE

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Multimillionaire Homosexual-Rights Activist Funds Catholics United (5556)

The Democrat-leaning organization, which has a history of opposing Church teachings on sexuality, received most of its 2012 budget from Tim Gill’s foundation.

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Tim Gill, founder of the Colorado-based Gill Foundation.

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DENVER — The Catholics United Education Fund, a Democrat-leaning advocacy group, which began criticizing Church opposition to same-sex “marriage” in 2012, received most of its operational budget that year from a homosexual-activist foundation run by influential multimillionaire Tim Gill.

“I would say it is very obvious that Mr. Gill does not agree with the Catholic Church and her teachings on the issues of homosexuality and marriage,” Jennifer Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, told CNA May 29.

“His attitude toward the Church on these issues is definitely one of extreme disagreement.”

Tax forms show the Colorado-based Gill Foundation made a $100,000 grant to...READ MORE

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A Manly Voice on Matters Gay and Christian, Why Jesus Called the Holy Spirit the Paraclete and More! (3643)

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Follow A Manly Voice on Matters Gay & Christian by Austin Ruse of Crisis Magazine to read more.

A Manly Voice on Matters Gay & Christian by Austin Ruse of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Anti-Christians Pulling Out Their Shivs on Christian Films – John Zmirak, Aleteia

Six Reasons to Never Get Married, a Response to the Huffington Post - Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Why Did Jesus Call the Holy Spirit the Paraclete? – Marcelino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Thank God for Tomorrow – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Reasonableness of Religious Belief - Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

The Importance of Words – Aurelio Porfiri, Views from the Choir Loft

The Anglican Wannabe Fallacy – George Weigel, Denver Catholic Register

The Urgency of the Gospel – Terry Polakovic, Crisis...READ MORE

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Pope and Patriarch Generate Hope for Unity in Jerusalem (3674)

A U.S. Orthodox archon told the Register he came to ‘witness history’ in the making, as both Catholic and Orthodox leaders continue to make historic ecumenical gestures for East and West.

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Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stand together May 26 in the courtyard of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem's summer residence at Little Galilee.

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JERUSALEM — The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in the Holy Land continues to make its effects felt throughout the Catholic and Orthodox worlds.

The public display of fraternal love between the apostolic successors of the brothers St. Peter and St. Andrew has raised hope to new heights that full communion between East and West may be achieved before the Great Schism turns 1,000 years old in 2054.

Since the historic joint prayer meeting in the Holy Sepulcher on May 25, and their signing of a joint declaration, there is already discussion under way that both leaders will meet in the ancient city of Nicaea in modern Turkey to...READ MORE

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Spanish Bishops Seek Prayers for Current, Future Kings (1214)

King Juan Carlos announced June 2 that he would abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Prince Felipe.

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King Juan Carlos of Spain (l) and Prince Felipe of Spain at a June 3 public event in San Lorenzo de El Escoria, Spain.

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MADRID — The Spanish bishops' conference has called for prayers for King Juan Carlos and his successor, after the king announced he would abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Prince Felipe.

The conference’s leadership committee recognized Juan Carlos’ career, praising “his generous dedication and his contribution to the recent history of Spain.”

The king said in a televised message June 2 that he began to consider his decision Jan. 6, when he turned 76 years old.

“A younger generation deserves to be at the forefront, with new energies and a new way of confronting today's reality,” Juan Carlos said.

He said Felipe has “the maturity, preparation and commitment necessary” to be Spain’s...READ MORE

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Doubts Raised Over Release Reports of Christian Woman in Sudan (3361)

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, who was sentenced to execution for her faith, gave birth to a baby girl May 27 while imprisoned and in chains.

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WASHINGTON — A government official in Sudan is denying claims that a Christian woman sentenced to execution for her faith may soon be freed.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is recognized as Muslim under Sudanese law because her father was Muslim, despite the fact that her father abandoned the family when Ibrahim was 6 years old, and she was raised as a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother.

Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, a Christian and an American citizen. She gave birth to their second child while imprisoned and in chains on May 27.  

She was arrested in August 2013; a Khartoum court convicted her May 15 of apostasy from Islam, as well as adultery, on the grounds that marriage...READ MORE

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Vatican Candlelight Vigil Honors Mary’s Faith and Example (2050)

Cardinal Angelo Comastri led hundreds of pilgrims in prayer to close a month dedicated to the Blessed Mother.

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Pilgrims pray during a prayer vigil dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the Vatican Gardens on May 31.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

VATICAN CITY — Hundreds of clergy, religious and laity processed through the Vatican Gardens in a candlelight vigil on Saturday evening to mark the close of a month traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Led by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the pilgrims prayed the Rosary and sang Marian hymns as evening fell over the Vatican. Families with infants and small children processed alongside religious sisters and priests as meditations on the life of Christ were read.

Cardinal Comastri began the procession by reading a passage from Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Mary is “the Mother of the evangelizing Church, and without her, we cannot...READ MORE

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