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10 Beliefs Christians Have That Mess Us Up, Proper Sense of 'Sensus Fidelium' and More! (4019)

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10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up by JoAnna Wahlund - BigPulpit.com

The Proper Sense of the ‘Sensus Fidelium’ – Randall Smith PhD, The Catholic Thing

Editorial: Africa in Crisis – Editorial Board, OSV Newsweekly

Media & Faith Meet in Communications Program at Rome’s Santa Croce University – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

Values Without Virtues – Donald DeMarco PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Mind & Heart: On Not Losing Hope – Katherine Carlman, Catholic Exchange

My Daughter’s Journey to the Cthlc Church (Dad’s Perspective) – David L. Gray

False Compassion Ignores Reality of Sin To Grave Detriment of Souls – Stephen Herreid, Aleteia

Men, Abortion, Sin & Salvation...READ MORE

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Holy Land Christians Look Forward to Pope Francis’ Visit (3086)

Palestinian Archbishop Maroun Lahham discusses the Pope’s upcoming trip and the challenges Christians face in the Middle East.

05/06/2014 Comment
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Archbishop Maroun Lahham, vicar of Jordan for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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ROME — Archbishop Maroun Lahham has been taking a leading role in preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, May 24-26.

The Palestinian archbishop, vicar in Jordan for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said, “We’re looking forward to him talking to us about our faith. We expect some words of faith, affirming us in our faith.”

In this April 29 interview during a break at a conference given by the Acton Institute on religious and economic freedom, the Jordanian prelate tells the Register about his hopes for the papal visit as well as concerns over persecution of Christians and rapid emigration of Christian communities from the Middle East.

 

What are your hopes for the...READ MORE

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The Church Is More Than a ‘University of Religion,’ Pope Insists (2438)

‘We are a people who follow Jesus Christ and bear witness,’ the Holy Father said, ‘and sometimes this witness leads to laying down our lives.’

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– Kyle Burkhart/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass on May 6, Pope Francis recounted the death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, explaining that being a Christian means giving witness to faith.

“You cannot understand a Christian without witness,” the Pope stated in his daily homily, adding that “we are not a university of religion, a ‘religion’ of ideas” or “of pure theology, beautiful things, of commandments.”

“No, we are a people who follow Jesus Christ and bear witness — who want to bear witness to Jesus Christ — and sometimes this witness leads to laying down our lives.”

Addressing those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Holy Father reflected on how St. Stephen, whose...READ MORE

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Heaven Is Best Left to the Imagination (5947)

Sweet family story inspires Heaven Is for Real, but heavenly glories are designed for reality, not film.

05/06/2014 Comments (10)

There’s a rich history of movies — think The Song of Bernadette, The Bishop’s Wife or It’s a Wonderful Life — that attempt to provide a glimpse of the supernatural through ordinary people’s encounters with the Divine. In an age where many seem to believe that neither heaven nor hell actually exist, Heaven Is for Real is a most welcome entry into that category of films. We brought our entire family to see it on opening weekend.

Based on the bestselling book of the same title, Heaven Is for Real tells the true life story of the Nebraskan Burpo family, led by Crossroads Wesleyan Church Pastor Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear). The Burpos resemble middle America. They live in a small town. In addition...READ MORE

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CALL to Fidelity: Latino Catholic Group Aims to Inspire a ‘Spiritual Revolution’ (1682)

The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders' 2014 national conference will take place Aug. 14-17 in Houston.

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LOS ANGELES — The national conference this August of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) aims to achieve a “spiritual revolution” by helping Latino Catholics bring their faith into all aspects of life through serving their communities.

“Faith cannot be something independent or separated from our daily lives. It really has to be the prism through which we see everything,” Diana Richardson-Vela, president of CALL, told CNA May 2.

“We’re truly looking for the participants to take this calling to heart. Their faith life should be their compass for everything, from their faith formation, their family life and their work.”

The CALL conference will be held Aug. 14-17 at the St....READ MORE

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Supreme Court Ruling on Prayer a Return to Common Sense (4071)

COMMENTARY: The 5-4 ruling Monday confirms that public prayer is constitutional in a country that has been rooted in the devotion since its founding.

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Prayers to God for wisdom in public deliberations are safe once again: The U.S. Supreme Court held this week that the town of Greece, N.Y., could continue its practice of opening the meetings of its town board with a prayer.

The practice of commencing public deliberations with prayer has a deep historical pedigree in the United States, starting with Congress, which has a paid chaplain. Moreover, that practice has adapted over time along with the growing religious pluralism of the nation. Many towns opt for nondenominational prayers. Others, such as Greece, have established rotating prayers among religious groups as a way to reflect both our diversity as well as to recognize the common...READ MORE

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March for Life in Rome Draws Thousands (3029)

The annual event, begun four years ago, is already having an effect on the culture in Italy and beyond, its founder says.

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– Cecilia O'Reilly

VATICAN CITY — Drums rolled, flags waved excitedly and, after days of rain, the sun shone bright as thousands of marchers from all around the world set off through the streets of Rome for the fourth annual March for Life on Sunday, May 4. Beginning in Piazza Repubblica at 8am, the marchers ended in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ weekly Angelus and blessing.

The March for Life in Rome began a mere three years ago, and, already, the event’s founder and director, Virginia Coda Nunziante, has witnessed a series of favorable changes in Italian society.

Nunziante addressed the gathering at the piazza about the increasing number of Italian doctors who are refusing to perform abortions....READ MORE

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At U.N. Panel, Holy See Urges Civil Prosecution for Torture (1502)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi explains the Church serves as a ‘moral voice’ that promotes and defends all authentic human rights.

05/06/2014 Comment
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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva

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GENEVA — All individuals who commit torture and abuse must face prosecution from legitimate government authorities, a Holy See delegation has told a U.N. committee on a global anti-torture convention.

“The Holy See wishes to reiterate that the persons who live in a particular country are under the jurisdiction of the legitimate authorities of that country and are thus subject to the domestic law and the consequences contained therein,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, head of the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, said May 5.

“State authorities are obligated to protect and, when necessary, prosecute persons under their jurisdiction,” the archbishop said,...READ MORE

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