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Interfaith Dialogue With Iran Is Possible, Says Jesuit Scholar (2702)

Father Samir Khalil Samir discussed Christian-Muslim relations at a recent event sponsored by the Church movement Communion and Liberation.

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Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir speaking in June 2010 in Birmingham, England.

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Following a number of under-the-radar visits with religious leaders of Iran’s Shiite Muslim community, Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir says religious leaders in the Islamic republic are open to improving relations with Christians.

The renowned scholar believes Iran is eager to engage in wider interfaith discussion. Father Samir’s optimistic assessment is based on unprecedented off-the-record visits and dialogue with Shiite leaders in the Middle-Eastern nation and bordering Iraq.

At last month’s three-day Communion and Liberation "New York Encounter" event, Father Samir confirmed that he traveled to Iran’s holiest city, Qom, just over a year ago for a weeklong conversation with some...READ MORE

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New Orleans Archdiocese Declares Boycott on Planned Parenthood Clinic Collaborators (3070)

Archbishop Aymond declared there is 'no justification,' including economic hardship, for any individual or organization to have a 'direct or indirect relationship' with an abortion provider.

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A pro-life supporter holds a Defund Planned Parenthood sign at the March for Life on Jan. 25, 2012.

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NEW ORLEANS — Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans said his archdiocese refuses to conduct business with individuals or organizations whose work is essential to the construction of a new Planned Parenthood facility that could end up aborting up to 30 unborn children per day.

“We hope that the community invested in the city of New Orleans and in her future will join us in standing for life, not more abortion,” the archbishop said in his Jan. 27 column for the Clarion Herald newspaper.

“All citizens of the New Orleans area must stand together for a peaceful community, not one with more abortion and more Planned Parenthood,” he said.

Archbishop Aymond said that the archdiocese,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Instant Pop Icon, Sports: Turning an Obsession Into a Positive Activity and Much More! (2397)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis Instant Pop Icon - BigPulpit.com

Review of Son of God – Brandon Vogt, Word on Fire

Sports: Turning An Obsession into a Positive Activity - Greg Yoko, Catholic Stand

Blessed Pope John Paul II: Spiritual Warfare Quote - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Brace Yourselves: The Dark Enlightenment Is Upon Us – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

I Will Not Be a Drone or a Drudge! - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Humility: From Both Sides Now - Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

The Papacy: The Person Versus The Office - Fr. David Meconi SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Humanities Replaced by Banalities - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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American Cardinal Recalls ‘Shock’ of Benedict XVI’s Resignation (2447)

The unexpected announcement was made Feb. 11, 2013, at a consistory of cardinals at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all.

“Total surprise, total shock,” was the experience of all those present when they heard the Pope’s words that day, Cardinal Stafford explained in a Feb. 7 interview with CNA.

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Feb. 11, 2013, announcement of Benedict XVI’s resignation, Cardinal Stafford, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council of the Laity and archbishop emeritus of Denver, spoke of his experience of being in the room when Pope Benedict revealed his...READ MORE

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San Francisco Project to Promote Beauty in Liturgy and Music (4020)

The Benedict XVI Institute was launched in part ‘to recover a sense of our sacred music,’ Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrates vespers at St. Sebastian on Jan. 5.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A recently launched initiative in San Francisco will educate Church musicians about sacred music and train lay ministers for their roles, according to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

“To recover a sense of our sacred music” is among the top objectives of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music & Divine Worship, the archbishop of San Francisco told CNA Jan. 25.

“Beauty — as Pope Benedict has taught us — evangelizes, lifts us up to God, so we need to recover that sense of beauty in our liturgical music.”

The Benedict XVI Institute will be based at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif., and will serve seminarians as well as laymen; according to its website,...READ MORE

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Filipino Youth Group Uses the Web to Advance the Word (4073)

Through social media and other technology, members of Youth Pinoy promote the New Evangelization and confront growing secularism in the Philippines.

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MANILA, Philippines — Frequenters of Internet chat rooms and instant-messaging services may recognize "OMG" as shorthand for a phrase that takes the Lord’s name in vain.

But a Catholic youth group in the Philippines has co-opted the familiar string of letters to explain who they are: "Online Missionaries of God."

It’s just one example of how the members of Youth Pinoy are using social media and the Internet, platforms that are also hotbeds for secularism, to advance the New Evangelization.

The group is "an alliance of young Filipinos who bear witness to their Catholic faith through creative means of expression published through the Web," said Sky Ortigas, one of Youth Pinoy’s...READ MORE

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U.N. Committee to Vatican: Change Church Teaching (13075)

Catholic experts on how the U.N. operates say this week’s controversial report demonstrates the out-of-control radicalism of the committees that monitor United Nations treaties.

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UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. committee’s report that said the Holy See should change its moral teachings in order to comply with an international treaty on children’s rights is the latest example in a 20-year history of U.N. bureaucrats trying to coerce member states into accepting secularist values, according to several Catholic observers of the international body.

“This was a ‘gift from God,’ and the reason is because it points out to a huge audience the radicalism of the United Nations’ treaty monitoring bodies, who have been doing things like this for years,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a non-governmental organization that monitors...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput U.S. Appointee to Vatican’s Council on the Laity (5034)

The Philadelphia Archdiocese, which the archbishop shepherds, will host the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

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VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia was among those appointed by Pope Francis Feb. 6 to the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Archbishop Chaput is also the only bishop appointed to the council who is not a cardinal, although one other appointee, Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro, is a cardinal-designate who will be given the red biretta at the Feb. 22 consistory.

The Pontifical Council for the Laity deals with the promotion and coordination of the apostolate of the laity, including the contributions of lay ecclesial movements and individuals.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host the next World Meeting of Families, which Pope Francis may attend....READ MORE

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